KENNEBUNK – Roy A. Bither Jr., aged 87, died peacefully in his home Nov. 26, 2013, at Atria Kennebunk. He was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Houlton, the son of Roy Arthur and Doris Orchard Bither.
Mr. Bither attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis, University of Maine at Orono and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was Superintendent of Schools for several towns in Maine, most recently Milo, Vinalhaven, and Madison, as well as Shelburne Falls, Mass. He was active in many social and civic affairs; including Kiwanis International, the Freemasons and Town Moderator.
He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Joan Harvey Bither. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Johnston of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sons, Col. Mark Bither of New Market, Md., and David Bither of Kennebunk; a sister, Anne Shire of Scarborough; a brother, Thomas Bither of Scarborough; grandchildren, Sarah, Patrick, Corey, and Mathew Bither; and adopted grandchildren, David, Nicole, and Krissy Jakubowski.
A memorial service is being planned for family and friends in May. Interested parties may contact David Bither at 207-985-4799, for more information. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roy’s memory may be made to the Ivan Calderwood Home, Neal Martin Administrator, 18 Beaver Dam Road, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.