MILLINOCKET – Frederick L. Brackett, 90, passed away Jan. 4, 2014, at a Lincoln health care facility. He was born in Stacyville, the second son of Maurice and Viola (Madden) Brackett.
Fred worked various jobs throughout his youth, until he answered the call of his country, joining the U.S. Army in 1943. He served during World War II, being involved in six major battles in the European Theatre. He was so proud of his military service. Fred was a member of Francis E. Elliott Post No. 4154 VFW, and Donald V. Henry Post No. 80 American Legion. Following his discharge he worked for Sherman Lumber Co., and for Pratt and Whitney for a short period of time. Fred spent the majority of his working days at the Great Northern Paper Company, retiring after 32 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and trap, for which he was lovingly known as the “Bank Beaver.” After retirement he enjoyed family camping trips at Hammond St. Campground. He was also quite a craftsman, such as gunsmithing, making pack baskets, making things from wood, including a gun stock from his firewood pile.
Fred is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Merry of Millinocket; grandchildren, Brent Lee of Glenburn, Jennifer Lee and husband, Ron Betters, of Old Town, Jared Merry of Old Town, and Justin Merry and wife, Tiffany, of Newmarket, N.H.; four great-granddaughters, Brooke, Brianna, Jessica, and Madelyn; a sister, Mary Farley of Medway; brother, Richard Brackett and wife, Maxine, of Patten; two sisters-in-law, Mernard Moscone and husband, Robert, and Rena Landry, all of Millinocket; a brother-in-law, William Skinner of Bangor; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Pauline (McNally) Brackett; two brothers, Wallace and Maurice “Duke”; his sister, Charlene Brown; brother-in-law, Joseph Landry; a niece, Beverly Pelletier; and a nephew, Kenneth Brackett.
Fred’s wishes were to have no calling hours. There will be a graveside service with military honors scheduled at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.