BREWER – Louis Robert Bligh, 95, died Jan. 22, 2014, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1918, in Hartford, Conn., the son of Elizabeth Knaepel.
Louis attended various grade schools, and one being a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from Torrington High School, class of 1936. Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and attended Signal School at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He was a morse code radio operator and radio mechanic in the Philippines, and returned to the states as a morse code operator aboard the U.S.A.T. Grant. He was discharged in August 1940. Louis was recalled to the U.S. Army February 1941 in the Army Airways Communication System, attained the rank of Master Sergeant, and was discharged in August 1945. During this time, he met and married Catherine Kirk of Brewer, and they had 66 years of happiness. Louis worked one year as a ground radio operator for the American Overseas Airlines in Goose Bay, Labrador. He then worked for Maine Central Railroad for 30 years with 20 years as the Bucksport Agent, and retired in 1980. Louis was a life member of American Legion and Bangor Elks. As a member of the Bangor Elks, Louis was the Exalted Ruler in 1971, State President in 1977, and District Deputy in 1980. He was a member of Trinity Lodge No. 130 A.F. & A.M., Presque Isle, Anah Shrine, Bangor, Pine State Amateur Radio Club, and Good Sam Travel Club.
Louis is survived by his daughter, Janice Campbell of Brewer; two sons, Robert Bligh and his wife, Anita, of Mission, Texas, and James Bligh of Contoocook, N.H.; grandchildren, Karen Campbell, of Carrabassett and Tim Campbell, of Eddington, Michelle Germain of Mansfield, Mass., Sandra Bligh of Bridgewater, N.Y., Amanda Bligh of Boston, and Kate Bligh of Concord, N.H.; and a daughter-in-law, Georgina Bligh of Bridgewater, N.Y. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his wife, Catherine (Kirk) Bligh; a daughter, Linda Bligh; and a grandson, Michael Campbell.
A graveside service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. A service of Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.