BANGOR – Carroll Eugene Oakes, 101, died Jan. 27, 2014, at a local hospital with his loving daughter Carol Ann and granddaughter Debra at his side. He was born Sept. 22, 1912, in Cherryfield, the son of Fred and Minnie (Hall) Oakes.
At the age of eight, he moved to Bangor, living on Essex Street until the last four years when he became a resident of the Sylvia Ross Home. In 1933 he married Helen L. Wilson who died in 1992.
In addition to his wife Helen, he was predeceased by a son, Lorin E. “Skip” Oakes. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Ann Pelletier and her husband, Bruce, of Hampden; a son, Dana Oakes and his wife, Terry, of Florida; six grandchildren, Debra Thomas and her husband, Al, of Kansas, Marc Fryman of Texas, Russell Oakes of Freeport, Kelly Dent of Georgia, Danielle Jones of Florida, and Nicole Kray of Maryland; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Navoinis of Bangor; and a special niece, Kathy Duncan of Bath.
Carroll worked as a master carpenter and co-owned a business, Newcomb and Oakes. He worked also on a family farm on Essex Street and for a while at Bangor Gas Works. In an interview he was asked “How does one get to be 100 and be so full of life?” Carroll offered that he prefers to see the bright side of things and takes life as it comes.
A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Marion L. Hopkins officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 3 p.m. until time of service Friday. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.