David R. Tibbetts

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., and BANGOR – David R. Tibbetts passed away after a long illness on Nov. 20, 2013. He was born April 16, 1930, in Palmyra, the eldest son of John K. Tibbetts and Ruth Estes Tibbetts.

David was a graduate of Hartland Academy, class of 1948, and graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Management in 1952. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a light aircraft pilot from 1953-1956 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. He continued his service in the Army Reserve.

He owned and operated Tibbetts Real Estate & Insurance Agency from 1956-1964. David then purchased Beal College in Bangor and served as President until his retirement in 1983.

David had a lifelong love of the outdoors and nature. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and snowmobiler. He was particularly fond of hunting and making maple syrup with his brothers, Blaine and Doug at the family homestead in Palmyra. He enjoyed raising wildlife such as game birds and rabbits on his farm in Orrington. He will be especially remembered for his beloved mountain lion, Princess.

David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Beatrice; three stepchildren, Diana Foley Rose and husband, Michael, of Walnut Creek, Calif., James E. Foley of Tiburon, Calif., and Mark A. Foley and wife, Brenda, of Brewer; two stepgrandchildren, Alex Foley of Brewer and Austin Foley of San Francisco; his brother, Blaine Tibbetts and wife, Nellie, of Palmyra; nieces, Debra, Kathi, and Sharon; and nephew, Randy. David was predeceased by his brother, Douglas.

A memorial service officiated by the Rev. James Haddock will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor. The family invites you to join them for refreshments following the service. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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