Bangor institutions to receive major gifts from estate of former resident

Posted March 20, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society and St. John’s Catholic Church will receive a total of $790,000 from the estate of the late Shann Gillespie.

The two nonprofits will benefit equally, according to Joseph Baldacci, attorney for Gillespie’s estate.

“As the attorney for the estate of Shann M. Gillespie I am very happy to announce that because of Ms. Gillespie’s generosity, both in life and in death, two significant charitable contributions are being [announced] today,” Baldacci said Thursday in a news release.

The Bangor Humane Society serves thousands of animals and people in eastern and northern Maine each year, Baldacci said. St. John’s Catholic Church is the head parish for a number of churches under the St. Paul the Apostle parish, which serves tens of thousands of families in Maine.

The Bangor Humane Society will receive its gift of $395,000 at 9:30 a.m. Friday at its animal shelter on Mount Hope Avenue.

The daughter of James “Duff” and Helen (Young) Gillespie, Gillespie died unexpectedly March 26, 2013, at a Bangor hospital, after a brief stay. She was employed as the business manager at United Technologies Center for more than 20 years and upon retirement, volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital and at the Bangor animal shelter, according to her obituary.

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