BANGOR, Maine — Maine state flags in Bangor should be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of former Bangor police Chief Don Winslow, Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday morning. American flags should remain at full staff.
Winslow, 57, died of cancer Thursday, July 10, about a month after making a public announcement via social media that he planned to stop chemotherapy treatments so he could enjoy what remained of his life as much as possible.
The governor’s spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said multiple citizens and officials, including the office of Sen. Susan Collins, reached out to the governor’s office late last week to request the flag order, but the process was already in the works.
“The First Lady and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Winslow,” LePage said in a news release on Tuesday. “His career in public safety, first as a firefighter, then as a police officer, exemplified the love he had for his community and his dedication to serving it.”
Collins handed an American Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to current Bangor police Chief Mark Hathaway during a ceremony in honor of Winslow at Bangor Police Department on Friday. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud also issued a statement sending condolences to Winslow’s friends and family.
Visiting hours for Winslow’s family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m on Wednesday at Gracie Theater, located on the campus of Husson University, according to a family spokeswoman.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church at 207 York St. A procession will follow to Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 449 Ohio St. There will be a reception at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer from 5 to 8 p.m.
A previous version of this story misstated the name of the Bangor police chief. His name is Mark Hathaway, not Mark Leonard.