PORTLAND – Hazen William Wylie II, 83, passed away on July 30, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Bill was born on July 31, 1930, in Brownville Junction, the son of Mary Eldrena Daurie Wylie and Hazen William Wylie. He graduated from Brownville Junction High School in 1949.
In 1952, he married Virginia Elaine Wilson in Brownville Junction.
Besides his family, his interests were woodworking, gardening, photography, camping, fishing and studying the history of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. As a teenager, he volunteered his time as a World War II airplane spotter who reported sightings of German or Japanese planes. He also served as a volunteer fire fighter in South Portland for several years.
Bill worked for ten years as a brakeman on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, traveling between Brownville Junction and Lac-Megantic, Quebec. In 1955 he and his family relocated from Brownville Junc tion to Bangor, when he began working at Eastern Corporation’s paper mill in Brewer in a variety of positions, including machine tender supervisor/foreman. When the mill closed for a period of time in 1968, Bill made a decision to move his family to South Portland, and worked briefly at A.F. Briggs, before moving into management positions at the Portland Company and then South Portland Housing Authority. He retired from the Portland Housing Authority in 1992.
He is predeceased by his loving wife Ginny; his parents; five sisters, Dorothy Babkirk, Marie Byther, Eileen Shain, Beatrice Tumosa, a twin sister Elizabeth Hanson; and a granddaughter Laurie Burton.
He is survived by his three children, Deborah Burton of Freeport, Valerie Wylie of Scarborough, and Stephen and his wife Alessa of Amsterdam, N.Y.; three sister-in laws, Ethelyn Woodard and her longtime companion Donald Davis, Julia Sweeney of Ormond Beach, FL, and Alice Inman and her husband Elmer of Westbrook; three grandchildren, Christopher Burton, Kelly Valdmanis and husband Richard, and Melinda Nudd and husband Timothy; and five great grandchildren, Liam, Maxwell and Evelyn Nudd and Laird and Dylan Valdmanis. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at Evergreen Cemetery in Milo. On-
line condolences may be shared at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements made by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine 180 U.S. Route One Scarborough, Maine 04074