BANGOR, Maine — The tight-knit downtown business community has decided to honor the memory of two employees of a popular local bar and restaurant who died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Route 1A in Dedham by coming together to raise funds for the families left behind.
“It’s really hard when a community this small and this close-knit loses people like that,” Zeth Lundy, owner of Central Street Farmhouse, said Friday, referring to Paddy Murphy’s employees Phillip Carter, 32, a bouncer, and Roxanne Papken, 25, a bartender.
Papken and Carter were killed about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when Richard Olson, 85, of Des Moines, Iowa, crossed the centerline in his SUV and slammed into Carter’s pickup truck. The head-on crash killed all three.
Central Street Farmhouse is hosting the Homebrew Expo, spotlighting 10 local homebrewers, starting at noon Saturday and is honoring Papken and Carter, Lundy said.
“It’s being held in memory of those two,” Lundy said. “One of the reasons I love Bangor so much is because there is such a strong sense of community here, especially in the downtown. We all know all the business owners, employees and building owners, police officers, lawyers and bankers.
“Phill and Roxanne were two people who were part of this everyday community we have here,” he said. “Whenever we went to Paddy’s, Phill was there and Roxanne was our waitress.”
The Homebrew Expo, part of Bangor Culture Shock, is open to those age 21 and older and the suggested donation is $5, with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund for Carter’s young daughter, Isabelle.
Another Bangor Culture Shock event donating door proceeds to benefit Carter’s daughter is Her Majesty’s Cabaret, which is is hosting the “Never Annual One Time Only Rock and Comedy Show,” featuring Sunset Hearts, Chamberlain and Rotating Taps, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor.
“ Roxanne Papken and Phill Carter were our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers and part of our community,” Zachary Robbins, a member of the local cabaret group, said. “We’ll be donating proceeds from the door to the fund set up to help Phill’s little daughter. And we’ll be rocking even harder, because you know that’s what they’d have wanted.”
Blind Faith tattoo artist Autumn Tierney also is raising money for the pair’s families and loved ones by raffling off a $300 tattoo for $20 a ticket. Those interested can look for her downtown or stop by Blind Faith at 92 Central St. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
“Everyone loved Phill and everybody loved Roxanne,” Tierney said.
The raffle will be drawn on Aug. 20.
Jackie Wycoff from Carter’s hometown of Sullivan set up a Go Fund Me account to help cover funeral arrangements, with leftover funds going toward a scholarship for his daughter. More than $5,100 had been raised by 4 p.m. Friday.
A spaghetti dinner and auction is planned for Aug. 24 at the Sullivan Rec Center to benefit the Carter family. The Big Easy Lounge also is working on a fundraiser. UNO Pizzeria & Grill held a fundraiser Friday, donating 20 percent of patrons’ checks from those who brought in fliers bearing Carter’s name.
Fusion Bangor is making a $250 donation to the fund for Carter’s daughter “in memory of both Phill and Roxanne,” said member Gibran Graham, who is also a Bangor City Council member.
Papken’s family is holding visiting hours 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home at 133 Center St. for her friends to gather in remembrance. Those who want to give gifts in her honor are asked to donate to the Bangor Public Library, her obituary states.
A celebration of life for Carter is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at Frazer Point in Winter Harbor, which is on the northern end of Schoodic Peninsula.
“He lived to fish,” Carter’s girlfriend Kate Small said.
“Don’t forget to mention how amazing Roxanne and Phill both were,” Shawn Stephens, Papken’s fiance, said Friday.