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OLD TOWN – Raleigh Giffard Whittier Jr., 85, died peacefully April 2, 2009, with his family by his side after a long illness, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor. He was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Old Town, a son of Raleigh G. Sr. and Jessie (Spaulding) Whittier. Raleigh attended Old Town schools and graduated from Old Town High School, Class of 1941. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post No. 0178, Waterville and Lions Club, Bangor. He owned and operated Whittier’s Appliance, Old Town, for many years until his retirement in 1985. Raleigh was a man of diverse interests and talents. He was an avid sportsman throughout his life and loved fishing in Northern Maine and Islamorada, Fla. In his retirement, he taught himself the art of stained glass design and created many beautiful pieces throughout the years. His passion was music and he played saxophone for many years with Penobscot Wind Ensemble. One of Raleigh’s favorite places was his cottage in Jonesport, where he and June enjoyed their summers with their friends, family and Jones-port neighbors. Raleigh was a devoted husband, brother, father and a fun-loving grandfather to his five grandchildren. He was deeply loved and will be sadly missed. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, June (Bowler) Whittier of Old Town; two daughters, Jane Stephens and her husband, Ron, of Yarmouth, and Sally Lonko and her husband, John, of Old Town; five grandchildren, Michael Stephens of Orono, Patrick Stephens of Durham, N.H., Julia Lonko of Charlotte, N.C., Emily and Brian Lonko, both of Old Town; and a sister, Jane Hoppe and her husband, Robert, of Dexter. He was predeceased by a sister, Priscilla Pierce. Raleigh’s family thanks Dr. Ira Shapiro of St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, and the entire staff on both B and E units at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor, for their extraordinary care and compassion during his long illness. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. All are invited to share conversation, laughs, food and beverages with the family immediately after the visiting hours at City Park Grill, Old Town. A graveside service at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. For those who wish to view an online memorial and life story or to post a personal tribute may do so at www.mem.com.

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