Frank Leroy Reynolds passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at the age of 87, following complications from a fall in early June. Born April 24, 1924 and raised in Brooks, he was the son of the late Alfred and Della Reynolds.

Frank graduated from Morse Memorial High School in 1942, in the same class as his wife of 65 years. He entered the U.S. Navy in January of 1945. His service as Seaman First Class took him from Sampson, N.Y. to San Diego, to Hawaii and China where he helped repatriate Japanese prisoners.

Frank learned the carpenter trade under the G.I. Bill and became a carpenter’s apprentice under A. D. Abbott of Brewer. He constructed many buildings and houses in the Brooks, Belfast and Stockton Springs area and remained a self-employed carpenter until appointed as Brooks Postmaster in 1965.

Frank was a member of the First Congregational Church of Brooks, long-time member and past president of Brooks Booster Club, lifetime member and past commander of the American Legion Post 183, past master of Marsh River Lodge #102 and member of Anah Temple Shrine.

He was a member of Harvest Home Grange in Brooks, a member of the Brooks Historical Society and a lifetime member of Friends of Marsh River Theater. Memorable trips to Europe, New York City, California and New Orleans and winters in Zephyrhills were fodder for his many story-telling sessions with anyone who would listen.

Frank’s pride and joy was the many gardens he planted throughout his lifetime, sometimes juggling five separate gardens at a time. He enjoyed giving away to his neighbors the many vegetables he harvested. The grandchildren will especially miss his famous Bumpa’s Beans which were snipped, cut and canned every August and somehow found their way wrapped with a bow under each Christmas tree.

Frank is survived by his three daughters, Paula Miron and her husband Dan, Margaret Mains, and Melinda Reynolds and her partner Bruce Boon, all of Brooks; brothers, Jerome Reynolds of Brooks, Charles Reynolds and his wife Katherine of Belfast, and Everett Reynolds and his wife Anita of Lincolnville; five grandchildren, Christopher Lizzotte and his wife Malisa of Ludlow, Mass., Robyn Parizo and her husband Mike of Easthampton, Mass., David Mains and his wife Jennifer of Raymond, April Bisnette and her husband John of Raymond, and Tanya Boudreau of Londonderry, N.H. He leaves 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his wife, Helen Smith Reynolds; his grandson, Danny Boudreau; his son-in-law, Claude “Mac” Mains; his sisters, Addie Deering of Orono and Arlene Roberts of Belfast; his brothers, Merriam of Portland, Ralph of Brooks, Myron of Winterport and Edgar of Camden.

Family and friends are invited to call at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast on Friday, Oct. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Brooks Congregational Church with Rev. Joan Smith officiating. Burial will be at Rose Cemetery in Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions may be given to the First Congregational Church of Brooks or to Brooks Harvest Home Grange.

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