Bruce Wayne Chandler, 73, of Swanville, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Waldo County General Hospital. Born in Winterport on Sept. 13, 1944, he was the son of Bernard D. and Madeline (Long) Chandler, and was a 1964 graduate of Crosby High School in Belfast.

Bruce was very proud of serving with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam Era. On Sept. 19, 1964, he married Sheila Merriam in Belfast.

His employment included Penobscot Poultry in Belfast where he worked for 17 years and Champion Paper Company in Bucksport, where he worked 29 years, retiring 2006. Bruce enjoyed driving public transportation vehicles for WCAP for 10 years during his retirement.

A “people person” all of his life, anyone who knew him, knew this, and it seemed everyone knew him. His pride in his three sons was legendary, his tales of their endeavors readily repeated. No matter where in the world he traveled, Bruce always ran into someone he knew, or made certain he knew someone everywhere he went. Bruce enjoyed traveling visiting many states and countries, spending the winter months in Lady Lake, Fla., for the last 10 years. He also enjoyed camping with family and friends, hiking, fishing and having campfires with fireworks and laughs for many years. The grandchildren were a great source of pride for Bruce. Spending time with them, including lots of teasing, was a high priority.

Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Sheila Chandler of Swanville; sons, Bruce W. Chandler II and his wife Maylynn of Virginia Beach, Va., Mark Chandler and his wife Judith of Salem, N.H., and Jason Chandler and his wife Keri of Mansfield, Conn.; grandchildren, Miranda Chandler of Colorado Springs, Colo., Madelyn Chandler and Luke Chandler, both of Mansfield, Conn., Gavin Chandler of Salem, N.H., and Kareylane Chandler of The Philippines; great-grandson, Braden Chandler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; siblings, Jerry Hammond and his wife Nancy of Houlton, Judy Chandler of Frankfort, Rosemary Demerchant and her husband Blake of Windsor, Conn., Elizabeth Larrabee of Belfast, and Bernard Chandler of Spotsylvania, Va.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents; step-father Carl Hammond; step-mother Emily (McCusker) Chandler; and step-brother Wayne Hammond.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring. Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, P.O. Box 772, Belfast, ME 04915, or to Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Waldo Oncology Dept., 4 White St., Rockland, ME 04941.

Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.