Joseph H. Bryant, 87, of Thorndike died at his home Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. A devoted husband of Beatrice (Gardiner) Bryant. Joe was the son of Joseph F. and Clara (Wardsworth) Bryant. He was born in Knox on June 22, 1931. He and Bea were co-owners of Bryant Steel Works. Joe was an inventor, a custom steel fabricator, and held a patent for Bryant Sanders. In his later years, he created the Bryant Doll Circus and found joy in sharing his creation with the public. Joe and Bea were collectors of antiquities and created a museum of their favorite items collected over the years. Joe loved giving tours of their museum pieces and days before his death was still out sharing his love for antiques and music with people.

In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by two sons, Timothy and Kenneth.

Joe is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beatrice; daughter Katherine and husband Lon Thorpe of Warner, N.H.; son Clayton and wife Debbie of Knox; son Malcolm and wife Rose of Warner, N.H.; son Roy and wife Kathy of Unity; daughter Julie and husband Torie of Thorndike; daughter Fay Lataille of Unity; sister Eleanor McFarland and her husband Don; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday the 24th of November at 1 p.m. at Knox Ridge Baptist Church, 115 Knox Ridge North, Knox, ME 04986.

In lieu of flowers, Beatrice wishes everyone to remember her favorite charity, Buttons for Babes which helps raise funds for children with critical needs. Contact information: Button's for Babes Giving Circle, C/O Martina Eastman, 71 Turmel Road, Jay, ME 04239.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at