BELMONT — Gary Payson Philbrick, 77, passed peacefully on April 16, 2022, at home, after a courageous battle with sudden widespread cancer. He was overjoyed that his daughters were able to come home.

In his passing, as in his life, Rachel, his wife of 58 years, was by his side watching his favorite British
Comedy “As Time Goes By.”

Gary was born July 15, 1944, in Bangor and was adopted by his beloved parents Ralph and Elner
Philbrick of Belfast. His dad taught him to fish, hunt and love the great outdoors. At age 5 he “helped” his dad build the cabin on Spruce Point. Nanny and Mom taught him cooking, gardening (rock
gardens around many trees at the cabin) and the love of Jesus.

Work ethics were started young, delivering newspapers around town; Dad helped when needed. He and
neighbor Jerry Gould spent countless hours enjoying time together. He spent many afternoons at Phil
Radcliffe’s, talking about and learning the funeral business from him.

After graduating from Crosby High School in 1962, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army to fulfill his duty to
country. In 1967, he received his diploma from the New England Institute of Anatomy in Mortuary
Science. He worked at Coombs Funeral Home before returning to the Army in 1978. He traveled the
world, including serving in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm) until retiring in 1997.

He enjoyed working at Maine Maritime Academy, where he traveled on training cruises and obtained the
IMPERIVM NEPTVNI REGIS certificate. He worked in Afghanistan for a U.S. contractor from 2008 to 2013. Most recently, he worked in mortuary services with Dan and Scott Adams.

Gary was past president and a member of the Lions Club for 53 years and had recently been presented
with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He chaired the 9-11 Memorial walk across the Veteran’s
Memorial Bridge and enjoyed delivering baskets to those in need during the holidays. He took great pride in working on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall at Augusta and Belfast.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post 43, VFWs, Stevens RAC 28, Belfast Lodge 24, Swan Lake Association, the First Baptist Church of Belfast, and a former member of the Anah Shriners.

He enjoyed reading history, antique cars, poetry, classical music, British comedies, gardening, smelling
the spring flowers while cruising on his motorcycle and traveling.

Gary is survived by his devoted wife, Rachel (Smart); his daughters, Lori Passett and Lynn Messier
(Gary); grandchildren Tobiah and Isaac Passett and Rachel, Sarah and Melissa Messier; great-grandchildren Liliana and Michael; sister-in-law Ruth Way (Ron); brother-in-Law Caddy (Phyl); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, with a fond love for his cousin Linda, as well as many friends.

A special thank-you to Randy Whitcomb for the many laughs and helping hand and Suzie for her song and conversations.

Gary was predeceased by his sister Jeanne Curtis, nephew Thomas Curtis, sisters-in-law Sylvia
Raymond (Jerry) and Irene Lockhart (Wallace), and brothers-in-law Ralph Smart (Dot) (Gladys) and Richard Smart (Sally) (Barbara, deceased) (Monica).

Through his love of genealogy, he was pleasantly surprised to find his biological sisters Dorna Thomas
and Juanita Patterson (Brian) and brother Elwin Thomas (Sandra). He cherished the seven years that
they had together.

A memorial service will be held July 29 at the First Baptist Church of Belfast with family attended; graveside services following. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Gary’s name to the
First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast; Spirit Warrior Equine ,462 Main Road S., Hampden; or Belfast
Lions Club.

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