Russell Doyle

May 06, 2019

Orland and Port Charlotte, Fla. — Russell Thomas Doyle, 90, husband of Barbara Doyle, died April 26, 2019, at home in Port Charlotte, Fla. Russell was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Bucksport, the son of Reginald Doyle and Laura (Clair) Doyle.

Russell grew up during the Great Depression in North Orland, attending school at a one-room schoolhouse on Carter Hill. As an eighth-grader, because he was the only remaining student at Carter Hill, he was sent to the one-room schoolhouse at Hancock Pond. Upon graduation from Bucksport High School in 1947, Russ went to work at Bucksport Hardware and served in the Air National Guard.

After four years at the hardware store he was hired as a meterman at Central Maine Power Co. Over a 32-year career at CMP, Russ made many friends and worked his way up through the ranks, becoming eventually the District Manager of the Farmington District. Russ was also licensed as a master electrician and owned his own business, Doyle and Sons. He retired from CMP in 1983 and for the next six years helped to manage the Belfast restaurant and lounge established by his wife. He and Barbara also owned and operated a taxi service. Many colorful stories came out of those years at Barbara’s Place.

Russell served as an Orland selectman and member of the Hancock County Planning Board. He was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge in Orland for 70 years, Chapter 68 in Bangor for 60 years, and Blanquefort Commandry No. 13 for 67 years. He was a Shriner for 55 years at Anah Shrine in Bangor. He also was a member of Victory Grange No. 538 in North Orland for 76 years.

In 1993 Russ and Barbara built a house in Port Charlotte, Fla. For many years they wintered in Florida and spent the summers at Half Moon Pond in Searsport. In his retirement he enjoyed season tickets for the Texas Rangers when he wasn’t out fishing or building stone walls.

Russell’s decency and kindness, like his warm smile, will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Russ appreciated the simple things in life, like a New England boiled dinner, a canoe trip to Hot Hole Pond, or a game of cribbage with his beloved maternal aunt, Katherine Bennett. And he appreciated very much the assistance provided in recent years by son Maurice and daughter Carolyn.

In addition to his loving wife of 36 years, he is survived by sons Rick Doyle (Shannon Flood), Kevin Doyle (Marsha Causton), and Maurice Trundy (Jacky); by daughters Virginia "Jeannie" Dehler (Jon), Carolyn Canning, and Angela Manchester (Chip); by grandchildren Scott Doyle, Stevi Seamans (Dave), Rob Augustine (Kristin), Robin Doyle, Christopher Canning (Laurie), Barrett Canning (Jamie Holgard), Jeremy McDevitt (Carly), Tyler McDevitt, Manny Manchester, Dillon Trundy, Derilyn Gregory (Shawn), Dacia Trundy, and Danica Trundy; by several great-grandchildren; by sisters-in-law Penny Rae (Cameron), Polly Davis, and Ro-Anne Curry (Brian); and brother-in-law David Johnson; by special cousin Joyce Unterseher and former wife Carrie Bragdon; and by many other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Marion Huntley, father-in-law Macey Huntley, father-in-law Maurice Johnson, aunts and uncles, brothers-in-law Denny Johnson and Phil Davis, sisters-in-law Virginia Johnson and Patricia Riley, cousins William Clair and Harvard Bennett, Jr., and grandson Justin Sipe.

A graveside service and committal will be held at a date to be determined in the summer.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children online or by mail to Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Donor Relations, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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