Obituary for Willard A. "Willy" Bryan Jr.
Bath- Willard “Willy” A. Bryan, Jr., 80, of Washington Street died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at his residence.
He was born in Freeport on February 22, 1937, a son of Willard A. and Eva C. (Waterman) Bryan Sr.
He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1955 and entered the U.S. Navy Reserve in the 1950’s. He was employed at Bath Iron Works for 42 years, mostly as a pipe bender, retiring in 1999. He graduated from Downeast School of Massage in 1992. He specialized in treating chronic pain as a licensed massage therapist until he retired in 2015.
Willy took up golfing when he retired from BIW and enjoyed playing in the senior’s league on Monday mornings at the Bath Country Club where he was a member. He was an active member of the Bath Area Senior Citizens Activity Center where he served a term as Chairman of the Trustees. He could always be seen serving coffee at the luncheons and, bean suppers, and always helping wherever he could. Willy bowled for many years at Yankee Lanes in Brunswick, and was inducted into the Brunswick Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1998. He also coached youth bowling for many years.
He is survived by his best friend, Bonnie McDonald of Bath, his sister, Judy Goodenow and her husband Clinton of Freeport, Mary Bryan of Woolwich and Judy Morang of Woolwich, his children Peter Bryan and his wife Deborah of Bowdoinham, Andrew Bryan of Woolwich, Joanne Wallace and her husband Elisha Jr. of Woolwich, Naomi Coffin of Bath, son in law Pat Fitzsimmons of Lewiston, Terry McDonald and his wife Liz of Freeport, Debby Labrecque and her husband John of Georgetown, grandchildren, Kevin and Joseph Fitzsimmons, Nick and Hannah Bryan, Shane Billington, Kenny Reed, Amanda Perkins, Kaylee and Emma Bryan, Nathan and Melissa Wallace, Brittany and Darryl (D.J.) Coffin, Jake, Craig and Amanda Labreque, Ethan McDonald, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Brenda Bryan Fitzsimmons on February 5, 2010 and one grandson, Cory Andrew Bryan on November 4, 2017.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 PM to 4 PM on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath. At Willy’s request, Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-9959 or at stjude.org. Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneralhome.com.