Columbia Falls – Verrill “Sonny” Worcester passed away at his home on Monday Feb 19th 2018 at age 88 . Sonny was born to Erma and Verrill Worcester in Jonesport Maine on March 18, 1929. He graduated Columbia Falls High School with the class of ’47 and married Marilyn (Diz) Worcester in Sept 1950. He was a loving husband and father and doting Grampie and “PA” to his large family.
Sonny served 22 years in US Army as a Ranger in the 503rd Infantry Division & master jumper in the 11th Airborne Division, and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major. His service included 2 tours of active duty in Vietnam and a year in Iran. He also served in Panama during the Cuban Missile crisis. Among his many awards for distinction are multiple Bronz stars with valor, the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation medal for meritorious service.
In 1971, Sonny retired from the military and he and Marilyn moved back to Maine to care for her Father, Clarence Drisko, and to run the family Tabbutt blueberry rake business.
He and Marilyn settled in Columbia where he served as an SAD 37 School Board director for 16 years. He was a past member of the Board of Directors for the Milbridge Medical center and Downeast Community Hospital. He served on the board for the Pleasant River Ambulance Service and as Tax Assessor for Columbia and was an active blueberry grower for Pleasant River Canning Company.
Sonny was an avid outdoorsman and loved to be out hunting or fishing whenever possible. He was a lifelong reader until his eyesight was affected in later years. To say he was a staunch Republican would be an understatement. He was active in the Maine Republican Party for many years.
Sonny was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Diz) as well as his mother, Erma and father Verrill; brothers David, Dwight and sister Joyce
Sonny is survived by 4 siblings:
Sisters Julia Worcester of Columbia Falls Maine and Cassie Hardwick and Husband, Jim, of Jackson, Michigan,
Brother Everett Worcester and wife Lee in Ornville, Maine
And Sister in Law, Marilyn Worcester in Winterport Maine
He is also survived by his 7 children:
Deyanne Worcester of Augusta Maine
Cathy Marshall and husband Edward of Lakeland, FL and children Edward II, Benjamin and Meghan
Sandra Potter of Dover, NH and son Andrew
Kymm Lange and husband Dr. Stephen Lange of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and children Whitney, Alexandra and Kelsey
Pam Hull and husband David of Alpharetta, GA and children Sarah, Katie and Jonathan
Gayle Dunning and husband John of Orono, ME, and children Carrie and Heather
Craig Worcester and wife Lisa of Bangor, and children Ryan, Cory, Curtis
He also has 13 great grandchildren to continue his legacy.
He was a true modern hero and will be greatly missed by all.
Visiting hours will be held from 6-8PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Milbridge. A funeral service will be held at 1:30PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Columbia Falls, Methodist Church, Church Street, Columbia Falls. To leave a message of condolence for the Worcester family, please visit www.bragdonkelley.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0515 or to the Downeast Community Hospital for the Comfort Room on Med Surg Wing, 11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654.