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PLYMOUTH - William Henry Bird, Sr., 99, died October 24, 2011 in Bangor, surrounded by his family. He was born in Castle Hill on August 28, 1912, a son of Louis E. and Mabel (Webber) Bird.

He was educated at Madison and Corinna schools. He worked at the Corinna Woolen Mill and retired from dairy farming in the 1970's. He enjoyed watching sports and watching the grandchildren play. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, gardening, and especially loved watching the Red Sox and the Patriots. He was a past member of the Corinna Grange and the Dixmont Gold Crest Riders.

He is survived by his daughters, Sally Millett and Janet Godsoe, both of Newport; sisters, Kathleen "Jody" Leavitt of Skowhegan, and Pauline "Polly" Jude of Orrington; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Vornie E. (Bragdon) Bird; a daughter, Betty A. Erskine; a son, William H. Bird, Jr.; brothers, Alton and John Bird; and sisters, Thelma Boon, and Ruth E. Bird.

Friends and family may call at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street in Newport, on Wednesday, October 26th, from 6 to 8 PM, and on Thursday, October 27th, from 1 to 2 PM, with funeral services following at 2 PM, with Pastor Robert Emrich officiating. Burial will follow at the Sawyer Cemetery in Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Trail Fund, Dixmont Gold Crest Riders, P.O. Box 13, Dixmont, ME 04932. For an online guest register, go to

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