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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541
Fax: 207-832-6346
Bruce  Gilmartin

Bruce J Gilmartin

Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Bruce James Gilmartin, age 79, of Boothbay, passed away peacefully under the compassionate care of staff at the Sussman House Hospice, in Rockport, after a long battle with complications of diabetes. He was born on January 21, 1941, to Mildred and James Gilmartin, of Fairfield, Maine. His father was a manager at McLellan’s Five & Dime stores at various locations, thus Bruce moved frequently as a child. The family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, and there he attended Lynn English High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, receiving training as a helicopter mechanic. He served as a crew chief in Korea, and in 1961, his second tour of duty as a crew chief for the 88th Transport Company was in Qui Nhon, Viet Nam. At the end of this tour of duty, he spent time in Saigon, playing drums at a local club. After discharge from the army, he attended flight school. However, he ended up working for the National Cash Register Company for twenty-five years, and installed the first ATMs, in his assigned territory of Harvard Square. He worked for the last twenty years prior to retirement as a field service representative for Nicolet Biomedical, repairing and installing neurodiagnostic equipment in hospitals throughout New England and New York state. His customers looked forward to his visits and his funny stories. One such customer was Faye McNall, who became the love of his life.

Bruce and Faye shared a goal of having a home in Maine, and purchased Bert Howe’s old log cabin on the Damariscotta River in Boothbay in 1996, eventually building their dream house together. Bruce and Faye also shared a love for Labrador Retrievers and boating of any kind. Their boats included a sailboat, large and small motor boats and they even built a houseboat together. After twenty-five years, they decided to “tie the knot” in 2016.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Faye McNall, and his two children: Jay and his wife Elizabeth; Kate, and her companion Rick. He also has three loving grandchildren: Emily, Joseph and Maeve. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Christine Frost and her husband, Joseph Garcia.

Interment will take place at the National Cemetery in Augusta, in a private graveside service, to accommodate the restricted attendance requirement due to COVID-19. At a future date, all will be welcome at a gathering for a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Travis Mills Foundation, to bring wounded veterans to Maine for recreation (https://travismillsfoundation.org/), Action for Animals Maine, covering emergency vet services for owners who otherwise could not afford treatment for their pets, (https://www.actionforanimalsmaine.com/) and ASET Foundation to support the education of neurodiagnostic technologists, (http://www.asetfoundation.org/).
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Kathy Nichols

Posted at 07:31am
George has many fun memories of Bruce. They spent lots of time together at NCR, house boating and the Indian camp.
 
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Faye Mc Nall Posted at 07:57am

Bruce often spoke of George and the houseboat and Indian Camp adventures. He would have enjoyed finding you again. Thanks for posting!
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Buddy Harp

Posted at 09:06am
Never had the pleasure of meeting Bruce in person, my misfortune. A beloved member of our veteran aviation community has left us, only on a temporary basis. I am sure the rest of us will ultimately be filing flight plans to CB"s destination. More than likely he will be in the control tower to give us clearance to land. Until the Brother.

Buddy Harp
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Diana Kiesel

Posted at 11:07am
One of the most kind, funny and caring gentlemen we’ve had the pleasure to know. Rest In Peace Bruce and thank you for being you. ~ Alex and Diana, Andover, MA
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Don Purser

Posted at 06:33am
So many fond and fun memories of CB (Bruce). He was genuinely one of the good guys, always fun, always laughing, always loving and living life to the fullest. Bruce, you will be missed but you will always be remembered.

God bless you and yours!
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Wayne

Posted at 07:38pm
We fondly recall the "cabin" that you both visited next door to us in the early years of the Ledgers. Our kids and grand-kids still talk about the outhouse between our properties. Bruce was one of kind and we will surely miss his "diplomatic" emails and our first road boss. A definite loss to our small group but he is finally at peace after a rough tour this last year. Gone but not forgotten and our condolences to Faye and the family.

Karen and Wayne Gilbert
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