Virgil E. "Jack" Phinney, Sr., 91, went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2020 at his camp in Steuben. He was born November 1, 1928 in Milbridge, and was raised by his grandparents, Jesse and Lucy Phinney.
Virgil was homeschooled through high school, traveled to college in Washington, DC, and received a degree in Accounting. He returned home in 1949 and met his wife, Lillian, in 1950. They married on September 27, 1951 in Steuben and have celebrated 68 years together. They moved to Bangor in 1952 where he worked as a cook at BMHI. While there, he became a food manager for the state until he retired in 1980. After retirement, he worked as a bookkeeper at Bangor Baptist Church and as a treasurer at Twin City Baptist Church. He loved spending time at his camp in Steuben with his family. Virgil was a member of Messiah Baptist Church in Bangor.
He was a godly, loving, and affectionate husband, father, and grandfather. Virgil was dependable and full of wisdom. He had a great sense of humor and was a fantastic storyteller. Virgil valued his family the most in his life and prayed for them daily.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian (Hartford) Phinney, and their children, Virgil E. Phinney, Jr. of Gatesville, TX; Geraldine “Gerry” Guerrette and her husband, Dwight, of Glenburn; Angel Freeman and her husband, Richard, of Bangor; nine grandchildren--Heather, John, Emily, Andrew, Jessica, Sarah, Grace, Dwight, and Jullii; six great-grandchildren; and three half-siblings, Elwood, Mary, and Earl. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Jesse and Lucy Phinney, his mother, Marjorie Haverlock, and his half-brothers, Malcolm (Sonny), Richard, Paul, and Jimmy Haverlock.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St., Bangor, with Rev. Gary Horton, officiating. His interment will be held 3:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Milbridge, with Rev. Ambrose Rolfe, officiating. Those who wish to remember Jack in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St. Bangor, ME 04401.
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