Hampden – Paul W. Bodge, 96, passed away at his home, surrounded by family and hospice staff. He was born June 21, 1924, in Bangor, the son of James and Catherine (Locke) Bodge.
He was married to the love of his life for seventy two years, Mary (Brangwynne) Bodge. He was very well known for playing semi-professional baseball in the Bangor area for the Bangor A.C.’s. Many locals came to see him play, and a sports writer for the Bangor Commercial wrote that he expected him to make the Major Leagues. He was known to hit many a ball over rooftops at Hayfords field that were legendary.
Paul worked for the Bangor Public Works, retiring in 1986. He loved his family, his cats, baseball, and outings to Dunkin and McDonalds. Paul also enjoyed gardening until he was no longer able to do so. Paul was a very hard worker, and built his own house with his wife, even hand digging his basement.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Katherine; sisters, Marion Richards, Frances Lambert; brothers, Leslie and James Bodge.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Eileen (Joel) McCluskey, Patricia (John) Condon, Ann Bodge; grandchildren, Theo Konig, John (Krysty) Condon, Ashley (Bryant) Condon; great-grandchildren, Wallace Toothaker, Elliot Condon.
The family would like to thank his nurses, Lisa, Kathy and Kristen, and his home health supporters, Jen and Diane. Special thanks to John Condon for building ramps and ground maintenance to help keep Paul at home.
Those who wish to remember Paul in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Forgotten Felines of Maine, 499 Broadway #151, Bangor, ME 04401.
Services will be private for immediate family. Condolences may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.