Donald "Brown" Wormwood, 77
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GARDINER - Donald "Brown" Wormwood, 77, of Gardiner, passed away on March 16, 2017, after having suffered multiple strokes.
Don was born Oct. 4, 1939, in Buxton, to Nellie Josephine Ackley. He graduated from Thornton Academy in 1958 as the "class clown." He was a sergeant E5 in the U.S. Army. He started in radio in 1957 while also working on the Dave Astor Show.
During his 50-plus years in radio, he co-founded the LOVE Fund, which is a campaign to raise funds for locals in need. He also announced all Gardiner sports, and in 2006 was inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Through the years, he received several personal accomplishments, such as the John Burgess Award, in 2011, Le Club Calumet honored him as Citizen of the Year, as well as making him an honorable member of the club.
He was involved with the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, the Spirit of America, Bikers of Maine, The Windsor Fair, The Litchfield Fair, 1-7-10 Bowling Show, The Whatever Festival, Gardiner Little League, American Legion, Senior Pee Wee Basketball, and was the DJ for area dances and weddings.
His favorite occupation was being on the radio and entertaining people by emulating Red Skelton. He loved to go for rides with his wife and two dogs, sitting on his front porch and watching the birds, fishing, golfing, and traveling to Aruba. He was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was an icon in the Gardiner community and gave of himself endlessly.
He cherished and loved his wife, children and grandchildren.
Don is survived by his wife, Priscilla Wormwood; two sons, Ray and his wife Lynne, and Chris and his wife Bonnie; daughter Tracy and her husband John Farrell; 19 grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon Cline, of Buxton; and Gale Wormwood, of Augusta; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Rita Wormwood, in 2002.
Visiting hours will be Friday, March 24, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Le Club Calumet, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to
Kennebec Valley Humane Society
10 Pethaven Lane
Augusta, ME 04330
Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME 04345
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 21, 2017