Bruce Wayland Barrows

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LEWISTON - Bruce Wayland Barrows, 75, of York, died Dec. 18, 2018, at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born on Sept. 7, 1943, in Mars Hill, the son of H. Wayland and Leone (Albee) Barrows.

At the age of 14 he moved with his family from Maine to California and graduated from La Sierra College Prep School in 1960. He went on to La Sierra College and Riverside Community College.

After school, he served in the US Army for two years during the Vietnam Conflict and became a top medic and used that training and expertise in his work as a trauma nurse for seven years.

He later went into his father's electrical business and became licensed as a Master Electrician.

In 1982, he returned to Maine working as a nurse again for two years and then as a Master Electrician.

In 1993 he moved to Melbourne, Fla. and worked as a Master Electrician with a company doing NASA contracts in which his technical skills in the field were invaluable.

Bruce returned to Maine in 2013 and lived with his sister in Freeport for a short time before moving to York and began work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard two years ago until just three weeks ago when failing health forced him to stop.

Bruce had many interests and was very talented at all of them. He was a licensed pilot and had many years of recreational flying under his belt. He loved the water either in his canoe or behind his power boat as he was an expert water skier. He was also an avid snow skier both in California and Maine. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Costa Rica, fishing, especially in Alaska, and on one memorable trip netted a 45lb. king salmon. Not the least of his many interests was motorcycles and his last great bike was a beautiful blue BMW. Over the years, he toured much of the US and Canada on his bikes.

He was an interesting and well-informed person. He was an avid reader and always had a book on his person.

He will be forever missed and his was a life cut short and way too soon.

He is survived by his sister, Joyce Barrows Bridgham of Freeport, and her two children, Allison Jones Clapp with husband Marc Clapp, and Craig Wayland Jones.

Private interment will take place in the family plot at the Hillside Cemetery on Paris Hill. Arrangements are in the care of Oxford Hills Funeral Services. Condolences and tributes may be shared with Bruce's family and friends at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.

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Oxford Hills Funeral Services - Oxford
1037 Main Street (Route 26)
Oxford, ME 04270
207-743-0270
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2019
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