James Peter Wiberg (1942 - 2019)

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First Parish Congregational
1 Church St
Gorham, ME 04038
Memorial service
Thursday, May 23, 2019
11:00 PM
First Parish Congregational Church
1 Church St.
Gorham, ME
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GORHAM - James Peter Wiberg, 76, Gorham, died peacefully on May 7, 2019, at MaineGeneral Long Term Care at Glenridge in Augusta, Maine. Peter was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Waterbury, Conn., the youngest of eight children of Hugo and Mary Wiberg. The family's ministry with the Salvation Army took them to cities across New England, and Peter graduated from Pittsfield, Mass., High School in 1961. He married Diane Preston (Godfrey) in 1964 and moved to Nampa, Idaho, graduating from Northwest Nazarene College in 1966 with a sociology degree. They returned to New England and settled in Gorham, Maine, in 1969. After a divorce, he married Merle Ann Chapman in 1976, remaining in Gorham for many years and then living in South Portland and Westbrook. He made a career as a manager in human resources, working at Fairchild Semiconductor 1969-1979, with a move to Data General in 1980. In 1996 he had a traumatic brain injury that altered his life in many ways, including redirecting his career to helping those similarly affected by TBI. He and Merle Ann divorced in 1999. Peter's many hobbies included canoeing, woodworking, walking his beloved dog, Abby, and making jelly, which he shared with all.

He also was an incredible musician, playing the euphonium in brass bands and singing bass in his church choirs. He spent his last two years in Sidney and Augusta, Maine, cared for by his daughter, Shari Estes.

He is survived by his sister, Peg Reid of Connecticut; and his children: Shari Wiberg Estes, Christopher Bellmare, James Preston, and Darcy Bellmare Jordan, as well as their partners; and 12 grandchildren. Peter, "Papa" to his grandchildren, will be missed by all who knew him. He had a huge heart, a gentle manner, and inspiring perseverance.

A memorial service will be held at First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Gorham, at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 23, the Rev. Christine Dyke presiding, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers

donations may be made to:

Goodwill NNE

34 Hutcherson Drive

Gorham, ME 04038

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 19, 2019
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