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William Deering

William John Deering

Monday, March 29th, 1926 - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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William Deering, Ph.D., of Bangor, an officer and a gentleman, born in Biddeford on March 29, 1926, to Lawrence Deering and Gertrude Perham of Waterboro. Being the first born son and grandson of a lumber family, he enjoyed riding around town on his horse delivering newspapers, his little sister, Sally, his female cousins, Ossippee Lake, and learning through a precious combination of love, freedom, and activity. Though his childhood was colored by The Great Depression, Bill was lucky to be living farm to table and attend school where he met his life's ever lasting love at an early age, Janice Swinerton.

At 17, Bill was proud and eager to enlist in the Navy during World War II. Through the V-12 program he was sent to Holly Cross and Tufts University. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Maine and earned his Doctoral degree in psychology from Boston University. He was a medic in the Army National Guard where he retired as Colonel. The Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychological Services at the Bangor State Hospital, leading the Program Directors for State and Federal Psychologists. He was the first psychologist in the State of Maine. Post state retirement, he continued private clinical practice for a few decades.

Bill never missed an opportunity to use his strength and resources to care for others. President of Maine State Retarded Children Association, President of James A. Taylor Hospital Board of Trustees, Founder of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Active member of multiple charitable groups, including East Orrington Congregational Church and EOOC's Ladies Aid. Organizer of many of the local Veteran's Day and Memorial Day parades. Received a life-time Achievement award for 66 years of service to the Maine State Employees Association.

Bill is survived by his children Donna Diane, William John Billy Bo, Paegan Lynn and Candice. His greatest joy was being part of the lives of his grandchildren: Rogan and Brendan O'Donnell, Janice Deering, Brooks McGovern, Hans Wiken, Erica Barry, Geneve Kelly and Kristen Spalding and great-grandchildren: Kenjah, Gavin, Cheston, Kincaid, and Reily O'Donnell, Cecilia Cole, Westley Kelly, William and Maxwell McGovern.

Bill passed peacefully in his home on February 19. His family would like to thank all the wonderful people, particularly his good friend, Robert Rhulin, and his caretaker, Elaine Horne, and everyone that worked so hard to make it so Dad could stay in his home with his dog, Miss Daisy, and his cat. A celebration of his life with military honors, will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 29 at the East Orrington Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to EOCC, 38 Johnson Mill Rd, Orrington, ME 04474, or a charity of your choice. Interment at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco in May.
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    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 10:00am
    East Orrington Congregational Church
    38 Johnson Mill Rd.
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    Rev. Carl Schreiber
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    East Orrington Congregational Church
    38 Johnson Mill Rd.
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Arthur S. Allen

Posted at 05:21pm
We wish to send our deepest sympathy and respect to the family of Colonel Bill Deering , a beloved member of the Pine
Tree Chapter of Maine, Military Officers Association of America. As a longtime Director and member along with his wife, Janice,
who provided our group with outstanding leadership and personal advice for years. A personal note: Bill set the high bar in
service to others through his doctorate in psychology and gave me courage to continue teaching at university level in natural
sciences. God bless all of you. Rest in peace, Bill, and we know you are still serving others in Heaven. Grateful, Capt. Arthur S.
Allen, Ph.D., US Army (Ret.), Ex Sec./Treas., PTCM/MOAA

Elaine Horne

Posted at 12:30pm
My heart is with all of Bills family I share in your loss. He was an amazing man anpd a pleasure to work and care for i will forever have fond memories.
Blessings of love and light to all. Elaine and Jeff Horne

Brenda Donroe

Posted at 07:20am
Donna, Bo, Paegan, Candy - So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have such fond memories of growing up our neighborhood, spending sleep-overs at your house and making mud pies with concrete. He was a caring and generous man. (Brenda Verceles Donroe)

Marcia Long

Posted at 03:38pm
I mey Dr. Deering when I was very young when my mom saw him on a regular basis. I'll never forget the trips to McDonald's, Hermon Mountain, summertime swims or the grey high top Nike's. He helped me through a difficult childhood and left a lifetime positive impact on my life! He is now reunited with his soulmate.
R.I.P. Dr. Deering and thank you for all the talks & memories!
My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends.

Marcia (Hosmer) Long. Daughter of Joan Brown.

Carl Schreiber

Posted at 08:45am
On February 19th this world lost a true gentleman that gave much of his life to the betterment of others. He will be missed.

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