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Harland John Conners, Jr.

Harland John Conners, Jr.

Tuesday, January 20th, 1948 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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BANGOR – Harland “John” Conners, Jr., 72, died peacefully at home March 4, 2020 after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was born January 20, 1948 in Bangor, ME, the son of Harland J., Sr. and Evelyn (Keene) Conners.

John married his high school sweetheart, Regina Rideout, and they settled in Bangor and had their three children. They celebrated 52 years of marriage this past October. John was proud graduate of Bangor High School and spent 30 years as a Chef at Pilot’s Grill Restaurant before finishing his career as Head Chef at EMMC. After retirement, he enjoyed working part-time at the Bangor School Department kitchens. He was a loyal member of the Fraternal Elks Club Lodge #244, and enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping, tinkering on vehicles, and during retirement especially enjoyed fishing and golf. John always valued time spent with his family & friends and was a lover of all animals, especially his dogs.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Eugene Conners, Geraldine (Conners) Bryer and Patricia Conners.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Regina (Rideout) Conners, are his daughter Wendy (Conners) Warren and her husband, David, of Bangor; daughter Renee (Conners) Wright and her husband, Patrick, of Hudson; son Harland John Conners, III and his wife, Lindsay, of Sutton, MA; four grandchildren, Randy Moran, Kaylie French, Grace Conners and Ella Conners. He is also survived by his sister Natalie (Conners) Huseby of Holden; sister Elizabeth (Conners) McLaughlin and her husband, Donald, of Bangor; Catherine (Conners) Bryer of Clifton; Sylvia (Conners) Dwelley of Levant; Edward Conners and his wife, Rhonda, of Hampden; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their appreciation to family members and friends for their ongoing support and a special thanks to Auburn and the Staff of Kindred Hospice.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. The Rite of Committal will be held at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor immediately following the Mass on Wednesday. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the Parish Hall following the interment.

John was a fighter and in his final fight, he fought one hell of a battle! In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please consider making gifts in John’s memory to the Fight Colorectal Cancer Foundation at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    133 Center Street
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church
    207 York St.
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery
    449 Ohio St.
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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  • Reception

    St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church
    207 York St.
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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    Immediately following the Mass on Wednesday.


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Pam Oertel

Posted at 06:31pm
Gina and family, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a one of a kind guy and a huge part of my wonderful memories of Pilot's Grill.
Thinking of you all, Pam Oertel, the cake lady.

Dorian Daniels

Posted at 07:39am
John was always so kind to me all the years we were neighbors. I always liked seeing him out walking his pups. I bet Max and Lacey are sitting in his lap right now. Love to you all. Dorian

Sharon Perkins

Posted at 07:43pm
I’m so sorry for your loss sending prayers. I worked with John at emmc

Paul boyorak

Posted at 03:59pm
Worked many years with John at various kitchens in Bangor area! I learned a lot of things about cooking from him. Rest in. Peace my brother-in- law!

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