LEWISTON — Wilford “Bill” E. Barr, 84, of High Street, Lisbon Falls, died Tuesday, May 10, at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born in Breedsville, Mich., Feb. 14, 1927, a son of the late Frank and Huldah (Wilber) Barr. He was educated in Indiana and graduated from LaGrange High School. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from March 1945 until October 1946. He then went on to graduate from Purdue University, with a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical in 1950.
He married the love of his life, Carolyn Rogers on Feb. 1, 1948. She predeceased him in March 2000. He owned and operated Robert’s Pharmacy on Main Street in Lisbon Falls from 1977 to 1992. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 66, serving as post adjutant from 1998 to present and post commander 1991 to 1992.
He served on a number of national committees including Distinguished Guests Committee, Children and Youth Regional Committee, serving as chairman and vice chairman and the National Americanism Council from 1986 to 1989, 2001 to 2007 and 2008 to present. For the Department (State) level of the American Legion he served as department chaplain 1986 to 1992, children and youth chairman 1988 to 1992, department Americanism chairman 1993 to 1994, constitution and bylaws chairman 1995 to 1996, department judge advocate 1995 to 1996, department oratorical committee chairman 2004 to present. He was also District 3, Androscoggin County adjutant 2005 to present and Androscoggin County commander 2004 to 2006.
Bill became a master Mason in 1958 at St. Joseph Lodge No. 45 in South Bend, Ind. In 1966, he affiliated with Council Oaks Lodge No. 745 in South Bend. After moving to Maine in 1971, he affiliated with Ancient York Lodge No. 155 in 1972, later serving as master in 1976, 1985 and 2004. He served as secretary in 1978 and marshal from 2005 to present. His many lodge activities included the Grand Lodge CHIP’s Program serving as chairman from 2005 to 2009. He was presented with a 25-year membership pin in April 1983 and a 40-year membership pin in April 1998. The Grand Lodge of Maine presented him with an Honorary Fifty Year Veteran Medal in 2008. He and his wife, Carolyn joined the Pioneer Chapter, OES in 1972. In 1976, he served as associate patron and in 1977 as worthy patron. The chapter presented him with a 25-year membership pin in 1997 and a life membership in 2007.
He was in the Scottish and York Rights, the Kora Shriners, charter member of the Lisbon Historical Society, where he was president for 10 years and Maine Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was also on the Town of Lisbon Advisory Board, member of the Lisbon Board of Selectman, serving as chairman for one year. He was an avid genealogist, researching both his family and his wife’s family history, along with the history of Lisbon and the surrounding area. He researched and published “Lisbon at its Birth, June 1799.” He was a contributor to several genealogical publications. He worked on the Moxie Days committee from the beginning, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was the Business Man of the Year in 1984. He was also an avid Celtics fan — even through the rough years.
He leaves two daughters, Sheryl Berkley and her husband, Clay, of Indiana, and Mary Heald and her longtime companion, Dan Pinette, of Litchfield; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his four brothers, Ralph, Harold, Devon and Duane.
Family and friends are invited to offer condolences and share fond memories of Bill by visiting his guest book at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.