Augusta – Bernard Everett Kilbreth Jr., 80, a resident of Jay, died Friday, May 29, at Togus Veterans Hospital in Augusta.

He was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Lewiston, the son of Bernard Everett Kilbreth Sr. and Gertrude Eva Morgan. He went to Livermore Falls grammar schools and Scarborough High School. He was a graduate of Sheepshead Bay Maritime Training Center and served in the Merchant Marines through World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His final seagoing position was with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Waterville American Legion Post 78. Playing music was his passion, he performed with the bands “Crimson,” “The Old Timers” and “Silver and Gold.”

He is survived by five children, Kim D. Kilbreth and his wife, Gladys, of Wareham, Mass., Bernard Everett Kilbreth III and his wife, Bonnie, of Stuart, Fla., Michael A. Kilbreth and his wife, Karin, of Augusta, John F. Kilbreth and his wife, Carol of Washington, and Cheryl A. Hawkins and her husband, Carl, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; along with 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; and his former wife, Carol Kilbreth of St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was predeceased by a grandson, John Alan Kilbreth.

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