BANGOR — The Rev. Sidney E. Buzzell, 85, died Aug. 24, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was born in Guilford, July 25, 1925, son of Harold and Ethel (Strickland) Buzzell.

He attended Guilford schools and then graduated from Sangerville High School, Class of 1943. Following high school, Sid enlisted in the U.S. Army, HQ Battery 692nd Field Artillery. He served as staff sergeant in the European theater, having landed on Utah Beach in 1944 as part of the D-Day Invasion.

After returning home from the war, he and his father owned and operated H.E. Buzzell and Son Market in Sangerville until 1969. He served as a supply pastor for several years while he attended Boston School of Theology, becoming ordained as a Methodist minister in the early 1970s. Sid served in several parishes in central Maine, including East Corinth and West Corinth Methodist churches, Grace Methodist Church in Bangor and Guilford United Methodist Church, retiring to Bangor in 1993.

He was a past master and 50 year member of Abner Wade Masonic Lodge, and a 50-year member of the Susie Carr Chapter of the OES, both in Sangerville. After retiring from the pastorate, Sid was very active with the troop greeters at Bangor International Airport, the YMCA cardiac program and volunteered at the Alzheimer’s day center called My Friends Place.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Loane) Buzzell of Bangor; two daughters, Helen Feldman and her husband, Howard, of Auburn and Jeanne Cookson and her husband, David, of Guilford; five grandchildren, Lane Feldman and his wife, Anna, of Auburn, Adam Feldman and his wife, Rebecca, of Vermont, Scott Feldman and his wife, Dawn, of Auburn, Rachel Hutchins and her husband, Sam, of Parkman and Daniel Cookson of Dexter; eight great-grandchildren, Ben, Morgan, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Sydney, Sarah, Brandon and Kaitlyn; two brothers, Norman Buzzell and his wife, Marguerite, of Bangor and Sterling Buzzell and his wife, Barbara, of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to

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