BUZZELL, GARY

1949 – 2024

Gary Buzzell (Buzz), 75, passed away June 1, 2024, in Bangor at the Eastside Center for Health & Rehabilitation, where he resided since 2020.

Gary was born May 9, 1949, in Bar Harbor to Fulton and Mertice Black Buzzell. Gary grew up in Bar Harbor and Hulls Cove and went to schools in Bar Harbor. He graduated high school in 1967. He went on to do one year at MCI. Gary served in the Navy two years on the USS Yorktown CVS-10, 1969. In Gary’s younger years, he loved to race bikes. He set a record for the fastest climb on his bike up Cadillac Mountain. Billie Sylvia was one of many to be seen biking with him.

Gary is survived by his wife, Martha Sullivan Buzzell of Southwest Harbor; two daughters, Alissa Buzzell and partner Robert Sebastian of Holiday, Fla. and Stephany Buzzell and partner Joe Dionne of Southwest Harbor, Maine; two grandsons, Aiden Buzzell of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Oakley Bunker of Southwest Harbor and Lamoine, Maine; one sister, Joyce Poole of Sevierville, Tenn.; his brother Robert Buzzell and wife Denise of Bar Harbor; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Sullivan and partner Sam Michaud of Ellsworth and Beverly Fickett of Bar Harbor; and many nieces and nephews.

Martha and Gary just had their 45th anniversary. Gary was a wonderful husband and father. He loved his two daughters dearly and the two grandsons were nothing but the best. Gary enjoyed his home in Manset called the Land of the Big Sky, doing repairs on the old house, raising pigs and turkeys and growing a garden.

Gary made friends easily. We had a lot of great times with Chuck and Leslie Watson and David and Sherri Butler and so many others. Gary enjoyed the Pignic and was president in 1989. Many good times. Gary had many various jobs — Gulf Station with his father, Harold MacQuinn, mason, Guy Lebida, scalloping with Steve Robbins, David Hyde and working for Snicker Damon. Gary had his own painting and wood business.

Gary was predeceased by his parents; sister, Carol Jean of Middletown, Ohio; his favorite mother-in-law, Thelma Sullivan Davis, and brother-in-law, Eric Fickett of Bar Harbor.

Gary had a massive stroke in 2007. Seventeen years he fought hard and long and never gave up. Thank you to all at Eastside Center for Health & Rehabilitation for the home and love you gave to Gary and thank you hospice. Gary Buzzell, we love you.

There will be a celebration of life later on in July.