Mitchell, Gary

Mitchell, Gary

Ellsworth — Gary Lee Mitchell, 67, passed away August 19, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Ellsworth, October 14, 1949, 3rd son of Arthur L. and Myrtle J. Mitchell.

Gary started life in Hancock, attended Hancock Grammar School and later moved to Southwest Harbor. There he attended and graduated from Pemetic High School in 1967. He took up the guitar at an early age and was self taught. He started his first band, The Marauders while still in school and became well known. He later attended and graduated from Husson College. He formed many bands in his lifetime. He met Joyce Saunders and was married until his passing. Joyce even sang in the Gary Mitchell Band at several local dance halls. He also played for many charities and benefits. Very well known throughout the state, he made several recordings over the years. Gary ran his antique shop up until the day he got ill. He was employed by the Blue Hill Consolidated School for years, worked at the IGA in China, Associated Builders, did mason and painting jobs. After his retirement he continued his music and antique business. He was an avid hunter, camper and story teller. He spent many years hunting at Lower Lead Mt. Pond.

Gary is survived by his loving wife Joyce; daughters, Robin Hennigan and husband Brian, Tracy Bowers and husband Allen, and Brianna Crane with Brian Stanwood;  granddaughters, Lexi Hennigan, Marina Lint, and Morganne Bowers; great-grandchildren; and 2 special dogs, Diesel and Zoey; brothers, Danny A. Mitchell of South Gouldsboro and Larry M. Mitchell of Hancock; cousins; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; in-laws; and best friend, Allen Klausky.

Gary will be truly missed, but he will be forming a new band in heaven with his best friend and bass player, Allen. I’m sure it will be a little bit of country and a whole lot of rock and roll.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held 1:00-3:00, Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Elk’s Lodge, Ellsworth.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to Penquis Christmas is for Kids, 262 Harlow St., Bangor 04401.

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5 Condolences

  • Cyndi Litchfield Posted August 23, 2017 3:53 pm

    Sending love and hugs to Gary’s family. RIP Gary. You sure will be missed. Gary was the greatest.

  • Heather Ford Posted August 24, 2017 7:07 am

    Love and Hugs! May your coming days be filled with the happy memories of his great smile and music. He was one of the best.

  • tim torrey Posted August 24, 2017 10:20 am

    I had lots of fun with Gary, I loved to stop by his shop and see what he had. It was always a pleasure. He always had a funny story and might be playing a song. I hope you find many great treasures in you new hunting grounds. God bless you and your family in this time .

  • Helen Hincks-Knowlton Posted August 25, 2017 5:24 am

    My sincere sympathy for your loss, May your happy memories of the kind, loving man he was get you through your time of grief.

  • Rosemary Hamblin Posted June 30, 2018 4:12 pm

    So sorry, Joyce. Just read about Gary’s passing–he will be surely missed. I have been missing you as well. Please take care. Love Rose and Steven.

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