Eli H. Zwicker Sr.

October 22, 1924
- October 10, 2011

BROWNVILLE JCT. - Eli H. Zwicker Sr., 86, a loving husband, father and grandfather, died Oct. 10, 2011, surrounded by his family at a Bangor hospital. He was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Brownville. Eli was a member of the UTU, and retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1988. He was also a member of the United Iron Workers Union, an accomplished carpenter and a strong Democrat. He was a medic in the U.S. Army, serving in Europe during World War II, along with his sister, Alice, and brother, Ken. Eli was a loving and generous man, who all his life quietly helped those who were less fortunate or struggling to get by. He was exceptionally proud of his family and taught them lifelong lessons, including a strong work ethic. He remained mentally sharp with a terrific memory. He read thousands of nonfiction books in his life, and enjoyed listening to old songs. He loved being in the woods and cutting his wood for winter. He got great joy from feeding the deer for more than 25 years, and was proud that his children and grandchildren chose to continue with that. He built homes for his children and cabins for his grandchildren. The loss of grandson, Justin, was the most difficult day of his life, and he will be buried near Justin at Brownville Village Cemetery. Eli was predeceased by his parents, James and Mary (Bartlett) Zwicker; brothers, Kenneth Zwicker and Herbert Zwicker; sisters, Catherine McDonald, Helena Tenney, Alice McAlevey and Geraldine Mincher; grandson, Justin Gerrish; and many friends. Almost 87, Eli sorely missed the friends and family who went before him. Eli is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly (Martin) Zwicker; six children, Lynn Weston and her husband, Charles, Margaret Zwicker, Elizabeth Gerrish and her husband, Daniel, Eli Zwicker Jr. and his wife, Patricia, Katharyn Zwicker, and Marilyn Lyford and her husband, John; grandchildren, Dan Gerrish, Erin Allen and her husband, Jeremy, Michael Weston, Alex Zwicker, Brian Zwicker, Erica Lyford and Trevor Lyford; as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He will be missed by many dear friends, young and old. Eli's family thanks the staff at St. Joseph Hospital for the wonderful care he received while hospitalized. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Brownville Village Cemetery with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Friends are invited to celebrate Eli's life after the service at the Alumni Building. His family hopes there will be stories shared in celebration of his life at that gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boot, Sneaker and Coat fund at Brownville Elementary School, care of Beth Melanson, 774 Main Road, Brownville, ME 04414 or Salvation Army Secret Santa Fund, 65 South Park St., Bangor, ME 04401. Both will benefit children. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com. Together, at last at twilight time ...

Published in Bangor Daily News on October 11, 2011

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