April 08, 2020

Skier, gifted artist, Madeline Bacon dies

BANGOR — Madeline Silsby Bacon, who died Jan. 25 after a brief illness at age 90, was well known in Bangor as a gifted artist, ardent skier, and enthusiastic fan of University of Maine teams. The widow of Henry Irving Bacon, former owner of Bacon Printing Co., she was devoted to her three children, six grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, tirelessly attending the children’s games at school and teaching them to ski.

Bacon was born June 21, 1907, and graduated from Bangor High School in 1925. She was a 50-year-plus member of the YWCA, a sustaining member of the Junior League, a member of the Athene Club and the Quipus Club, and was an active supporter of the Abnaki Girl Scouts’ Camp Natarswi. She attended hockey and women’s basketball games faithfully at the University of Maine up to the time of her death, and enjoyed downhill skiing well into her 80s. Her oil and watercolor paintings have been exhibited over the years and admired for their energy and freedom. She was particularly happy going on fishing trips in Canada with her late husband and spending time with family at their camp on Moosehead Lake.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home on Center Street.

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