Sidney: Bernard Edward Allen, born December 25, 1926, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2014 at the Maine Veteran s Affairs Medical Center, Togus, at the age of 87. Bernard was born in Waterville, Maine, where he was raised by his parents Viola Ruth and Morris Edward Allen and attended Waterville High School. Bernard left Waterville to proudly serve his country in WWII as a Radioman in the Navy. Upon his return, Bernard was wed in 1947, to the lovely Shirley Lucille Baldic, with whom he had 3 children: Craig, Terry, and Sherry. Bernard and Shirley lived most of their lives happily and quietly, on a beloved farmstead in Sidney, Maine, where animals outnumbered humans ten to one. Just the way he liked it. Bernard s love and compassion for animals was well-known. He was quick to forgive a swift kick from a horse or a sharp bite from a mean old goose and there was always room by the fire for barn kittens that d fallen into a bucket of water in winter. Bernard was also a resourceful man and had many jobs throughout his life: dairy farmer, salesman, amateur woodworker, and finally on to a successful and fulfilling career as Business Manager for the State of Maine in Civil Defense, Agriculture, and eventually with the Attorney General s Office. After retiring from full-time work, Bernard lived much of the rest of his life on the farm, enjoying the beauty of the land, the animals, and his wife and children. Of course, Bernard s three children went on to have children of their own, and his grandchildren became another of his great loves. Bestowing wisdom, wit, clever nicknames, and lots of power tools upon each one of them. Bernard, known, by all who met him, as an intelligent man with a sharp wit, interminable sense of humor, and an endless thirst for knowledge and learning. He had particular soft spots for a good Western, cute girls, and babies (all species). Bernard was always with a book in hand - from Stephen Hawking to Louis L amour no topic too obscure, no discussion too obtuse, and no language too difficult to dabble in. Bernard took pleasure in understanding the world he lived in and as long as he lived his mind was quick, sharp, and curious. In 2008, Bernard s wife Shirley passed away. Deeply saddened by the loss, Bernard never quite recovered from her earthly absence. Surely their reunion was exquisitely joyful. Bernard was undoubtedly warmly welcomed by those who left before him, his parents Viola and Morris Allen; his brothers John, Bob and sister Geraldine, his wife Shirley and his daughter-in-law Joy (Furbush) Allen. Bernard is greatly missed and survived by his loving family: son Craig and wife Brenda Allen, son Terry Allen, and daughter Sherry and husband Jeffrey Pike, along with their many beautiful children and grandchildren to whom Bernard was proudly Grampy. A memorial funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday July 24 at Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services 26 Church Street Oakland where friends may visit from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will follow at the Lewis Cemetery in Oakland.