Bernard D. Ring

SULLIVAN — Bernard D. Ring, 55, died peacefully Jan. 17, 2014, in Ellsworth in his sleep surrounded by his family.

Bernie was a dedicated father who loved hunting and fishing with his two sons. He loved his greenhouse, gardening and canning. Bernie was instrumental in bringing the first photopheresis machine to Maine located at Cancer Care of Maine, Lafayette Center, Brewer. Because of Bernie’s struggle, many people will continue to benefit from the generosity and hard work of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Crowley Ring of Sullivan; two sons, Josh Ring of Sullivan and Chris Ring of Gouldsboro; a special grandson, Christopher Daniel Ring of Gouldsboro; mother, Paula Ring of Sullivan; two brothers, Tim Ring and fiancée Melanie, of Steuben and Greg Ring and wife, Cathy, of Sorrento; two sisters, Karen Hart and fiancé, Bob, of Vermont and Lisa Ring and fiancé, Bob, of Kennebunk; nephew, Nathan Hart and niece Hillary Hart, both of Vermont; sister-in-law, Betty Weidner and husband, Bill, of Corea; special friend, Mike Billings, of Prospect Harbor. Bernie was predeceased by his father in March 2006.

At Bernie’s request, there will a gathering of family and friends 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Contributions in memory of Bernie may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622, Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at

God saw he was getting tired

and a cure was not to be. So

he put his arms around him and whispered “Come with me”.

With tear-filled eyes we

watched over him and

pleaded that he not fade away.

Although we loved him deeply,

we knew he could not stay.

A golden heart stopped beating.

A beautiful person laid to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us.

He only takes the best.

We love you Bernie.

Know when to pay your respects.