Burgess Knowles


Burgess Knowles, 85, died peacefully Sept. 6, 2018, after a long illness. He was born Dec. 15, 1932, in Glenburn, the son of Charles H.B. and Marion (Cookson) Knowles.

Burgess was a graduate of Bangor High School, served in the U.S. Army and later graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. Burgess delivered for Sunshine Biscuit and later served as town manger of the towns of Rangley, Bradley and Southwest Harbor. He served as executive director at the Brewer Housing Authority before joining his wife, Annette, in opening The Restoration Shop and Store in Ellsworth Falls. Burgess loved to repair and restore antique furniture.

Burgess had been active in the Brewer Kiwanis and helped establish the Kiwanis club at Ellsworth in the early 1980s. More recently he was a member of The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Parish and the American Legion.

Burgess is survived by his beloved wife of 45 Years, Annette (Ouellette) Knowles of Ellsworth; a sister, Mary-Ellen Sargent and husband, George, of Bangor; four children, nine stepchildren, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Donald Knowles.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Church, 231 Main St. in Ellsworth. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth followed by a reception at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences can be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.