Manley E. Bragdon Jr.


Manley E. Bragdon Jr., 81, passed away on Feb. 22, in Portland, after a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 13, 1938, in Franklin, son of Manley Sr. and Elizabeth (Fickett) Bragdon.

He grew up in Franklin and Blue Hill, graduating in 1957 from George Stevens Academy. Manley married Geraldine Leach, April 1960, and they resided in Blue Hill. They loved to travel and enjoyed 50 years of marriage, until Gerry’s passing in December 2010.

Manley worked at the mill in Bucksport and then was employed at Cianbro Corp. for over 38 years, until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling and was a member of the Acadia Area ATV’ers Club. Mornings he could be found heading to Franklin for breakfast with lifelong friends, then returning home to check on the action on South Blue Hill wharf, and the various wood cutting crews.

Manley is survived by his daughter, Tina Gray, and husband, Jeff, Sedgwick; daughter-in-law Joy Bragdon, Blue Hill; he was a proud ‘Gup’ to Matthew Gray and wife, Hannah, Sedgwick; Garret Bragdon and wife, Amanda, Rhode Island; Autumn Robbins and husband, Jeremy, Blue Hill; great-grandchildren, Ava and Piper Gray, Sedgwick; Oliver Peasley, Brooksville; sister, Mary Allen, and husband, Ronald, Blue Hill; brother and sister in-law, Fernald and Drucy Leach, Blue Hill; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, son Dana and sisters Anne Black and Jackie Scott.

Manley will be remembered by many lifelong friends including Dean Hodgon, Eric Dodge, Jake Butler, Lloyd Turner, Cory and Denny Robertson, Bub Curry, cousin Jimmy White and his morning breakfast family in Franklin.

A graveside service will be in the spring, at a time and date to be announced.

Donations in Manley’s memory can be made to Blue Hill Fire Department, P.O. Box 1167, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

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