Bangor and Limestone- Daniel Philip Cyr, 83, passed peacefully on January 2, 2023, at Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor. He was born on August 8, 1939, in Limestone, son of the late Louis and Kathleen (Keefe) Cyr.
Dan graduated from Limestone High School in 1957 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Maine (Orono) graduating in 1961. Years later he obtained a master’s degree in Education. His first job after college was teaching Social Studies for grades 7 and 8 at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. A year later, Dan was drafted into the United States Army and spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Aroostook County and taught at Fort Fairfield High School. In the summer of 1969, he was a summer camp counselor in Encino, California. Shortly, thereafter he made the cross-country road trip in one of his first Corvettes back to southern California where he worked in the Aerospace business at Lockheed Aircraft and Stresskin Products in Burbank from 1971-1973. When Dan moved back to Maine, he continued his career in education. Becoming the Assistant Principal of Limestone High School and eventually achieved the position of Assistant Superintendent for the Caribou school system.
A few years later, Dan moved with his former wife, Kathy (Locke) and two children to the Bangor area and went into the real estate business. He established his own real estate agency, Riviera Realty, named after one of his favorite Buick models. Unfortunately, the timing coincided with the real estate downturn in the early 80’s. He then returned to the area of education in 1986 as a counselor with Jobs for America’s Graduates in Maine eventually moving into a management position. During his retirement years Dan started a handy man business primarily for senior citizens.
He was a devout Catholic attending mass at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor. Through his association with St. John’s Catholic Church, he completed the training and Rite of Commission to serve as a Minister of the Eucharist. He volunteered these services for many years at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor, which he then later became a resident of the E and B Units. Dan was a very proud father of 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren. He cherished his time spent with his daughter’s especially on the annual Father’s Day golf outing and the coast of Maine Sunday drives. He also loved any excuse to grab a Pat’s Pizza or a Gifford’s ice cream. Dan was an avid golfer and was a proud member of the Hole in One club. He also enjoyed all New England sports teams and University of Maine College sports especially baseball. His other passions were his love of cars, specifically Corvettes in his younger years, and his companion animals (both cats and dogs).
Dan is survived by his brother, Mike Cyr and his wife, Eleanor, of Mud Lake, his former wife, Kathy (Locke) Cyr, his children, Kirsten (Cyr) Ismail and her husband, Scott, of Hampden, Heidi Cyr and her wife, Claire Johnson, of Quincy, Massachusetts and Vicki Neargarder and her husband, Glenn, of Raleigh, North Carolina and his grandchildren, Samantha Ismail, of Hampden, and Taylor, Destin and Zachary Neargarder, of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also survived by his niece, Julie Carciero, and his nephews, Jon, Peter, Robert, Keefe and Jeffrey Cyr. Additionally, he is survived by his grandnephew, Dominic Carciero and grandniece, Amanda Cyr. Dan was predeceased by his loving parents, Louis E. and Kathleen (Keefe) Cyr of Limestone, Maine, his brothers, Honorable Conrad Cyr, Thomas L. Cyr and Marilyn A. Cyr.
With deep appreciation, Dan’s family offers a heart felt thank you to the staff at Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor, Maine (E Unit and B Unit) for their compassionate and dedicated care provided over the last several years.
In keeping with Daniel’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Louis Catholic Church, 100 Main Street, Limestone. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held immediately following the Mass in the church fellowship hall. Spring interment will take place at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Limestone.
It is the family’s request that those who would like to donate in his memory may do so by contributing to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. By Mail: The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research FDR Station, PO Box 220 New York, NY 10150 Online: https://www.alzinfo.org/donate/donation_form/ By Phone/Email 1-800-ALZINFO (259-4636) email@example.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com .