Carlyle “Carl” Bragdon, 87, of Bow passed away surrounded by his family on May 9, 2019, after experiencing a period of declining health.
Carl was born in Bar Harbor on May 5, 1932, to Carlyle A. Sr. and Sarah (Scott) Bragdon. He was raised in Bar Harbor and graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1950. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, followed by service in the U.S. Naval Reserves through 1959. It was while he was in the Navy that he met his future wife, Patricia Mack of Epsom, whom he married in 1955. They eventually moved to Bow, where they lived for nearly 60 years.
Carl owned Cole’s Appliance Center in Concord, and he continued working into his early 80s. He enjoyed wood-working and tackling any handyman projects that needed to be done. He was well known for his post-Thanksgiving Day turkey soup and his annual New Year’s Day lasagna, of which there was always plenty to share with family, friends and neighbors. Mostly, though, he enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a devoted and generous husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
He was a member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and the Tin Can Sailor National Association of Destroyer Veterans.
Carl was predeceased in 2014 by his loving wife, Pat, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, and by his brother, Robert Scott. He is survived by his two sons, Bruce and wife, Cynthia, of Epsom, and, Steven and husband, Gerald Sherwood, of Chicago, Ill.; granddaughters Sarah Waranowski and husband, Peter, of Raymond, and, Katie Presti and husband, Matthew, of Denver, Colo.; and great-grandchildren Adam and Jake Waranowski, and, Connor and Ella Presti.
The family would like to thank the staff at Presidential Oaks and the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care team for the compassionate care they provided during Carl’s final months.
Graveside services will be held at a future date in Bar Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Program, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 (www.crvna.org), the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association Northeast Chapter, c/o Bill Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer, 6 Black Cherry Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011, or the charity of your choice. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.