2016-03-04 / Obituaries

Joseph Bush, Sr.

Joseph Francis Bush, Sr., a longtime resident of Kennebunk and Arundel, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation after a brief illness.

Joe was born Oct. 30, 1931 in Biddeford, a son of Joseph J. and Frances (Bartlett) Bush. He is a graduate of Kennebunk High School class of 1950.

Mr. Bush served his country in the U.S. Air Force. After he was discharged, he worked for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a planner/estimator for many years, retiring in 1986

In 1952 he married the love of his life, Esther Wormwood and together they have celebrated 63 years of marriage and raised their five children.

He was a communicant of St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. He enjoyed camping, taking walks, carpentry and spending time with his loving children and grandchildren. He and Esther spent many winters in Avon Park, Florida.

Mr. Bush was predeceased by a brother, Robert Bush, and two sisters, Susan Calder and Lorraine White, and son-in-law Rick Dues.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Wormwood) Bush of Kennebunk; a son, Joseph F. Bush, Jr. and his wife, Beth, of Kennebunk; four daughters, Evelyn Cole and husband Kenneth, Cindy Dues and Diane Reynolds, all of Kennebunk, and Karen Lapara of Avon Park; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and his longtime childhood friend, Andy Smith of Arundel.

There are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish – St. Martha’s

Church, Kennebunk. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Biddeford at a later date.

Should friends desire, donations in Mr. Bush’s memory can be made to: Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Attn: Activities Dept., 158 Ross Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Joe’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.

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