Bucksport Fire Chief Remembered 

Wayne Harvey

Eugene “Gene” Weston, a long time firefighter in Bucksport, passed away last Thursday at the age of 70, less than three weeks from his 71st birthday…Monday final respects were paid to the man who spent nine years as the department’s chief, said Captain Pam Payson the Public Information Officer for the Bucksport Fire Department.”We have planned a Firefighters Service, we’ve included the antiques for which he’s very, he loved working on them, he spent a lot of time making sure they were clean, sparkled, put them in parades. That was his love and his joy.”Gene Weston restored three vehicles which are stored at Union Station…Two weeks ago, that building was dedicated to Chief Weston.”It was wonderful. He was unable to attend the ceremony, but a group of us went out to his home and presented him with the plaque.” said Payson. “He was very thankful, he was very humble and didn’t expect that and he was very pleased.”As the funeral was held, Chief Weston’s boots, helmet and gear sat outside the fire station, it was done as a tribute according to Capt. Payson. “That is a remembrance of him as a person that filled those boots and that we’ll never forget them. It’s the same thing with 9/11 or people that die in the line of duty, you put them out there to let them know that they still fill those boots whether they are here on Earth to do that or not, their spirit is always with us.”For a man who spent 38 years of his life serving the town of Bucksport, this was a chance for them to say thank you.”It would be an honor to have this taking place, but he’d say he wouldn’t want to have a big deal made out of this day but we’re going to do it,” said Payson. “Because we love him and respect him and he’s part of this station and always will be.”After the funeral Weston was given his final ride to the cemetery in one of the antiques he had personally restored.