State flags in Bangor were flown at half-staff in honor of a man who was loved and cherished by many.
Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow lost his battle with cancer last week at the age of 57.
“It was awesome seeing him fight through it with the attitude he was able to keep and he was just a great person and will be missed, but always remembered in a great way,” said Joe Lynch, a former Bangor police officer.
Winslow retired from the force in 2007 after nearly 28 years in Bangor.
Family, friends, and law enforcement from all over the state came together at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor.
“Today is an emotional day for a lot of people in the city of Bangor. I think the family has dealt with so much grace in the manner of which Chief Winslow has dealt with it as well is just an inspiration to his friends and his colleagues. We’re going to miss a man that had a great impact not only to Bangor, but to our region,” said Perry Antone, Public Safety Director for Brewer Police Department.
Father Frank Murray, who conducted the service, said Winslow wanted to keep things short and simple, because he told him he was so fortunate to know how many people loved him during his last days.
The sun shined on a procession to Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Ohio Street following the ceremony.
Although tears were shed, the ceremony was what Winslow and his family hoped it would be, a celebration of a life that many will never forget.
“He’s somebody that people should emulate their career after because he did it with courage, kindness, understanding, you know, so we’re going to miss him greatly,” said Antone.