George Pilgrim, 84: Enjoyed woodworking, time with family

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BATH — George “Bud” Pilgrim, 84, died peacefully Jan. 17 at MidCoast Hospital with his family by his side.

Born in Berlin, N.H., on Jan. 24, 1926, he was the son of Fredrick and Hilda (Beckwith) Pilgrim, and attended local schools.

After he graduated from Berlin High School in 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Belgium and Germany.

Upon being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy. After he retired from the U.S. Navy in 1965, he moved to Bath, where he began working at Bath Iron Works until he retired in 1989.

On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Joan Reynolds in Berlin, N.H.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed his springer spaniels.

His other interests included outdoor sports, and working in his woodworking shop.

Family and friends will miss his smile and sense of humor.

His sister, Elizabeth Marquis, predeceased him.

Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Joan; a daughter, Joellan Pilgrim of Bath, and three sons, Mark Pilgrim and his wife Karen of Englewood, Colo., Derek Pilgrim and his wife Victoria of West Bath, and Drew Pilgrim and his wife Susanne of Dresden; nine grandchildren, Alyssa Murphy and her husband Michael of Concord, N.C., Cara McKinney of Gardiner, Zachary Pilgrim and his wife Nicole of West Bath, Jesse Pilgrim, and Gia Pilgrim, all of West Bath, David Pilgrim and Emily Pilgrim, both of Colorado, Jacob Pilgrim and Samuel Pilgrim, both of Dresden; four great-grandchildren, Richard, Breanna, Shea and Liam; his brother-in-law, James Marquis of Berlin, N.H.; many cousins; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial condolences can be shared with the family at desmondfuneralhomes.com.

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