Joseph S. Bryant, 80: Former Brunswick school principal, guidance counselor

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BRUNSWICK — Joseph Stanley Bryant, 80, died Sept. 18.

Born in Buckfield, on March 23, 1931, he was a graduate of Paris High School in South Paris, where he was active in sports.

After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English at Colby College in 1953, he began his career in secondary education as an English teacher at Caribou High School.

In 1956 he was drafted by the U.S. Navy and served a tour of duty with the Pacific Fleet in Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

After he returned from the Navy he pursued graduate studies to become a guidance counselor. He was dedicated to helping young people plan their futures and served for 16 years at Brunswick High School, where he was the head of the guidance department, and later served as principal.

After retiring from education he worked for many years at L.L.Bean.

His college education was enabled by generous financial help from people in his home town, which motivated him to work for many years with the Brunswick Area Student Aid Fund, through which a scholarship was established in his name.

He married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn, and they remained very much in love during their 58-year marriage.

Another love was golf, and he was a longtime member of the Brunswick Golf Club. He was outgoing and enjoyed talking with people, and will be remembered for his smile and his sense of humor.

A self-taught piano and organ player, he delighted in music and was known for organizing family jam sessions and sing-a-longs. He loved being in front of an audience, and especially enjoyed performing in faculty variety shows.

He was predeceased by his brothers James, Sidney, John and Rodney, and his sister Helen.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Niskanen) Bryant; his son, Jerry and partner Fran Goodwin of Amherst, Mass., and son Eric and wife Shari Broder of Freeport; granddaughters Emily, Chelsea, Eliza and Andrea Bryant; step-grandchildren Hannah and Taylor Goodwin; brothers Richard and William Bryant and their spouses; and extended family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brunswick Area Student Aid Fund c/o J. Otey Smith, treasurer, 121 Tondreau Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079, or to Parkview Adventist Medical Center, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements were by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com

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