Baileyville – Barry Donald “Bud” McAlpine, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Bud was born in Baileyville on March 30, 1932, son of Everett and Elizabeth (Strout) McAlpine.
He graduated from Woodland High School, Class of 1950, and started working at the local papermill until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. While in the Air Force, he married Carmen Cameron and together they had two children. Immediately after his son’s birth, Bud went overseas to serve in the Korean War. He served as a Gunner on B29 Bombers (Flying Fortresses), flying missions from Okinawa to North Korea.
Following his service, Bud returned home and attended Husson College. He purchased a dump truck and was an owner/operator for several years until starting his career at Georgia Pacific, from which he retired in 1993. On July 2, 1976, he married Barbara Clarke Amber. In the 1980’s, the B29 Bud trained on, Hawg Wild, was flown to England to be placed in a museum. During that journey, the crew stopped at Loring Air Force Base. Being a former crew member, Bud was invited by the Bangor Daily News to tour the plane and share his memories of Hawg Wild to the writer and current crew members.
He was a member of People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville, American Legion in Baileyville, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Quarter Century Club at Georgia Pacific, Spednic Club, and Lewey’s Island Lodge No. 138 A.F. & A.M. in Princeton. Bud enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and spending time at his camps on Meddybemps Lake and Squirrel Point.
In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara; a brother Calvin McAlpine; and a sister, Maralie Merrithew. Surviving are his four children, David McAlpine and wife Judy of Baileyville, Christine Wormell of Augusta, Robert Amber and wife Cheryl of Baileyville, and Kathy Amber of Windsor, CT; eight grandchildren, Daniel Amber and wife Erica of Orlando, FL, Nathan Amber and companion Laura of Baileyville, Jacob Amber of Rockport and his friend Anna of Belfast, Emily Connors and husband Tom of Sabattus, Mylissa Welch and husband Daniel of Boothbay, Kristofor McAlpine and wife Kristin of Hampden, Zachary Wormell of Augusta, and Abby Wormell of Augusta; nine great-grandchildren, Alexis, Sydney, Liam, Ryan, Jaxson, Alexis, Tobias, Scarlett, and Violett; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Anne Perry, Lisa Smith, and the staff at Calais Regional Hospital, VA, Ross Manor and Robbinston Bridge Home for the excellent care given to Bud during his recent illness.
A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Woodland Cemetery in Baileyville. Donations in Bud’s memory may be made to American Legion Post #23, PO Box 775, Baileyville, ME 04694. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.