Brewer and Meddybemps – Lance Gordon Shope, 70, passed away with his beloved wife Brenda holding his hand on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Eastside Rehab in Bangor. Lance was born in Huntingdon, PA on October 9, 1949, son of Regis and Betty Shope.
Lance graduated from Huntingdon Area Senior High School, Class of 1967, and the University of Maine in Machias where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Recreational Management. While attending the University of Maine, he met his future wife, Brenda Ward. Lance became an Eligibility Specialist with long term care for the State of Maine Department of Health & Human Services, retiring with over 20 years of service. Lance was an avid geologist and enjoyed collecting and cutting rocks and gems. He was a member of the Penobscot Mineral and Lapidary Club. In recent years, his love for rocks and gems led him to begin a partnership with his friend Amanda Coburn, establishing A&L Jewelry, where Lance was able to use his talent in cutting and polishing. Lance was also a talented artist and was a member of Ageless Artist in the Bangor area.
Lance was predeceased by his father, Regis Shope; his mother, Betty Shope Hall; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Helen M. and Cecil Ward; sister-in-law Janet Ward; and his two feline companions, Starbuck and Spooky. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Brenda Shope; two sisters, Marcia Fisher and companion Anthony Quarracino of Huntingdon, PA, and Jackie Ellingsen and husband Jay of Glenburn; two sisters-in-law, Paulyne Ward and companion Larry Hamilton of Meddybemps, and Judy Crosby and husband Skip of St. Stephen, NB; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Meddybemps Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either PAWS Bravehearts, 368 South St., Calais, ME 04619, or Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave, Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.MaysFuneralHome.com