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William James Brigham "Bill"

March 25, 1940 - May 28, 2020
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Topsham-William James Brigham, "Bill”, 80, of Beaver Pond Road, passed away Thursday, May 28th at Mid Coast Hospital.  He was born March 25th, 1940 in Danville Illinois.  The son of Thomas and Alice Brigham, he graduated from Gardiner High School in 1958.  He served in the United States Army where he served in intelligence and code breaking, before enrolling at Washington State College (now UMaine Machias), and then received his master’s in education administration from The University of Maine at Orono.

Bill spent 30 years in education as a teacher and principal with stops in Nh and Maine, including Downeast, Belfast, and Bath, where he retired in 1993. His impact in the communities where he was an educator has been felt for years; many students and staff continually reached out to him for guidance and mentoring. His love of helping educators spawned his next career when he helped form Maine Retirement Annuities.

Bill had a true passion for the Maine outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling.  He rarely missed a Red Sox, Celtics, or Patriots game and his love of sports and the outdoors has been passed on to all generations of his family.  He was one of the founders, former president, and long-time board member of the Topsham Trail Riders ATV club where he made many lifelong friends.

Bill is survived by the love of his life Jeanne, sister Mary Alice McMeniman of Rotunda FL, Daughter Theresa and Husband Paul Lancisi of Monson ME, Daughter Cheryl and husband Brian Moyer of Winter Springs FL, son Christopher Brigham of Ellsworth ME, son Corey and wife Emily Brigham of Bowdoin ME, grandson Anthony Lancisi, grandson Nicholas Lancisi, grandson Jeffrey Moyer, granddaughter Michelle Moyer, grandson Mason Brigham, Grandson Owen Brigham, and great grandchildren Tulia, Johnny, and Alessi Lancisi.

William leaves behind a legacy of mentoring, compassion, and friendship that has touched countless lives and will be felt for generations.  If lieu of flowers memorial donations should be made to the American Red Cross, 16 Community Way-Topsham, ME  04086, an organization Bill supported for many years. There are no services at this time.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal Street, Brunswick.  Memorial condolences may be expressed at