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William Bunker

William "Will" Bunker

January 17, 1966 - May 26, 2019
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VINALHAVEN – William Gilchrist ‘Will’ Bunker, left us all too soon, Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Will was the owner of Bunker’s Trucking and Bunker’s L.P. Gas. He could drive a tractor-trailer like others drive a compact car. Driving a truck just came natural to him. He probably plowed through the gates of heaven driving 18 wheels at full speed. Will loved Golden Retrievers, especially Buddy, Bear, and Honey. He also loved his M&M’s and Budweiser.

He didn’t have much interest in other’s opinions, what he loved best was spending time with his drinking buddies, talking about music trivia or any other subject they could come up with. This would sometimes entail a ‘phone-a-friend’ when no one could come up with the answer. Everyone who knew Will has more than one ‘Will Story’ and we hope these are told over and over and laughed at with every telling.

Despite his gruff exterior, his bark was worse than his bite. He would do anything to help anybody that he liked. Will’s heart, though it was broken, was pure gold.

Will was the son of Michael, Sr. and Patricia Calderwood Bunker. He was born January 17, 1966. He was predeceased by his mother less than two months ago. He is survived by his father; two brothers, Michael Bunker, Jr. and his wife Lorraine, Loren Bunker and his wife Angie; three nieces; three nephews; three great-nephews and a great-niece.

A graveside committal will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019 at Brown’s Head Cemetery, Vinalhaven. Donations in Will’s memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. box 1294, Rockland, Maine 04841.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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  • Graveside Service

    Friday June 21, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday June 21, 2019 11:00am
    Brown's Head Cemetery
    North Haven Rd.
    Vinalhaven, ME 04863
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday June 21, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday June 21, 2019 11:00am
    Brown's Head Cemetery
    North Haven Rd.
    Vinalhaven, ME 04863
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jim Terry

Posted at 02:13pm
Dear Mike, Mike, Loren and family. We were so upset to hear about Will, whose LP Gas had been servicing the Trafford/ Terry house that the Bunker family had plumbed and worked on, perhaps since its construction over a century ago, certainly since my childhood (3/4 century. Mike Sr. would know).. Perhaps Will was with Loren at the Rockland ferry terminal May 18 (when blinded by bright sunlight running to get my ticket I did not recognize Loren until we'd passed each other). I remember Will making his last delivery to the Big House last summer, Pat beside him as usual. Knowing he'd had a very bad time of it healthwise, I thought he must really be in need of her support, and she, still enduring her long battle with cancer, glad to be able to help him. Hearing of her death when we arrived here, feeling so sorry for all of you, and a bit scared for Will, I wanted to be with you at the graveside today. Why did I put 11:30 in my calendar? At 11:20 you were all gone.

Will was the Bunker (among brothers, parents) I knew least well, Pat best. Acquaintance went into high gear while trying to work on building our little house 20 years ago. I'd come into that little shop on Main Street almost daily with questions needing an answer to understand what was needed, whether she had it, who else might. Fully aware these were dumb amateur questions, I tried to make jokes. Her patience with that, and with giving that stupid summer jerk all that free advice, was endless. Her "Well, some ain't" was the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me. And her wonderful, matchless sense of humor became a feature, savored and enjoyed each year, of life on the island. She was not only smart, she was wise, not only practical and efficient, but stoic, accepting, patient. Became a real friend. "Well, without you, Pat, it ain't Vinalhaven" is my parting love letter.

How much more deeply and sadly you must all feel that way! Sorry I muffed the chance to be with you today. Hope our paths cross. With love and sympathy-- Jim Terry

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