FREEDOM, ME—Brian Karl Mitchell, 68, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME from pneumonia, following a long period of chronic illness.\r\n\r\nHe was born in Bangor on July 14, 1947, the only child of Elmin H. and Edna (Jones) Mitchell.\r\n\r\nBrian grew up in Montville, ME, and attended school at Walker, Halldale, and Mount View High School, graduating in 1966. He completed the sheet metal program at Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Presque Isle, ME.\r\n\r\nIn 1969, he married Gloria Jean Carey at the Fairfield Nazarene Church, where they met. The couple settled in Freedom, ME where he started his own sheet metal and roofing business that he operated for over 40 years.\r\n\r\nHe enjoyed the idea of a little home farm with a big garden, and a few animals to keep Gloria busy. He was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman, developing lifelong friendships with some classic characters, enjoying trips to northern Quebec, New York, Down East, and to his camp on Chesuncook Lake.\r\n\r\nIn the early eighties he got his pilot’s license, instrument rating, and bought his own Cessna Skyhawk. He loved to fly and give rides, and only crash landed once, on an island, but still flew the plane back. That was the essence of Brian.\r\n\r\nIn later years, he took up golfing with his son-in-law, Jim, and his friends, Henry and Carl.\r\n\r\nHe was predeceased by his infant son, Brian Jr.; his father, Elmin; his family friend, Cleve Oliver; his lifelong friend, Henry Conary; and his special animal friends, Jake and Snuffy.\r\n\r\nBrian is survived by his mother, Edna of Montville, ME; his wife and caregiver, Gloria of Freedom, ME; his daughters, Delta and her husband, Don Chase of Somerville, ME, Kelly and her husband, Jim Stacey of South China, ME, and Mary and her husband, Brian Stacey of Seabrook, NH; his grandchildren, Jesse Stacey, Allison Gallant, and Danny Cseak; his special dog, Deets; and his close friends, Norman Leeman, Gerald Pottle, and Larry Pottle.\r\n\r\nVisitors are welcome at his residence in Freedom, ME. A life celebration and burial is planned for the spring of 2016.\r\n\r\nThe family wishes to thank the nurses and respiratory therapists at Inland Hospital for their compassionate care.