BANGOR – Richard L. Drinon Sr., 79, died July 15, 2008, of complications from cancer at a Bangor health care facility. He was born June 1, 1929, in Bangor, the son of George Drinon Sr. and Katherine “Kay” (Clarke) Drinon. He graduated from John Bapst Catholic High School in 1947, where he was an All- State athlete in basketball and football, and an outstanding student and debater. Dick played in three Eastern Maine basketball tournaments and established scoring records for the Crusaders that held for many years. After graduation he attended Higgins Classical Academy on athletic and academic scholarships while playing on a variety of semi-pro basketball teams. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was married in 1950 to Barbara Jean Oakes of Bangor. They later divorced. They have two children, Daniel Drinon of Hermon and Laurie McClain of Independence, Mo. Dick and Harriet Duncan Drinon of Bangor were married for almost 50 years, from 1956 until her death in August 2005. They have one son, Richard L. Drinon Jr. of Topeka, Kan. Dick was a retired Bangor firefighter. He loved the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and New England Patriots. He was a longtime member of Bangor Elks Club. In addition to his parents; and wife, Harriet, Dick was predeceased by brothers, Thomas, Robert, George “Spike” and James Drinon. In addition to his three children, he is survived by his brothers, Daniel and his wife, Judy, of Wells, Joseph and his wife, Anne, of Concord, N.H., and David and his wife, Cynde, of Andover, Mass.; as well as a sister, Katherine Doyle and her husband, Dick, of Monterrey, Calif.; a granddaughter, Amy Larcombe of Phoenix; his sister-in-law, Carole Drinon, wife of James, of Brewer and Alva Drinon, wife of Robert, of Coral Springs, Fla.; many nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his close friend, Agnes Shorette of Milford; many lifelong friends from Bangor and other friends from Bangor Fire Department and Bangor Elks Club. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, with the Rev. Rudolph Leveille presiding. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at Brookings-Smith Family Center, 163 Center St., Bangor, immediately after the service. Condolences to the family can be expressed at