BREWER – Sidney W. Winchester, 88, husband of Lillian (Winslow) Winchester, died March 8, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Brewer, son of Clarence S. and Hilda M. (Purcell) Winchester.

Sid attended Brewer schools and graduated from Brewer High School, class of 1943. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 708 M.P. BN. After his military service he was employed by National Biscuit Co. In 1948 Sid was employed by Norman E. Whitney Inc. and in 1965 became a partner and owner until 1986 when he retired. Sid became a master Mason in Ralph J. Pollard Lodge No. 217 AF & AM, Orrington. Sid was also a member of York and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Bangor. He joined Anah Shriners in 1965. In 1966 Sid became a member of the Motor Corps, of which he remained a member for 16 years, and was captain for six years. In 1972 he served as president of the North East Shrine Motor Corps and served as aide for two years prior to being appointed outer guard in 1983. Sid served as potentate of Anah Shriners in 1993. He helped organize and served as vice president and president of the First Football Lobster Bowl Classic. As potentate in 1993 he authorized to have the first East-West College All Star Hockey Games. Sid also was a member of all Anah Shrine Clubs, Anah Shrine Cabiri, Royal Order of Jesters, Kachina Klub and Bangor Noon Time Kiwanis Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Lillian (Winslow) Winchester of Brewer, are five nieces, Jeanine York, Eleanor Goodine, Robin Reed, Candice Winslow and Joyce Jones; three nephews, Larry Winchester, Sidney Winchester and Carl Merrill Winslow; other nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Virginia Winchester; and a brother-in-law, Merton Clough. Also to be remembered are his many brothers-in-law and extended stepfamilies, including Wayne and Dick Giffard. Sid was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence E. Winchester and Eugene P. Winchester and his wife, Frances; and a sister, Marguerite Clough. He was known and loved by all as “Uncle Sid.”

Private interment will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish may make gifts in his memory to the Building Fund, care of Anah Shriners, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402-0735. Condolences to the family may be expressed at