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Lance Gordon Shope, 70, passed away with his beloved wife, Brenda, holding his hand Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Eastside Rehab in Bangor, Maine.

Born Oct. 9, 1949, in Huntingdon, he was the son of Regis and Betty Shope.

Surviving along with his his wife of 41 years are his two sisters, Marcia Fisher and companion, Anthony Quarracino, of Huntingdon, and Jackie Ellingsen and husband, Jay, of Glenburn, Maine; two sisters-in-law, Paulyne Ward and companion, Larry Hamilton, of Meddybemps, Maine, and Judy Crosby and husband, Skip, of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death his father, Regis Shope; his mother, Betty Shope Hall; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Helen M. and Cecil Ward; sister-in-law Janet Ward.

Mr. Shope graduated from Huntingdon Area High School in 1967, and the University of Maine in Machias where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and recreational management.

While attending the University of Maine, he met his future wife, Brenda. He became an eligibility specialist with long-term care for the State of Maine Department of Health & Human Services, retiring with over 20 years of service.

He was an avid geologist and enjoyed collecting and cutting rocks and gems. He was a member of the Penobscot Mineral and Lapidary Club. In recent years, his love for rocks and gems led him to begin a partnership with his friend, Amanda Coburn, establishing A&L Jewelry, where he was able to use his talent in cutting and polishing.

He was also a talented artist and was a member of Ageless Artist in the Bangor area.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Meddybemps Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either PAWS Bravehearts, 368 South St., Calais, ME 04619, or Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave, Bangor, ME 04401.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mays Funeral Home, Calais. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.MaysFuneralHome.com and www.huntingdondailynews.com.