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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
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Bryan Avant

Bryan J Avant

Wednesday, October 9th, 1957 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
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Bryan J. Avant passed away on Saturday, January 23 at his home.
He was a master woodworker and later got his bachelor's degree in accounting from UMA and worked for Sappi Paper and the State.
He is survived by his ex-wife, his life partner, Charlotte; brothers: John and Dennis; 3 sons, and nephews Jarrod and Jason.
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Aaron Greene-Morse

Posted at 05:50pm
I want to send my condolences to Charlotte, and Bryan's family.
We met in person once but had several conversations via text, mostly about the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, but some simply about life.
He was a caring individual with wit and talent. I'm greatful that he reached out to help in the way he knew best. He certainly made a difference in our community, and to the JACFP volunteers and patrons.
I'll miss his quick typing skills. ❤️

Charlotte Coopersmith

Posted at 02:30pm
One unusual memory involved Bryan, our beloved cat Ping and a large hawk. Bryan witnessed the following: Ping was fearless in her youth and one summer day she had climbed into the hemlock hedge that we have near our deck. Then a large hawk came flying by very close to the hemlock. Ping actually sprang out of the tree trying to nab the hawk. She was rewarded with a tail feather in her mouth!! Ping is below. Neither Ping nor the hawk was injured and hopefully it did not affect the hawks flying.

Charlotte Coopersmith

Posted at 09:08am
Bryan accomplished so much in his life. He was the youngest son of Norma Avant, a single mom who raised 4 boys. She was a brilliant woman. Bryan loved going to fairs where they sold costume jewelry that they had made. Bryan seemed to know instinctively what would sell and he made tons of earrings and pendants. He never finished high school but here in Maine he got his GED, I believe receiving the highest score ever in the State of Maine. He got his BS in accounting at UMA and went on too several jobs. At one he created on his own an Excel Pivot table that made the accounting for the business MUCH more time effective and informative. When he was with Sappi Paper, we took a trip to Minneapolis with his boss to inspect mills up there. It was a lovely city. Bryan there uncovered a fraud scheme that was going on in the mills and ultimately saved Sappi lots of money. Making the transition from carpentry to accounting was not easy for Bryan. He had never worked in an office environment and did not understand that you could not just speak your mind and cause waves. We also took a wonderful driving trip to Quebec in the summer. The drive up through Maine and Canada was so beautiful with fields of sunflowers in bloom. The food was great both on the trip and in Quebec. We visited the oldest restaurant in North America that has been there for hundreds of years. Fortunately I spoke and understood a bit of French. The other great trip was to Campobello Island. At that point we were playing golf (with ancient clubs that had been owned by my uncle including wooden drivers) and we stopped at a tiny course in Lubec before going on to Campobello. We loved it out on the island. Our cottage rental was right on the water on a high cliff and we spent hours watching the gulls fishing and saw whales traveling in the ocean. There was a 9 hole golf course there that Roosevelt had designed that was in a circle. You could just keep playing as many holes as you wished. And of course we did a whale watch boat trip and actually did get to see a whale up close. Bryan I miss you more than you will ever know and pray that you have a great new spirit body with no pain and that you are with your brother Alan and will Norma. Love you, Charlotte

Pat Harriman

Posted at 06:15pm
Bryan made wonderful bread. When Charlotte and I were working for MGMC in Augusta he would sometimes be in a baking mode and bring us in some of his yummy fresh bread. It was so good and I always looked forward to having him visit us with one of his loaves. After I had retired, one day I met up with Bryan at the Cony Street Hannaford in the dairy section! We were both so surprised that we recognized each other since we hadn't seen one another for some time. A great chat we had!

Charlie Taylor

Posted at 01:14pm
Bryan was the first person I ever met when we moved to Maine. It was mid February - Rose and I bought a foreclosed house and it had not been shoveled all winter. We were halfway done and down walks some guy in a bathrobe ...yes it was Bryan. He asked some questions and seemed to care but I was wary because why would anyone care about what me and Rose were facing. As I got to know him he genuinely did care. He was a caring person, I saw that in his love for his cats and birds and our animals as well. I will miss Bryan and I thank him for being my favorite neighbor. My condolences to Charlotte and all of Bryan's family - He truly was a nice guy. Charlie and Rose

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