July 15, 2014
State of Maine Flags to be Lowered in Bangor to Honor Former Police Chief Don Winslow
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, (207) 287-2531
Governor Paul R. LePage today ordered the State of Maine flag lowered to half-staff in the City of Bangor on Thursday, July 17 in honor of former police chief Don Winslow, 57, who died on July 10. U.S. flags must remain at full staff.
“The First Lady and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Winslow,” said Governor LePage. “His career in public safety, first as a firefighter, then as a police officer, exemplified the love he had for his community and his dedication to serving it.”
After serving three years with the Old Town Fire Department, Mr. Winslow turned his career toward law enforcement. He spent nearly 28 years with the Bangor Police Department, working his way up to become chief in 1998. He retired in February 2007.
Mr. Winslow served as Bangor’s first community relations officer, interacting with the public and teaching children that police not only enforce the law, but to help and serve. He taught Drug Awareness Resistance Education to students and helped organize Neighborhood Watch programs. He also recorded “Police Files,” safety tips broadcast on WABI-TV 5.
State of Maine flags should be flown at half-staff in Bangor only on the day of the funeral, Thursday, July 17.
It is with deep regret and sadness that MAP announces the passing of Retired Chief Donald Winslow of the Bangor Police Department.
MAP has always been proud to count the men and women of the Bangor Police Department among our members and extended family. On behalf of our executive board and all our members, we send our sympathy to them, Chief Mark Hathaway and Don’s family and share in your loss as family.
Don Winslow was an incredible chief and ambassador in our work and could always be counted on for his fairness, concern and humor. You would have to go far and wide to find his equal; and we would bet that it would be tough to accomplish. rest in peace Chief.
We encourage all our member units to take a moment and make an expression of sympathy and support to our brothers and sisters in Bangor and wish them peace during this difficult time. You can send any emails or cards in Care of MAP At Large Vice President Larry Morrill at;
Bangor Police Department
240 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chief Donald Winslow” said Chief Mark Hathaway.
Don served as the 27th Police Chief for the Bangor Police Department from 1998 to 2007.
“Chief Winslow began his public safety career as a firefighter in Old Town in 1976. He joined the Bangor Police Department in 1979 where he served in nearly every position in the department to include patrol officer, undercover drug agent, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief before his confirmation as Police Chief” said Chief Mark Hathaway. “Don was a highly regarded Community Relations Officer” and one of the police department’s first DARE officers, Hathaway said.
Chief Winslow passed away quietly at his home earlier this morning with his family at his side.
“Don lived his life, managed his police department and fought his battle with cancer in much the same way – with courage, compassion and always with a great sense of humor. “He will always be our Chief” said Hathaway.
Preliminary information regarding Chief Don Winslow's funeral services;
Visiting hours for our beloved Chief Donald Winslow will be on Wednesday, July 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gracie Theater on the grounds of Husson University. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church located at 207 York Street. A procession will follow to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at 449 Ohio Street. Reception at Jeff's Catering in Brewer will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.