Bernard Paul Risley, 91, of Damariscotta died the evening of Feb. 13, 2010, at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta.

He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Brockton, Mass., a son of the late Walter Vanover and Anna (Reardon) Risley.

Mr. Risley’s early schooling was in Binghampton, N.Y. He graduated from Brockton High School in the Class of 1936. His first training as an aircraft mechanic was at Roosevelt Aviation School; he then apprenticed with American Airlines, which was a four-year program, graduating just as World War II broke out. He was then assigned to Presque Isle in the Aircraft Transport Command — anything going overseas went from there. He was then transferred overseas to Pestwick, Scotland, where he stayed from March 1942 to August 1945. While there he met his wife, the former Catherine “Reenie” M. Fulton. The two were married in Glasgow in 1944. From there he spent time in the Azores, North Africa and Morocco, arriving back in the United States before Christmas 1945. Resuming his job with American Airlines, he worked in California, Texas and New York until 1950 when he moved to Walpole, cleared land for a small airstrip, and built a shop for airplane repairs. Mr. Risley was an authorized inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. He performed annual inspections and participated at crash site investigations. As a member of the civilian branch of Aircraft Transport Command, through an act of Congress, he received an honorary discharge and veteran status from the U.S. Air Force in 1995. On Aug. 23, 2003, he was the recipient of the distinguished Charles Taylor Award for outstanding service in the field of aviation mechanics.

In addition to his loving wife of more than 66 years, Reenie Risley of Damariscotta, he is survived by many cousins and lots of friends all over the world.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made in Mr. Risley’s memory to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.

At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed at