ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Alan B. Bemis, of Rochester, N.H., and formerly of Pittsfield, Maine, died on Oct. 16, 2013, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a four-year battle with leukemia.

Born Jan. 6, 1949, in Bangor, Maine, to Manley and Pauline Bemis, he graduated from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. Police work was always his principal interest. He studied criminal justice at St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida and graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. After a stint in the Army, Al became a police officer in Skowhegan, Maine. He also served as an officer in Lubec, Maine, and later in Pittsfield. There, he was also very involved as a captain of the volunteer Fire Department for many years. He also worked as an auto salesman in New Hampshire.

In his first run for statewide office, Al won a seat in the New Hampshire Legislature and served a two-year term. He also served six years as a Rochester police commissioner. His term would have ended in December 2013.

Al leaves a sister, Betty Allison, of Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Mass.; and a brother, Carlton Bemis, of Augusta, Maine.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester, N.H.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home following the visiting hours.

Burial will be in Village Cemetery, Pittsfield, at a later date.

If desired, donations may be made to the , Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.

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R.M. Edgerly and Son, Inc. - Rochester
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Published in Central Maine on Oct. 24, 2013