BANGOR — In 1993, after a 35-year drought, Bangor High School’s boys basketball team took home the gold ball. The lead scorer was center Chris Pickering. His obituary ran Tuesday.
Coach Reed said every player on the team contributed to win the 1993 state championship, an incredible accomplishment after losing the year prior.
“Chris was the lead scorer. We had a bunch of guys in double digits. Chris had 17 points that night, made some nice moves and was just wonderful in the game,” said Reed, who coached in the Bangor region for five decades.
Pickering’s obituary states he died in an apartment fire last Thursday.
Firefighters were called to 57 Essex St. shortly after 6 p.m. that day for a fire reported at a multi-unit apartment building. The following day Banger police said a body was found.
The spokeswoman for the State Medical Examiner’s office said Tuesday they are still trying to figure out how Pickering died because toxicology tests are still pending.
Earlier this year, the 1993 basketball season came up on the Eastern Maine Sports Page.
The author wrote about each player on the Bangor Rams’ team and described Pickering as a great all around ball handler and added, “Every championship team needs a Chris Pickering on their squad.”
Pickering’s obituary said after high school he started at the University of Maine until schizophrenia “crept in and took away his life as he knew it.”
“There was nothing about Chris that was not likable or wonderful about him. It’s just a sad, sad, sad thing,” Reed said.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Ohio street.
Due to COVID restrictions, people who want to attend need to register online or by calling 217-6740. A livestream of the ceremony also will be available through St. Mary’s.
Afterward, he’ll be laid to rest at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery in Bangor.