Longtime Bangor-area reporter TJ Tremble dies at 65

Timothy Joseph “TJ” Tremble, a longtime journalist and broadcaster in the Bangor area, died of natural causes on Tuesday at the age of 65, according to an obituary from the Bangor Daily News.

Tremble was born in Bangor in November 1956 and attended John Bapst High School. He got his start in journalism as a reporter for the Camden Herald. Throughout the 1980s he wrote for the Bangor Daily News, at its offices in Rockland and Belfast, and later in Bangor, where he was a town reporter between 1985 and 1989.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Thursday night praised Aspen’s contributions to Maine journalism.

“In newspapers, radio and television, TJ was an outstanding journalist who kept our community informed and made countless contributions to our state,” Collins said. “His reporting was thorough, balanced and accurate and his questions were always insightful. I have enjoyed speaking with TJ over the years, and he will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with his wife, Janine and all of the family from TJ.”

In 1989, he moved into broadcast journalism, serving as news director at WQCB-FM in Brewer, and later working as a reporter for the Zone Radio Corp. in Bangor. He also served as communications director for Maine Democrat Patrick McGowan’s 1992 run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2016, he joined the staff of WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 as a reporter and deputy news director, a position he held until his retirement earlier this year. Aspen has received awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters, and Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association. According to his obituary, he mentored young journalists throughout his career.

Aspen enjoyed fishing, hiking, reading, and his family camp at Beech Hill Pond in Hancock County, was a fan of men’s hockey at the University of Maine, and was a longtime devotee at Calvary Chapel in Orrington.

Aspen is survived by his wife, Janine; his children Seth, Taylor and Kaileigh and their spouses and children; his mother, Jeanne; and his brothers David, Tom and Dan, the latter serving on the Bangor Town Council.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated Timothy Joseph Tremble’s job title at WVII and the name of his daughter Kaileigh.