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H. Curtiss Martin

H. Curtiss Martin, 62, died this spring at the family’s Brooksville home just as the long, hard winter was finally lifting. Although it was unexpected and came far too soon, his death was peaceful.

He was born in New York to the late Lee Gwynne Martin and Georgina Green Martin. Curtiss attended the St. Bernard’s, Brooks, and Riverdale Country Schools. He studied economics and history at Tufts University and worked as an economist for the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a co-founding editor of the Virginia Tax Review and met his future wife, Virginia Drewry.

Curtiss practiced law at Webster & Sheffield and Paul Weiss before joining the Mobil Tax Department, first in New York and then in Fairfax, Va. His areas of expertise included federal and international corporate taxation, tax planning, and structuring complex transactions, work he continued for ExxonMobil. Before his recent retirement, Curtiss served as Director, Washington National Tax for KPMG.

He acquired his most important education during boyhood summers at Robin Hood Camp in Brooksville, from which grew his abiding love for Maine, his enjoyment of the outdoors, his pleasure at being on the water, his fascinated observations of wildlife and the changing seasons and the animals on the farms and at the fair, his interest in woodworking, and his well-deserved pride in solving problems and resiliently making do. Visits with his grandmother and step-grandfather in Northeast Harbor bolstered his love for Maine, and time spent with his family at the beach in Wainscott, N.Y., heightened his interest in the natural world.

Curtiss was admired for his perseverance, generosity, integrity, and commitment to doing the right thing. Colleagues prized him for his brilliant, sometimes quirky, mind and his problem-solving abilities. All who knew him appreciated his wicked, mischievous, sometimes naughty, sometimes wry wit, and miss the laughter with which he abundantly blessed their lives. Friends and acquaintances always looked forward to chatting with Curtiss about a wide range of subjects, often springing from his broad reading in history and policy or his bemusement at the world. His family especially misses the joy with which he talked about his daughter Abby and his pleasure in sharing plans for his and Virginia’s Brooksville house and their retirement there together. Curtiss was always a devoted supporter of Virginia’s and Abby’s dreams and enthusiasms and they particularly miss his encouragement and his elaborately planned surprises.

Sadly, he just ran out of time. Happily, he died in the midst of many projects and eagerly looking forward to adventures to come.

He was a member of the Island Institute, the Maine Island Trail Association, the Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club, and the Old Town Civic Association. He deeply appreciated the work of the Blue Hill Library, and delighted in how rapidly he was made to feel at home in the family’s chosen corner of coastal Maine.

Curtiss leaves his wife Virginia Drewry and their daughter Abigail Martin of Alexandria, Va., and Brooksville; his sisters Eleanor Hoagland (Leigh) of New York and Sargentville, Kate Martin (John Shimrock) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mary Archer Martin of Garrison, N.Y.; a nephew and niece, Nicholas and Georgina Hoagland of New York and Sargentville; a host of friends; and members of the extended Moncure/Tinsley family.

All who knew Curtiss will be warmly welcomed at a Service of Gratitude and Remembrance, followed by a reception, to begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, at Settlers’ Rest Cemetery, Sargentville (accessed through 658 Reach Road, the home of Curtiss’s sister Eleanor, across from the library). Please assemble on the lawn on the water side of the house before the service.

Contributions may be made in Curtiss’s memory to a project or passion of the donor’s choosing; the Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill ME 04614; or the Island Institute, 386 Main Street, Rockland ME 04841.


Bonnie L. Torrey

Blue Hill—Bonnie L. Torrey, 63, of Blue Hill died on July 19, 2015, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. She was born on December 6, 1951, the daughter of Irving and Beverly (Gray) Richman. Bonnie grew up in Massachusetts and attended Agawam High School. She summered in Lamoine, Maine, and spent much of her time with Ralph and May Gray, her grandparents, on their farm. Those were some of her fondest memories of her childhood. Bonnie owned The Barnacle in Blue Hill which she started with her daughter-in-law Jessica Torrey. Owning a business was one of her lifelong dreams and she was proud of what she achieved. Prior to owning The Barnacle she worked as a care giver, office assistant and also volunteered at Kneisel Hall. Bonnie is survived by her oldest son Christopher Torrey and wife Jessica Torrey of Blue Hill, her son Daniel Torrey and wife Candice Torrey of Blue Hill, grandsons Thatcher and Oliver Torrey. Bonnie was predeceased by her mother and father, Beverly and Irving Richman of Westfield, Mass. There will be a Celebration of Life for Bonnie at the First Baptist Church of Blue Hill this Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 1 p.m. If anybody would like to bring something to share, be it a story a picture or something to eat, it would be welcome.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Hill Memorial Foundation Oncology Fund, P.O. Box 604, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St. Blue Hill.
Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.