Stephen Chandler Titcomb
Stephen Chandler Titcomb of Blue Hill, Maine, age 63, died April 16, 2016, doing one of the things he loved the most—ski mountaineering—while in the Italian Alps with friends. Steve’s adventurous spirit took him and his wife many beautiful places throughout the world hiking, skiing, canoeing, sailing and sea kayaking. They shared a love of finding new adventures together and followed the motto “go light, go cheap, but most importantly go now.”
Steve was born May 25, 1952, in Springfield, Vt. He began skiing at a young age and raced on his high school ski team. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in forestry. As a young man he bought 160 acres of forest on a mountain in northern Vermont which would remain a place close to his heart. He was very at home in the woods, swinging from sapling trees down the hillsides, sugaring in the spring, and caretaking the forest. He put his heart and soul into the woods of the mountain. After moving to Maine he spent a full month each spring and fall on his woodlot in Vermont which he managed for over 35 years. Each year Steve made at least seven gallons of syrup to give away to friends and family.
The only place that could draw Steve out of the mountains of Vermont was the harbor and ocean in Blue Hill. He felt blessed to have the best of both worlds—a place in the Vermont woods and a home on the ocean in Maine. Whether in the woods or on the ocean Steve was always aware of his natural surroundings and enjoyed the beauty and wonder of nature.
In 1982 he married Terri Ward of Seattle and they made their home in Jeffersonville, Vt., and began raising their children Leah and Jack while building a log cabin on their woodlot. In 1996 they kept the cabin but moved to Brooklin, Maine, and then to Blue Hill, Maine.
Steve was a skilled carpenter and developed his career in house restoration and rentals. He was often heard saying how much he loved providing people with a good place to live and he became close friends with many of his tenants.
Steve and Terri began sea kayaking in 1985, eventually becoming Maine sea kayak guides, first working tours out of Eggemoggin Lodge and then starting their own guide service. Each year they would take an extended kayaking trip, kayaking the entire coast of Maine (north of Portland) working their way up the New Brunswick coast. They also enjoyed kayaking in Newfoundland and British Columbia. Steve and Terri both loved canoeing on the Allagash, St. John and North Maine Woods waterways, the Rio Grande, and the Everglades. They enjoyed hiking and skiing both worldwide and locally. They backcountry skied in Vermont, Maine, the Gaspé Peninsula, and the Alps. They hiked the Tour De Mont Blanc, the Dolomites, throughout Ireland and the Annapurna loop in Nepal.
Steve enjoyed working with the Blue Hill Heritage Trust helping to improve trail conditions and make nature more accessible for the people of the peninsula. If you are interested in making a donation in his name please donate to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust to help continue the good work that he was involved with.
He is survived by his wife, the love of his life Terri, his daughter Leah and his son Jack.
The memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Flye Point by the Lookout Inn in Brooklin, Maine, on May 7 at 4 p.m. Feel free to bring your favorite picture of Steve and a story to share. All are welcome.
Albert “Tim” Tilden Sprague IV
Albert “Tim” Tilden Sprague IV, 63, passed away March 9, 2016, at his home in Blue Hill after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Originally from Marshfield, Mass., Tim moved to Duxbury, Mass., in the early 1970s, working for Sweetser’s General Store through the mid-1980s, and as a valued worker with the Badger Company, a subsidiary of Raytheon, in Cambridge, Mass., from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s. He was also a successful fisherman, providing mussels and other shellfish to many area establishments and to fine NYC restaurants. After retiring to Blue Hill, Tim pursued his passions for antique collecting, playing pool, salmon fishing, and creating and maintaining magnificent gardens at his home with his loving wife and companion, Nancy. Their gardens were routinely included in the annual garden tours of the area.
Tim was immensely proud of his heritage, being a direct descendant of Englishman William Sprague, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1628 and, along with his brothers, helped co-found the city of Charleston and shaped the future of Massachusetts. Another ancestor, Captain Seth Ford Sprague, was the first to carry an American flag aboard a naval ship, the Smyrna, into the Black Sea. Tim’s grandfather was a Rear Admiral, and his father, Albert T. Sprague III, was a Commander in the U.S. Navy.
Tim was a fascinating storyteller, a “trouble-making” prankster, a source of great amusement to all who knew him and a caring and thoughtful neighbor and friend to so very many.
Beyond his wife, Nancy, Tim is survived by his two step-daughters Laura Alinovi and Sarah Alinovi, Sarah’s husband Anthony McComas; his sister Jennifer Sprague Zwiebel; niece Erin Ann Robertson; and nephew Matthew Albert Zwiebel.
A private celebration of Tim’s life will be held with family members and select close friends May 7, 2016. And the first Annual Timmy Sprague Memorial Pool Tournament will be held at Tag’s Pool Hall in Ellsworth Sunday afternoon, May 15. The brackets are already filled, but spectators and well-wishers are most welcome.
In lieu of flowers or other considerations in his memory, Tim wished that donations be made to the Mary Dow Center at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.
Myron Stanley Hardy, Sr.
LITTLE DEER ISLE—Myron Stanley Hardy, Sr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle, Maine, with his youngest daughter by his side. He was born on September 24, 1929, in Stonington, Maine, to the late Cecil C. Hardy and Elsie M. (Dow) Hardy of Deer Isle, Maine.
Myron grew up in Deer Isle. As a youth, he enjoyed fishing and swimming at Lily Pond with his siblings and friends. After he graduated from Deer Isle High School, he joined the U.S. Army, serving on various bases in the U.S., Germany, and England. He traveled most of Europe. Myron served for 21 years and retired as a decorated Master Sergeant. Later, he served in the Civilian Corps in Greenland. He reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Denise Snowman, when he moved back to Deer Isle, Maine. They were married in 1973. After he retired from the military, he spent time scalloping and lobstering, then later worked for Maine Maritime Academy. He worked for Boston Fuel Transport for close to 20 years. Myron and Denise ran Myden’s Bakery in Little Deer Isle for several years where Myron showcased his baking skills with breads, muffins, pies, donuts, etc. He won the blue ribbon at the Blue Hill Fair one year for his blueberry pie. For several years, he worked with his dear friend, Sam Eaton, doing carpentry on the island. He was a very hard worker.
Myron was a lifelong member of the Masons, American Legion, Pomona Grange, and was former Master of the Deer Isle Grange. He was a member of Saunders Memorial Congregational Church and served on the board of Gray’s Hill Cemetery in Little Deer Isle. He was an active volunteer for the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society.
Myron is survived by his children—Steven Fontaine of Little Deer Isle, Taryn Monroe and husband, Ken, of Winter Harbor, and Wendy Dyer of Little Deer Isle; Michael Hardy, Valerie Hardy, and Myron Hardy Jr.; one sister—Mary P. Hardy of Deer Isle, Maine; eight grandchildren—Jessica Grant and husband, Patrick, Jada Butler (Craig), Jason Dyer (Holly), Lindsey Aubrey and husband, Ryne, Brett Fontaine (Kassie), Adam Dyer (Connie), Seth Dyer and wife, Ashley, and Justin Fontaine; eight great-grandchildren—Graham and Saylor Grant, Keegan and Judson Butler, Jessaniel and Josiah Dyer, Leah Fontaine, and Solomon Dyer.
He was predeceased by Denise Beryle (Snowman) Hardy, his loving wife of 43 years, just seven weeks prior to his passing; both of his parents; two brothers Cecil Hardy Jr. and Donald Hardy; special son-in-law William “Billy” Dyer; his beloved in-laws Clyde and Vera Snowman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Myron’s memory to Hancock County HomeCare Hospice, 441 Main Street #2, Ellsworth, ME 04605. The family would like to thank the Island Nursing Home and Hospice for providing such good care.
A graveside service with U.S. Army honors and Masonic ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Gray’s Hill Cemetery in Little Deer Isle, Maine, with the Rev. Douglas Drown officiating. A reception will follow at the Saunders Memorial Congregational Church Vestry. A joint celebration of life for Myron and Denise will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth, ME. Memories may be shared at bragdonkelley.com.
Belle (Stanley) Skuse
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, a lifelong Watertown, Mass., resident Belle Skuse (Stanley) died suddenly in Ellsworth, Maine, at age 95. She was the wife of the late Watertown police detective Donald A. Skuse and the daughter of the late Carl Stanley and Bertha (Mills). She is survived by her son Donald of Watertown and Stonington, Maine, her daughter Jeanne, retired Watertown Public Schools teacher and Waltham Police Aux. Sgt. and son-in-law John Peshin of Waltham and Ellsworth, Maine, her two grandchildren, George Skuse, his wife Olivia (Kadiff), great-granddaughter Adaline Belle, and grandson Robert Skuse. Belle worked for the Watertown Dept. of Public Works until the age of 88. Funeral service and burial were private at her beloved Deer Isle, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA, 141 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton, ME 04605 or The Cat Connection, P.O. Box 541435, Waltham, MA 02454-1435.