LUBEC - Bernard Merrill Ross, beloved father, passed away Jan. 27 in Lubec. He was born Jan. 21, 1924, to the late Robert and Emma (Denbow) Ross.
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He graduated from Lubec High School in 1943. He grew up on his father's farm in West Lubec beside Spruce's Pond. Bernard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he learned carpentry thanks to the GI Bill. He later moved on to electrical construction, proudly working at Limestone and doing shake down cruises on mine sweepers from Stevens & Doughty shipyard, Boothbay. Bernard married Eileen Mears of England in 1945 and remained a devoted husband to her for 65 years. Together they built a home in Lubec, and raised their children with lots of love, and countless happy memories. Bernard worked for the civilian contractor who built the naval communications base at Cutler, and when it was completed he started to work there for the Public Works. Before his retirement, he worked at Adak, Alaska, which he and Eileen loved. Weekends and evenings were full of his second job of repairing fishing boat radars, and their electronics. Bernard was very busy during his retirement, always asking family if they had a project and what time to be there. He taught us all how to build our own homes, and he was still working on his 8-sided house on the mountain. He was the master of repairs for everything mechanical and had a large collection of make and break antique engines. He was curious about everything. Bernard was proud of pursuing the names of all Lubec veterans for the town memorial wall he spearheaded. He worked very hard to include as many area veterans as possible to the on-line registration for the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, then went to Washington for the groundbreaking and dedication of the memorial. He was instrumental in the formation of the Lubec Historical Society, and mapped as many of the local cemeteries as he could find. For a time, Bernard was a volunteer maintainer for the Appalachian Trail, and maintained a section of the trail near the Katahdin Iron Works. He also climbed Mt. Katahdin several times. Bernard participated in the re-enactment of Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec, and in addition to making a replica of the wooden canteens of that time, he built an authentic replica of a bateau, the boat that was used to transport soldiers on the rivers.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eileen (Mears); brothers, John, Donald, Arthur and Everett Ross; and sisters, Elsie Ross and Annie Gerrish. He is survived by his brother, Leonard Ross; his children include son, Julian Ross, stepson, Gary Quinn and wife, Paula, daughter, Sandra Smith and husband, Eddie, and Barbara Mathews and husband, Bud; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at West Lubec United Methodist Church. Interment in the Split Hill Cemetery will be announced in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lubec Historical Society or West Lubec United Methodist Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Ross family by visiting their book of memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.
Published in BDN Maine on January 30, 2013