TRENTON - David W. Rand, 72, died on August 20th, 2014, at home surrounded by family after a 17 month battle with lung cancer. He was born on January 10, 1942, in Bangor, the son of William A. Rand and Edith (Graves) Rand.
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David graduated from Newport High School, class of 1961. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy on submarines during the Bay of Pigs Conflict. David returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Karen Jude, and they settled in Bangor where he served on the fire department from 1967 to 1987, retiring as Assistant Chief. He then went on to serve as Fire Chief in Lincoln from 1990 to 1993 before finally realizing his dream of becoming Fire Chief for the town of Bar Harbor in 1993, where he served until 2012. He retired at age 70 after fighting fires for over 42 years and last year celebrated 50 years of marriage to Karen at a party surrounded by family and friends.
David was an avid golfer and belonged to both the Kebo Valley Golf Club and Lucerne Golf Course where he enjoyed playing in the senior league. In October 2013 he claimed his second hole in one. He also served on the Trenton planning board and was the interim Code Enforcement Officer for the town of Bar Harbor.
David is survived by his beloved wife, Karen (Jude) Rand; his daughter, Joi Kressbach and her husband, Lee of Yarmouth; son, Judson Rand and his wife, Nancy of Trenton; three grandchildren, Laura and Anna Kressbach of Yarmouth and Cody Rand of Bangor; one sister, Sally Rand of Long Beach California; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the Bar Harbor Club, 111 West St, Bar Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bar Harbor Firefighter's Assoc. or the Bangor Fireman's Foundation.
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 23, 2014