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CASTINE AND HAMPDEN - Barbara Moore Trott, 91, passed away on June 8, 2016, following a short decline from advanced age.

Born on April 24, 1925, in Troy, she was the only daughter of Venora and George Moore, who had settled in Castine after having moved from Troy, Dixmont and Unity. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Stanley B. Trott, in 1992; and her daughter, Paula Withee, in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, B. Michelle Weirich and her husband, Allan Tubbs, of Orrington, a dear son-in-law, Mark Conroy of Pembroke, MA; her grandchildren, Shelly Shaw and her husband, Michael, of Bella Vista, AR, Jeremy Weirich and his wife, Kara Meckley, of Silver Spring, MD, Danielle Goddessman and her partner, Guilmar Portillo, of Sammamish, WA; her great-grandchildren, Curtis McNeely, Christopher McNeely and Jessica Shaw of Bella Visa, AR, Hannah Conroy Weirich of Silver Spring, MD, and Natalia Portillo of Sammamish, WA; her cousins, Douglas Fernald of Detroit and Louis Cyr and her husband, Paul of Castine, Leland Bowden, Barbara Dow; and many other dear friends.

She attended Castine High School (Abbott School) and graduated with the Class of 1943, with her longtime friends, Lucille Cardin, Leland Bowden, Joe Hackett and Charles Danforth. She started work as a physician's receptionist for Dr. Robert Russell and then served 21 years as the librarian for Castine's Witherle Memorial Library. Much of her professional career was spent in various administrative support roles. Many alumni will remember her as the Voice of the Academy when she served as the main receptionist and switchboard operator before digital technology. If you ever called the Academy back then, it was her no-nonsense, but lovely Downeast accent that you heard on the other end of the line. She genuinely loved all the students, alumni, professors, and support staff who she worked with throughout her tenure. Many became and remained close friends to her over the years.

Known affectionately and simply as "Barb," she is remembered as someone with a wonderful sense of humor, sharp wit, and a kind smile that accompanied a twinkle in her eye. She was very active in the Castine community before moving to Hampden in 1998. She attended services at the Unitarian Church in Castine, and then the Veazie Congregational Church, where she generously gave her time to church activities throughout the years. When she wasn't catching up with friends an family, she enjoyed reading, sewing and writing, the latter of which included the occasional letter to the editor or a not to an elected official to tactfully (or not) share a pressing opinion.

She greatly valued the company of an adoring dog or cat, and over the course of her lifetime, a menagerie of four-legged friends were lucky enough to have shared her safe and loving home. The generosity she showed to her family, friends an neighbors knew no bounds, and her kindness, warmth and character has left a lasting impression to all that were fortunate to have known her.

Her family wishes to express special thanks for the care and love provided by Beacon Hospice, Woodlands Assisted Living of Brewer, and Orono Commons. Family and friends will gather for a memorial service 2 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm Street, Bucksport, ME 04416. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Barb's memory at Bangor Humane Society, Beacon Hospice or Maine Maritime Academy.
Published on  June 10, 2016
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