- Harold J. Rollins, Jr., 81, died Sept. 22, 2017 in Dexter. He was born July 5, 1936 in Kittery, the son of the late Harold J. and Shirley (Goodwin) Rollins. Surviving are his wife, Judith Rollins of Dexter; his son, Craig Rollins and his wife, Tina of Ossipee, NH; a stepson, Vance Wayne and his wife, Michele of Lancaster, CA; grandchildren, Trevor Rollins, Morgan Graves and husband Peter and a great grandson, Jebbidiah; a brother, Conrad and his wife, Vicki; one sister, Constance Lombardi and her husband, Dick of Quincy, MA; a brother-in-law, Richard Yeaton and his wife, Lucinda of New Castle, NH and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Hayes of Rye, NH; many nieces and nephews. In addition to family, he will be missed by his many colleagues and friends who were so very special to him.
Jerry graduated in1953 of Traip Academy. Jerry began his 48-year career with the US Navy in the apprentice program at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in August 1953. After serving his apprenticeship in the foundry shop he was promoted to general foreman in the quality assurance department, nondestructive testing. This testing is a quality assurance method that helps ensure critical shop and submarine systems are safe. Recognized for his expertise in the mid 1970's, he was enlisted by the Naval Sea Systems Command to conduct and lead audits of the Navy's NDT programs, and develop a corporate training and formal NDT certification program as the first NAVSEA NDT Programs Manager, executing a formal certification program in the early 1980's. Working for NAVSEA out of field offices in Philadelphia, San Diego and Charleston, SC, Jerry oversaw the non-nuclear NDT training and certification program for all naval ship new construction and repair and at Worldwide Fleet Activities. Jerry brought a much-needed balance and real-life work practicality of the engineering and research branches of the Navy. Jerry was widely nationally recognized for his NDT excellence. During his oversight trips to our Naval ship repair facility in Yokosuka, Japan, Jerry developed a true fondness for that facility and the Japanese people. Having built a solid NDT Program, his major legacy still going strong today, Jerry fulfilled a career goal by accepting the position of Quality Assurance Director at Yokosuka in 1996. He served there until July 2001 then retired. He returned Maine. A lifelong diehard motorcycle rider, Jerry often made the trip to the Daytona Bike Week in Fl. Jerry was a Nascar fan and a fan of the NE Patriots. Jerry was a member of Mount Kineo lodge no. 109 in Guilford, Me, and the Anah Shriners in Bangor.
The memorial service is open to the public at Mt. Kineo Lodge #109 in Guilford, ME, on the 13th of October at 6 p.m.
Published on  October 4, 2017