Lars H. Rydell

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Lars H. Rydell

April 10, 1942 - August 25, 2018

Boothbay Lars H. Rydell, 76, died on August 25, 2018, at his summer residence on Isle of Springs in Boothbay, ME. He was born in Boston, MA, on April 10, 1942, to Carl A. Rydell and Nan A. Holmqvist.
He graduated from Westin High School in Massachusetts in 1960, earned his B.A. in 1964 from Brown University in Providence, RI, his M.A. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, in 1966, and his PhD from Case Western Reserve in 1970.
For a few years Lars was an Assistant Professor in Social Medicine at the University of Rhode Island. In 1972 he took the same job at Oslo University, and the whole family moved to Oslo, Norway, for six and a half years. When they returned to the United States in 1979 they settled in Brunswick, ME. For the next twenty-three years Lars worked in differing capacities for the State of Maine. He was a Systems and Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, and also worked for Maine's Secretary of State.
He was very involved with the Kiwanis Club, and served as a Board Member for Family Focus in Brunswick, ME.
He had a passion for wood carving, knot tying, and sailing. He decorated a coffee table with the elaborate, intricate designs of traditional Norwegian wood carving. He created mats out of rope woven into ocean plait knots. He sailed on the Oslo Fjord and the Skagerrak, on the Sheepscot River and in Casco Bay.
He loved playing guitar with family and friends.
He made a great herring omelet.
Lars was predeceased by both his parents, his wife, Charlene, his brother, Peter Rydell, and his daughter-in-law, Lynn Rydell.
He is survived by his son, David Rydell and his daughter-in-law, Karen, of Panama City, FL; his granddaughter, Katherine Rydell of Brunswick, ME, and his grandson, Carl Rydell of Lynchburg, VA; his sister-in-law, Katy Rydell of Portland, ME, and his partner, Jackie Robie of Meredith, NH.
At Lars's request there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Family Focus, 44 Water St., Brunswick, ME 04011. Family Focus provides early child care services in Midcoast Maine.
Hall's of Boothbay has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, please visit
Published on August 29, 2018
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Ann Acheson
Sep 16, 2018
I only just now heard about Lars Rydell's death, and want to extend my condolences to his family and friends. Lars and I had some strangely overlapping and coincidental life experiences. He and I both graduated from Brown in 1964, and though I didn't know him well then, our paths did cross there occasionally. In later years we met again when he and I both worked for the state of Maine, and again later when he wrote an article for Maine Policy Review where I was then managing editor. After I became editor, we spoke about having him do another article, but he was too busy at the time. We discovered another, even more unlikely, overlap in our lives when we were chatting at some political event... and it came out that he had life-long ties to the Isle of Springs, as I did to Sawyer's Island. As I'm sure most of you know, Sawyer's is the closest spot to the Isle of Springs, and this is where the Isle of Springs Association dock and parking area are located. My grandmother was from Boothbay and had a cottage on Sawyer's where I came with my family every summer since I was an infant. Not only that, we both recalled having swim lessons at the saltwater pool in Boothbay Harbor when we were 7-8 years old. We must have been in the same class, and both remembered being very skinny then, and very cold!Read more
Diane & Bruce
Aug 31, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss David & Family. What a blessing that you had the chance to spend some time with him on the island before his passing. Thinking of you all.
James Sutton
Aug 29, 2018
He was my best friend. I will miss him greatly.