Peter's Story

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BROOKSVILLE - Peter Ebeling died at home at Buck's Harbor in Brooksville on July 10, 2015 of prostate cancer. He was born on November 28, 1931 on Long Island, NY, but moved to Los Angeles when still in grade school.

Peter and Ann, his beloved wife of 60 years, met when they both were under a tent in California, applying for jobs at the McDonnell Douglas aircraft company. After leaving McDonnell Douglas, Peter set up his own advertising company. He had many other interests, including painting, science and history. Peter and Ann were avid sailors. Members of the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, they raced all over the United States and Mexico. Their lives were changed in the 1970s when they came to Brooksville and Bucks Harbor, Maine to visit. Enchanted, they bought a wonderful old home in the village, renovating it to become the Bucks Harbor Inn, and became innkeepers in 1981.

Peter's good-natured wit and wry grin welcomed visitors from around the world who came back year after year. At least fifty families?owners of summer homes and year-round residents?came first to Brooksville as guests at the Bucks Harbor Inn and, owing to the warm welcome and all-encompassing embrace they received from Peter and Ann, stayed to become devoted Mainers. He served on the Brooksville Planning Board and was Waterfront Chairman at the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club, sailing his much loved Ma Jolie until he could no longer row to his mooring. He is best remembered as the coach of the Brooksville Elementary School Chess Club who led the students to three state championships and national competitions.

On his next to last day, Peter was cracking jokes and sharing his smile. When his eyes had closed for the last time, a close friend wrote to members of the California yacht club, "The Commodore has gone." Per his desire, there will be no service. Peter's survivors include his wife Ann and brother Jon. Ann will be forever grateful to the many friends who helped her through these difficult months and to Hancock County Hospice for their tender loving care.
Published on  July 18, 2015
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