Adelmar (Tuddy) Urquhart, 89, peacefully passed away on October 11, 2016, at Down East Community Hospital. He was born on December 23, 1926, in Phippsburg, Maine, to the late Millard and Nellie Urquhart Sr., the third of nine children.
Tuddy was predeceased by his parents, wife Lucille, second wife, Beatrice; brothers: Allen, Millard Jr., Harvard Sr., Carl Urquhart, Sr. and sister, Mary (Urquhart) Caler.
He went to Jonesport High School and his best friend was Ernest Kelley, Sr. Tuddy and Ernest have remained friends throughout their lives. After high school, they both went into the military. Upon their return to Jonesport, they started fishing together. The pair fished alongside each other for over 40 years; he spent his last few years of fishing (into his 80's) with John Church. Tuddy was also employed by the town of Jonesport to plow their roads.
Tuddy joined the United States Army and served in Germany during World War II. He talked about how kind the German civilians were and had a positive outlook on this time, despite all the challenges they faced as soldiers.
Tuddy was married to the late Lucille Morang until her passing. Several years later, he married Beatrice Huntley. Tuddy and Beatrice were members of the Community of Christ Church, where he served as an elder in the priesthood, a treasurer, and a pastor. He was truly dedicated to his church, and he had a strong faith which he was not afraid to share with anyone he came in contact with. He always saw the good in everyone. He was very instrumental in helping to install two bowling lanes in the basement of the church along with several pool tables to give families and young people a place to come on Friday nights. Working with young people was very important to him, and he also helped kick off the Solid Rock Café for kids 12-18 which ran for 13 years. This was a man that when God called, he answered with no hesitation.
Some of Tuddy's lifelong interests included being on the water, reading, and baseball. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching the games.
Tuddy went to live at the Maine Veterans' Homes in Machias in June 2013. At MVH, Tuddy was often seen enjoying a meal with his fellow veterans, reading the newspaper, and playing Bingo. He was an active member of resident council and enjoyed cleaning around the home. He had genuine compassion for fellow residents and was friendly to everyone he met.
Tuddy is survived by two step daughters, Mona Taylor, Rhonda French, and husband, Tony of Jonesport. A sister, Madie Seavey of Jonesport, a brother Orrin Urquhart, Sr., and wife Colleen of Marshfield, a sister, Gracie of Cherryfield, and one sister-in-law Gracie of Wiscasset. He will be missed by many beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws, family members and friends.
The family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the staff of the Maine Veterans' Home in Machias for their exceptional loving care and respect.
A celebration of Tuddy's life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, at the Community of Christ Church in Jonesport. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Tuddy in a special way, may make gifts in his memory to the Community of Christ Library Fund, P.O. Box 510, Jonesport, ME 04649.