- Bert N. Jewett Jr., 97, formerly of South Portland, Maine, died peacefully at the Gorham House, Gorham, Maine, on June 17, 2017. He was born in Bath, Maine, on May 19, 1920, to Bert N. Jewett, Sr. and Marion Larsen Jewett.
He attended Waterville schools and graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1938, then served as an apprentice machinist at Bath Iron Works, earning 1st Class Machinist status in 1941, before enlisting in the Navy in 1942. He saw action in the South Pacific aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Clarence K. Bronson, and returned to BIW after being discharged in 1945. In 1946, he accepted a position in the new Maine Vocational Technical Institute system (M.V.T.I.) as an instructor in the Machine Tool Department in Augusta. In 1952, the school moved to the former Fort Preble location in South Portland where he served as a senior instructor, then Department Chairman, until his retirement in 1983. Bert was the last surviving original instructor in the M.V.T.I. system, now known as Southern Maine Community College, and the Jewett Auditorium on the S.M.C.C. campus is named in his honor.
Bert is survived by wife, Ann, also of Gorham House, to whom he was married for 70 years; sons, Theodore N. Jewett of Morgan, VT, Peter M. Jewett and wife, Susan, of Dedham, ME, and Michael L. Jewett and wife, Candice, of Buxton, ME; daughter, Susan A. Darneille and husband, John, of Millinocket, ME; and brother-in-law, Stanley Borodko and partner, Margaret Russell, of Orono, ME. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Theodore N. Jewett; sister, Doris Wheeler; granddaughter, Melissa K. Jewett; and daughter-in-law, Mina C. Jewett.
Bert and Ann lived on the M.V.T.I. campus until 1968, when they moved to 15 Pillsbury Street, across from the Willard Fire Station, where they resided for 40 years. He coached for the K.C.'s in the South Portland National Little League, and they were both active in the Willard Association for many years. After retirement, Bert volunteered for the Narrow Gauge Railway in Portland, and spent many hours with the original blueprints building wooden models of the last two steam engines built by the Portland Company in 1906. He also enjoyed the family camp in West Bath, where the family would gather during summer vacation, and rooted for the Red Sox, managing to see the Sox win their first championship since two years before he was born.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Windsor II wing at Gorham House for the excellent care they provided during Bert's residence. We are so grateful for their friendship and caring.
Visiting hours will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, followed by a memorial service at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Bert's name to: Windsor II Activity Fund, Gorham House, 50 New Portland Road, Gorham, ME 04038.
Published on  June 20, 2017