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LEE - Renowned Traditional Sporting Camp Operator

Floyd Emery Cobb passed away peacefully at home, Sept. 14, 2014 with those he loved by his side.

Floyd talked very often of how blessed he had been his entire life of 94 years. He spoke of many blessings, but his home, his friends, and his family were the cherished ones.

Floyd was born at the True Farm located in the township of #3 on May 6, 1920 to Vinal and Etna Jones Cobb. He grew up at the Thurlow Place, attended schools in Lee, and graduated from Lee Academy in 1937. It was in Lee that Floyd met and married Maudie Scribner. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned home where he farmed a little, lumbered for a few years, then became a bush pilot in the early 50's. Flying was his passion and often said he was more comfortable flying a float plane than driving on the ground. He was still flying into his 90's. Floyd was also one of the original six Lee men to build and operate Mt. Jefferson Ski Area.

Wherever Floyd was, his thoughts easily drifted westward to his other home, Pierce Pond. It was there Floyd and Maudie created a beautiful place from meager beginnings. Together they etched a business and lifestyle in the Maine woods that still serves their family well three generations later. Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps, one of the few remaining traditional sporting camps in Maine, has touched the lives of many in ways only nature can provide. Floyd loved the outdoors, an avid fisherman and deer hunter. He was blessed to share his passions with others.

Floyd spent over 20 winters in Zephyrhills, Fl., where he developed a passion for golf and made many wonderful friends. He enjoyed his Florida home, but his heart was always in Lee. This was home. It was where he wanted to be. It was where he always came back to.

Over the course of his life, Floyd had many life-long friends. Like him, they were born, grew up, left, and returned to their home town. These friends were loved and even though most of them have passed on, they were in his thoughts and conversations daily. He leaves his good friends Avis Noyes, Bernard Staples and Lester Delano to keep the memories alive. These friendships spanned nearly 90 years.

Floyd's single most important reason for his being was his family. He was a loving and dedicated son, brother, husband, dad, grandfather (Pup), and great grandfather. To his family, however, he was forever the anchor, the teacher, their friend.

Floyd was predeceased by Maudie Scribner Cobb, his wife of 67 years; Merrill Cobb, brother; Joan, Phyllis, and Charlene Scribner, sisters in- law; Dick Scribner, brother in-law, and Stephen Cobb, nephew. Floyd is survived by his children: Gary and wife, Betty of North New Portland, Judy Mallett and fiancé, Jack Bailey of North New Portland, Jeannie Merchant and husband John of Mount Desert Island; his grandchildren, Jennifer Cobb Hering, Andy Cobb, Katherine Mallett, Kristen Mallett Cowan, Timothy Justin Merchant and Hayley Merchant; his great-grandchildren, Lyle and Jamie Hering, Kaitlyn, Nickolas and Grace Cowan, and Ava Merchant. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Floyd is also survived by very special brothers-in- law, Claude and Roland Scribner, sister-in-law, Wilma Coffin Cobb, and loving companion, Betty Fickett Barter Welsh.

The family extends sincere thanks to Dr. Chris Mannari and his staff for their exceptional care and concern, and Hospice for their comforting presence.

Services will be announced later in October. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust, an organization that will forever protect the watershed surrounding his precious Pierce Pond, at P O Box 5660, Augusta, ME 04332, or to any charity of your choice. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com
Published on  September 17, 2014
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