Stanley's Story

Stanley "Cappy" Sargent, 51, unexpectedly passed away on July 2, 2016, surrounded by his family at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Cappy Sargent was a lifelong commercial fisherman, devoted family man, and good friend. He touched many lives and was the kind of person you were glad to have known.

Named Stanley at birth by his parents, his nickname "Cappy" was granted as his infant demands for food rivaled barking orders made by a ship's captain. He spent his early life growing up in a lobster fishing household in Bernard, Maine. Fisherman around the harbor took early notice of Cappy's interest in boats, his love of being on the water, and his determination to one day be a fisherman himself. Cappy was a teenager when the Sargent family moved to Stonington. With it's expansive groundfishing, scalloping and lobster fishing fleets, this close-knit island community was an ideal environment for nurturing the young fisherman. Armed with an outboard boat for hand-hauling his lobster traps and taking himself clamming, paired with a crew position aboard his father's gillenetter, Cappy learned the ocean and its extensive lessons from every fishing industry possible. His own instincts for hard work and humility, in addition to these vast fishing experiences, shaped the well-respected adult he became. A few years after graduating from Deer-Isle Stonington High School in 1983, Cappy began building his first scalloping boat, a 42 ft. Duffy named Gale Warnings. In 1986, while building his boat at H&H Marine in Steuben, Cappy met his wife Tina. In 1990 they were married and moved to Milbridge. Tina and Cappy had three children, and over the following years Cappy was heavily involved in several fisheries, including ground fishing, urchin harvesting, scalloping and lobster fishing. In 2004 he purchased a 42 ft. Wesmac, named Gale Warnings II, to further his venture of offshore lobster fishing, which he continued up until his death. In addition to his legendary work ethic, Cappy was known for his skill, meticulous care of his boats and gear, honest nature, and willingness to share and help out. To his final days, he still kept up his very first outboard steury boat he had in Stonington, which was used to skiff out to his lobster boat. Cappy always took time to be a thoughtful advocate for the fishing industry in the management arena as well. He valued friendships, attended the annual Maine Fishermen's Forum to stay in touch with people, and regularly hauled out at Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington, a community where he always had a connection. Most of all, Cappy cherished his family. Tina, his true partner and shore support for the fishing business was his devoted wife of 26 years. He passed on his love of the ocean to his three children, Michael, Whitney and William, who all apprenticed under Cappy to earn their own lobster fishing licenses and ultimately purchase their own lobster boats. His humble advice, hard working attitude and giving nature will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, three children; his sister, Sara Channel of Sedgwick; and his parents, Jean Ford of Blue Hill and Bill Sargent of Deer Isle.

A funeral service will be held at Narraguagus High School, 1611 Main St., Harrington, on Saturday, July 16, at noon. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please pay a kindness forward - brighten someone's day, as Cappy would do.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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