Amr A. Ismail
Jonesport - Dr. Amr A. Ismail passed away after a long illness in Machias on August 8, 2018. He was born in Cairo, Egypt, October 1, 1940, the son of General Abdel-Fattah Ismail and Fatima Sabry. He graduated from Cairo University in 1960 with a B.S. in agricultural engineering. He received an M.S. degree in horticulture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1965, and a PhD in plant science from The University of Maine in Orono. He remained there as a professor until 1984, when he joined the newly-formed Maine Wild Blueberry Company in Machias as Executive Vice President. In 1990, he became President and CEO. Dr. Ismail's work gained international recognition and he received many awards throughout his career.
In 1997 he founded Mason Bay Resources, LLC, a company devoted to social and economic development in his hometown of Jonesport and in surrounding communities. Some of the projects he secured funding for include: regulation-compliant buildings for home-based crabmeat pickers, wells and septics for low-income families, the Sunrise Care Facility, Jonesport's Peabody Memorial Library's new addition, and the new fire station in Jonesport.
Dr. Ismail loved living and working in Maine. He enjoyed many years of working in the blueberry industry, from the labs of Orono to the barrens of Washington County. He cherished living in his home on the oceanfront in Jonesport. His hobbies and pastimes included gardening, photography, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
Dr. Ismail is survived by his wife Marcia; his children Susan Short and husband Jim of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, Steven, his wife Brooke and their children Lauren and Alexis of Bangor, and Scott, his wife Kirsten and their daughter Samantha of Hampden; a brother Adel and his children Ayman and wife Jackie of Cairo, and Ihab, wife Sena and their children, Mariam and Ameen of Michigan. Dr. Ismail loved and considered his nephews as sons. He is also survived by special friends Ralph L. Smith, Sr. and his family of Jonesport and Del Emerson of Addison.
Dr. Ismail, a Muslim, regularly attended the United Pentecostal Church of Jonesport where he enjoyed the services, camaraderie and love of his Pentecostal brothers and sisters, and greatly appreciated their prayers during his illness. A private burial was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Jonesport. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published on August 11, 2018

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