Kevin  Cuddy


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Holden - Kevin Cuddy died peacefully following a short illness at a Bangor hospital with his wife and his three children by his side on April 23, 2019.
Kevin was born in Rockville Centre, NY, and graduated from Bucknell University in 1966. He earned his law degree at Suffolk University in 1969. Kevin started his career as an Assistant United States Attorney before working at a number of law firms in Bangor, including Cuddy & Lanham - the firm he helped form in 1984. During Kevin's nearly four decades as a lawyer, he was a tireless advocate and represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and many courts across Maine. Kevin was a long-time member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, serving on its Board of Governors and as President for a time. He was passionate about public service. Through the Board of Overseers of the Maine Bar Association, he served as a mentor to lawyers under supervision of the Board because they had violated the rules governing lawyers' conduct. He was also active in the peer-to-peer program, and in the Maine Bar Foundation which helps organizations throughout the state offer free legal services to the poor. He was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to serve as a Justice to the Maine Superior Court in 2007 and served on the bench until 2014 when he retired. While on the Bench in Ellsworth he was involved in overseeing the Drug Court wherein selected defendants with substance abuse were encouraged to focus on their rehabilitation instead of sending them to prison. In some ways he never retired and remained active in the community through his work for Legal Services for the Elderly, and was on the Board of Directors at Wellspring, and on the Town of Holden Board of Appeals, and was President of the Holden Land Trust, and volunteered for CHEF, a local community organization which provides food to those in need. During leisure time, Kevin's favorite recreation was bicycle riding, and he and his wife traveled on many cycling tours in the States as well as in Europe. He also treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren. Once in a while, he found time for golfing with friends which he truly enjoyed.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Carol Cuddy of Holden; and his three sons, Matthew Cuddy of Newtonville, MA, Scott Cuddy and his wife, Kate Cuddy of Winterport, and Kevin Mark Cuddy and his wife, Denali Kemppel of Anchorage, AK. He has two stepchildren, Michael Kelly and his wife, Renee Kelly of Carmel, and Kathryn Kelly of Holden. There are eight grandsons as well: Jonah Cuddy, Ellis Cuddy, Finnegan Cuddy, Logan Cuddy, Liam Cuddy, Ryan Kelly, Patrick Kelly, and Ian Kelly. Kevin is survived by two brothers, Charles Cuddy and his wife, Elaine of Mattituck, NY, and Robert Cuddy and his wife, Ann of Redding, CT; and many nieces and nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Edna Cuddy.
A celebration of life will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor, Maine, on May 18th at 11:00 a.m. The family invites everyone to stay and share conversation and good food following the Memorial Celebration.
As President of the Holden Land Trust, Kevin had been fundraising for many months to support a project called The Hart Farm. Those who wish to honor Kevin in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Holden Land Trust, P.O. Box 398, Holden, ME, and/or do something for your community. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published on April 26, 2019
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Garrett & Trisha Martin
May 08, 2019
Our sorrow is deep for Kevin's recent passing and we want to express our most sincere sympathy to his wife Carol, family and loved ones. We will miss him dearly and he has a very special place in our hearts as he has been a professional and personal friend for many years, but most importantly he, along with Carol, brought Trish and I together in matrimony on June 2, 2018 at Maple Crest Farm in a private wedding next to our waterfall with Kevin in his judge's robe. This a memory that will be with us eternally.
Carolyn Stewart LeTendre
May 03, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss, Carol and family. My Mom, Ellen Stewart, Was so very fond of you both. I have heard her speak of you and Kevin many many times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Don and Carolyn LeTendre
Keith Powers
Apr 29, 2019
So sorry to hear about Kevin. I had numerous law cases with him and later became a co- worker on the bench. He had a good sense of humor and was a well- regarded lawyer for many years. My condolences to his family.
Donna Spillman
Apr 29, 2019
Sending prayers and sincere thoughts to the entire Cuddy family. So sorry for your loss!
Stephanie Lanham Summers
Apr 28, 2019
Kevin was a giant to us. He was there for us long after most had faded away. He was honest and helped us to move forward. We all loved and respected him and will never forget. God comfort his dear family.
Bob Ziegelaar and Susan Lane-Ziegelaar
Apr 28, 2019
….and then, of course, there were the many evenings of team volleyball, invariably followed by pot-luck gatherings and unrelated philosophical disputations expertly moderated by the unflappable Judge Cuddy. His many circles of friends will mourn his absence.
Lisa Tilton
Apr 28, 2019
So sorry to hear this , I enjoyed all my encounters with Mr. Cuddy. My thoughts,and prayers are with all of his family. Rest in peace.
Jonathan Sprague
Apr 28, 2019
I had the privilege of knowing Kevin for over 30 years. We've canoed the Allagash, skied in Quebec, and tried jury and workers' compensation cases in Aroostook County. He was a good lawyer, a good judge, and even more importantly, a good man. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to Carol and other members of his family.
Fran Cyr
Apr 28, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Justice Cuddy when he would travel to the County. Always a Gentleman and a professional. He was certainly of man of integrity and a great communicator. He will be missed.
Sandy Negrini
Apr 28, 2019
He was one of a kind. We got off to a rocky Courtroom Clerk/Justice start..but we ended up friends and good co workers.. my sympathy to his family.. Rest in peace Sir.
Patricia & Alan Baldwin
Apr 27, 2019
Alan & I have many fond memories of shared dinners and social occasions in the early 1970s in Winterport. Our families grew & grew up together, in fact Scott Cuddy and our daughter, Sharon were born on the same day in Bangor (May 3, 1972). Matthew and our son, Alan were best friends throughout their school years. I always enjoyed conversations with Kevin, a man of fine intellect and high capabilities. We wish to convey sincere sympathy to all his family.
Best regards,
Patricia and Alan Baldwin
Cary NC & Northeast Harbor, ME
Don Thompson
Apr 27, 2019
Carol: My deepest sympathy for your loss of a great person that I had the pleasure of working with in excess of 35 years. Knowing you and Kevin as I did for such a long time made life a little bit nicer every day. I will miss him greatly and remember you both fondly.
Bill and Diane ber
Apr 27, 2019
Sorry to hear of Kevin's passing! I enjoyed working for him I. The 70s!
Wendy Cooper-Plaisted
Apr 27, 2019
Sorry to read this! Thinking of you all. Wendy
Barbara and Ed Scharmer
Apr 27, 2019
We will miss him very much. Our combined family visits in ME and the Adirondacks are cherished and will be happily remembered forever.
Stephen Parker
Apr 27, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Cuddy family. My late mother, Helen Parker, always spoke well of her years as a secretary at the Cuddy & Lanham firm.
Mike harnish
Apr 26, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. Kevin always made a point to say hello when we saw each other.