Louis Fanning 'Bud' Blaisdell


East Orland - Louis Fanning (Bud) Blaisdell, 97, passed away January 14, 2019 in Bangor. He was born September 5, 1921 in Whitestone, New York, the second son of Phillip and Edith Fanning Blaisdell. Bud was skilled with pencil, brush, color, canvas and oar at an early age, painting scenes along the shore of the East River & rowing his boat many miles. Pearl Harbor was a fork in the road for many. Bud enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1941. He met Anne Palmer of Newport, Rhode Island in March of 1944. They raised six children and enjoyed 65 years together. Bud was a grade A student graduating from Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Phi Beta Kappa in 1947 which led to a successful career in structural engineering. The Blaisdell household was filled with art and music. Bud lived by the water all of his life, teaching his family to swim, row, build and sail small boats. He was an avid spoon blade rower for 80+ years. Bud was an active self taught naturalist keeping gardens and identifying wildlife. Bud believed in the simple life; Thoreau, owner built, home grown vegetables, daily exercise, walking, splitting wood, lugging water, and appreciating the harmony of the natural world. Bud liked to read and stay informed. He kept a collection of books on many subjects. He was community minded, serving on committees including selectmen of Isle au Haut. He is survived by his son John Blaisdell and partner Paula Greatorex of Isle au Haut; son Robert Blaisdell of San Francisco and daughter Theresa Blaisdell of Ellsworth; five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Bud survived the loss of his daughter Anne, wife Anne and two sons, Louis Jr. and Frank ... family will gather on Isle au Haut in June to remember ...
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The Price Family
Feb 11, 2019
We are truly sorry for the loss of a great man. You are the best of his legacy.

F. Louis
Feb 11, 2019
I want to express my condolences to your family and friends over the loss of your love one. In times like this a comforting word is welcomed. May you receive strength and comfort from the God who promise to “swallow up death forever” and give us a hope of a “resurrection”. - Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15. JW.org
Feb 10, 2019