Miles Memory Maiden

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Miles Memory Maiden

June 02, 1958 - February 05, 2019

Blue Hill - On February 5, 2019, Miles Memory Maiden, aged 60, passed away at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in San Diego on June 2, 1958 to Cecil and Elizabeth (Walters) Maiden, Miles grew up on Cape Cod where he first fell in love with the sea. A graduate of Moses Brown School, he moved to Maine in 1982 to attend College of the Atlantic, a school he loved so much he always wished he could go back and do it again.

Miles is survived by his wife of 33 years, Meg (Davis) Maiden, and their daughters Haley and Hannah; sister Elizabeth Lynne Maiden of Indio, CA; and many cousins in England and Cape Cod. His brother Marcus predeceased him in 2005. Miles had an extremely warm relationship with his in-laws, who teased and loved him as one of their own.

As a young child, Miles traveled around the world with his family while his father was on a writing assignment. He later spent six months backpacking through India and Nepal where he gained his lifelong interest in Eastern religion, philosophy and oriental rugs. One of his most rewarding years was spent in Jamaica with his wife teaching at a local high school. Miles' godson Owen Lee, Jr., son of a dear friend and fellow teacher, is a living reminder of the strong bonds that were formed during that time. Ultimately, Miles' favorite place on Earth was Maine, in the Blue Hill home he built and shared with friends and family or outdoors exploring islands and trails along the coast.

Turning the spark of a good idea into reality excited Miles his whole life. Whether it was a building project, designing a tracking solar collector or inventing a hand-held water purifier, Miles loved a challenge and was a tenacious problem-solver. Ever the entrepreneur, Miles founded several businesses including most recently Hydro-Photon, a company he built with dedicated friends and co-workers who helped him develop the SteriPEN, a product that earned many patents and accolades including Time Magazine's Best Invention of the Year.

His happiest times were spent on the water with friends and family...preferably in a remote anchorage at sunset with a summer drink in hand aboard his wooden boat Malachi Mudge. If an overnight wasn't possible, he loved coming home in the dark, with loon calls, moonlight, stars and phosphorescence adding to the boating magic.

Miles was devoted to his family and friends and he shared a special tenderness towards his daughters that often turned him misty-eyed. When faced with cancer, one family member told him recently, "rather than letting it harden your spirit, you allowed it to do just the opposite." He was in awe of the compassion bestowed upon him by everyone he met in the medical community and he became unabashed in expressing his love and gratitude to his friends and family through words, deeds, watercolors and sea glass.

A Celebration of Miles' Life will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 3 o'clock at the Farmhouse Inn in Blue Hill. In keeping with Miles' Quaker upbringing, please feel free to bring a short story to share at the beginning of the celebration.

Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241.
Published on February 19, 2019
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11 posts

Gary Loft
Mar 05, 2019
Miles lived the life he loved and enriched those around him with his gentleness and sweet demeanor.
I am fortunate to have known Miles and enjoyed his company.
Our family will always remember him with fondness
Mark Madden
Mar 02, 2019
I was a friend of Miles during his year at Mass Maritime. Fond memories of trips to Mill Hill Club in his Trans Am and his sense of humor! Im sorry to hear of his passing but it was so nice to read of what appears to have been a rich and rewarding life with his wife and children. My thoughts are with you all.
Viviene Luckie
Feb 25, 2019
It really breaks my heart that you have gone I remember sharing house with you and Meg in Jamaica , going to the beach , playing card games and just having fun. I have fond memories of my visit to Maine,the boat rides to Martha's vineyard Meg cheer up!
OWEN LEE
Feb 20, 2019
Missing my dear friend Miles..... Remembering the many times I spent together with you and Meg in Jamaica at the beach, soaking up the sun, bronzing our bodies and just enjoying life and what it had to offer. The many hours we spent playing our favorite card game - Kaluki.
Michele Corbeil
Feb 20, 2019
Dear Meg, I'm so sorry, I had no idea you and your family were going through this.
Joe Casey
Feb 20, 2019
I worked with Miles back in the early 1980s at Craigville Beach. What a great guy. He had me laughing before he got a word out of his mouth. I’m glad he lived such a wonderful life and was blessed with many friends and family.
Sophie Spurr
Feb 19, 2019
Dear Meg,
I am so sorry for your loss but am so glad you shared such a rich life together and like me, have your two wonderful girls to carry you on. Much love, Sophie
Jen and Kevin Crandall
Feb 19, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of Miles' passing. What a fun and exuberant spirit. Sending his family much love.
Mary Perkins
Feb 19, 2019
This news has taken me aback. Haven’t not known you were sick Miles. Our encounters were always brief, always sweet, always kind and often at the Co op. Much love to the entire family. What a fine footprint you have left. You shan’t be forgotten. Thank you for all your remarkable contributions, known and not known! 🙏
Katherine Davis
Feb 19, 2019
Thinking back to meeting Miles as a life guard at the town of Barnstable he was the best from the first time I met him. When he met you I was thrilled for you both. Blessings and love to you Meg and your entire family.
Lynne Strasenburgh
Feb 19, 2019
I am so very sorry to read about Miles passing. He was such a great man. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time .