BRUCE BENNETT SPRAGUE

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

STARBOARD – Bruce Bennett Sprague, of Starboard Village, died peacefully at home Feb. 14, 2005, with his family gathered around him. He was 80 years old. Born June 28, 1924, in Lubec, he was the son of Fred Aston Sprague and Annie (Murphy) Sprague. He was predeceased by brothers, Arnold, Quentin, Charlie, Rowland, and Blair; by sisters, Carrie and Lou Lou; and by his son, Steven. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Almeda (Pettigrow) of Bucks Harbor and Machias; by his daughters, Elizabeth Sprague of Chicago, and Kathy (Sprague) Garcelon and her husband, David, of East Machias; and by his granddaughter, Leia Pinnick of Bangor. Bruce grew up in Starboard village. He attended Starboard Village School and Washington Academy. He served with the Marines in the Pacific theatre during World War II. After Armistice he returned to Maine and soon bought the Point of Main, bringing the land back into the family. He became a master welder, road builder, explosives expert, and contractor and served as first selectman in Machiasport and as assistant fire chief in Starboard. He and Almeda lived year ’round at the Point of Main since 1973. In the late 1960′s, responding to intense pressure from major oil companies and industrialists to sell off the land, he entered into a protracted struggle to save the Point of Main from development. Some 10 years later, after great personal sacrifice, he prevailed in assuring that the Point will forever be preserved for traditional use. His daughters and granddaughter are united in their commitment to remain faithful to that ideal. Bruce will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his interest in the natural world and as a man who insisted all his life in keeping his own way. He loved company, laughter, and a good yarn. Countless times, as dinner cooled on the table, he wove his stories – heedless of his visitors’ anxious glances at the incoming tide covering the Ingall’s Island bar. Friends are invited to join the family for a service of hymns and remembrances 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Machias Valley Baptist Church on Broadway in Machias. A light supper at the church will follow. The family plans to privately inter Bruce’s ashes later in the Spring down to the farm. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in memory of Bruce Bennett Sprague to Maine Farmland Trust, Attn: L. Perkins, P.O. Box 1597, Bucksport, ME 04416.

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