WARREN EVERETT FERNALD

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT – Warren Everett Fernald, 77, died in the early morning on June 14, 2005, at Mount Desert Island Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 17, 1927, in Islesford, the son of Malcolm Eugene Fernald and Ella Frances Spurling. He attended Coburn High School and served in the U.S. Navy for five years. He was on a number of ships, but his favorite was the USS Bronx. Warren married Anna Marie Cameron, of Bar Harbor, on New Year’s Eve in 1949, when he was home on a 10-day leave. Five months later, they settled into their Islesford home on Little Cranberry Island. Together they raised a family of six children and Warren maintained a successful career of lobster fishing. Warren was a charter member of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. He also held the position of health officer for the Town of Cranberry Isles and had served on the Board of Selectmen. He was proud to claim 44 years of sobriety as one of his accomplishments and he could state, to the penny, the amount of money he saved from not smoking cigarettes for 14 years. During the summer, when Warren was not out on his boat, Mother Ann, he could often be found repairing lobster traps in his “office” on the restaurant dock. He took his breaks in the pottery shop of his good friend, Marian Baker, where a chair had his name on it, and friends stopped by to talk over a cup of coffee. He was an avid reader, often reading three books at a time, and he was a champion at Scrabble. He kept in shape in the winter by cutting, splitting and stacking wood for the coming year from fallen trees on the island. He loved his island home and he truly enjoyed his work on the water. He shared his gratitude and love of nature easily with others. Warren was a welcoming friend who opened his home to many people. He is survived by his wife Anna, his children and their spouses, Bruce and Barb Fernald of Islesford, Mark and Vicky Fernald of Bar Harbor and Islesford, Dan and Katy Fernald of Mount Desert and Islesford, Karen and Hugh Smallwood of Baltimore and Islesford, Paul and Brenda Fernald of Northeast Harbor and Islesford, Kelly Fernald and Betsy Dawkins of Cape Elizabeth; his grandchildren, Erin and Aaron Gray, Fritz, Robin, Malcolm, Marcus, Christopher, Camden, Coleman, and Emma Fernald; his stepgrandchildren Annie and Chandler Morse, and Hugh Smallwood of Baltimore, Md.; a half sister, Barbara Davis of Damariscotta; his brother-in-law, Bruce and Nancy Cameron, of Trenton; his brother-in-law, Bob Clark of Trenton; several nieces and nephews. Warren is also survived by the many people who have boarded at his house through the years and countless others for whom he has been a special father and grandfather. As family members arrived home on Islesford, Tuesday morning, his daughter Karen lowered the flag to half-mast at the Town Dock. It was an appropriate tribute to Warren on Flag Day. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Stanley Cemetery on Islesford, 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 20. Donations in Warren’s memory may be sent to the Islesford Volunteer Fire Department to support the First Responder program. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.

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