Hundreds say farewell to boat accident victim

Posted Nov. 14, 2008, at 11:12 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — This grieving community turned out in force Friday afternoon to say farewell to Robert “Bob” Pomeroy, one of two men who died last weekend when their boat capsized on First Buttermilk Pond.

The owner of Rowell’s Garage in Dover-Foxcroft and a member of the “Buttermilk Boys,” Pomeroy was remembered for his “wonderful influence” on his family, friends and community.

“He embodied what a sense of community was all about,” Ralph Gabarro, Mayo Regional Hospital’s chief executive officer, told those who filled Center Theatre and spilled out into its hallway.

Pomeroy, and his friends Kevin Stitham, David Perkins and James Brown, all of Dover-Foxcroft, had been crossing Buttermilk Pond in Bowerbank on Saturday, when the boat took on water and capsized. Brown and Pomeroy died while attempting to reach shore.

Just as Brown’s family had during a memorial service for Brown the night before, Pomeroy’s family thanked the Maine Warden Service, the Bowerbank Fire Department, and volunteers who helped search for the two men. They also gave thanks to the support shown by the community.

As for his civic commitment, Pomeroy had one thing in mind and that was bettering the community, Gabarro said. He noted Pomeroy’s affiliation with the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society, Pine Crest Development Corp., town government, and his service from 1998 to 2007 on the Hospital Administrative District 4 board of directors. Gabarro said Pomeroy provided leadership but he did so in a quiet manner.

Pomeroy’s good friend Kevin Stitham shared his memories of their friendship, including the time they launched what was likely the first party boat ever on Roach Pond, and of fishing and golfing trips, meals they had shared and the discussions they had had over the years.

It was his wife, Karen, who gave Pomeroy his greatest gift — his two children, Stitham said. Pomeroy enjoyed talking about his children and their accomplishments.

For his children, Pomeroy was the best father they could ever have asked for, his daughter Elyse said Friday.

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