ELLSWORTH – Gregory Lee Linscott, 56, died May 20, 2012, at an Ellsworth nursing facility after many years of medical issues and a brief battle with cancer. Born in 1956, in Bar Harbor, Greg was predeceased by his father, Paul Linscott of Ellsworth.
He is survived by his mother, Teresa Linscott of Ellsworth; brothers, Paul J. "PJ" and Alan J. Linscott of Ellsworth and Steven Linscott of Springfield, Ill.; sisters, Dawn Simpson of Ellsworth, Cynthia Linscott of Otis and Deborah "Debbie" Knight of Dayton, Ohio; along with eight nieces and five nephews who will deeply miss him.
After graduating in 1974 from Ellsworth High School, Greg attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a minor in history. Greg started teaching at Caribou Middle School in 1981 as a social studies teacher. That fall he began a teaching career at Sumner High School that spanned 25 years. While he never had any children of his own, Greg showed an affinity teaching young people and emulated exceptional care and understanding while helping to guide his students. He knew his course materials and found innovative ways to share what he had learned with them. He strove to engage all of his students through encouraged participation; Greg’s classes soon became some of the most popular classes at Sumner High School. To quote one of Greg’s teaching philosophies: "I am a teacher who tries to be there for those students who are academically challenged. I also believe that the college bound student will most likely be an effective member of society, regardless of who teaches them. It is the student that is ‘at risk’ to fall through the cracks of a high school that really concerns my motivation to teach." Greg became involved with the extracurricular sports activities at Sumner early in his career. Some of his activities included coaching junior varsity soccer, baseball, basketball and freshman basketball. For several seasons he coached varsity girls basketball, boys baseball, and golf. He was an avid golfer and could be found at a local golf course when not participating in school activities. He was class advisor for the class of 1985 through their four years of high school. In 1993 Greg underwent emergency surgery for a serious heart condition, which almost claimed his life. It was only with the unwavering support and love he received from his students, the faculty and staff at Sumner High School and his loyal friends, was he able to return to teaching at Sumner. For this, his family will be forever grateful. He enjoyed many years with his lifelong companions, Buddy and Ginger, both lab mix dogs, who meant everything to Greg during his illness. Watching the Red Sox, The Tonight Show, playing cribbage, golf, and softball were some of his favorite interests.
A special thanks to Vinney and Ann Larouix, Rob and Kathy Burnett of Franklin and Brent Hammond of Sullivan. His nephew, Travis Simpson, lived with him for several years and had developed a special relationship with his Uncle Greg. To Beth Tupper of Ellsworth, for taking care of his pets throughout his illness; the McKenney family, who he held most dear to him; Joyce Chernek, his nurse, who attended him throughout his illness; and a special thanks to the wonderful staff of Courtland in Ellsworth.
A graveside Catholic service will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Old Town. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth.