BREWER – Beverly “Bev” Weatherby, 92, died Sept. 19, 2012, at a Brewer health care center. He was born June 7, 1920, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, the son of Rutherford and Rachael (Bonness) Weatherby. His home was in Grand Lake Stream, where he grew up in his family’s sporting camp business.
Bev attended Ricker Classical Institute and later graduated from the University of Maine in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. It was there that he met Alice Christie, the love of his life and his spouse of 69 years. The couple owned and operated Weatherby’s Fishing Resort, Grand Lake Stream, for many years until 1975. Upon retirement, Bev spent his summers guiding fishermen in Forest City, while wintering in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bev thoroughly enjoyed bringing food and cheer to many of the elderly in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he delivered Meals on Wheels for 30 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a director of Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative and was former selectman of Grand Lake Stream. Bev took great pride in his roots in Grand Lake Stream and held a special affection for Maine’s sporting camp life. He particularly cherished his 24 years of guiding on East Grand and Spednic lakes and the camaraderie of his colleagues in Grand Lake canoes. He often said it was the best years of his life. For many years, Bev and Alice traveled extensively, birding in Australia, Central America and Europe.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; and one daughter, Diana and Patrick Knight of New Carrollton, Md. He is also survived by three nephews and their families, Arthur and Doris Wheaton of Forest City and Summerfield, N.C., Lance and Georgie Wheaton of Forest City and Dale and Jana Wheaton of Forest City and Dedham. He is also survived by a special great-niece, April Fowler of Eddington. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Elizabeth. Bev will be remembered by many friends, Wheaton, Brooks, Pipines, Brown, Ellsmore and others. He was grateful for the many friendships shared with residents of the Ellen Leach Retirement Home, Brewer, and for the caring and gracious staff.
A service honoring Bev’s life will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher of All Souls Congregational Church, presiding. Family and friends may visit 2-4 p.m. Monday before and immediately after services. Burial will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Grand Lake Stream Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Bev’s memory to Grand Lake Stream Congregational Church, P.O. Box 18, Grand Lake Stream, ME 04637 or Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City Township, ME 04413.