CAMDEN – Carleton Fanton Bryant Jr. died Sept. 22, 2012, at Quarry Hill, Camden, with his daughter, Susan, at his side. Capt. Bryant was born March 24, 1921, in Bangor, the son of Vice Adm. Carleton Fanton Bryant and Elizabeth Rattray Bryant, both of Bangor, and the grandson of William Cullen Bryant, the founder of W.C. Bryant & Sons Jewelers, Bangor.
In the early 1920s, the Bryant family bought a home in Searsport, which they aptly named the Homeport. Between duty stations and later when Adm. Bryant was at sea during World War II, the family would return to Searsport. In 1939 Carleton graduated from Choate and in 1943 graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. On Oct. 9, 1943, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Hampton in Sharon, Mass., and they spent the next 62 years together until Betty’s death in 2005. After his graduation in February 1943, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In 1966 after 23 years in the Navy, Carleton retired from the service, moved back to Scituate, Mass., and began a second career as a naval architect and marine engineer working for J.J. Henry. In 1973 after Carleton had been with J.J. Henry about 15 years, the office in Cohasset, Mass., closed so Carleton left the firm, began taking on private consulting work and moved back to Maine. In 1981 the Bryant’s bought the American House, a card, gift and decorating store then located on Elm Street, Camden, where the town offices are today. In 1997 they closed the store and returned to Massachusetts to be closer to Betty’s family and the couple’s children. In 2009 Carleton returned to Camden and moved in to Quarry Hill. Although he lost much of his eyesight and his health, he never lost his sense of humor or his interest in people.
Carleton Bryant is survived by his sister, (Elizabeth) Kelley Meigs of Searsport; his son, Carleton Fanton Bryant III and his wife, Susan Costello Bryant, of Norfolk, Va.; his daughter, Susan Elizabeth Bryant of Camden; his daughter, Jane Bryant of Scituate, Mass.; four grandchildren, Sarah Bryant Caughie and her husband, Colin Caughie, Jonathan Reid Bryant and his wife, Kimberly, Rebecca Elaine McBee, and Sandra Christine McBee, D.V.M., and her fiance, Thomas McAnney; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden, with a reception afterward. Memorial donations may be made to United Mid-Coast Charities, P.O. Box 205, Camden, ME 04843 or Quarry Hill, care of Penobscot Bay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Bryant family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.