PORTLAND – Maine artist, Robert Murray Dyer, 57, of Portland, died Sept. 3, 2013, from complications of multiple myeloma, an illness he had been battling since 2006.
Bob was born on Vinalhaven, March 23, 1956, and spent most of his youth growing up in Cloquet, Minn. He graduated from Fairfield High School (Ohio) in 1974 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He was last stationed on the USCGC Duane, out of Portland. Bob studied art at the University of Dayton, Portland School of Art, and the University of Southern Maine, earning his bachelor of arts degree.
Painting was Bob’s primary passion in life. He developed his unique style over a career that spanned more than 30 years, beginning in Brooklyn, NY, and continuing in Portland, where he became a highly respected artist. He was also a talented stone mason and owned a business with his partner and devoted companion, Bonnie Threlkeld. His stonework can be found at businesses and residences throughout the Portland area, including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
In addition to Bonnie, Bob is survived by a daughter, Laura D. Newman, her husband, Travis, and grandson, Logan, of Cabot, Ark.; and a son, Merak M. Dyer, and his wife Brandy, of Conway, Ark.; his mother, Jacquelyn G.Dyer, of Damariscotta; his father, Edward F. Dyer of Fairfield, Ohio; his sister and brother in-law, Susan and Leonidas Jonason of Bangor, and their children; his brother, Edward A. Dyer of Glenside, Pa.; and his brother, Joseph A. Dyer of Billings, Mont., and his family.
A public memorial service will be held at the Togus National Cemetery on Monday, Sept. 16, at noon.