BEALS ISLAND – Guy H. Carver Jr., 87, passed peacefully at Down East Community Hospital in Machias, on March 8, 2014. He was born on May 8, 1926, in Beals, to Guy H. Carver Sr., and Susie O. (Beal) Carver.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 68-plus years, Ruth Lenfestey Carver, whom he adored. He was sacrificially devoted to his family and fiercely loyal to his island roots. He is survived by their six children, Herrick L. Carver and his life partner, deceased, Daleywah Jabulani, of San Francisco, Duane C. Carver and his wife, Dorrene, Dwight H. Carver and his wife, Patti, Teresa F. Carver Beal, Mark R. Carver and his wife, Debbie, and Suzanne D. Carver and her husband, Richard “Buzz” Carver, all of Beals. He is also survived by grandchildren, Cary E. Carver and his wife, Ruby, Tammy A. Carver, Nicole V. Carver, all of Beals, a predeceased grandson, Toby J. Carver, Sandi L. Carver and partner, Suzanne, of Hampden, Kristi E. Carver-Kenney and her husband, Michael, of Beals, Tricia A. Carver-Watson and her husband, Brock, of Hampden, Guy Alan Beal, Robbi Lee Carver, and Noah Tobias Carver, all of Beals; great-grandchildren include, Paiden R. Carver, Cary E. Carver, Jr., RoseMarie R. Carver, Marcus L. Smith, Leon E. Smith III, predeceased great-granddaughter, Elizabeth S. “Lizzie” Smith, all of Beals, Gabriella I. Carver, Maya A. Carver of Hampden, Brevan M. Kenney, and Makenna B. Kenney of Beals; and special nephew, Richard C. Carver of Beals. He was predeceased by his parents, Guy H. and Susie O. (Beal) Carver; his brother, Oscar L. Carver; and sisters, Sylvina W. Carver Alley Woodward, and Mina Carver Kent, all of Beals.
Guy spent a lifetime on the ocean, where he harvested in a wide variety of commercial fisheries around Beals and the surrounding islands. In 1954 he was one of the founders of Maine Lobstermen’s Association, which today has burgeoned to represent fully 1,200 members comprising the entire Maine coastline. In 1970, he was one of the founders of Beals-Jonesport Cooperative, a wholesale lobster dealership, where he bought and sold lobsters until he stepped out of his boat, “I’ve Been Thinking Ruth,” at age 80.
He was a founder of a family wholesale lobster dealership, Carver Industries Inc. and for several years served as President. He, along with his wife, Ruth, and brother and sister-in-law, Earlon O. and Leta L. Beal, founded Long Point Lobster Co., both currently thriving businesses located on Beals.
In his younger years, Guy served as a School Board Member for the Beals School System. He was an avid sportsman, hunting wildlife and gunning seabirds. He also loved sports, playing, coaching, and as a fan.
He coached Beals High School Basketball for several years, and in 1956 coached an undefeated season, culminating in a State of Maine Class “S” Championship. In his later years, he picked up golf, which was also an important part of his life.
From 1990-2012, he and his wife, Ruth, wintered in Zephyrhills, Fla., where he golfed and pursued an active lifestyle that he so enjoyed. Over that time, they formed many wonderful friendships in BetMar Park.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
To honor his love of animals, especially his “doggy dogs,” donations may be made to The Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622; or Washington County Children’s Chorus, P.O. Box 707, Machias, ME 04654. Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, and the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, both at Jonesport Community of Christ, Main Street, Jonesport.