David M. Sanders

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.

PEMBROKE – David Marshall Sanders, 68, passed away peacefully Friday, August 22, 2014 at his home in Pembroke. David was born in Skowhegan on April 3, 1946, son of the late Stephen and Emma (Stebbins) Sanders. After graduating from Skowhegan High School, Class of 1964, he enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War where he served on the destroyers USS Basilone, USS Compton, and the USS Tills. Following his service, David returned to Maine and began his career as a tugboat captain. He worked for Eastern Maine Towage of Belfast, and Morania of NY, which allowed him to captain tugboats throughout the east coast. Eventually David started his own company called Island Marine Construction, which he owned and operated until he retired in 2011. He was an avid reader and enjoyed learning history, hiking, boating, trains and trucks, and anything to stay active.

Surviving are his companion, Nancy Kirkbride of Pembroke; three children, Christopher Sanders of Searsport, Kimberly Sanders and husband Bradley Fraser of Searsport, and Karen L. Dodd and husband Barry of Gorham; four grandchildren, Brian, Caitlin and husband Justin, Kristen, and Meaghan; two sisters, Carolyn Wilson and husband George of Hill, NH, and Stephanie Calder and husband Richard of Skowhegan; and four nieces and one nephew.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Malbons Mill Cemetery in Skowhegan. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com

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