CALAIS _ A longtime sportsman and Registered Maine Guide, Roy E. Comstock Jr. of Calais, was honored recently when family and friends donated money to the Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center in his name.
Comstock’s daughter, Mary Ann Duvall of Robbinston said that her father’s funeral was held on March 21, 2012 and in lieu of flowers the family asked that money be donated to the college’s OAC.
As a result, more than $800 was raised and given to the center’s Coordinator Chris Woodside who purchased six pairs of cross-country skis. The skis are available at the center, along with other sporting equipment including ice skates, bicycles, canoes and kayaks, all of which can be rented by students and the public for a minimal charge.
Comstock, who passed away at the age of 89, was a long-time fixture in Washington County. At one point in his career he owned the Comstock & Russell Garage on the corner of Union and Main streets in Calais. He later went to work for the St. Croix Paper Co. That company eventually was bought by Georgia Pacific Inc. who in turn sold it to Domtar LLC. Comstock was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and live trapping.
Duvall said that upwards of 12 families and friends donated to the fund. “He loved animals and nature,” she said. “We wanted to do something to keep his memory alive in the area and we wanted it to have something to do with outdoors. Because he was a sportsman and outdoor person. We thought about it and came up with the college,” she said.
Woodside said he was pleased with the donation. “We are fortunate at the college because we have this wonderful center that not only provides rental equipment, but also offers outdoor recreation for the community. We thank the Comstock family for this donation as it continues to help us reach even further with our goal of providing outdoor equipment to the public, “he said.
Duvall echoed that sentiment. The Robbinston woman said she would like to see more families give donations in honor of a family member who has passed away. “Whether it is to the library or whatever. Whatever that person’s love was,” she said.