BAR HARBOR – David Gidley Howland, 79, died March 14, 2010. He was born June 2, 1930, in New Bedford, Mass., son of Merrill Carr and Alice Gidley Howland. He graduated from Dartmouth High School, Class of 1948, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1953. During his 23-year Coast Guard career, he served on eight different ships. He commanded a 95-foot patrol boat in Alaska, the buoy tender Lilac, in New Jersey and the cutter, Campbell, in Maine. Before his retirement in 1976 he was commanding officer of Group Southwest Harbor. After he retired he enjoyed many activities, including digging quahogs, blacksmithing, scuba diving, home brewing, reading and many other intellectual pursuits. He volunteered for Boy Scouts of America, participating for many years in Eagle Scout Boards of Review. He particularly enjoyed swapping stories with his friends at Hulls Cove General Store. He was a volunteer at Jesup Memorial Library from 1989 to 2009, where he organized, sorted and priced books for the annual book sale. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Nancy Draycott Howland; two children, Susan Howland Roberts of Boston and Jonathan Carr Howland of Falmouth, Mass.; four grandchildren, Amanda Alice Anderson, Timothy Lodge Roberts, David Samuel Howland and Daniel Carr Howland; one great-grandchild, Kanyon Machias Anderson; and his sister, Joan Bernard. He was predeceased by his brother, Barry Carr Howland. There will be a private family remembrance later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave’s name to Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Please stipulate Eastern Maine Medical Center Intensive Care Unit/Palliative Care. Alternatively, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Military Officers’ Association of Maine, Pine Tree Chapter, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1124, Bangor, ME 04402. “In all things he did well.”