Crispin Connery, 60

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WOOLWICH — Crispin Connery died on Dec. 23, 2009, at Mid Coast Hospital surrounded by family and his dog Jacques. The cause of death was complications resulting from sudden cardiopulmonary arrest.

Connery was born in New York City on Dec. 30, 1948, the son of John Connery and Phyllis Harriman. After graduating from Pace University with a degree in political science, he moved to Woolwich in the mid-1970s and immersed himself in local government, initially on the Woolwich Planning Commission and in 1982 as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen.

In October 1993, Connery was elected to a one-year term as President of the Maine Municipal Association, and led delegations representing Maine cities and towns at the National League of Cities and in meetings with Maine’s Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Connery chaired the Woolwich Board of Selectmen from 1994 to 2000. He always described his service to the town as “a privilege” and worked hard to encourage others to run for office in Woolwich and elsewhere. He also served on the boards of Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Patten Free Library, Mid Coast Hospital, and the Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In 2000, Connery was elected Sagadahoc County Commissioner and served two terms until 2008. During his tenure, there were many specific accomplishments but one that particularly delighted him was the refurbishment of the front steps of the historic Sagadahoc County Courthouse. At the dedication, he observed: “It doesn’t need to be fancy but I believe that the entry of a public building should be a welcoming symbol to the people it serves.”

He is survived by Nancy Connery, Cabot Connery, Kristin Carr, Arden Mason, Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Connery, and Robert Connery.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Maine Maritime Museum, Mid Coast Hospital or Patten Free Library.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.