Everett A. Strout, 86: Enjoyed sailing, carving birds

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CUMBERLAND CENTER — Everett Arthur Strout, 86, died Sept. 23 at Mercy Hospital in Portland. 

Born at St. Barnabas Hospital in Portland on Oct. 24, 1924, the son of Andrew Everett Strout and Gertrude Marion Farnham, he graduated from Deering High School in 1941.

After he attended the University of Maine at Orono, he graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1943, when he began his service as a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine during World War II until he received an honorable discharge in 1945. 

While attending a USO dance in Antwerp, Belgium, he met his future wife, Martha J. F. Bosschaert. They were married Oct. 30, 1948, in Portland.

He worked as an engineer in a chemical plant in Stockton Springs until 1955 when he began working for Central Maine Power’s new Cousin’s Island Steam Plant, from where he retired as shift supervisor in 1984. 

He was also a volunteer fireman in Cumberland.

His hobbies included sailing throughout Casco Bay and along the coast of Maine and he also enjoyed building train models, carving birds, eating breakfasts at the counter at Cole Farms and Saturday night bean “suppahs.”

Over the years he was a member of the Vassalboro Masonic Lodge Neguemkeag No. 54, Cumberland Congregational Church, Portland Marine Society, Freeport Elders Association, Cumberland Historical Society, Cumberland Fire Department and Maine Maritime Academy’s Alumni Association.

He was predeceased by his wife Martha in 2004, and by twin sons, Charles Everett and James Arthur, shortly after their birth in 1951.

Surviving are his son Allen and wife Marilyn of Otisfield and Harpswell; two granddaughters, Kelly Strout of Otisfield and Lindsay Strout of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; his younger brother Earl F. and wife Beverly of Lyme, N.H.; his cousin Richard Jordan of Apopka, Fla.; and three nieces.

At his request, there will be no funeral services.  

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Memorial donations may be made to The Cumberland Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Cumberland, ME  04021, or to the Maine Maritime Academy, Development Office, Pleasant St., Castine, ME 04420.

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