John E. "Ted" Bear Jr., 66: Career lobsterman, awarded Golden V-Notch Award

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ORR’S ISLAND — John E. “Ted” Bear Jr., 66, died May 29 at his home after a brief battle with cancer.

On April 17, 1943, he was born in Brunswick, a son of John Edwin Sr., and Ruth Eleanor (Leeman) Bear.

He attended schools in Tampa, Fla., and graduated from Florida State University.

He was a self-employed lobsterman for over 30 years and served on the board of directors for the Maine Lobsterman Association. Recently, he was awarded the Golden V-Notch Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions made to help preserve the lobster industry.

He was devoted to his late wife, Faith (Pingree) Bear, who died in September, 2007. He was well-known for his kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his son, Johnathan W. Bear and his wife, Rachel of Orr’s Island, his daughter, Stacy Morin and her husband, John of Auburn; his stepson, Dirk Caire of Freeport; a brother, Tim Bear of Union; and five grandchildren, Alec Caire of Portland, Ben and Jack Morin of Auburn, Kayla and Kristopher Merrill of Durham.

A celebration of his life will be held at 12 p.m., June 7 at the Head of Mackeral Cove.

Memorial donations can be made to the Maine Lobsterman Association, c/o Patrice McCarron, 21C Western Ave., P.O. Box 1, Kennebunk, ME 04043. If desired, flowers can be sent to the family at his home.

Arrangements are under by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.

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