Kenneth Roy Toothaker, 77

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HARPSWELL — Kenneth Roy (“K.R.” or “Wuke-E”) Toothaker, 77, a lifelong resident of Harpswell, died Dec. 12 at home. He was born April 9, 1935, in Harpswell, a son of Maurice and Marion (Morgan) Toothaker. He was educated in local schools. 

Toothaker worked for many years as a lobsterman, and was well-known in the community. He ran a small wholesale wharf, but his true passion was to be on the water fishing. He enjoyed anything that had to do with the sea, whether it was constructing docks and wharfs, building lobster traps or just spending time with his fellow fishermen. He was a true “Maine fisherman.”

He held a warm place in his heart for animals, especially his dogs. But by far the most important thing to K.R. was his family. He truly loved to spend time with them and each was special to him.

Toothaker was predeceased by his parents; a son, Timothy Tom Toothaker; a granddaughter, Rebecca Kim Bisson; and three sisters, Margaret Foster, Sylvia Brown and Madeline Harris.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline (Byrne) Toothaker, of Harpswell; a son, Kenneth Toothaker, Jr., of Harpswell; five daughters, Kimberly Johnson, of Harpswell, Cynthia Ann and her husband, Jamey Glynn, of Bowdoin, Georgia Lee Temple and her companion, Garey Hartley, of Bowdoin, Susan Jean Toothaker, of Brunswick, and Madeline Marie and her husband, Tom Morrison, of Brunswick; a brother, George Toothaker, of Gray; a sister, Barbara Holbrook, of New York; grandchildren Kasey, Cheyanne, Makenzie, Crystal, Rachel, Jamey Jr., Melinda, Teddy, Christopher and Phillip; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by a special fisherman friend, Jeffrey Temple, of Harpswell. 

A funeral service was held Dec. 17. Interment followed in Cranberry Horn Cemetery in Harpswell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011. Online condolences may be shared by visiting

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