BAILEY ISLAND — Kent G. Mockler, 61, died Dec. 7 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Caribou on May 4, 1950, he was the oldest son of Melbourne M. and Glennis A. Mockler. He graduated from Caribou High School in 1968 and later attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. After college, he became The Ringmaster, and then Bozo, for the Bozo television show at Ch. 7 in Bangor. He followed his acting stint behind the scenes first as a projectionist and then as a movie theater manager for three cinemas in the Bangor area.
After working with the movie theaters, he owned and operated his own advertising agency, Ad-Mart, in Bangor before moving to New York, N.Y., where he was employed for 28 years at Way West Tenants Corp. as a managing superintendent.
In 1982, he met Sherri Duprey, the love of his life, and on June 18, 2006 they married. They retired to Maine in October 2009. He was a 25-year member of the Central Park Model Yacht Club of New York, N.Y., a 100-year old model yacht club that promotes design, building, and racing scale model yachts. He was also a member of the Friendship Sloop Society of Maine.
Mockler enjoyed vintage automobiles, sailing, scuba diving, bonsai plant gardening, brewing beer, cooking, boat model building, and loving life especially at his ocean side home on Bailey Island.
Predeceased by his step-daughter, Tiffany L. Duprey-Murley and his youngest brother Lee B. Mockler, he is survived by his wife, Sherry Duprey Mockler of Bailey Island; stepson Jason Duprey of New York, N.Y., brother Murray M. Mockler of Harpswell; aunt Katherine Raymond of Orr’s Island; a niece; a nephew; and many cousins.
Visiting hours will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Memorial contributions may be made to the Orr’s & Bailey Island Fire Dept., P.O. Box 158, Orr’s Island, ME 04066.