Robert "Bub" Thurlow, 52: Practical joker, loved the outdoors

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Robert “Bub” Thurlow, 52, died Friday at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Thurlow was born Feb. 16, 1960 in Portland, to Robert and Constance Thurlow. He attended Yarmouth schools and went on to become a master plumber, carrying on the family business, Thurlow Plumbing and Heating.

Thurlow was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and snowmobiling and some of his favorite times were spent camping with his family and friends in Eustis or at the family camp in Rangeley. 

He was remembered as a practical joker who maintained his sense of humor throughout his illness. He was full of life and laughter and lived each day to the fullest, making friends wherever he went.

He is survived by his daughters, Laura Thurlow and Katie Thurlow; his sister, Betsey Barter; his nephews Ed, Dan, John, and James, as well as very many special and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Pat, and his niece, Jessica.

A memorial service celebrating Thurlow’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to the Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, #1,  Scarborough, ME 04074; Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011; or the Casco Masonic Lodge #36, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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