Captain Richard Dick Thurlow, 79
CITRUS SPRINGS, Fla. -- Dick Thurlow
passed away at his home in Citrus Springs, Fla., on Feb. 10, 2008,
at the age of 79.
Born in Newburyport, Mass., he was a
long-time resident of Falmouth. He was a well known captain for
the Casco Bay Lines in Portland, working there for 20 years. He
earned the gratitude of many residents of the Casco Bay Islands
for providing much needed help during a strike in the late 1970s
when he piloted a ferry across the wintry waters 15 hours a day
for more than six weeks, providing the only public transportation
to and from the mainland. In semi-retirement, Dick enjoyed captaining
a tourist boat for Finest Kind Scenic Cruises in Perkins Cove,
Ogunquit. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.
He was preceded in death by his second
wife of 20 years, Anne KomLosy Thurlow. He is survived by his
wife Helen Thurlow of Citrus Springs, Fla.; and his children,
Captain Richard Thurlow Jr. and his wife Alicia of Lehigh Acres,
Fla., Lee Anne Grover and her husband Don Jr. of Amesbury, Mass.,
Ms. Dale Thurlow of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Karen Kimball and her
husband Mike of Yarmouth, and Ralph Thurlow DVM and his partner
David Spiher of Oakland, Calif. He is fondly remembered by Jay,
Michael, Kurt and Eric Carey, the sons of his wife Helen; and
is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held
June 7, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. aboard the Island Romance at Casco
Bay Lines in Portland.
Memorial gifts may be made in Dick's memory
The Tuttle Road United
52 Tuttle Rd.
Falmouth, Maine 04105