Richard Thurlow
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 to:
    The Tuttle Road United
    Methodist Church
    52 Tuttle Rd.
    Falmouth, Maine 04105