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Frances M. Bos

Frances M. Bos (Walker), 89, of Castine, died suddenly but peacefully on December 2, 2020. At the time of her passing, she was residing at the Winterberry Heights Memory Care Center in Bangor and died as a result of COVID-19. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 42 years, C. Everett Bos in 1996.

“Frannie” was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Unitarian Minister Kenneth C. Walker and Anna Moseley Hooke. Though always a

Mainer at heart (she played the role of Modockowando’s daughter in the 1947 Castine Pageant), “Frannie” spent much of her adult life in the Midwest. She attended University High School in Normal, Illinois, then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she met Ev, an “Iowa farm boy.” After college, Frannie and Ev moved to Western Springs, Illinois, where they raised their five children. In addition to raising her family, Frannie was an active member of the Hinsdale Unitarian Church, the League of Women’s Voters and many other community/civic organizations.

Frannie and Ev became year-round Castine residents in 1995. While living in Castine, Frannie served on the Historic Preservation Commission; volunteered at the Witherle Memorial Library, the Castine Historical Society and the Bay Area Health Resources office; and, at the behest of her cousin and neighbor Sylvia Larsson, was a seamstress on the Castine Community Bicentennial quilt project. Frannie was also actively involved in the Castine Unitarian Church, providing flowers for Sunday services with her dear friend Virginia Bourne. Frannie also enjoyed the summer exercise class at Emerson Hall, continuing the weekly classes during the long winter months with a few other hardy women of Castine.

Frannie is survived and was deeply loved by her children: C. Peter Bos and wife Karin Bos (Kababick) of Bucksport, Maine; Susan Gay Bos and husband James R. Merritt of Westmoreland, N.H.; Nancy R. Overman and husband Alan D. Overman of Guilford, Vt.; David Walker Bos of Washington, D.C.; and Elizabeth Anne Bos Weklar and husband Robert Weklar, of Neenah, Wisc. She was lovingly known as “Grannie” Frannie to her 10 grandchildren: Emily Crofter and her partner Chris Grimard; Jonas Crofter; Asa Crofter and his fiancée Emily Angelo; Benjamin Bos and his partner Ashley Robbins; Sara Bos; Lucas Overman and his wife Sheila; Kelsey Overman and her fiancé Tedros Desta; Matt Weklar and his wife Gina; Sam Weklar; Maggie Weklar and her fiancé Jonah Salzer. Frannie’s fondness for Castine and the shores of Penobscot Bay will be carried on by her six great-grandchildren Eleanor, Tupper and Alden Grimard, and Kali, Gavin and Jaxon Overman, and many future generations.

She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by countless cousins, dear friends Stan and Virginia Bourne of Castine, and Nancy Bos of Blue Hill, Maine.

A celebration of Frannie’s life will be held at a later date.


Leland Bowden

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Leland Bowden went to be with his Lord on January 4, 2021 at his home in Blue Hill. He was born in Castine on April 4, 1925 to Charles and Ida Bowden. He worked for nearly 40 years at the Bucksport paper mill. He served his country with honor as a soldier in Italy during WW II. He was a poet and a great teller of stories with many writings held at the Castine Historical Society and the Wilson Museum.

He is survived by his beautiful wife Brenda Sue; his daughter Barbara and husband Reverend James Heard of Ellsworth; daughter Susan and husband Reverend Chris Ellis of Georgia; special daughter-in-law Linda Bowden; brother Eugene Bowden of Bucksport; plus many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be remembered fondly by Stanley and Heidi Grindle of Surry, Ruth and John Koll of Bucksport, Sylvia Arey of Penobscot, and Geoff Atherton of South Dakota. He was predeceased by his parents; his son Reverend Lee Bowden Jr.; an infant daughter; sisters Kathleen Mixer and Therma Douglas; and brothers Ormand and Kenneth Bowden.

Leland recently wrote this poem:

I’m on my final trip
along the highway of life.
There’s an exit up ahead,
but I see it’s nothing to dread.
I’ll turn from this highway of life,
and be free of my burdens and strife.
Jesus is waiting just over the hill.
He’s loving me more every day,
and will guide me the rest of the way.

Per Leland’s request there will be a graveside ceremony at a later date.


Michael M. Canon

June 10, 1941 - January 6, 2021

Michael Moyer Canon was born June 10, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Gilman School in Baltimore in 1958, and four years later, on June 10, 1962, he graduated from Williams College, had his 21st birthday, and got engaged to the love of his life, Susan Eleanor McEldowney on the same day.

He began his career with the Koppers Company in Pittsburgh, then moved on to IBM in Indianapolis and then Honeywell in Baltimore in computer and software sales, where he became the General Manager of the Baltimore and Washington regional market division. He subsequently became Vice President of Carey Machinery in Baltimore.

With a fervent desire to own his own business, he moved his family to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1979 to start Canon Safety & Health. Canon Safety grew rapidly, attracting a Fortune 500 acquisition suitor a mere nine years later, in 1988. The selling of Canon Safety launched his next two career adventures with his wife and family in 1993: the starting of The Eggemoggin Reach Bed & Breakfast in Brooksville, Maine, an award winning B&B written up in USA Today and numerous travel guides, and he started Brooksville Associates, a successful mergers and acquisitions firm specializing in the industrial safety and fire markets.

During these years, Mike and his wife enjoyed living back in the Jacksonville beaches area for half the year and the coast of Maine in Brooksville the other half. In 2005, after selling the bed & breakfast, they settled into retirement in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan, and his three sons, Mark Canon and Michael Canon of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Rip Canon of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and his five grandchildren, Nate, Samantha, Jack, Luke and Nicholas Canon.

In lieu of flowers, Michael requested donations be sent to the Gilman School in Baltimore, Md.


Patricia “Patty” Deetjan

BROOKSVILLE and BLUE HILL—Patricia “Patty” Deetjen, 84, passed away on January 2, 2021 at Blue Hill Hospital with her family by her side. Patty is survived by her two sons Leif and Cliff, daughter-in law Kim, three loving grandchildren, Alex, Ben and River and nephew Scott Burrows.

With laughter and a positive spirit, Patty enjoyed life to its fullest and always made everyone feel special. Above all, she loved making personal connections with family and friends. She would light up a room with her warm beautiful smile, find humor in any situation, and her infectious laugh made the world a better place.

Patty was the daughter of Ethel and Mel Blun of White Plains, N.Y. Patty was born in Scarsdale, N.Y., on July 21, 1936. She attended The Ethel Walker School and graduated from Bradford College with a degree in Education in 1956. Her first teaching position was at Rye Country Day School. She met the love of her life, Rudolph Deetjen in 1958, a fellow teacher at Greenwich Country Day School. Patty and Rudy married in 1961 and lived in Greenwich, Conn., where Leif and Cliff were born. They moved to Essex Fells, N.J., in 1972 and then to Mendham, N.J., in 1976. Patty supported Rudy, then a headmaster of Montclair Kimberley Academy and later the Peck School in Montclair, N.J., as well as both school family communities with her devoted enthusiasm and grace. She was an active member of the Junior League and many volunteer organizations. Her sport was tennis and she enjoyed aerobics to balance a busy life raising two active sons.

In 1968 Patty and Rudy built a picturesque log home on the beautiful coast of Brooksville, Maine, that they affectionately named “Kings Cove.” They enjoyed summers and holidays at this special place with family and friends. After Rudy retired they moved to Maine full-time in 1998, and spent the summer season at King’s Cove and winter months in Blue Hill at Parker Ridge Retirement Community.

Among the longest standing residents at Parker Ridge, Patty and Rudy were social leaders of the community for many years. Rudy played the piano and wrote songs, and Patty was one of the first “Activity’s Directors.” In her words they were “The Boosters of Parker Ridge.” Patty knew how to make people happy and formed strong meaningful connections and developed many deep loving friendships with neighbors and the staff.

Patty’s passion was people. She truly invested in others’ lives and sincerely cared about their happiness and well-being and made a difference. Back in 2000 she volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentorship program. Patty formed a strong bond with a very special little girl who still to this day considers Patty a second mom and her best friend—as she was to so many in her life.

As an active member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill Patty participated in the Flower Guild and many outreach programs. She was always aware of those in need in the community and did all she could to provide assistance or a listening ear. Patty was never “shy” of using the phone, and loved to stay connected with everyone in her life. Especially over the challenging past year of this pandemic she stayed in touch with so many, with a cheery voice and always a positive thought, Patty brightened everyone’s day.

A poem about Patty in her Ethel Walker School Senior Yearbook says it best:

From Rye comes a lass named Pat Blun,
A gal who is plum full of fun.
You’ll ne’er meet her double,
Her laughter can bubble.
And with it all hearts she has won.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no funeral service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Tree of Life Food Pantry, P O Box 1329, Blue Hill 04614 or St Francis Episcopal Church outreach programs, P O Box 76, Blue Hill 04614

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


John L. Jacobus

After a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer, John Law Jacobus, of Washington, D.C., passed away on January 2, 2021. He was 57 years old.

Born in Washington, D.C., on December 23, 1963, John grew up in Princeton, N.J., and graduated from Princeton Day School in 1982. He attended Harvard University, receiving a bachelor of arts (A.B.) in History and graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Harvard, John was a recipient of the Detur Prize, a John Harvard Scholarship, and the Whitehill Prize.

After college, John received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1989 from the Harvard Law School. Following a clerkship under the Hon. Maryanne T. Barry, at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, John served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Justice Department, John received two Special Achievement Awards from the Attorney General, for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty (1993) and for Meritorious Acts Performed on Behalf of the Department (1994).

John next joined a large national law firm, then served as the general counsel in a family-owned business, the Jacobus Pharmaceutical Company, Inc., a position he relished. Returning to firm practice at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, in Washington, D.C., John remained there for the rest of his career. Elected partner at Steptoe in 2001, John specialized in commercial litigation and arbitrations, often with a focus on insurance and reinsurance/risk trading; he also served as chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Section of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest assembly of private law firms. While at Steptoe, John also devoted a significant amount of time to pro bono work, often with a focus on helping immigrants reach the safety of the United States following persecution or torture abroad. He was also lead counsel in litigation on behalf of developmentally delayed children, in a case challenging their stewardship by the government of the District of Columbia.

A lifelong reader and collector of books, John cherished volumes on World War II and history in general. Together with his partner (and later husband) of 23 years, John also enjoyed traveling and seeing both the cultural sites of the world and its geographical wonders, from Argentina to Zimbabwe and dozens of countries in between.

John appreciated the vibrancy of urban spaces, but relished getting deep into rustic places as well. He was particularly fond of walking in the woods and along the rocky cliffs at Isle au Haut, Maine, where his family has spent summers for many generations. Isle au Haut often inspired deeply contemplative moments in John, especially at night, when the ink-black sky was spread with stars and the murmurs of the ocean sounded nearby.

Character was destiny for John, and he exemplified the belief that kindness was the greatest wisdom. He was utterly devoted to his husband, David Uhler, and was beloved by his family and many friends. John was predeceased by his brother, William Penman Jacobus, to whom he lovingly gave many hours of thoughtful care during a prolonged period of illness in William’s life. In addition to his husband, John is survived by his parents, David and Claire Jacobus of Princeton, N.J.; his sister Marget Jacobus of Westfield, Mass.; his sister and brother-in-law Hughie Jacobus and Andrew Hildick-Smith of Winchester, Mass.; his sister Laura Jacobus of Princeton, N.J.; three nephews (Gordon, Seth, and Neil Hildick-Smith), a niece (Ellen Jacobus), and a new grand-niece, Sophie, daughter of Gordon and his wife Alice Wisener.

A memorial service for John will be planned for a later date. Those who would like to honor John’s memory in the meantime may wish to make a donation in his honor to the Isle au Haut (Maine) Community Development Corporation (isleauhaut.org).


Barbara V. Jones

1934-2021

Barbara V. Jones died at home peacefully on January 6, 2021 surrounded by family after a long illness. She is survived by her husband Alvan Jones, sons Daniel and Val Jones, Nathan and Janet Jones, James Jones and Yvonne Golden, Troy and Brandy Jones; Grandkids Ashley Carey, Kassandra Jones, Alvin Jones, Brandy Jones, Myleena Bocharski, Misty Eaton, Andrew Jones, Johnathan Jones, Carmen Billings, Thomas Jones; Great-grandkids Logan and Alexa Bocharski, Mozaya Carey, Lucas, Jaylin and Christopher Jones, Jaden Jones, Elias Jones, Marley and Bella Jones, Sailor, Jarvis, Nathan and Tanner Eaton, Hunter, Jackson, Rihanna, Gavin, Kayden Billings. She was predeceased by two grandsons Timothy Jones and Barry Jones. “Ma,” as she was called by about everyone, will be greatly missed. Rest in peace. Services will be announced at a later date.


Dorothy M. Miller

SEDGWICK—Dorothy Marion Miller, 94, died peacefully at home on January 11, 2021.

Dorothy is survived by her husband Joseph Hillis Miller and her three children, Robin, Matthew, and Sally. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Blue Hill Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 604, Blue Hill, ME 04614, online at northernlighthealth.org/Locations/Foundation/Donation-Opportunities/BHMH-Foundation-Donation, or the Memorial Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 387, Deer Isle, ME 04627.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.