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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541
Fax: 207-832-6346

William "Bill" H Shuman

Friday, January 9th, 1925 - Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
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“We are the heroes of our own lives.” Mary McCarthy

Bill Shuman passed away suddenly on December 30, 2020, in Damariscotta, Maine, just shy of his 96th birthday.

Bill grew up in New Jersey. He began his college career at Drexel, but what he really wanted to do was fly. The day the Army Air Force rejected him he signed up for the Navy’s V-12 program. He was sent to MIT and earned a degree in aeronautical engineering. He attended midshipman school at Notre Dame, then served as a Navy ensign in Pensacola. Upon discharge, he returned to MIT and earned a second bachelor’s degree in business administration.

During his time in Boston he met Elaine Campbell, a beautiful nursing student. Elaine and Bill married and raised their four children in Milford, New Hampshire.

Bill was a natural salesman and had a successful career as a manufacturer’s representative in the investment casting industry. His love of airplanes gave way to a love of boats, and there came a time when Bill was never without a boat or two. The boats got bigger and bigger and the adventures more far-flung.

Bill and Elaine moved to Damariscotta in 1979 to be closer to salt water. For a few gritty years they built lobster traps at North Country Wood Products. Wire mesh was just making its debut in the trap world, and Bill wound down his career as a salesman for the CE Shepherd Company.

Bill lived for boating and skiing, and family life revolved around those activities. Bill and Elaine always had a gang of friends: there was the bowling club in Milford and the Cabadetis Boat Club in Round Pond. There are many fond memories of gatherings at Bill and Elaine’s homes and on their boats.
Service to community was always a priority of Bill’s. In the Milford days he served as a bank director and a member of the school board. He taught classes to pleasure boaters for the Amoskeag Power Squadron. In Maine, he was active in the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club for many years, and gave countless hours to newspaper drives, the oyster festival, the dog show, selling raffle tickets, and more. He was often top salesman of the club’s fruit and nut fundraiser. It was hard to say no to Bill.

Upon “retirement”, Bill threw himself into the Augusta chapter of SCORE. He was a well-regarded counselor and also assumed leadership roles in the region. His clients appreciated his knowledge and real-world experience. He found helping others a satisfying challenge, and the continuous learning nourished his insatiable curiosity.

Bill was inquisitive, analytical, and insistent. His favorite question was “Why?”. He had a clever wit and loved to tease. He was no foodie but welcomed a batch of homemade cookies. He pushed us all to do what he deemed “worthwhile” with our lives. He kept going: up to his last day he took walks, rode his bike, read voraciously (nonfiction only), and stayed abreast of current events. He enjoyed his life at Schooner Cove and treasured his pool games with his buddies.

Bill was predeceased by Elaine, his sons Paul and Bill, and his grandson Josh. He leaves his daughter, Pat, of Tacoma, WA, his son Rob, of Lubec, Maine, his sister-in-law Gloria Campbell of Nashua, NH, his grandson Caleb Page (Mariana) of Tacoma, and five great-grandchildren. Plans for celebrating Bill’s life are uncertain, for reasons we all understand.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to his Rotary club:
Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle, PO Box 565, Damariscotta ME 04543.

Friends and Family are invited to share their memories of Bill by visiting his book of memories at Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home 949 Main Street Waldoboro, ME 04572.
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Lawrence Reynolds

Posted at 04:03pm
posting from Maine Ericson Owners Association:
Members of Maine Ericson Owners Association –

It is my sad duty to report the recent passing of one of our anchors, Bill Shuman, in late December.

Bill and his wife Elaine had previously been sailors, but had moved on from that to power boating. They and their Grand Banks power boat, Jezebel, were always present and participating in the MEOA Summer Rendezvous. “The Committee Boat” not only served as the start and finish lines of the annual regatta, but it also served as a place for sundowners on Sunday night up in Tenant’s Harbor or Port Clyde on the first night of the annual MEOA Downeast Cruise. Many a move from the race was debated and discussed out on the fantail of Jezebel. Bill, as a former sailor, was right in the middle of the conversation to interject with what he thought the captains’ tactics should have been under those specific conditions. And for sport, Jezebel would frequently “catch up with” the fleet at one more harbor before the end of the cruise.
"Home is the sailor, home from the sea"

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