Community mourns lost fishermen



STONINGTON — Bible verses, poems and hymns were read and sung to help ease the grief of a community mourning two fishermen lost at sea.

About 200 mourners gathered Sunday at the Island Community Center for a memorial service for Wallace “Chubby” Gray and Wayne Young, both of Deer Isle.

Gray, 26, and Young, 50, went down on the fishing vessel Foxy Lady II while scallop fishing off Gloucester, Mass., Dec. 15.

Pastor Kevin Barrett of the The Stonington Church of the Nazarene and Michael Shepard, who is an ordained elder at the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch in Sunset, spoke at the service.

Shepard read Psalm 107.

“They that go out on the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, they see the works of the Lord and the wonders of the deep.”

Shepard said his message was that a loss at sea affects the whole community.

“We all feel the pain when that loved one is lost,” Shepard said. “We do whatever we can for the families that have lost that loved one. The whole fishing community pulls together and does whatever they can to comfort these grieving families.”

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Jennifer Osborn

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