PROSPECT HARBOR – Cecilia B. “Bobbie” Strohmeyer died peacefully Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. She was 83.
Bobbie was born on Dec. 25, 1932, in Media, Pa., to Cecilia B. Horn and James P. McQuaide. After having graduated from Garden City High School, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with an occupational therapy major in 1954. Perhaps most notably, U. Penn. is where Bobbie met her future husband, George R. “Bob” Strohmeyer, also a graduate. Upon receiving her degree, Bobbie served in the armed services, resulting in the completion of her clinical practice. With an adventurous spirit, Bobbie embarked on a trip of a lifetime driving cross-country to Burbank, Calif., to accept a sought-after position working at Walt Disney Studios on the production of “Peter Pan.” Following this experience, Bobbie began painting earnestly and acquired a love of breeding and of showing Doberman Pinschers. The two passions intersected beautifully in a well-received series of oil paintings. Bobbie relocated with her family to New Hampshire and as her talent in painting progressed, her work was juried by the oldest art association in the United States, the Copley Society in Boston, Mass., which was founded in 1879, and she was bestowed the coveted title, “Copley Artist.” As further evidence of her skills, Bobbie’s aesthetic nature translated into a love of architectural design, resulting in three beautiful homes which the family had built over the span of 18 years. In addition, she utilized her educational degree and experience as an artist to develop an art therapy program at Hampstead Hospital in southern New Hampshire.
Given her well-known obsession with the sea, Bobbie was the driving force behind her family’s ensuing move to the New Hampshire seacoast, and eventually Cape Neddick. In retirement, Bobbie and Bob relocated to Prospect Harbor, where she expressed her talent in painting through technique in watercolor, often exploring the relationship between natural elements, with the rocky shoreline as a constant source of inspiration.
Over the course of her life, Bobbie wrote poetry, culminating with a powerful and reflective piece concerning the attack on 9/11 which was published in the regional newspaper. Her passionate beliefs about the injustices of war, led her to contribute commentary in The New York Times on more than one occasion. Given her multiple talents and indomitable spirit, Bobbie had been described by those who knew her, as a modern day Renaissance lady. She spent her later years cultivating cherished friendships with those in the local community and keeping the company of their family’s loyal and communicative Doberman Pinscher, Mera.
Bobbie is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, George R. “Bob” Strohmeyer, of Prospect Harbor, her eldest son Kurt R. Strohmeyer and husband, John A. Llano, of Miami Beach, Fla., younger son Karl A. Strohmeyer and wife, Corey L. Strohmeyer, their two children Liesel James and Niklaus William, all of Boulder, Colo., brother James “Jim” P. McQuaide and wife, Phyllis McQuaide, of Bath, niece Karen L. McQuaide of Medford, N.J., nephew Michael J. McQuaide of Cinnaminson, N.J., granddaughter Sarah R. Gilman of Meredith, N.H., and grandson Nathan S. Albertson of Manchester, N.H. Bobbie was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa A. Albertson, of Laconia, N.H.
Contributions in Bobbie’s memory can be made to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate.
Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.