Duncan Iain Rosborough

MOUNT DESERT — Duncan Iain Rosborough, 52, died unexpectedly Jan. 23, 2011, while cross-country skiing in Acadia National Park. He was born Oct. 28, 1958, in Bar Harbor, the son of John Trafton and Lorene C. (Comstock) Rosborough.


Duncan attended Lawrence Academy and Ellsworth High School, where he graduated in 1977. He attended the University of Maine-Farmington, where he met his future wife, Anne, in the first month of their freshman year. He went on to attend the University of Southern Maine and graduated from the University of Maine System in 1981. After graduation, he attended Commercial Union Insurance School in Andover, Mass.

He was co-owner of J.T. Rosborough Inc. insurance agency with his brother, Mark. He was a past member and chairman of the Down East Family YMCA Board, a Mariaville selectman for several years and a member of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Board.

Duncan loved everything about his life. Most of all, his love of family was immense. His wife, Anne, and daughters, Kaylie and Ashley, were the center of his world. His love for his mother and father, sister, Bonnie, and brother, Mark, and his extended family, was very special to him as well. He had many other passions and hobbies including motorcycling, hiking, skiing, skating, canoeing, playing guitar and boating on the ocean. He loved his community and people young and old from a multitude of backgrounds. He will be remembered for his big heart and never-ending sense of humor, which made him friends wherever he went.

Duncan will be dearly missed by his mother, Lorene; his faithful wife of 27 years, Anne (Cunningham) Rosborough; his daughters, Ashley Rosborough of Town Hill and her partner, David Blaney, and Kaylie Rosborough of Ellsworth and her partner, Casey Shannon; his brother, Mark Rosborough and wife, Mary, of Ellsworth; his sister, Bonnie Rosborough and husband, John Batchelor, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Phyllis Cunningham; brothers-in-law, Bill Cunningham and wife, Heidi, Bob Cunningham and wife, Donna, and Steve Cunningham and wife, Stephanie; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Duncan was predeceased by his father, John Trafton Rosborough; his father-in-law, William J. Cunningham, and brother-in-law, Christopher Cunningham.

Friends are invited to call 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth with the Rev. Nick Davis and the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Rosborough officiating.

A reception will follow for friends and family at the Rosborough residence, 12 Ridgewood Lane (up Ober Mill Road, off Indian Point Road), Mount Desert.

Contributions in Duncan’s memory may be made to the National Park Service, c/o Acadia National Park, Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 117, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or MDI Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 493, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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