James Gregory Cousins, “Greg”



Blue Hill and Okeechobee, FL

James Gregory Cousins, “Greg,” 60, passed away peacefully in his home Oct. 19, 2020, in Okeechobee, Fla., with his longtime companion, Katie Burnett, by his side.

Greg was born on Oct. 29, 1959, and grew up in East Blue Hill. He graduated from George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill in 1978 and continued on to become a highly regarded highline fisherman.

Greg was an accomplished ground fisherman for many years, fishing the chilly waters of the North Atlantic for cod, haddock and the like before relocating to Fort Pierce, Fla., where he found great joy and success in sword fishing, winning titles and accolades but most important to Greg, the heart of his cherished partner, Katie Burnett. Greg loved spending time with friends and family above all. He was considered a generous, fun-loving, gracious and accommodating friend to so many and the wonderful, colorful tales shared about this fisherman are testament to that and not soon forgotten.

Maine was never too far from Greg’s mind, however. Whenever the summer green here in Maine faded to autumn crisp, he often returned to hunt, a true passion. He would disappear into the Maine woods, emerging eventually to catch up with childhood friends and family, who often recall “just picking up where we left off, even if it were quite a few years.” His easygoing nature and humble character are other traits Greg will always be remembered for.

Greg is survived by his brothers, J. David Cousins of Little Deer Isle and Matthew (Anneliese) Cousins of Blue Hill; his children, Todd and Reilly, both of Maine; partner Katie Burnett and her children, Kayla and Kolby, of Okeechobee, Fla.; aunts Judy Baernstein of Seattle, Wash., and Jean Kelley of Pittsfield, as well as several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and scores of beloved friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, John D. Cousins Sr. and Barbara H. Cousins of East Blue Hill.

A celebration of life for Greg, in Maine, is being planned for the spring of 2021.


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