BLUE HILL — Joseph Parson died unexpectedly, but peacefully, at his home in Blue Hill on May 2. He was 69 years of age.
Born on Nov. 4, 1947, in Beverly, Mass., “Joe” was a friend to many within the Blue Hill and Brooklin communities, where he had spent summers his entire life prior to moving to Blue Hill fulltime in 2007. An employee of Ellsworth Building Supplies in Blue Hill following a career in real estate in the Portland area, Joe took great joy from the friendships forged with his fellow employees and customers alike. As a longtime fixture in the Brooklin summer community, many of Joe’s customers were lifelong friends and family.
Joe enjoyed all elements of the Blue Hill Peninsula, from the waters of Eggemoggin Reach where he would sail, to the rolling pine forests where he would hunt for ruffed grouse and woodcock. He was a devout Boston sports fan, with a particular affinity for his Red Sox and Patriots. Joe was a prolific athlete himself, having achieved highly in his younger days in baseball, football and tennis, as well. He continued his love for tennis into his later years, and enjoyed playing in the various tournaments at the Center Harbor Yacht Club in Brooklin.
There was no greater love in Joe’s life than his love of family. He is survived by his wife, Penny, his son, Nick, and his brother, Frederick. He took particular pride in Nick’s various adventures and accomplishments, and would keep in close contact despite Nick’s career taking him to Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, and now Colorado. Having just one son himself, Joe was also exceptionally proud of his nieces and nephews: Kelsey Griswold, Matt Griswold, Julia Parson, and Roger Parson.
A former commodore at Center Harbor Yacht Club, Joe enjoyed being on the water with his family for lazy sails with sandwiches in the cockpit, as well as the occasional fishing attempt with Nick in an effort to hook a striped bass or mackerel. Joe had many friends through CHYC who he had grown up with, as well as numerous cousins, uncles, and aunts who he immensely enjoyed running into on the porch of the clubhouse.
His sense of humor was the stuff of legend, and his matter-of-fact view of life offered comfort to many of those around him through good times and bad. He will be greatly missed throughout the entire peninsula.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held July 15 at 11 a.m. at 72 Reach Road in Sedgwick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Joe Parson Memorial Scholarship, George Stevens Academy, 23 Union St., Blue Hill, ME 04614, www.georgestevensacademy.org.