Lyndon Emerson Colby

CRANBERRY ISLES—Lyndon Emerson Colby, “Lynn,” 57, of Cranberry Isles passed away Oct. 1, 2009, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, from cystic fibrosis. Lynn was born Nov. 14, 1951, in Bar Harbor, to Royal “Tinker” Colby and Gaile Bunker Colby.


Lynn’s childhood was spent on Cranberry Isles with siblings Eileen, Rhonda, Blair and Renna. He attended the one-room school and grew to be a handsome, funny and hardworking man. Lynn’s high school years consisted of one year at Pemetic High School and the remaining years at Lee Academy in Lee. He was nicknamed “Colby” during these years and made many friends and more than one underclassman nervous. Lynn graduated in 1970 and returned to Cranberry Island. Lynn spent his teenage years working for Beal and Bunker as a deckhand on the mailboat. He spent the rest of his life on the sea as a lobster fisherman. Lynn had been offered many jobs over the course of his life, but his independent nature and love of the sea predestined him to join the many area fishermen in trying to make a living on the Atlantic Ocean. Lynn was a member of the Blue Hill Rod and Gun Club and an avid gun enthusiast. He owned many fine firearms and one of his many pleasures was to duck hunt in the fall with his friends or stepfather. He would have liked to have had one more road trip. To jump in his truck with lots of good music and drive until he listened to it all. He always talked of driving north to see old high school friends and have a good meal with Betty Goodwin, formerly of Lee and a friend of the family. If you were fortunate enough to know Lynn you were well aware of his sense of humor and love of a good story or joke. He was a person you remembered and wanted to spend more time getting to know.

Lynn leaves behind his wife, Kathleen Mckelvin of Trenton; his daughter, Tarnya Sanborn and husband, Reginald, of Trenton; four stepchildren, Everett Beers of Bernard, Harry Beers of Cranberry Island, Brittony Mckelvin and Ethan Harkins of Trenton. His grandchildren are Justin Bunker of Cranberry Karlina and Caleb Sanborn of Trenton, Katelin Beers and Harry Beers IV of Old Town, Kati Lynn Beers of Bernard and Hope Beers of Tremont. Lynn is survived by his mother, Gaile Bunker Colby of Cranberry; his stepfather, Arvard Savage of Cranberry; sisters, Eileen Richards and Renna Colby, both of Cranberry; and his only brother, Blair Colby, also of Cranberry. Lynn knew the love of three wives in his lifetime and was predeceased by his wife, Emily Butler Colby, 2007; his father, Royal “Tinker” Colby, 1977; his sister, Rhonda Colby King, 2001; and his nephew, Benjamin Beers, 2004.

There will be a graveside service for Lynn on Cranberry Island, date and time to be announced. An afternoon of remembrance will follow at the Cranberry Island Community Center. The boat will leave Northeast Harbor for Cranberry at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Lynn’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Office, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

The family of Lyndon Colby would like to express their thanks to the nurses and staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for their kindness to Lynn during his many hospital stays. He thought very highly of you all.

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