Marshall L. Rice Sr.


Marshall L. Rice Sr.

Oct 14, 1920 to Dec. 6, 2014

flagMarshall was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Brockton, Mass., but home was Bridgewater, Mass.

His high school years were spent in Boston Latin School and Jamaica Plain High School. In 1941 Marshall worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. Subsequently he worked in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Oahu, Hawaii, where he witnessed the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He received a leave of absence, came to Sunshine, where he married Olive Margaret Conary, returning to Hawaii to finish his two-year contract until August of 1943. During the remainder of the war years he worked in the Long Beach, Calif., Navy Yard, and in 1944 was inducted in the Army, serving in the 10th Mountain Division (Ski Troops) 1300th Eng. Headquarters, Combat Battalion, Camp Swift, Texas. He was discharged in December 1944, returning to Deer Isle. With his growing family he then returned to Massachusetts, operating a heating, air conditioning and electrical business. In 1947, he and his wife, Olive, and three children, returned to Deer Isle. Electricity was new to the island and afforded him opportunity to continue working doing plumbing, heating and electrical work until 1952. From 1952 to 1958, he served as a Sea and Shore Fisheries Warden. He subsequently was hired by the Department of Economic Development as the public relations representative for the state of Maine. He was the representative for the state at the New York’s World Fair in 1964-1965 and Montreal, Quebec, Canada World’s Fair in 1967. From 1968 through 1989, other occupations included lobster fishing, boat building and construction. In 1989, he married Barbara J. Speaker of Deer Isle. They built and operated the Sunshine Campground in 1990 until it was sold in 1999. Marshall had many passions including earning his private pilot’s license, traveling, as well as gardening. Gardening was a huge part of his life and he became a Master Gardener. He never refused help from anyone who asked. He was very active in the community serving as selectman, assistant Scoutmaster, planning board chairman, Hancock County Soil Conservation Commission as well as Hancock County Planning Commission, Island Country Club president, Evergreen Garden Club president, director of St. Croix District Garden Club Federation of Maine, 32nd Degree Mason, past master of Marine Lodge, member of Harbor View Chapter Order of Eastern Star and member of the Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church and past president of the Deer Isle Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and three stepchildren, Perry Owen Speaker and wife, Linda, Pamela Dubois and husband, Dave and Valerie Ireland and husband, Shawn, as well as step-grandchildren, Andrew and Julia Williams, Stacey Dubois, Jaclyn Fish and husband, Max, Gavin Speaker and wife, Mary, Jack Wagner and Myrna Engel; and four beautiful step-great-grandchildren, Landon and Addison Fish and Zachary and Benjamin Speaker. Marshall was predeceased by Olive Conary Rice. Their three children are: son, Marshall Rice Jr., and wife, Janet; grandson, Bradford Rice and wife, Leslie; great-grandchildren, Tyson, Peyton, and Jackson; grandson; Jonathan Rice and wife, Jamie, great-grandson, Thomas; son, William Rice and wife, Ruth; grandson, William, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Bryant; grandson, Preston (deceased); great-granddaughter Mercades; daughter, Elaine Taggart; granddaughter, Catherine Taggart; grandson, Chase Taggart, great-grandchildren, Addison, Breadan, and Kenzi;. grandson, Price Taggart and fiancée, Nichole; and great-granddaughter, Autumn.

Marshall always said that Deer Isle was the loveliest place he had ever been. His wish was that we print one of his favorite quotes by Shakespeare: “Parting is such sweet sorrow” and in his own words, “It was a great trip, and I enjoyed every day of it. Goodbye to you all.”

Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at The First Congregational Church of Deer Isle. Reception immediately following in Fellowship Hall. Memorial donations may be made to The First Congregational Church of Deer, P.O. Box 292, Deer Isle, ME 04627, Marine Lodge No. 122, P.O. Box 722, Deer Isle, ME 04627, or Evergreen Garden Club, P.O. Box 732, Deer Isle, ME 04627.

Know when to pay your respects.