Nancy Marie Candage Grindle



TRENTON/BAR HARBOR — Nancy Marie Candage Grindle of Trenton and Bar Harbor passed away March 24, 2017, in Bar Harbor. She was born March 7, 1939, in Blue Hill to Ralph and Lena Candage.

Nancy attended school in Bar Harbor, and enjoyed spending her childhood summers in Dennysville and Perry. Her hobbies were cooking (from scratch), gardening, reading (preferably Louis L’Amour) and playing cards. Nancy loved living on the ocean at Oak Point in Trenton. The summers were always a time where family and friends would gather for cookouts, boat rides and bonfires. Teaching the grandkids to row the “leaky teaky,” plant in the gardens and watching them play on the beach brought her great joy.

She had a strong work ethic that was passed down to her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren. Nancy was a housekeeper for a few private estates on Mount Desert Island for decades, her most memorable employer being the actress Barbara Bel Geddes. She and her husband, Sonny, also managed the Chowder Bowl Restaurant on Route 3 in Trenton in the mid 1980s.

Nancy is survived by her son Alonzo “Herb” Grindle of Waterville; daughter Susan Smith of Van Buren; grandchildren Kristy Smith of Ellsworth, Becca Gorfin of Surry, Jennifer Smith Dyer of Hancock, Adam Grindle of Orland, and Misty Gott of Trenton; great-grandchildren Alexa, Jakob, Austin, Makenzie, Rayna and Brooklynn; daughters-in-law Joni Smith and Deborah Kane; nieces and nephew Candace and (husband) Don Winton, Jesse and (wife) Janice Loveland and Roxanne Landry and significant other Wayne.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Alonzo “Sonny” Grindle, sons William “Billy” Smith Jr., Bruce Smith and Dennis Grindle, her sister, Betty Leland, and her brother, James “Jimmy” Candage.

A celebration of life will be held in late spring with interment at the Leland Cemetery in Trenton. In Nancy’s memory, please make donations to: Special Children’s Friends c/o Linda Henderson 78 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.


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