Nicholas Penn Nowland Sr.

OBIT-NowlandEAST BLUE HILL — Nicholas Penn Nowland Sr. died after battling lung cancer on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. He was born July 1, 1942, in New York City, and his parents were Roger Lovett Nowland and Rosaline (Schladermundt) Nowland. Nick grew up in Stamford, Conn., attending New Canaan Country Day School through ninth grade. He then attended Stamford High School and moved to East Blue Hill in 1960, finishing his senior year of high school at George Stevens Academy. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, taking night classes from 1967 to 1970, while working at A.B. Hendrick and Son from 1960 to 1977. The UMO campus closed due to the Vietnam War demonstrations in 1970 and he never returned to classes there. Nick worked at E.L. Shea for six years and with Jon Woodward for two years. He then operated his own businesses, Blue Hill Carpentry and Building, from 1987 to present, as well as caretaking for Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Morgan of East Blue Hill for many years.

Nick summered in East Blue Hill from age 2 at the home “Lee Shore” on York Road. He loved the water, boating and went lobstering with Happy Long and later on with Cecil (Mott) Long. Nick bought his own Sisu inboard engine boat in the mid-1970s and named it Sand Dollar. He was the happiest while on the water, exploring islands in Blue Hill Bay and many happy days were spent on the Sand Dollar with his family and friends. He enjoyed clamming, hunting, cookouts and always had a bountiful garden. He also helped out all the old timers in East Blue Hill, especially in his younger years; checking in on them, bringing in wood, doing odd jobs and making sure they had everything they needed. Folks truly looked forward to his visits and many homemade donuts or cookies were usually waiting for him.

Nick was predeceased by Donna Self Nowland, the mother of his three children. He is survived by his son Nicholas P. Nowland Jr. and his wife Amy of Sedgwick; his son C. Martin Nowland of Northwood, N.H.; his daughter Lisa Nowland Roccaro and her husband, Joe, of East Moriches, N.Y.; six grandchildren: Benjamin, Abigail, and Megan Nowland; Spencer and Isaac Nowland; and Isabel Roccaro. He is also survived by his sister Rosaline (Schladermundt) Moore and her husband, Tabb, of Washington, D.C.; and nephew Jonathan Moore of Montvale, N.J., and Ann (Moore) Villano of Lakeville, Conn.; his cousins Susan (Schaldermundt) Ulseth of New York, N.Y., and Joan (Shladermundt) Osborn of Riverside, Conn. Nick is also survived by his caring longtime partner, Donna (Abbott) Ingalls, known by his family as Dee. Nick and Dee traveled together and wintered in Texas, Alabama and finally Bluffton, S.C. She has been a caring and supportive partner, friend and confidante. She is also and avid scrap booker, documenting family happenings, milestones, birthdays and holidays.

There will be a private interment for family only at Seaside Cemetery. We hope to have a gathering for family, friends and neighbors in the afternoon on Saturday, July 2, 2016, in East Blue Hill at the family home. The family would like to thank the nurses, physicians’ assistants, doctors and staff of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for all of their exceptional personal care. We appreciate all of their time, patience and kindness.

Nick’s wishes were that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the American Red Cross of Maine, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 9802, Portland, ME 04104 or to the East Blue Hill Village Improvement Association (EBHVIA) Boat Ramp Fund, c/o Dennis Moran, Treasurer, P.O. Box 59, East Blue Hill, ME 04629.

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