Clair W. Mitchell, obituary

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 9:45am

Clair W. Mitchell, 43,  passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Damariscotta, Maine.

Clair W. “Critter” Mitchell was born in Rockport, Maine, on August 28, 1976. He grew up in Appleton, ME and graduated from Camden-Rockport High School in the Class of 1995.

Clair was a dedicated father, son and brother. He treasured his children and embraced every moment with them. He had an infectious personality and always made people around him laugh.

Clair had a love of the ocean and was most comfortable at sea from a very young age, which lead him to work for many local lobsterman in the St. George and Tenants Harbor area. 

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm is terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.  - Vincent van Gogh

Clair enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and sports especially baseball and wrestling.  His family fondly recalls that he always had a big smile, was warmhearted, hardworking, and fun person to be around.

He lived 1000 years in the 43 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor.

Clair is survived by his parents, Clair and Terry Mitchell of Appleton; his children, Ava Margaret, Isla Aurora, and Finnegan Kai, all of Tenants Harbor.

He is also survived by his sisters: Megan Field of Winterport, and Heidi Taylor and her husband David of Appleton; his loving companion, Michelle Benner of Rockland; nephews: Dylan Taylor of Appleton and Samuel Field of Winterport; nieces: Hannah Taylor of Appleton and Madyson Field of Winterport; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Lives are like rivers: Eventually they go where they must.  Not where we want them to. - Richard Russo

Family and friends are invited to honor Clair’s life with a graveside service on Thursday, Oct 10,  at 1 p.m., at the Lakeview Cemetery, Overlock Hill Road, in Union.

Clair’s love of animals was evident in the care of his dogs Critter, Onyx, Jake-Jake and Jasper.  Contributions in Clair’s memory may be made to P.A.W.S - 123 John Street Camden, ME 04843

Halls’ of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. 

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