SPRUCE HEAD — Nathan Fuller, 94, passed away peacefully at Pen Bay Medical Center, with family by his side.
Born in St. George, Maine on June 24, 1926, he was one of four children born to Seymour and Elvie Chaples Fuller. He attended the Wiley’s Corner School in St. George.
In 1942, Nate lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. During World War II, he served on the USS Pasadena as a Gunner’s Mate. A happy memory of his time in the Navy was being tied up beside the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to witness the Japanese surrender in 1945. He returned home and was later recalled to serve during the Korean War.
Nate was also a member of the Eureka Lodge of Masons in Tenants Harbor for over fifty years. As a young adult, Nathan belonged to a local baseball league that practiced and played their games at the ball field in Tenants Harbor. Since then he enjoyed watching all the Red Sox games on TV, especially when they were winning. Nate was also an avid hunter and looked forward to joining family members and friends on their annual hunting trip to the Allagash every fall.
On December 30, 1957, he married the love of his life, Thelma Alley, and they enjoyed 63 happy years together. They lived in his family home in Wiley’s Corner, St. George and spent summers on Hewitts Island in the Mussel Ridges for fifteen years, where he lobstered and chased herring with his brothers-in-law, Frank Rackliff and Steve Flood. Then he built his current home overlooking Wheeler’s Bay in Spruce Head.
The second love of his life was lobstering. During his lobstering career, he had seven lobster boats built, and on the day that his last lobster boat was sold and being picked up by the new owner, he offered to “buy it back” for a higher price. Even then, he just didn’t want to give up the joy of being on the water.
Nathan was predeceased by his wife, Thelma Fuller, this past February; his parents, Seymour and Elvie Fuller, of St. George; three sisters, Louise Linscott and her husband Harlan of Thomaston, Shirley Yattaw and her husband Walter of Thomaston, and Mae Miller and her husband Luther of Spruce Head; one niece, Gail Long of Warren; three nephews, Barry Miller of Spruce Head, Wayne Linscott of Thomaston, and David Jackson of Rockland.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Evelyn Lucas of Rockland; his brother-in-law Steve Alley and his wife Lois of Glen Cove; and twenty-one nieces and nephews and their children.
The family would like to thank all the people who helped cared for Nate these past few months and would especially like to thank the caregivers from PALS for living, who provided loving round-the-clock care.
A joint graveside service will be held May 8, 2021, at 2 p.m., at the North Parish Cemetery, beside Wiley’s Corner Baptist Church, Snows Point Road in St. George. All are welcome to share this final goodbye to both Uncle Nate and Aunt Thelma. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate.
A Masonic Service will be conducted by the members of the Eureka Lodge of Masons, No 84. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or story with Nate and Thelma’s family, please visit their Books of Memory at www.bchfh.com.