ROCKLAND — Richard W. Brewster, 83, died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Togus Springs Hospice, Togus.
Born in Rockland, March 10, 1936, he was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Kiskila. He was educated in Rockport Schools but ultimately proudly graduated from Medomak Valley High School in 1976.
Mr. Brewster was a veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean conflict as an artillery infantryman.
He worked hard from an early age doing farm work, building barrels and even drove the school bus when he finished his school day while in his teens. He fished as a commercial ground fisherman for several years but ultimately settled on a career in the HVAC trades and established himself as a well-respected tradesman! Upon retiring from the trades, he took a maintenance position with Great Eastern Mussel in St. George and took the lead on many projects at their operation.
He mastered anything he attempted and was generous in sharing his skills and abilities with friends and family. He was always happy to lend a hand or do a project for a family member. No project was too small or too big for him to tackle.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting and did not miss an opening day of deer season, usually with his son Rick until this year. He always enjoyed spending days with his wife and best friend of 60 years, Sally (Achorn) Brewster,
whom he married in Rockland, Maine on October 11, 1954. Sally passed December 1, 2014 leaving Dick missing his lifelong companion and best friend, but he always found joy in his family and possessed a love of life.
Dick and Sally were always on the go and always enjoyed lunch at one of their favorite restaurants. Over the years he astonished young and old members of the family with his ability to mount their small bicycles facing rearward and pedal them backwards down the road. In recent years he gave up the bike riding and enjoyed painting paint by number projects.
Along with Sally, his wife of 60 years, he was predeceased by his brother Roy Brewster and his sister Cynthia Wooster.
Mr. Brewster is survived by his son, Rick Brewster and his wife Teresa of Rockland; a daughter, Vicki Mitchell and her husband Rick of Rockport; a brother, Arthur Kiskila of Cushing; a sister, Edith Lawler of Saco; and a
sister, Shirley Huff of Standish.
Additionally, he is survived by five grandchildren, Shawna, Jared, Cheryl, Nicole and Tim; as well as four great grandchildren, Asher, Rhys, Lily and Hadley.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit Tuesday, November 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A private burial with Military Honors will be held the following day at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disable American Veterans, P.O. Box 351, Togus, ME 04330-3151.
To share a memory or story with the Brewster family, visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.