Albert ‘Brud’ Carver Jr.
VINALHAVEN — Many fond island memories drifted away in the early morning of June 30, 2012, as endeared husband, brother, uncle, and friend Albert “Brud” Carver left us in a peaceful passing to the other shore.
Albert was born on Dec. 22, 1927, in Vinalhaven, the son of Albert Edward and Lucille (Gerry) Carver. After high school he attended Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y., and Southeastern Louisiana College in Louisiana. He also proudly served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Hyman and USS Steinaker as a signal man. Following his discharge he returned to Vinalhaven where he met his wife of nearly 52 years, Marion Webb.
Albert and Marion were married at the Union Church in Vinalhaven on Aug. 27, 1960. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Norman Peacock and traditional wedding music was played by Louise Anderson. Sig Melaine was best man and Harry Conway was the usher.
While Brud and Marion took many trips together, they always enjoyed returning to their island home. Favorite pastimes included community events and visits from family and friends during the summer. Guests were always treated to the island tour, Lane Island, Dog Town, tourist watching, and the occasional prank. He loved Marion very much, and the wonderful life they shared together.
In the 1960s Brud took ownership of his parents’ family business, Carver’s Market. As business owner and manager of the store his days were long, often working 14-hour days. He could also be found working behind the meat counter with one of his partners in crime, Ducky Haskell. He sold the business in 1977, but he continued to keep busy surveying with Del Webster, lobstering with Clarence Bennett, carving wooden duck decoys, and making wooden signs that are still seen all around the island.
Baseball was another love of Brud’s. He was captain of the Hackley baseball team, a pitcher and first baseman for the Vinalhaven Chiefs as well as his college team. Every island story is the same, he was a talented ballplayer and was known for his nasty curveball and knuckleball. As anyone could imagine, losing to Rockland was unacceptable! As a true New Englander he followed the Boston Red Sox through the years, not always pleased with the results, but following them just the same.
The outdoors was where he wanted to be. Trips to Little Brimstone to raise the American flag became an annual tradition. He would cross-country ski and ice boat on Carvers Pond in the winter, and enjoyed clamming, hiking, and beach combing for mermaid tears whenever he could. Most of all he enjoyed boating in Penobscot Bay and all of the surrounding areas each summer on his boat the Hustler.
Brud was very active in his community. Over the years he was a member of the Union Church, the American Legion, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, the Chapter and Commandry, and participated in many 4th of July parades. The Historical Society was important to him and he made many contributions to it over the years, and he also helped the Park Commission create many new trails.
Albert was predeceased by his parents, Albert Edward Carver and Lucille Gerry Carver, and a sister Ruth Celeste Walsh and her husband, John Walsh. He is survived by his wife, Marion; his sister, Marilyn Marie MacDonald of Falmouth and her husband, Bill MacDonald; many nieces and nephews; and friends who loved him very much.
Albert Carver lived his final years with ALS. He faced this challenge with the same strength and character he displayed his entire life. The family is forever thankful for some very special friends who helped grant his final wishes to remain in his home and on his beloved island over the past two years.
Memorial gifts may be made to the ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 309, Concord, NH 03301; Beal’s Hospitality House, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330; or Vinalhaven Historical Society, P.O. Box 339, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 6 at the Union Church in Vinalhaven. Condolences, photos, and memories may be shared with the Carver family by visiting their book of memories at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.