Camden Select Board member Lookner dies
Camden — Camden Select Board Vice Chairman Leonard Lookner died Feb. 5.
Lookner, 76, passed away in his sleep of natural causes, according to his family
Lookner has been a member of the Camden Select Board since being elected in 2012 and was re-elected in 2015. He also was owner of the Waterfront Restaurant on Bay View Street for decades before retiring a few years ago. He has served on various committees in town over the years, including a previous run on the Select Board in the mid-1990s.
Over the years, Lookner voiced his love for Camden and decided to get involved with the Select Board again to help enhance the town.
Board Chairman John French Jr. said he has known Lookner since the '90s when the two began working together on the Select Board.
"We've lost a good friend," French said. "He's been of great service to the community. The community was always at his heart."
French said although the two have had differences of opinion on town matters, they were always able to separate that and walk away as friends.
Lookner supported the move to allow the Camden Farmers Market to operate from the former Apollo Tannery site and also backed the plans to create a pedestrian walkway along the Megunticook River. Noticing the influx of younger people moving back to the area, Lookner was an advocate for seeing that Camden become an affordable place for the next generation to live and do business.
Lookner leaves behind his partner, Lucy, and four children.
French said Lookner had one year left on his term on the board and town officials will be discussing how to fill that, whether by a special town meeting or waiting until the June elections.
"He's touched a lot of lives and will be missed," French said.
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