Friendship — Elliot Sinclair Wallace Montgomery, 29, of Friendship, passed way unexpectedly the morning of Sept. 21, 2013.
He was born in Rockport April 6, 1984 the son of Donna Wallace of Waldoboro and Lee Montgomery of New Bern, N.C.
He was a loving and devoted father, son, brother and grandson. With his mother’s career in military service, Elliot had privilege of growing up and experiencing life in several areas of this country and was well traveled. While in San Antonio, Texas he attended St. Mary’s Hall and was a 2002 graduate. He also attended the University of Texas, San Antonio. Throughout his life he was a gifted athlete. He began playing soccer at 4 years old and continued all through his school years. He was an accomplished and wiry wrestler winning many tournaments qualifying him for invitation to The National Championships where we won the Bronze Medal ranking him third in the nation in his age and weight class. He excelled in lacrosse and was his team’s most relied upon defenseman. Always strategizing and anticipating action way in advance of the moment, in his position of goalie he was even was able to maneuver down the entire field and score against his opponents. He was a Texas All-State goalie and 4-time District Champion. Throughout all of his activities he held many leadership roles and received many awards. He always gave his heart and soul and always encouraged his team to never settle for second best.
As a child each summer Elliot had the opportunity to return home to Maine where he always felt most happy and free. He loved his time at his home on Damariscotta Lake, playing with his brothers and cousins and jumping at every chance to go lobster fishing with family and friends. It was here where he developed his passion for the outdoors and learned many hunting and fishing skills from his Grampa Doug, who he so admired. When in his teens he came home each November to deer hunt with his Uncle Dana. He lived for these trips and this extra time with family, shooting his first deer at the age of 15. Hunting became a passion. The skills he was taught by his grandfather and uncle were skills that brought him the greatest pleasure in his life, and he was grateful and appreciative for the time they gave him and the lessons they taught him. It was on these trips and helping out various family members that he found his calling, a life at sea.
When he was finally able, he moved home to Maine permanently in 2003. Being on the water is where he felt at home and at peace and he began his adult life lobster fishing. Although the work was hard, rather than shy from it he bullishly charged into it and that is when he felt most alive. He was proud to carry on the lineage of family members who had committed their lives to the sea before him. It was these family members who taught him their craft and instilled in him a love and respect for the sea.
Elliot was a true outdoorsman. When not working or hunting you could find him fishing. He could catch a fish where there were no fish. His mother recalled a story of the two of them fishing on Damariscotta Lake, she was not having any luck with any bait she tried, lure or live. Elliot, on his first cast, caught a huge small mouth bass. His mother heard the splash of what she thought was the lure hitting the water only to find that the fish had jumped out of the water to catch his bait in midair before his lure had even hit the water! Every summer he enjoyed his trip to Striper Rock with his father where they would compete for first fish grand prize of $1. A man of all seasons, in winter you could find Elliot ice fishing, snowmobiling, and enjoying aggressive downhill skiing . Elliot’s good friend and skipper Scott Carter, who he looked at as a brother, could usually be found on many of these adventures. Elliot also participated on many local teams and enjoyed competing in wallyball, and bowling. He could often be found in a challenging game of cribbage after the trap gear work was done, and he was a force to be reckoned with in a game of chess.
Elliot’s greatest joy in life was his beloved daughter, Izabella Grace. She was his heart and he adored her. He was often heard telling her, “I love you TOOOOOO much” while running to hug her with his long outstretched arms. She was the wind in his sails, the keel of his core, and fuel of his heart, over which was tattooed “Izabella Grace”, which he proudly displayed to all. Izabella, your daddy will always love you and always be with you; you will always guided and sheltered by your daddy’s wing. He daily proclaimed how proud we was of his daughter and how amazed he was with her intelligence, athleticism, enthusiasm and wit. He was a proud father and wanted everyone to know it. Nothing was ever more important to him than his family. He was a rock and was always there for his brothers and parents when in need.
Elliot will be remembered for his big, radiant and infectious smile. He was a man who happily worked hard and was always willing to offer a helping hand and would do anything for anyone. He expected nothing in return. It is said by others that he would give you the shirt off of his back and his heart in his hand. He was a joy to his family and will be eternally loved and remembered. He will live on in their hearts forever. There is now one more brilliant ray of sunshine in Heaven.
Elliot is predeceased by his maternal grandmother Marjorie W. Wallace; his paternal grandfather John A. Montgomery; and his uncle Douglas A. Wallace.
He is survived by his 3-year-old daughter Izabella Grace Montgomery of Thomaston; his mother, Donna A. Wallace of Waldoboro; his father Lee S. Montgomery of New Bern, N.C.; brothers Ian D. Montgomery of Austin, Texas, Aren S. Montgomery of New Bern, N.C., and Chade E. Montgomery of Austin, Texas; his maternal grandfather Douglas C. Wallace of Waldoboro; paternal grandmother Izaleen M. Montgomery of Media, Pa.; Uncle Dana Wallace and his wife Cathy of Waldoboro; Aunt Susan (Montgomery) Cotton and her husband Douglas of Horseheads, N.Y.; Uncle Kim Montgomery and his wife Sue of Middlebury, Vt.; and Aunt Leona Wallace of Chula Vista, Calif.; cousins, Allen Sproul, Erica (Wallace) Genthner, Kaitlin Wallace, Amy (Cotton) Lynn, Mark Cotton, Peter Montgomery, Ross Montgomery and Carr Montgomery; and the mother of his daughter, Alicia L. Thibodeau.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A celebration of Elliot’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home. After which there will be a gala to celebrate Elliot’s life in the style he wished, hosted by Elliot’s dear friends, Scott and Tonya Carter, at their home at 219 Waldoboro Road, Friendship. All are welcome.
In honor of Elliot’s memory, a memorial college fund has been established for his beloved daughter, Izabella Grace. In lieu of flowers, those wishing can donate to this fund at, The First, P. O. Box B, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are being handled by Hall Funeral Home of Waldoboro.