Jeffrey G. Kilbourn
Rockland — Jeffrey G. Kilbourn, 53, died peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born in Utica, N.Y., Jan. 31, 1959, he was the son of Judson Sr. and Ellen Phillips Kilbourn. Educated in New Jersey, Jeff was a 1977 graduate of Sparta High School.
Following graduation, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Serving for four years, he was stationed on several aircraft carriers overseas during his tour. Jeff was honorably discharged in 1983.
Returning to the states, Jeff began his working career with employments in the plumbing, exterminating, and radio fields to name a few. His brother remembered he had a great radio voice, and often worked doing voice-overs for ads on local New Jersey stations.
Most recently, Jeff has been employed as a welder and crane operator, a job he took great pride in. He worked mostly in the marine division, working at shipyards, on ships, restoring boats, and laying cable.
It was seven years ago, while in Rockland for his job running cable between Rockland and Vinalhaven, that Jeff met Wendy Jencks. The two hit it off immediately, saying it was love at first sight. Wendy remembered after Jeff bought her a brownie he won her over, starting what she called a beautiful love story. After a long distance relationship that lasted several years, Jeff moved to Maine in November 2011, and the two were married Nov. 17, 2011 on the boardwalk in Rockland.
Jeff was a family man at heart. He took great joy in spending time with his family. His step-daughter Emily remembers he was a great story teller, and he loved to read her books. Together with his family, he was pleased to have adopted a dog, Zoey, from the humane society this summer. He looked forward to the daily walks they took around the neighborhood.
Jeff was a people person, and had many eclectic interests. His family remembered some of his most favorite times were spent volunteering as a docent for the Maine Lighthouse Museum at the Owl Head Light.
Predeceased by his parents; a sister, Tracey Ann Kilbourn; and his father-in-law David Jencks, Jeff is survived by his wife Wendy Kilbourn; his step-daughter, Emily Knutson, both of Rockland; his brothers, Jud Kilbourn and his wife Sherri of Scottsdale, Ariz., David Kilbourn and his wife Dianne of Lake Hopatacong, N.J., Scott Kilbourn and his wife Suzanne of Newton, N.J.; a sister, Casey McKinnon and her husband Neil of California; six nieces and nephews, Megan, Ellen and Jud Kilbourn, Wyatt, Abby and Alina Jencks; his mother-in-law Diane Jencks of Warwick, R.I.; and two special friends, Russell Mueller of West Creek, N.J., and Tom Yetman of Philadelphia.
Family and friends are invited to visit Friday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
To share memory or condolence with Jeff’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com.