Spruce Head — William F. ‘Bill’ Gargan Jr., 92, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Quarry Hill in Camden after a period of declining health.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 8, 1921, he was the son of William F. Sr. and Nora Hurley Gargan. Bill was educated in New York schools and graduated from a Brooklyn high school.
He came to Maine by chance as a U.S. Coast Guard recruit, and during World War II, was stationed at Whitehead Island.
After honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Bill began lobstering with his brother-in-law Frank Rackliff. After learning the lobster business and buying Frank’s boat, Bill continued lobstering for several years out of Spruce Head.
Bill later began taking fisherman aboard his boat Shamrock I summers and continued that successful business more than 38 years, until retiring in 1985. Throughout his career as a Licensed Charter Captain, Bill enjoyed the many friendships he made with folks who came aboard his charter boats, Shamrock I and Shamrock II.
Bill could always be recognized wearing his signature sailor’s hat, knit by his wife. For several years, with his wife Verna, Bill wintered in Arcadia, Fla.
Recognized for his dowsing ability, Bill dowsed at least three wells on Spruce Head Island.
Other than his parents, Bill was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Verna, in 2010; as well as three siblings, Matthew, John and Anna. He is survived two sons, Daniel Gargan Sr. and his wife Theresa of South Thomaston, Randy Gargan and his wife Marion of Jefferson; a step-daughter, Patricia Allan and her husband David of Newton, S.C.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, May 23, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland. Reverend Seth Jones will officiate. Private interment will be in Village Cemetery, Thomaston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or condolence with Bill’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.