Harvey J. Curtis Sr., affectionately referred to as “Bumpa” by his grandchildren, died Dec. 5, 2009, 85, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Rockland, June 28, 1924, he was a son of G. Dewey and Abbie Wiley Curtis.  After the death of his mother, he was raised by his grandmother, Marcia Quimby. He was educated in local schools.

April 1, 1945, he married Cornelia L. Eaton in Rockland. The following year, he purchased the property on Valley View Street where the couple raised their family and Harvey established the “Hoot and Holler Farm.” The farm is the last working farm in the city of Rockland.

At an early age, Harvey began working with Pete Edwards at his Limerock Street farm and slaughterhouse. His association with that farm spanned more than 27 years, until 1964. While working there he learned about farm life, agriculture and butchering. During the winter months, he also worked with the city of Rockland as a snow plow operator.

He utilized his butchering skills throughout his career, raising and butchering beef cattle on his own farm. Known as “the traveling butcher,” he traveled throughout coastal Maine, including Deer Isle, Matinicus and Vinalhaven, assisting people with their butchering needs.  

For more than 20 years, he worked as an equipment operator with the Camden/Rockland Water Company, retiring in 1986. After retiring, Harvey continued his butchering trade and also worked summers with George C. Hall & Sons, Inc.

He enjoyed all types of hunting and particularly liked going on moose and bear hunts. “Junking,” collecting and recycling metal, was another pastime Harvey enjoyed. Junking not only provided a little extra cash, but also a chance to visit with his many friends. He enjoyed and was looking forward to plowing for all his neighbors again this year, with his John Deer backhoe.

He enjoyed a two-year special friendship with Valerie Allen of Rockland, and together they enjoyed camping.

For many years, Harvey was a regular at area restaurants for breakfast. He was part of the Dave’s Restaurant Gang, and more recently considered it his duty to be knocking on the door of the Brass Compass Cafe at 5 a.m., telling the girls, “It’s time to open the door.” Many afternoons were spent with his daughter at the “Liar’s Table” at Tim Horton’s.

Harvey was predeceased by his wife, Cornelia, in 1995; a grandson, Timothy M. Morse, in 2004; a son-in-law, Charles R. Godfrey, in 2006; and two sisters, Addie Scarpa and Helen Curtis.

He is survived by a son, Harvey J. Curtis Jr., and his companion, April Wotton, of Warren; two daughters, Elane M. Sprague and her husband, Ivan, of Rockland and Donna L. Godfrey of Thomaston; four brothers, George Curtis and his companion, Jackie, of Liberty, Wendell “Talkie” Curtis of Rockland, Albert Curtis Sr. and William “Billy” Curtis, both of North Carolina; three sisters, Clara Araujo and Ella Rezendez, both of Fall River, Mass., and Dot Daniello of Coopers Mills; five grandchildren, Holly Morse and her husband, Tim, of Thomaston, Heidi Smith and her husband, David, of Waldoboro, Jamie Fullerton of Saco, Harvey J. Curtis III and his wife, Jody, of Northport and Kelly Gorbey and her husband, Rocky, of Warren; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew Morse, Noah Morse, Benjamin Smith, Hannah Smith and Alexandria, “Allee” Godfrey; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate. Interment will follow in Butler Cemetery, Thomaston Street in Thomaston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 170 Route One, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 87 Elm St., Suite 206, Camden, ME 04843, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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