Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan has confirmed the death of Camden Parks and Recreation Director Jeffrey Kuller, 56.

Kuller died Sunday, Nov. 4, after a tree he was cutting fell on him at his home at 53 LeGrand Drive in Camden. Camden Police and Camden First Aid responded to the incident which occurred around 12 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene they discovered Kuller deceased, said Camden Police Lt. Mike Geary. Kuller's death was a "freak accident," said Finnigan.

Hired by the town in October 2004, Kuller was director of Camden Parks and Recreation and the general manager of The Camden Snow Bowl. A Minnesota native, he left his position as director of the Piers Park Sailing Center, a community sailing program in Boston, to move his family to Camden, according to previously published reports.

Kuller attended the University of Vermont and had worked for multiple outdoors-related organizations since the late 1970s. His previous employers included educational and outdoor programs throughout the United States. He worked for more than 12 years at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and his other previous employers include the University of Vermont and  Pecos River Learning Centers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to his profile on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

Kuller was involved in numerous town projects and served on a number of municipal committees during the past eight years including the Camden Energy Committee and the Megunticook Riverwalk Coalition. He was integral in orchestrating plans for the improvement of facilities at Ragged Mountain.

"This is an enormous loss to our community. Jeff had boundless energy and commitment to Parks and Recreation that will be felt not only in Camden but throughout the state. His passion for the outdoors was contagious, his leadership helped broaden people's horizons about living an active life, youth sports and, of course, taking the Snow Bowl and Ragged Mountain to the next level. Speaking personally — for myself and the staff — Jeff was a wonderful colleague and his passing leaves a big hole in our hearts," said Finnigan in a written statement.

Kuller leaves behind his wife, Alison, and two children. A memorial service with a reception to follow will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at The Camden Opera House.

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