Albert (Bimbo) Larrabee died peacefully after a long illness Nov. 26, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in Rockland Jan. 29, 1952, he was the son of Charles H. Larrabee and Dorothy (Spooner) Larrabee. He attended Rockland schools throughout his childhood. He worked at the local fish factory, Port Clyde Canning, and then worked for The Courier-Gazette.

Albert was always known as a jokester. He was always playing or telling a joke to someone each and every day he was alive. Albert was active in local sports. He loved taking photos of everyone and everything. Nine times out of 10, he would have a camera ready and waiting for the next big picture. Whether it was a picture of his two daughters, his granddaughter, a fire, or just a random picture of an animal. We all know he was a die hard Red Sox fan, even though he won't admit it, because he gave up on them and started rooting for the New York Yankees.

He loved his macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, bologna sandwiches, and fruit loop cereal. He sure did know how to eat and not gain anything from it. Albert spent a lot of time doing word search puzzles, watching high school and college basketball. He would even schedule his vacation in February to watch all the basketball tournament games on TV. He was an avid follower of Cindy Blodgett. He recorded all her games and followed her career along the years. He loved showing off pictures of his granddaughter and all the old fires that happened throughout the years in Rockland. He loved watching wrestling in his early days, when it wasn’t a soap opera.

He always remembered to send cards, flowers, chocolates for his special ladies, of which there were many. He always thanked them for who and what they did for him. In his early days before his illness, you would more than likely see him delivering papers all around town and even shoveling snow. He walked everywhere he could and was definitely known for that. He was an avid coin collector. He could see a stray penny from a mile away and always picked up change on the ground, no matter where he was. Albert was a very kind man with a heart of gold. If you needed something, he would help in any way that he could. Whether it was helping a good friend out or a random stranger on the street. Albert was a very pleasant man with a huge heart.

Every holiday he would have his list of people he would call, some were near and some were far. He would never forget a face, but maybe a name or two. If you ever met Albert, you wouldn’t forget him. There was not another person that could compare to him. He was definitely set in his ways, but there was never a bad bone in his body. Albert was a storyteller. Just a couple-hour visit with him, and you would hear story after story. He sure did like to talk a lot. He was also an avid bird watcher. He knew what kind of birds came and went and enjoyed feeding them from his window. Albert would always say hello to you in passing, no matter where he was. There were many different qualities and hobbies about Albert you just had to know him to understand. He was a gentle soul that is gone too soon, but he will be forever loved and missed by all the locals in Rockland, Maine.

Albert was predeceased by his parents, his two sisters, Sandra Torrey and Linda Thomas. He is survived by his daughters, Sheri and her husband, Joseph Good, and their daughter, Abigail, LaTasha Larrabee and her companion, Walter Flanders Jr.; a brother, Charles Larrabee; a sister, Sadie (Susie) Brennan, and her husband, Steve; a very special cousin and best friend, Richard (Gilligan) Widdecombe. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins. Albert also had a special friend, Shelly Ellis.

No services will be held at this time. There will be a celebration of his life next summer, which will be announced. Those who wish can make a donation to the American Lung Association 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.