SPRUCE HEAD – Darrel C. Elwell Sr., 81, died peacefully, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Windward Gardens in Camden.

Born in East Millinocket, Darrel moved with his family at an early age to St. George. Growing up on Hewitt’s Island and Spruce Head, he was a graduate of St. George High School.

Mr. Elwell has always loved the water and worked on or around it his entire life. When his children were young, he was a policeman in the Rockland area. Later he also bought and sold lobsters, as well as driving a seafood truck. Later in life, he worked as a night watchman at the wharf at Atwood’s Lobster until his retirement.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping. He spent many hours teaching his daughter how to be a good fisherman and passed along his love of the outdoors. She remembers him as "quite a character."

Predeceased by a brother, Herbert Elwell Jr., Mr. Elwell is survived by his son, Darrel C. Elwell Jr., and his wife, Donna, of McNeal, Ariz.; his daughters, Daphne Reynolds and her husband, Walter, of Spruce Head, Kelly Del Frate and her husband, Robert, of Tenants Harbor; a brother, Kenneth Elwell Sr., and his wife, Carolyn "Carrie," of St. George; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a large and loving extended family.

Mr. Elwell’s family has chosen to remember his life privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. George Ambulance and Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

To share a memory or condolence with the Elwell family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.