As news was shared in the community and on social media about the tragic death of David Barrows in a tractor accident Sept. 13, town officials issued a statement about the loss of their follow selectman.

Barrows, 64, died the evening of Sept. 13, when the tractor he was using to harvest firewood rolled over onto him. He was alone when the accident occurred on property on High Street, and was found by a family member.

Knox County Communications Center received the call at about 7 p.m., and the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, Lincolnville fire and emergency medical services were notified. Barrows was taken to the Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast.

Barrows was serving his third three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. He first served as selectman from July 2011 to July 2014. He served as selectman again from July 2016 to June 30, 2019, and was reelected to his third-term July 1, 2019.

Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney released the following statement Sept. 14:

"It is with an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness that we share the news of the passing of Selectman David Barrows.

"David was a beloved member of the Lincolnville community, a Selectman, husband, father, grandfather, and friend who gave so much to his family and our community over his lifetime.

"Through the years David has given countless hours and been involved in countless ways including Selectman and a past member of the Budget Committee, the Conservation Commission, the Lakes & Ponds Committee as well as a long-time member at the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corporation Board of Directors.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s wife Darlene, and with his family and many friends. Please consider honoring David’s contributions to our town by doing what he did: Get involved to make your community better."

Stephen Betts and Susan Mustapich contributed to this story.