OWLS HEAD – Daniel A. Elliott Sr., 86, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, with family at his side.

Born Nov. 4, 1934, in Rockland to Frank A. and Geneva (Phelps) Elliott, he was educated in schools in Owls Head and Rockland. While attending school in Owls Head, he would often be the first one in the schoolhouse to light the woodstove before the start of the school day.

After graduating from high school, Dan enlisted in the Coast Guard and served four years of active duty, followed by 24 years in the Coast Guard Reserve. He would go on to retire as a senior chief boatswain’s mate. Dan also spent many decades working as a successful contractor.

While serving as a lighthouse keeper at Owls Head Light, he went to the Strand with a high school friend to catch a movie and a young lady working behind the candy counter caught his eye; he told his friend, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

“That girl” was Carolyn Snow. She and Dan were married Feb. 9, 1958, and together were blessed with three children. Dan and Carolyn remained soulmates until her passing in 2017.

One of Dan’s true passions and sources of enjoyment was flying. He was an avid pilot, very safe and conscientious, and held an instrument rating with the FAA. As the proud owner of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, he loved sharing his passion with others. He especially enjoyed being a member of the Knox County Flying Club and being involved in the Young Eagles Program, which gives young people an opportunity to fly and learn about aviation. He would often volunteer his time and airplane, flying throughout Maine just to participate. He and Carolyn saw the first sunrise of 2000 while flying over Acadia National Park, and they would make many trips to Florida together with her as his navigator. During one trip coming back to Maine before 9/11, he obtained special clearance from air traffic control to fly through downtown New York City.

Dan was predeceased by his wife, parents, his sisters, Patricia Elliott and Betty Wallace, his granddaughter, Elise Kathryn Frontin, his son-in-law, Donald Ridgeway, his special sister-in-law, Jacquelin Snow Paul and her husband Robert Paul.

One couldn’t know Dan and not realize how important his family was to him. He unconditionally loved and selflessly gave himself to his proudest accomplishments, his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Daniel A. Elliott Jr. and his wife, Dawn, Kathryn Elliott, and Joan E. Ridgeway; and by his grandchildren, Audrey Elliott and Gavin Elliott, Nicholas Frontin, Kristopher Frontin and their father, Ronald, and Avens Ridgeway Martin and her husband, Will. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard Elliott and his companion, Kate Griffith; Adelbert Elliott and his wife, Edith; Kenneth Elliott and his wife, Stephanie; and Stanley Elliott and his companion, Betty Ann Tucker; and his sister, Sandra Dodge, and her husband, Rick. Dan also loved his many nieces, nephews and cousins and will be missed.

The family has decided to remember and honor Dan’s life privately, and all those who knew him are encouraged to remember him in their own special way.

Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Young Eagles Program, online at eaa.org/eaa/support-eaa/give or by mail at EAA Headquarters, EAA Aviation Center, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54903, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, online at alz.org/get-involved-now/donate or by mail at Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

To share a memory or condolence with Dan’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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

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