LINCOLNVILLE — LeRoy Everett Underhill, 77, died peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Waldo County General Hospital.

Born in Camden, Dec. 27, 1943, he was a son of George and Agnes Basford Underhill. Educated in Camden schools, he was a 1961 graduate of Camden High School. While in high school, Roy met and started dating Carol Ann McKeen, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The pair were married on Nov. 3, 1962. Their 59-year courtship has taken them from Camden to Lewiston and back to Lincolnville, where they settled in Roy’s childhood home. Here, they raised their family, and enjoyed many wonderful years together.

A hard worker his entire life, Roy owned and operated Underhill Builders for over 25 years. Later, he enjoyed 11 years of employment as part of the security detail for MBNA. In retirement, Roy and Carol cultivated and operated their own Christmas tree farm which they ran together for 10 years.

To say Roy Underhill was an avid outdoorsmen would be an understatement. From hunting, fishing and trapping to gardening, he loved it all. He was active until the end, harvesting a deer just last Monday, less than a week before his passing. He was a Master Maine Guide, and was known for bean-hole baked beans, and maple syrup. The sugar season was a much anticipated event for Roy, his family and friends.

Roy knew how to work the land, farming his own land for many years. He could turn a piece of wood into a beautiful masterpiece, and his family said he doesn’t have a single grandchild that has not received a lovingly handmade gift from Roy.

One of Roy’s favorite places to be was at his family camp. His hard work and dedication paid off after he built by hand, in the traditional fashion, a log cabin made from trees harvested from his own property. This cabin was built, disassembled and moved to its current location on his beloved B Pond.

His family was his pride and joy. With each new generation that was added, he loved them more and more. Sharing family traditions and love was something that was very important to him. His love extended well beyond his immediately family, and he was a role model and father figure to many. His unselfish, non-judgmental guidance was appreciated by so many who knew and loved him.

Although a quiet and private person, Roy was a man of great integrity and strength. A quote from his high school year book says it best: He was “quiet, but truly worth knowing.” He will be sadly missed.

Predeceased by his two sisters, Doris Newman and Linda Mills, Roy is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Underhill of Lincolnville; his children, Terrie Kelly, and her husband, John, of Lincolnville, Sue Kelly, and her husband, Wade, of Allagash, Scott Underhill, and his partner, Anna Johnson, of Lincolnville and Brian Underhill of Hope; 13 grandchildren: Matt, Justin and Cody Laite, Jake and Abby Feener, John and Grace Underhilll, Hattie, Isaac, Eli and Annie Underhill, Marissa Barnett-Parker, Miranda Kelly; 10 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Shirley Braley of Livermore, Eva Botley of Lincolnville and George Underhill of Camden; as well as several nieces, nephews, a large extended family and too many friends to count.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. For those unable to attend in person, a webcast of the service will be available at bchfh.com by clicking on Roy’s Photo>Photos & Videos>Watch Webcast. An informal celebration of Roy’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at “The Lamont Barn” at 1430 Moody Mountain Road, Searsmont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dialysis Clinic Inc., 125 Northport Ave., #100, Belfast, ME 04915.

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