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Town Clerk Joel Fearn will be missed in Friendship

By Christine Simmonds | Nov 15, 2019
Courtesy of: Facebook Joel Fearn, town clerk in Friendship for 20 years, loved fishing with friends at Cashes Ledge.

Friendship — Joel Fearn, town clerk in Friendship for 20 years, passed away Monday, Nov. 11.

The Friendship town office was closed from Nov. 12 to 14 out of respect for Fearn while the town held an emergency meeting to appoint Kathy MacLeod as clerk.

Fearn was a pillar of the Friendship community who will be missed by the whole town, according to multiple sources. He played pickleball every week, went fishing with friends at Cashes Ledge, and was a big part of the annual Friendship Day celebration.

Fearn and MacLeod worked together the entirety of their careers in the town office, minus a few days. MacLeod described Fearn as being a man of high integrity.

"He was the quintessential Maine town clerk,” she said, adding that Fearn was unbiased and always maintained a great sense of humor.

Fearn was a judge for the first Friendship Day Pie Contest in 2009. After the event, he told MacLeod it was too much food, and he declined to be a judge in following years. He later confided to MacLeod that opting to not judge the contest again was the worst decision of his life.

Fearn visited Wallace’s Market, across the street from the Friendship Town Office, at least once every day. Ernie Coletti said Fearn came to the market for coffee, Reuben sandwiches, and fashion advice. Coletti said that he always looked forward to seeing Fearn.

“He was easy to get along with,” stated Coletti, "and he always had a long story to share."

A memorial is scheduled at the Hahn Community Center in Friendship for Friday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m.

Fearn’s family from Washington state will be in attendance. People will have a chance to share stories about him and sing his favorite songs, followed by a potluck featuring his favorite foods, which were described by more than one person as being, “everything!” The biggest concern about the memorial appears to be that the Hahn Center won’t be big enough for everyone who will attend to honor Fearn’s memory.

MacLeod has taken in Fearn’s cat Keepurr for the time being while searching for the perfect forever home for the feline.

MacLeod and two experienced deputy clerks will be continuing the important work of the Town of Friendship.

A sign advertises Joel Fearn's memorial service outside the Friendship Town Office on Nov. 15. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Fearn would visit Wallace's Market at least once a day in Friendship. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Fearn's cat Keepurr is being fostered by Kathy MacLeod while they look for the perfect forever home. (Courtesy of: Instagram)
Joel Fearn will be missed by everyone in the town of Friendship. (Source: file photo)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Beth Birmingham | Nov 17, 2019 09:34

Such a great guy!! Best of luck Kathy!!!


Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 16, 2019 15:41

God Bless! I wish I had known him.

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