Alan N. Drinkwater

May 19, 2017
Alan Drinkwater

Owls Head — Alan N. Drinkwater, 63, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side Monday, May 15, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport.

Born in Rockland April 3, 1954, Alan was the son of Kenneth and Margaret Norman Drinkwater. While attending Rockland High, Alan worked for Charlie Crockett at his local gas station. Later he began lobstering with his father before beginning an 11-year career at Marine Colloids.

In 1984 Alan bought Drinkwater Boat Transport Co. from his father. He worked tirelessly and became "the man" in the Midcoast for boat transportation. He was loved by many of his clients for his patience, skill and knowledge. He was truly a legend in the boating world.

Alan was an avid NASCAR fan and for 25 years enjoyed attending the Daytona 500.

When he wasn’t working, Alan enjoyed boating on the weekends with his boating family, or just hanging out on the dock at the Landings Marina.

Alan loved being at his home in Owls Head, where he enjoyed the wildlife and nature. He often referred to this as his "private paradise."

Alan was a kind, caring, loving man who was loved by all who knew him. He will be lovingly remembered by many.

Predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret Drinkwater, brother Clyde Drinkwater and nephew Ryan Birch, Alan is survived by his beloved wife, Diane Drinkwater, of Owls Head; his sisters, Karen Thompson and her husband, Peter, Patricia Birch, all of Spruce Head; two stepdaughters, Ramona Campbell and her companion, Uno Ilvonen, Maria Archer, all of Owls Head; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Sussman Hospice House, c/o Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841; or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home,  Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Alan’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Comments (2)
Posted by: MARGARET & BILL OLIVER | May 20, 2017 08:30

Alan Drinkwater was my friend for many years.  We went to Daytona Races together and had a great time.  He hauled my boat and my family's boat as well.  I will miss  him greatly.  He was just one heck of a guy.

Bill Oliver

South Thomaston

Posted by: Debra Damon | May 19, 2017 16:26

Alan was a great man for sure, most of the fisherman used him to have their boats hauled out. He will be missed by many of the fisherman, friends and family. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

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