Service to be held Nov. 8

Camden man, 56, killed by falling tree

By Jenna Lookner and Stephanie Grinnell | Nov 05, 2012
Source: File Photo Jeff Kuller.

Camden — Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan has confirmed the death of Camden Parks and Recreation Director Jeffrey Kuller, 56.

Kuller died Sunday, Nov. 4, after a tree he was cutting fell on him at his home at 53 LeGrand Drive in Camden. Camden Police and Camden First Aid responded to the incident which occurred around 12 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene they discovered Kuller deceased, said Camden Police Lt. Mike Geary. Kuller's death was a "freak accident," said Finnigan.

Hired by the town in October 2004, Kuller was director of Camden Parks and Recreation and the general manager of The Camden Snow Bowl. A Minnesota native, he left his position as director of the Piers Park Sailing Center, a community sailing program in Boston, to move his family to Camden, according to previously published reports.

Kuller attended the University of Vermont and had worked for multiple outdoors-related organizations since the late 1970s. His previous employers included educational and outdoor programs throughout the United States. He worked for more than 12 years at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and his other previous employers include the University of Vermont and  Pecos River Learning Centers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to his profile on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

Kuller was involved in numerous town projects and served on a number of municipal committees during the past eight years including the Camden Energy Committee and the Megunticook Riverwalk Coalition. He was integral in orchestrating plans for the improvement of facilities at Ragged Mountain.

"This is an enormous loss to our community. Jeff had boundless energy and commitment to Parks and Recreation that will be felt not only in Camden but throughout the state. His passion for the outdoors was contagious, his leadership helped broaden people's horizons about living an active life, youth sports and, of course, taking the Snow Bowl and Ragged Mountain to the next level. Speaking personally — for myself and the staff — Jeff was a wonderful colleague and his passing leaves a big hole in our hearts," said Finnigan in a written statement.

Kuller leaves behind his wife, Alison, and two children. A memorial service with a reception to follow will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at The Camden Opera House.

Courier Publications staff can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

Comments (10)
Posted by: kieran odwyer | Nov 06, 2012 15:16

Such sad news. Condolences to his family and friends. Jeff was a gentleman.

Posted by: Edward Doudera | Nov 05, 2012 19:50

Jeff was a true gentleman and and all-around nice guy. Couple that with his leadership skills and you have a dynamic combination. What a loss for all of us. Ed and I send our condolences to Alison and the kids.

Vicki Doudera


Posted by: susan chadwick | Nov 05, 2012 19:23

Jeff always had an open door.  He always had a moment to talk even when you could see he was busy as blazes.  A good man and a big loss.

Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Nov 05, 2012 18:35

Condolences to  Mr. Kuller's family. Such a terrible accident and to such a young man. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Bea Elaine Grant | Nov 05, 2012 18:15

Prayers and condolences to the family of Jeff Kuller.. So sad and to young..






Posted by: Midcoast Homes | Nov 05, 2012 12:20

Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Kuller and his family.  What a tragedy and tremendous loss to our community leadership.

Posted by: Catherine Tanzer | Nov 05, 2012 12:12

The Snow Bowl has thrived under his leadership. What a tragedy. He will be missed.

Posted by: William Lohrman | Nov 05, 2012 11:09

Prayers of condolences to his friends and family.

Posted by: Sarah G Ridgway | Nov 05, 2012 10:54

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Nov 05, 2012 10:52

We here at Knight Marine Service are all so very very sorry to hear this sad news, life is precious and he really knew how to live it.

If you wish to comment, please login.