Friendship honors Joel Fearn

By Christine Simmonds | Dec 03, 2019
Photo by: Christine Simmonds A line extends to the street with individuals waiting to sign the guest book at Fearn's memorial in Friendship Nov. 29.

Friendship — Hahn Community Center in Friendship overflowed with tears and laughter Nov. 29 as the town turned out in full force to honor the memory of Joel Fearn. Fearn was the town clerk and an active community member for more than 20 years.

Fearn died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 11. The Friendship Town Office was closed Nov. 12 to 14 in respect for Fearn while the town held an emergency meeting to appoint Kathy MacLeod as the new clerk.

The community center did not have enough parking to accommodate the huge number of people who attended the event, and a line extended to the street with individuals waiting to sign the guest book at the door.

Fearn’s sister, Corri, greeted the guests waiting outside. Multiple people described his passing as a “huge loss” to the community and expressed how much her brother meant to each of them.

The Rev. Bob Dorr officiated the ceremony, with family and friends sharing memories of Fearn. A potluck lunch was served afterwards. The featured dish was chowder made with fish from Cashes Ledge, Fearn’s favorite fishing spot.

Kat Logan played piano and guitar for the event. She performed an original song she wrote, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and led a sing-along of “I’ll Fly Away.” She was accompanied by other Friendship citizens on vocals and guitar as well.

Fearn’s brother, Brian, shared stories of their childhood. He described Friendship as Fearn’s “extended family,” and the tales told by others made it clear they felt the same way.

Joel Fearn's memorial service at the Hahn Community Center in Friendship on Nov. 29. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Serving up chowder made with fish from Cashes Ledge, Fearn’s favorite fishing spot. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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