Jack C. Billings

Oct 12, 2020
Jack Billings

Rockland — Jack Charles Billings, 64, of Rockland, died unexpectedly Oct. 4, 2020.

Jack was born to Ralph and Louise Moulaison Billings of Rockland, Feb. 6, 1956.

He attended Rockland schools and graduated from Rockland District High School in 1974. He then attended Calhoun MEBA Engineering School in Maryland for four years, where he was certified as a merchant marine.

He started his career shipping out with several companies and would lobster with local fisherman in between trips until he retired in 2019.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Tubba, sister Charlotte and ex-wife Lisa Cottrell.

He is survived by his companion Christine Merritt; daughter Aimee and her husband Mike Doucette; daughter Kasie Margeson and her companion Tony Simaitis; grandchildren Marina, Nolan, Grady and Sophia; brother Russell and wife Barbara; sister Fay and husband Tom Molloy; brother Tom; several nieces and nephews; many friends; and his sidekick, Tinkerbell the dog.

Jack played linebacker for the Rockland Tigers football team in High School, and was extremely proud of all his awards and records. He was listed in the local newspaper as an absolute super phenomenon, and he was quick to pull those newspaper clippings to show off his abilities. He also ran track, and became a finalist in the pole vault competition. Jack also enjoyed playing golf, hunting, and fishing. Jack was an active member of the Rockland Elks Lodge.

As a merchant marine, he was well-traveled and visited seaports all over the world. He would always return with treasures, pictures and stories that made everyone laugh, which was his favorite part.

Jack was an excellent cook. His specialties included seafood, homemade beef jerky and other dishes with ingredients you didn’t/shouldn’t ask about. He enjoyed sharing these dishes with family and friends. Jack had quite the green thumb, and loved growing vegetables and massive sunflowers. He had an uncanny ability to turn pieces of nature into creatures and garden trinkets.

He enjoyed gatherings, especially if they included dancing. Some would say he certainly enjoyed being the “life of the party” and all those parties will not be the same without him, but we will try.

A celebration of lives for both Jack and his ex-wife, Lisa J. Cottrell, will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Rockland Elks Lodge 210 Rankin St., Rockland from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be a potluck luncheon and cash bar. Due to pandemic restrictions, masks are required.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Christine H Curtis | Oct 16, 2020 09:27

Jack you were my team mate, shipmate , and friend.  Many of my happiest memories  were on the football team , sailing on the same ships, fishing off the ships ,  and our good times at the cottage. You will be missed , but never forgotten.

Erv Curtis

Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Oct 15, 2020 21:35

Jack your teammates will miss your infectious laugh but I will always remember you doing a total 180 reverse of field as you out ran  the entire Belfast team for a touchdown and watching you "Dance to the Music " in the locker room after a victory. Rest in Peace my friend.

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