Jeffrey A. York

Jan 07, 2019
Jeffrey York

Port Clyde — Jeffrey A. ‘Yorkie’ York, 58, died unexpectedly, just a few short hours after arriving at the hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. His son Keith, Keith’s girlfriend, Alicia, and their son, Levi, were at his side.

Born in Rockland Oct. 4, 1960, he was the son of Keith W. and Pauline Keizer York. Raised in Warren until he was 12 years old, he had many childhood friends. On the 4th of July,1972, he moved with this family to Port Clyde, where he has since resided.

When Jeffrey was just 10 years old, his father passed away, Oct. 31, 1970. Later he had many happy years with his stepfather, John Lant, Jr. Mr. Lantz passed away July 16, 2015.

After graduating from high school, Jeffrey lobstered with Bert Witham for nearly 20 years. Later, after purchasing his own boat, he hauled on his own up until the day he passed away. When not lobstering, he kept busy working on his "fixer-up house," even building an addition on his own. He also spent many enjoyable days on Mosquito Island helping Victor Cole with his caretaking responsibilities.

When his son Keith was young, the pair enjoyed many camping and fishing trips in Brooks. One of his favorite pastimes was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he enjoyed for 22 years. Although he hated to have his own photo taken, his mother remembers he always had a camera in his hand, taking many beautiful pictures of his surroundings and family.

He was a family man at heart and visited his 100-year-old grandmother whenever he could. He never missed the opportunity to tease his niece, Des, who affectionately coined the nickname "Feffy," which quickly caught on with other friends. He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his chocolate Lab, Lady. After Lady died this past year, he took up walking with his son’s dog, Nova.

Most recently, a bright spot in Jeffrey’s life was his new grandson, Levi, just 8 weeks old.

Jeffrey is survived by his son, Keith Nelson York, and his girlfriend, Alicia, and their son, Levi Ezra; his mother, Pauline Lantz; brother Brian K. York and his girlfriend, Jeanne Andreasen, and Brian’s daughter, Desirea, and her boyfriend, Kurt Olesch, and Jeanne’s son, Jack Fifield, all of Port Clyde; his sister, Kimberly Lantz Moore, and her husband, Brian, and their children, Hannah and Zachary, all of Durham; his stepsister, Pamela Uhing, and her husband, Jeffrey, and their children, Linda and Joshua Kresnak, all of Iron Ridge, Wis.; his grandmother, Beatrice Keizer, of Thomaston; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Ward York; his paternal grandmother, Gertrude Tierney; his maternal grandfather, Clayton Keizer Sr.; a cousin, Darren Keizer; and an uncle, David L. Keizer.

He will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends, including Langdon Wilson and Victor Cole, and many more community members.

A celebration of Jeffrey’s life will be held at a later date with a burial announced in the spring.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Jan 09, 2019 10:38

So sad about this, Yorkie was a great guy. Have many wonderful memories of him from when I lived to Port Clyde. Rest easy my friend and know that you will never be forgotten as I will remember you always.

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