John J. Gustin

Nov 08, 2012
John J. Gustin

Owls Head — John J. Gustin, 79, died unexpectedly, yet peacefully at his home, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Born in Rockland June 11, 1933, he was the son of Frank and Alfreda Scuito Gustin. Educated in Rockland schools, he was a 1951 graduate of Rockland High School.

Shortly after graduating, John enlisted in the military and served one tour of duty in Korea and two in Vietnam. He retired in July 1972 after 20 years service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aug. 11, 1973, he married Janice L. Anderson in Houlton. The couple made their home in Owls Head all their married lives. Mrs. Gustin died Feb. 16, 2011.

John worked 23 years in a second career as a supervisor of child support enforcement with the Maine Department of Human Services, retiring in 1994.

John was a past member of the Rockland Lodge of Elks No. 1008 and Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No. 1 in Rockland.

Other than his beloved wife Janice, John was pre-deceased by his brother, Anthony Gustin, Jan. 22, 2004. He is survived by his son, Mark A. Gustin of Owls Head; two sisters, Frances Volkir of LaVista, Neb., Nellie Brackett and her husband Gerald of Rockland; three sisters-in-law, Ann Gustin of Owls Head, Ann Anderson of Houlton, Nancy Putnam and her husband Philip of Cary Plantation; a brother-in-law, B. Duane Anderson and his wife Caroline of Monticello; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Friday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a service will begin at 1 p.m., followed with military honors. Interment will be in Coughlin Memorial Cemetery, Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LifeFlight Foundation, P.O. Box 899, Camden, ME 04843. To share a memory or story with John’s family, please visit his online Book of Memories at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Nov 09, 2012 19:20

I first met John at South End Grocery when I worked there. I really enjoyed seeing him everyday, I was there for him when his dear wife died, I was taken by the love he had for her. John was one of my favorite customers and I have really missed him since leaving SEG. He had brought me one of his wife's raised flower beds recently, which he knew I would plant flowers in this coming spring, now it will make it all the sweeter when I do. Gods speed dear man, you are now with the love of your life again. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. John was a very good man.


Posted by: William Pease | Nov 08, 2012 15:13

First Tony in 2004 and now his brother John.

Rest in peace,  well-remembered Gustin brothers.

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