Kenneth Rich

Apr 30, 2021
Kenneth Rich

New London, N.H. — Ken Rich, 86, died peacefully April 21, 2021, surrounded by family after an extended illness.

Born in 1934 in New London, N.H., Ken grew up loving the hills and farms of New Hampshire and learned a passion for sailing on Sunapee Lake. He obtained a degree in mechanized agriculture from the University of New Hampshire, where his part-time work in Bud McIntosh's boat shop solidified his love for wooden boats.

Later in life, he purchased one of the schooners Bud built and sailed Advent up and down the coast of Maine for over 40 years.

His most important work included several years at the Hurricane Island Outward School, 15 years at Roque Island and a stint as the Rockland Harbor Master. Ken was involved for many years with the Apprentice Shop where his love for wooden boats and his passion for people came together in a very natural way.

Ken had a tremendous love for life and love for people. He found joy in every bird and every tree and every breath. He had a smile that would light up a room.

Ken is survived by his wife Barbara, three children Stu Rich, Betsy Rich and Anna Jones, along with three grandchildren Ned Rich, Dylan Rich and Katlyn Rich.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Apprentice Shop in Rockland or the Hurricane Island Foundation.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Jane Karker | May 02, 2021 08:48

It was always nice to chat with Ken after a sail on the harbor. This was during his stint as harbor master in Rockland back when I had my Rhodes moored just off the dingy dock. Everyone liked Ken so much and he seemed to know everyone and remembered everyone’s name as soon as he met them.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | May 01, 2021 09:59

I first met Ken in the early 70's when we were both cast in a play put on by the Camden Civic theater.  Ken had just moved to the area from N.H..  Shortly thereafter he took a caretakers job Downeast and I did not see him for many years until he accepted Rockland's harbor master job.  A gentle, caring man always smiling and full of the joy of life.  A real gem who will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Posted by: Elizabeth Dickerson | Apr 30, 2021 18:30

Ken was downright enthusiastic about whatever I tried to do and now that I’m an old lady I realize that this is really the greatest gift any of us can give: to simply support others with enthusiasm no matter the nature of the endeavor, because really, life is the great equalizer and if it is meant to be it will. All we can do is just cheer each other on, be good neighbors and friends. Fair winds and following seas.

Posted by: CITY OF ROCKLAND | Apr 30, 2021 16:46

A wonderful description of Ken. He was one of a kind and I am so happy I knew him. He will be missed.

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