Reginald N. Dean

Jun 05, 2018
Reginald Dean

Camden — Reginald N. Dean, 83, passed away May 29, 2018, after a long illness.

Born Nov. 19, 1934, in Milo, he was the son of Ruth Naomi Dean of Milo and Osmond and Leta Hammond of Camden.

Mr. Dean married Thelma Iona Small June 3, 1956, in Camden. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; his daughter, Rhondalee Arey Dean-Royce, and her husband, Winston W. Royce; his sons, Michael D. Dean, and his companion, Christine McLarty, Christopher N. Dean and his wife, T. Dean, and Timothy S. Dean and his companion, Lisa Greenwood; and his daughter-in-law, Maureen Dean. His grandchildren include Arey-Buchanan Dean Royce, Ainsley-Ryan Dean Royce, Connor Christopher Dean, Danielle Beaulieau, Katie Beaulieau, Jessica Dean, Liza Harriman, Rachael Harriman; and his great-grandson, Simon Dean Algara; as well as his cousin Lawrence Bing Sturgeon and family.

Reginald Dean graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned a two bachelor's degrees in history, and also a master's degree in history. He worked as a master carpenter and cabinet maker. He was also a history and science teacher for the Belfast school system, along with being a coach for the varsity baseball team.

Reginald Dean went to the Maine Military Academy, where he graduated as a second lieutenant. Mr. Dean continued his officer special defense, security and combat engineer training at the University of Missouri, University of Massachusetts and University of Georgia. He also trained at Ft. Belvoir, Va., Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Ft. Devens, Mass. He served three tours during the Vietnam War in the Army, rising to the rank of captain.

He was a company commander for the 20th Engineer Brigade, 617th Combat Engineer Company. During his time in Vietnam from 1967 to 1972, Capt. Dean was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, the Civil Actions Honor Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Four Overseas Bars, and the Army Security Agency Commendation. He was an. Army sdviser, Special Forces, Green Berets and Montagnards adviser. He was also recognized by the Republic of Vietnam for meritorious service during the building of a Bailey bridge in Quan Luc under an enormous firefight.

Mr. Dean enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and camping with his family. He always spoke about how he would have liked to become part of the Maine Warden Service. Mr. Dean was an avid reader and a skilled outdoorsman and enjoyed traveling around the state to sharpshooter and archery tournaments. As a master carpenter, he built beautiful Shaker and custom furniture, along with designing and building a lot of the homes around the Camden and Rockport area. He was also for a time the caretaker of Curtis Island Lighthouse.

Mr. Dean was a longstanding member of the Camden-Rockport Masons, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion. He was a recognized Cub master and den master leader with the Maine Boy Scouts, having been an Eagle Scout himself.

Mr. Dean is preceded in death by his son Jeffrey N. Dean, who passed away June 4, 2014, his parents, his Dean great-aunts and -uncles.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Oak Hill Cemetery North, Hosmer Pond Road, Camden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Travis Mills Foundation, 89 Water St., Hallowell, ME 04347 or online at

To share a memory or story with the Dean family, visit their online Book of Memories at Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 06, 2018 16:38

Thelma, so sorry, will  try to connect with you at the dot com address. Hopefully we can connect via e-mail as I now reside in AZ. Love and Blessings, Mickey!    Mary (Brown) McKeever-

1998 Prescott Lakes Parkway#117-Prescott, AZ 86301

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