Sheldon W. Curtis

Aug 08, 2017
Sheldon Curtis

Martinsville — Sheldon Wayne Curtis, 31, also of Rockland, passed on instantly, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Bath.

Born in Rockport April 22, 1986, he was the son of Scottie and Julie Nash Curtis. Educated in St. George and Rockland, one of his fondest moments during school was his graduation from Herring Gut Learning Center. This program culminated in a 10-day "wild and wonderful trip" down the Allagash.

Sheldon started lobstering as a teenager with his student license, and was completing his apprenticeship hours when his father passed away. Continuing his love of the ocean, he was employed for many years as a sternman out of several harbors. He also spent many hours clamming with his parents.

Family was very important to Sheldon, and he looked up to and loved his older brothers more than anything. Together they were always getting into general "brother trouble" together, and especially enjoyed their favorite pastime "target practice" at home. He took great pleasure in spending time with his nephews, whether it was playing video games, going to the beach, tossing a ball, or just sitting and talking.

Sheldon loved Boggle and Suduko and had a true poker face when playing a friendly game of poker; he had an encyclopedic knowledge of cards. He was known for his throwing arm, and taught many youngsters his technique. He had a magnetic personality, and people were naturally drawn to him. He made friends easily, both young and old. He was nonjudgmental, kind and generous and would do anything for anyone. He loved to cook and made a mean fish chowder.

For more than three years, Sheldon and his fiancée, Amanda, have enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships made at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Bernard’s Catholic Church luncheons. After attending the LIFE Church, Sheldon was happy to have been baptized there in August of 2014, giving him great comfort.

Sheldon loved being outdoors, working and playing on the water, fishing, riding his bike, clamming and swimming at the quarry with his brothers. He loved his fishing heritage and life in Martinsville. It was idyllic, and he was excited to share it with others. One of his favorite childhood memories was having these experiences with his cousins from away, taking them swimming in the quarry and having lobster bakes on the beach.

Most recently, Sheldon tried his hand at carpentry. As with many things he tried, he found he was good at it and he was looking forward to advancing his career. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Predeceased by his father, Scott, his cousin Kilei Jean, uncle Oliver "Jim" Dennison, a special uncle, Loren Harvey, a.k.a. "Santa," and his paternal grandfather, Harry Curtis, Sheldon is survived by his mother, Julie Curtis, of Rockport; his soulmate and fiancée, Amanda Doubleday, of Rockland; his brothers, Michael Sawyer and his wife, Miranda, of Rockland, Mitchell Sawyer and his wife, Jennica, of St. George. Sheldon was proud of his son, Noah Andrew, and Noah’s mother, Amy Allender. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Eli, Michael, Aaron, Brody, Jace, Tristan, Lilly and Gracie; his maternal grandparents, Ret. Lt. Franklin and Loretta Nash of Rockport; his paternal grandmother, Verona Curtis, of Port Clyde; aunts and uncles Carol Carey and her husband, Steve, of Warren, Pamela Gay and her husband, Michael, of Warren, Lisa Carleton and her husband, Buddy, of Owls Head, Wayne Curtis and his wife, Carol, of Port Clyde, Gloria Dennison of South Thomaston, Rosanne Ausplund and her husband, Mark, of Tenants Harbor; his great-aunt Ruth Harvey of St. George; his cousins, Benjamin, Tiffany, Cassie, Alyssa, Melissa, Michelle, Evan, Eliza, Jessica, Taylor, Olivia, Chris, Neala, Michael, Megan, Craig, Amy, Michael and Tony; as well as many more cousins and their families, and a large, loving extended family.

An afternoon filled with love and remembrance will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the American Legion Hall in Thomaston. All are welcome to bring memories and a dish to share.

Those who wish may make donations to Sheldon’s family through his GoFundMe Page at:

Sheldon usually wore his seat belt and his family urges anyone who knew Sheldon, and even those who didn’t, to please, always wear your seat belt.

Sheldon’s family is being assisted by Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Sheldon’s family, visit his Book of Memories at

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