Stanley H. Metcalf

Aug 29, 2018
Stanley Metcalf

Union — Stanley Harold Metcalf, 80, retired veteran of the Coast Guard, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at Sussman House in Rockport Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

Born in Calais Nov. 19, 1937, he was the son of William Henry and Dorothy W. Holland Metcalf. He began school in Eastport and after moving to South Portland at an early age, graduated from Portland High School.

From 1954 to 1957, he served in the Army. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Stan enlisted in the Coast Guard, where he served until his retirement as boatswain’s mate senior chief petty officer in 1978. During his Coast Guard career, Stan saw service aboard the USCG cutters Point Mast, Garnet, Swivel and Eastwind. He was stationed at Burnt Island Light, and from 1968 to 1969 saw duty as captain of a gunboat in the Republic of Vietnam. He later served at Coast Guard Station Rockland, Group Southwest Harbor, Race Point Search & Rescue and Portsmouth Station Search & Rescue.

Always proud that his father was a World War I recipient of the Canadian Victoria Cross, Stan himself was a decorated veteran as recipient of three Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Since his retirement, Stan had remained active as a member of the VFW or American Legion posts wherever he lived. More recently, he was a member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No. 1 in Rockland. Stan was also a life member of the Canadian Scottish Regimental Association of Victoria.

Stan held a lifetime license as an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an accomplished artist, woodworker and at one time was a restaurateur in Bucksport. He was a longtime board member and volunteer of the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

Other than his parents, Stan was predeceased by two brothers, Scott and Stuart, and a sister, Sheila Iacono. He is survived by his beloved companion and fiancée, Dorothy Black, of Union; his children, John S. Metcalf and his wife, Ann, of Rollinsford, N.H., Richard G. Metcalf and his wife, Deborah, of Eliot, Stan H. Metcalf and his wife, Carol, of Seabrook, N.H., Marianne H. Thompson and her companion, Edward Scully, of Coxsackie, N.Y., Joseph Wyman and his wife, Wanda, of Union, James Wyman (Franny) of Rotonda, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Military honors will be presented at noon Saturday, Sept. 8, at the entrance to the Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Rockland, where a celebration of Llfe will immediately follow in the museum. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Dilger, USCG Ret., will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sussman House, c/o Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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

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