Stephen C. Hale

May 14, 2019
Stephen Hale

Rockland — Stephen C. "Captain Jack" Hale, 67, died at his home, surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 5, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Stephen was born in Rueben, near Wrexham, Wales, Aug. 21, 1951; he was the son of Freda Jones. While in Wales, Steve lived with his mother, grandparents and aunties.

In 1960 Stephen and his mother, Freda, moved to Dover, N.H. Freda then married Maurice Hale, Steve’s adoptive father.

Stephen was educated in the local elementary and junior high schools. He always told the story, as this is where he learned very quickly to stand up for himself. His mom, not being from this country, sent him to school wearing his English school uniform. This consisted of wool shorts, white dress shirt, suspenders and a beanie, not to mention white knee-high socks. He graduated from Dover High School in 1969.

During his teen years, Steve and his family vacationed in York. This is where he met his best friend/brother, Danny Gile. While vacationing in York, Steve also developed his love of the ocean.

In 1970, Steve married Dellann Vachon. In November of 1972, they had a son, Joshua Hale.

In 1982, Steve made his way to the Midcoast. It was then that he met his future wife, Melissa Maker. They were married in 1986 and continued to raise their family here.

Steve had interests in many things. He worked at Stinson Canning Co. and Port Clyde Foods. He was successful in sales, urchin diving, elver fishing and lobstering. He also owned and operated a few local businesses; however, his love of being on the ocean won out, and he began Captain Jack Lobster Boat Cruises.

Steve was a sports car and motorcycle enthusiast, he was a member of the 5th Chapter Motorcycle Club and spent countless hours volunteering for causes that were near and dear to his heart.

Steve loved the Rockland community and served on various committees, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was a proud spokesman for the Rockland area.

His love of his family was great. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to help us out when we needed him.

Steve’s presence was immense and he will live on in our hearts always.

Predeceased by, his mother, Freda Jones Hale, his father, Maurice Hale, as well as his in-laws, George and Mabelle Maker, Steve is survived by his loving family: his son, Joshua Hale, of Rochester, N.H.; his daughters, Kylie Wadsworth Neely and her husband, Eric, of Rockland and Mississippi, Amanda Hale Allen and her husband, Josh, of Rockland; his brother, Daniel Hale Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth, of Marietta, Ga.; his sister, Charlene Werderman, of Eldorado Hills, Calif.; his grandchildren, Joshua Hale, Tyler Hale, Jack Wadsworth, Noah Ames; the mother of his children and his best friend, Melissa Maker, of Rockland; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lauri Runius and her husband, Mark, of Warren, Beverly Fowles and her husband, Ernest, of Ft. Pierce, Fla. Patricia Dubay and her husband, Albert, of Sun City Center, Fla., Clifton Yattaw and his wife, Emma, of Port Clyde; his nieces and nephews, Benjamin Runius and his wife, Samantha, Meghan Runius and her companion, Jarrod Bergeron; a great-niece, Molly Runius; many other nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; his grandson’s dog, Bonez, who has been Steve’s constant companion; and a large, loving circle of friends too numerous to name.

A gathering of love and remembrance will be held Sunday, May 19, at the Landings Restaurant in Rockland. The Rev. Peter Jenks will begin the afternoon of stories, laughter and Steve's favorite foods at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to stay and remember a life well lived.

To share a memory or condolence with Steve’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Cindi E Hamlin | May 18, 2019 18:07

The Crossroads crew will miss Steve. He became a good friend to us!  Thoughts & prayers to the family that we know he loved dearly!!


Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 14, 2019 11:56

Eric & I send our hugs and prayers to Steve's family and friends.  He was always quick with a laugh and loved his children and grandchildren dearly.

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