Victor R. Lord

Sep 05, 2017
Victor Lord

Monhegan Island — Victor Richard Lord, 70, died Aug. 27, 2017, from complications of lung cancer. He was born Aug. 14, 1947, in Rochester, N.H., and raised in Lebanon, a son of Maurice C. Lord and Althea S. (Cole) Lord. He graduated from Spaulding High School in Rochester, N.H., in 1965, going on to graduate with honors from the University of Maine in Orono, with a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1973. Between his sophomore and junior years at UMO, he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the co-op engineering program for 21 months.

While finishing his degree, he also worked as an assistant and instructor at UMO for several semesters. Later in 1973, he moved to Monhegan Island, where he held a variety of positions, including owning and operating the Monhegan House Hotel. He started Monhegan Restorations, a business he pursued to the present time, building and restoring homes, caretaking cottages, and doing repair and maintenance of Island buildings.

He was a leader in the local Alcoholics Anonymous group and provided numerous people with support and encouragement on their road to recovery. Victor celebrated 29 years of sobriety Aug. 18.

His wisdom and integrity made him a powerful role model and leader in his small community of Monhegan Island. His innovation and forward thinking are evident around the island, including starting the first power company, finding solutions to municipal challenges, fire prevention and being one of the founding members of the emergency rescue service.

He leaves his wife, Susan E. (Gilbert) Lord; a son, Kole A. Lord, and daughter-in-law Tara L. Hire of Monhegan; a stepdaughter, Zoe A. Zanadakis, of Falmouth; a step-grandson, Ronald W. Peterson, of Portland; a sister, Carole L. Lord, of Lebanon; as well as the whole-community of Monhegan Island. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean E. Lord, formerly of Monhegan.

He will be interred at the Evergreen Cemetery in Berwick.

A memorial service is planned for Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Monhegan Church with refreshments following the service at the Trailing Yew.

To best honor Victor’s memory, donations may be made in his name to the Carpenter’s Boat Shop online at or mail to The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, 440 Old County Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558.

Arrangements are with Hall's of Thomaston. To extend online condolences visit Victor's Book of Memories at

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