Orvil L. Young
LINCOLNVILLE…………………………Orvil was born to Orville and Florence (Bryant) Young 90 years ago. He was born and raised in Camden. He attended and graduated from Camden High School. After graduating high school, he entered the US Navy. It was towards the end of World War II that he served his tour in Rhode Island. Upon returning home to Camden, he joined his father Orville, where he worked under master boat builder Malcom Brewer, at Camden Shipbuilding. In May of 1952 he married his first wife Andrea Jones of Lincolnville. They settled in Lincolnville and that is where they raised their two children, Debra and Terry.
Orvil went from building boats to sailing them. In 1965, on a handshake, he became partners with Jim Sharp, and took over operations of the schooner Stephen Taber with his wife Andrea as cook. In 1974 the Stephen Taber was sold and the schooner Roseway was purchased.
While Orvil was proficient on the water, at age 55 he retired from the sea and ventured in to the woods where he became a self-described “hobby tree farmer.” He started many trees from seeds, spent endless hours pruning white pine, and cultivated hundreds of Christmas trees. Through his selective thinning and logging, he left the best for the future. He joined the “Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine,” (S.W.O.A.M.) and in 2000 he was given the honor of “tree farmer of the year” of Waldo County. He kept his woodlot above the standards.
Besides his love for the woods, he had a natural talent for carving. He particularly enjoyed carving eagles, one of which adorned the bow of the Roseway (now on display at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum). He also carved numerous trail boards for boats and signs. Building log cabins was another hobby of Orvil’s. He built 3 of them; one which currently sits on B Pond, a second one on Third West Branch Pond and the third one sits on property he owns in Lincolnville that he titled “Moose Ridge”.
Besides being an active member of S.W.O.A.M., Orvil was also honored to serve as a director on the board of the Lincolnville Telephone Company for many years. He was also active in the preservation of Fernald’s Neck (The Nature Conservancy).
Orvil took great pleasure in the outdoors. As a youth he spent many hours hunting and fishing from the coast to the Patten area. He and his wife Andrea spent time camping in the North Maine Woods with numerous friends. Some of the favorite destinations were Scraggly Lake, Jo-Mary Pond and Indian Pond.
After 51 years of marriage Andrea passed away.
As he was adjusting to his new life, he became reacquainted with an old friend who was also widowed, Charlotte Faller, and the friendship grew. In July of 2006 he and Charlotte were married in the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center.
Orvil and Charlotte spent their years together enjoying each other’s company, taking walks or riding the Gator in the woods and going for leisurely drives in the car. They were often seen on their drives stopping for a “mug up” at Hope General Store, Fraternity Village Store or Dot’s. Lincolnville Beach was a spot they would frequent to have their coffee while they sat and watched the boats and life on the water. Duck Trap was another favored location where they would bring coffee and sometimes lunch and have a leisurely picnic. Orvil was never one to be in a hurry. As Lawrence Nash once said, “Orvil’s was the only car I ever passed in my backhoe.”
In Orvil’s life when things would go awry, he was often heard saying it was “bound to happen,” and that it did, when on April 30, 2018, Orvil died peacefully with his wife by his side.
Orvil is predeceased by his first wife Andrea Jones Young; parents Orville and Florence; half-brother Terrence; half-sisters Flora and Eleanor.
Orvil is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Faller Young; daughter, Debra (Bill) Thuss; son, Terrance (Beth) Young; grandchildren, Rachel (Curtis) Boudreau, Lucas Young, Dana Young; step children, William Faller, Carol Farwell and Michael Faller.
Please join us to celebrate Orvil’s life on June 9th from 1-4p at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland, Maine. Bring your favorite “Orvil” story to share. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sail, Power and Steam Museum or the Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.