Memorials

The Maine Fishermen’s Forum has created this page to honor those fishermen who have crossed the bar. 

We want to honor our heritage, our history, our friends and family members.  We encourage you to submit a picture and a paragraph of your fisherman or woman so that we can share it with others.

Robert “Bobby” Waugh Blethen, Jr.  of Georgetown, Maine passed away when the fishing vessel Emmy Rose was lost to the sea on November 23, 2020.

Bobby was born on November, 20th, 1979 in Portland, Maine and raised in Yarmouth, Maine.  He was a caring child who easily connected with those around him and who was often found taking things apart and putting them back together at an early age.  He began working in the fishing industry as a teenager.  He excelled at the challenging work and went on to captain several boats, most recently the F/V Emmy Rose.  Bobby was a respected member of the fishing community.

Bobby was a generous man.  He took pride in being able to help friends and loved ones.  Material possessions did not concern him and he readily gave away anything he had to someone who wanted or needed it.  Bobby always had a story to tell and had an energy that drew people to him.  In recent years he was happiest when spending time with his son, Jack.  Never one to sit still, he kept busy even when home, fixing up his family’s new house, playing outdoors, and socializing with his many friends.

He was survived by his partner, Ann Preble, and their son, Jack Blethen; his daughters, Taitum Rice and Haylie Caron; his parents, Robert and Debora Blethen; his sister, Lisa Blethen and her husband, Jonathan Pohorilak; his nephew and niece, Jonas and Edith Pohorilak; and his mother and father in-law, Judy and Chip Preble.  He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Edith Twombly and Nancy Blethen.