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.

Gary E. Thorbjornson, 41, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, when his fishing vessel “F/V Sirius” was lost at sea.  As the vessel foundered, Gary made sure his son and another young fisherman on board had their survival gear before going back inside his sinking ship to retrieve his own gear.  His likeness is engraved on the St. George Fishermen’s Memorial, at the seashore in Port Clyde.

Born in Rockland, November 15, 1963, he was the son of Jacquelyn Kaler Thorbjornson and Edward Thorbjornson. Growing up in Rockland and St. George he attended local schools, graduating from Georges Valley High School in 1982.

Following graduation Gary began his career as a commercial fisherman. He worked as a deck hand aboard the “F/V High Chapparal” and the “F/V Sea Trek.” In the early 1980 he became captain of the “F/V Joe’s Lady.”

Gary later joined his family’s business as Captain of the “F/V Sirius” and the “F/V Erika Lynn,” which he helped restore. Gary enjoyed his career as a commercial fisherman for 26 years.

On July 29, 2000, Gary married Tammy Davis, at the home of his father in St. George.

Gary loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed coming home to his wife and two children after a long fishing trip.

An avid outdoorsman, Gary loved snowmobiling, skiing, camping and freshwater fishing. He even enjoyed learning about football from his wife as they watched games together.

While doing gear work in Port Clyde, Gary was always accompanied by his beloved dog “Tyson.”