Ocean Point Column
By Maryellen Bertrand
Sadly, Ocean Point has lost another beloved resident; Bob Marden passed away October 29 at his home in Waterville with all of his family by his side. Bob was a dear and cherished friend and neighbor to all in the Ocean Point Community.
Throughout his life Bob’s experiences and interests were wide and varied and included law and politics. In his early life he was an Eagle Scout and a Naval Veteran. Bob served on many Boards and Charitable organizations throughout his career. He loved reading, music and sports.
Bob was an avid skier and golfer and loved a competitive game of tennis. If you happened by the tennis courts early on a Sunday morning you would witness a hard fought (and often boisterous and entertaining) doubles match with friends. He also loved being on the water in his boat the Recess enjoying beautiful summer days.
Bob’s love for music was witnessed by all of Ocean Point each 4th of July as he led our Horribles Parade with his band. He later took on the role of “chauffeuring” our parade Grand Marshall in one of his many convertibles. I do believe the 4th of July celebration was one of his favorite events of the summer.
Bob’s musical talent was not limited to the Horribles Parade; Bob was a member of a well-known group of jazz musicians known as the Elders. Each summer they would perform a Dixieland Jazz concert at the Casino that would bring the house down! I’m sure if you attended you would agree that his concert was without a doubt one of the highlights of the summer.
Many a summer evening, sunset enthusiasts would gather on the rocks while Bob delighted the crowd with a cannon salute and lowering of his flag assisted, of course, by Scoop.
Bob was a very important part of the Ocean Point Community serving as Secretary to the Colony Trust for many years for which we are all so appreciative; he helped shape this special community into what it is today. If you were fortunate enough to have known Bob Marden than you were truly very lucky.
Our community will be at a loss without Bob’s many and varied talents, his quick wit, his enormous sense of humor, his love of family, friends, community and of course, Ocean Point. Our condolences to his wife Scoop, his daughter Sharon and husband Bob Johnson, his son Bob Jr. and wife Lydia, his daughter Holly and husband Pace, his son Eric and wife Jenny, his grandchildren: Hannah, Brad, Sadie, Ileana, Anna, Lindsay and Zachary, and 3 great grandchildren Maddox, Renn and Molly on the loss of their beloved husband, father, father- in- law and grandfather and to Bob’s surviving siblings, brothers Harry and Don and sister Roberta Alden along with many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday November 24 at the Colby College Millet Alumni House at 11:00 a.m. A gathering is also being planned next summer at Ocean Point.
Last week’s storm knocked out power not only at Ocean Point but also all around the Region for nearly a week. There are several pictures on line of the many downed trees and limbs around the Point, hopefully no one sustained damage.
Coco Webber took advantage of the outage and drove to Massachusetts to visit with Chris, Hannah and grandson Chip while awaiting power to be restored.
Veterans Day is being celebrated this year on Saturday November 11 th and is a time to not only be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy but also to say thanks to those who serve our country and put themselves in harms way each and every day. Please take this opportunity to reach out to a Veteran and offer your thanks and support.
Have a great week!