Adam Joshua “A.J.” Emmett, 45, passed from this earth on April 11, 2019 from accidental drowning in Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, Maine. A.J. was born on July 26, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the son of Mark and Paula Emmett.
AJ grew up a happy and mischievous kid who could often be found at the pool and tennis court in the Mews, where his family lived in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He was adored by all for his friendly demeanor and precociousness.
During High School A.J. become an avid mountain biker and skier. This was the beginning of a life-long love of outdoor sports and adventure.
Though he spent some time studying Psychology at Adelphi University and Northeastern, A.J. found that he was drawn to more earthly and physical pursuits
The summer after graduating from high school A.J. moved to Bar Harbor, Maine to live with his older brother. He worked for Acadia Bike & Kayak and at Acadia Outdoors. He spent many days biking on the carriage roads, sea kayaking along the coast, and learning how to climb with friends on the island’s many boulders and cliffs. That summer began A.J.’s life-long love of Mt. Desert Island / Acadia; a place which he considered his home.
After spending some time traveling and living briefly in Boulder, CO. near Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, in the Franconia Notch/White Mountain area of New Hampshire, in Winston-Salem, NC and in Joshua Tree, California, A.J. returned to Bar Harbor to live and work.
A.J. was a skilled carpenter who worked on many building projects with his good friend Dave Lavelle, for many of the Island’s construction companies, with his own Ace Remodeling Company, and most recently for the Nelson F. Goodwin Company, a building contractor on MDI.
A.J. was also a talented photographer, musician, and an enthusiastic record collector.
He was a beloved son, brother, and uncle.
Adam is survived by his former wife Rebecca Hunter; mother, Paula Sokolow and husband Jerry Sokolow; brother Richard Emmett and his wife, Kimberly Lawson; nephews Aubrey and Levi Emmett; uncles Art Pumpian and his sons, Ryan and Jeremy; Gary Emmett and his wife Marianne, and their children Gillian, Ariel, Ilana and Issac; Sam Emmett and his wife Judy, and their children Brent and Debbie. He was predeceased by his father Mark Lawrence Emmett.
A.J.’s family invites friends and co-workers to join them for a Celebration of Life that will take place from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 18th at The Fogtown Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street Ellsworth, ME 04605. A.J.’s musician friends are encouraged to stay and play some songs during the open mic that follows.
Those who desire may make contributions in A.J.'s memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine and Friends of Acadia.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes located at 1139 Main Street Mt. Desert, Maine 04660.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com