Douglas Stover

Douglas P. Stover

1929 - 2019
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Blue Hill -- Douglas P. Stover, 89, passed away died January 25, 2019 at the Blue Hill Hospital. Doug was born in Blue Hill, October 5, 1929 son of Hollis and Martha (Candage) Stover.

He attended school in Blue Hill, graduating from George Stevens Academy in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Doug was a custodian at the Blue Hill Consolidated School for 40 years before retiring in 1995. He enjoyed fishing, long walks (the Mountain Road being his favorite), gardening and all sports.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Virginia Allen, Helen Ferry, Mary Lutz, and Lillian Stover.

Graveside Services will be held 11:00 am, May 18, 2019 at Mountain View Cemetery, Blue Hill.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, 04605

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Steve Johnson

Posted at 02:44pm
I was saddened to read of Doug Stover’s passing because of the long association we had shared both as employees of the Blue Hill School as well as baseball and basketball fans. I first met Doug officially in 1986 when I was hired as a Chapter 1 reading teacher at the Blue Hill Consolidated School where Doug was the custodial engineer. Among other things, he dutifully saw to it that we had lights, heat and spotless floors at the beginning of each school day. He took pride in his work, and accepted the fact that young students would often do things without thinking that would add to his work load.

Doug was a great fan of GSA sports and one could always spot him in the bleachers behind home plate, following the exploits of the teams, some members of which he had known since they had been in kindergarten. Whenever I was behind the plate as an umpire for a George Stevens game, and would run back to the screen to retrieve a foul ball, Doug would invariably have some comment about the quality of my strike zone that day.

He always followed the exploits of the University of Maine teams, especially the baseball team as it fought through a tough spring training season in Florida all the way through to the season’s end and perhaps a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, which happened with regularity in the 1980’s. He knew all they players’ names and had an opinion of the skill ability of each of the starters, especially after we would have taken in a few UM Saturday games at Mahaney Diamond together.

However, the most fun I ever had with Doug was when we would go to a Sunday afternoon Portland Sea Dogs game. He knew the history of all the Red Sox greats who had gone up to the majors through the Sea Dog teams of the past and never failed to amuse me with anecdotes about their performance as a Red Sox player.

His garden at home, impeccably kept, was a favorite target of the neighborhood deer, but when he could protect his prized strawberries from the marauding animals, he would present me with the most delicious pint of strawberries to be found around. That was a treat for my entire family.

I don’t think he ever got over the sale by the Red Sox to the Yankees of Babe Ruth, and when he learned that I was a Yankee fan, he was a bit unnerved. I am so glad that Doug lived long enough to see the curse such a long string of Red Sox years without a World Series win finally snapped, for the Red Sox had nor more loyal a fan than Doug Stover.

Thanks, Doug, for all the great moments together in multiple ballparks, and for your friendship. I cherish them all.

Steve Johnson
Blue Hill ME

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