Russell Palmer Guibord passed away peacefully at his home in Bristol on October 9, 2021 after a short illness, a month before his 80th birthday.
Born in New London, Connecticut on November 3, 1941, Russ graduated from high school in Newtown, Connecticut. He attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, then served in the United States Coast Guard, on active duty and in the reserve, achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He particularly enjoyed the ice patrol service off the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland, where his father had served as an army officer during World War II.
Russ was a control systems engineer, working as an independent contractor in Maine, traveling the Northeast and beyond. His work was particularly suited to wood-fired boilers, and when the paper industry declined at the end of the 20th century, he switched to his love of woodworking. He set up the Cane & Canvas shop along the Pemaquid River in Bristol Mills, where he restored wooden canoes and also offered canoe and kayak rentals. He continued to work in his home shop and in his family brewery in the basement, until a few days before his death.
Russ had many interests, including travel, choral music, sports cars, sailing, piloting his Cessna, and real and simulated trains. He was a serious fly fisherman and loved to return to Lake Umbagog, a place of childhood memories. He loved working with wood – carving spoons, making tables, restoring wooden canoes – but could also do wonders with masonry, plumbing, and anything electrical or mechanical. After moving to Maine in 1987 he took a keen interest in the history of the village of Bristol Mills, using his skills to help the town preserve the famous Benner Road Stone Arch bridge, restore the headstones of the historic cemetery Herbert Yard and rebuilding the watering hole. opposite the town hall. He took an exceptional interest in the historic Freedom Pole in the center of the village, a short walk from his home, and worked tirelessly to maintain it in its original form. He was an avid re-enactor, participating in the Arnold Bicentennial Expedition, events at Fort William Henry describing his 17th-century ancestor’s life as a settler along the St. Lawrence River, and reenactments. around the state as a member of the Bristol Militia. , and assuming responsibility for its cannon.
Russ was predeceased by his parents, Cynthia Guibord Durgin and Loring Ralph Guibord; and his brother-in-law, William Callachan.
He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 41 years; daughter, Jennifer; stepson, John Budd, his wife Gwen and their children; daughter-in-law, Susan Budd and her partner, Jason Enman; sister, Betsy Callachan; brother-in-law, Roger Downs, his wife Nancy; and several nieces and nephews and their children.
Russ will be commemorated during Sunday morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 7 at the Bristol Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on her behalf to the Pierce Pond Watershed Trust, PO Box 5660, Augusta, ME 04332, or by visiting their website. piercepondwatershed.org; or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. Condolences and messages for his family can be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.