PEMBROKE - David Marshall Sanders, 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 22, 2014 at his home in Pembroke. David was born in Skowhegan on April 3, 1946, the son of Stephen and Emma (Stebbins) Sanders. He grew up at Malbons Mills on the Singing Falls Farm. After graduating from Skowhegan High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his Country on the destroyers USS Basilone, USS Campton and USS Tills. He was in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Following his service, David returned to Maine and started a career on the ocean. He worked his way up as a Tugboat Captain, working first for Eastern Maine Towage out of Belfast and than worked for Morania out of New York City Harbor. At this time he was the youngest person to achieve Ocean Tugboat Captain on the Eastern Seaboard, working the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, rivers and canals East of the Mississippi. He was also a licensed deep sea diver. David's career took another turn and he started his own company, Island Marine Construction, out of Stonington. He built docks, wharves, and offered tugboat, barge and crane service to and from many Maine islands. At this time he resided in Brooksville. Upon retirement in 2011, he moved Down East. Finding his dream home in Pembroke. David's hobbies were boating, exploring islands, hiking (coastal trails and old railroad beds), collecting glass insulators, reading, trucks and he had a great love for local history. New Brunswick was his "playground." Yankee Ingenuity was his game!
Surviving are his companion, Nancy Kirkbride of Pembroke; his former wife and mother of his children, Dixie Sanders Jones of Bar Harbor; his son, Christopher Sanders of Searsport, his daughter, Kimberly Sanders and her husband Bradley Fraser of Searsport, and his daughter Karen Dodd and her husband Barry of Gorham; four grandchildren, Brian and partner Mike, Caitlin and husband Justin, Kristen and Meaghan; sister Carolyn Wilson and her husband George of Hill, N.H., and sister Stephanie Calder and her husband Dick of Skowhegan; four nieces and one nephew.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. David's family meant the world to him.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Malbons Mill Cemetery in Skowhegan. Arrangements are by Mays Funeral Home of Calais and Eastport.