Robert G. Doyle

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Robert G. Doyle
1926 - 2018

PITTSTON - Robert G. Doyle, 91, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. He was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Boston, Mass., the only child of the late Henry G. and Anne M. (Guy) Doyle. He spent much of his childhood in the Rockland/Owls Head, Maine area and especially around Friendship and later enjoyed summers on Bremen Long Island in Muscongus Bay. A close friend of his mother's, Dr. Myron "Doc" Hahn, was a father figure for him and he learned seamanship from Doc, particularly on his Friendship sloop the "Depression." Bob served in the Air force during World War II and received the Victory medal. He later attended Harvard University on the GI Bill where he earned a degree in
Geology.

Not long after graduation he travelled to South America to work in mines as an Economic Geologist, particularly in Peru where he met his first wife Mary Jean. They returned to the states to start a family, finally settling in Gardiner while he worked for the State of Maine for 25 years as the State Geologist. It was common to see his name on many of the Maine geology maps from that era. He loved to travel the world and attended many international geology conventions. One that stands out was held in Czechoslovakia in 1968 when he and other attendees had to be smuggled out of Prague during the Soviet invasion. Bob also had an interest in archaeology, particularly tracking the trading of Native American arrow heads and hammer stones utilizing his knowledge of the geology of Maine and the analysis of archaeological finds from the coastal area. This interest culminated in his book, "Identification of Lithic Artifacts from Central Coastal Maine Archeological Sites." Bob was an enthusiastic skier and purchased land near Sugarloaf in the late 50s where he helped build the family ski camp that is still used today.

He is survived by two sons Robert Doyle Jr. of Gray, Michael Doyle and wife Vickie Labbe of Portland, a daughter, Rebecca Doyle and husband Michael Weissman of Colorado, granddaughter Elyse Doyle of Portland; stepdaughters Karen Sharpe of Pittston and Kristin Sharpe of California; and his ex-wife Michelle Dilendorf of Virginia. Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his first wife Mary Jean and stepdaughter Kathy Sharpe. Bob's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of MaineGeneral and his doctor Mary Jo Fisher.

A private ceremony will be held at his beloved Bremen Long Island.

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Published in Central Maine on Aug. 19, 2018
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