Longtime community activist Larry Stettner of Southwest Harbor passed away Monday of an apparent heart attack. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANNE HELPRIN

Community activist Stettner dies



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Larry Stettner of Southwest Harbor, a founder of the community-centric Common Good Café, died Monday morning of an apparent heart attack. He was 79 years old.

Stettner co-founded the Common Good in 2009 with Bill Morrison. The plan was to serve reasonably priced meals at the Southwest Harbor café during the busy summer months and use revenues to support a soup kitchen program during the off-season.

The café, first located in the former Annabel’s Seawall Dining Room, served 10,000 bowls of soup that first winter. The café later moved to a 19 Clark Point Road.

Stettner added musical entertainment, and the venue soon became a popular location to hear live local music, sometimes with Stettner leading the crowd in song. His philosophy in life was to “live simply, laugh often and love deeply,” according to one friend.

A statement on the Common Good Facebook Page on Tuesday said “The Common Good lost our community leader, founder and patriarch Larry Stettner. He was a great friend to many and will be sadly missed.”

Stettner also was a regular on the local competitive croquet scene, often playing in the annual Claremont Classic.

Stettner was predeceased by his wife, Francine, who died in February.

A memorial service will be held in Southwest Harbor on Saturday, May 27.

Mark Good

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