BAR HARBOR — A beloved member of the town’s fishing community and a fixture at the waterfront for many years until his death in 2014 will be memorialized with a bronze plaque on a bench at the town pier.
Thomas “Lobo” Pinkham served as the town’s first full-time harbormaster and as a policeman, and also spent time lobstering. He was a popular figure at the town pier and was possessed with a witty sense of humor and keen eye for observation.
“Lobo was somewhat of a ‘fixture’ at our pier, spending countless hours observing, chatting and having his ‘own role’ in the hustle and bustle of our small harbor,” fisherman Chris Candage wrote in a memo to the town supporting the dedication. “The sense of camaraderie he provided our small community will be greatly missed.”
Pinkham’s wife Trisha told town councilors Tuesday that her husband talked to many, many people from “his” bench at the pier, promoting the town to tourists and regaling people with his stories.
“Tom spent a lot of his time down there on that bench at the pier, and even if there is no plaque there, it will still be his bench to many of the townspeople,” she said.
Maria Candage spoke highly of Pinkham, saying that Pinkham took her husband under his wing as a fisherman and later did the same for her children.
“He was always there for the fishermen when they needed anything, even when he was in ill health,” she said. “I just feel like [with] the loss of him, the camaraderie that we have down around the pier is going to change a little bit. He kind of exemplified that and symbolized it, and it’s a loss. This is a small way to remember him when he’s not here.”
The 12-by-12-inch plaque will read: “In Loving Memory. Thomas “Lobo” Pinkham. 2/8/54 – 11/7/14. May you enjoy the essence of this working waterfront as much as he did.”
Town councilors voted 6-0 to approve the project Tuesday. Money for the plaque will be raised privately in an effort spearheaded by resident Kim Chapman.