Eugene “Gene” Shubert Thurston III


Eugene “Gene” Shubert Thurston III, 69, passed away unexpectedly June 13, 2017, at his home in Manset. He was born Oct. 7, 1947, in Ellsworth to Eugene S. Thurston Jr. and Helen Swan Thurston.

Gene graduated from Pemetic High School in 1966. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After serving active duty for two years, he returned home to start his lobstering career. Gene later married the love of his life, Carmella Kelley, in 1979 and they settled in Southwest Harbor. They were married for 38 years and raised their two sons, Aaron and Adam.

Gene was an avid angler and hunter. He enjoyed many days on the water lobstering, halibut fishing and tuna fishing. He had a lifelong career lobstering and was also a part owner of the Kozy Kove restaurant for a number of years before he took the harbormaster job for the town of Southwest Harbor, where he worked for 17 years. Gene was a local fly fishing legend, spending a lot of time in northern Maine on Allagash Lake. His favorite annual trip was with friends and his sons every spring. Grump also enjoyed spending time with his grandson Cameron. Gene was an active member in the local Kiwanis Club and was also a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carmella (Kelley) Thurston; his sons, Aaron Thurston and wife, Amy, of Boston, Mass., Adam Thurston and his wife, Brianna Thurston, and his grandson Cameron Thurston of Southwest Harbor; sisters, Alice Berndtson and husband, John, of Pittsfield, Mass.; Linda Dow and husband, George, of Southwest Harbor; brother, Jim Thurston of Bass Harbor; and many nieces and nephews. Gene was predeceased by his mother and father, and stepmother Erma Thurston; his brother Fred Thurston; and his great-nephew Josh McInvale.

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 5 Ocean House Road in Southwest Harbor, on Monday, June 26, at 11 a.m.

Contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to the Southwest Harbor Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or the Southwest Harbor Lions Club, P.O. Box 745, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial and Cremation Direct.

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