Gerard Edwin Haraden, 89, of Bar Harbor, died on Feb. 10, 2019. He was born Aug. 13, 1929, the son of Shirley and Sylvia (Brewer) Haraden, in the house his grandfather built on Cottage Street.
Gerard graduated from Bar Harbor High School in the Class of 1947. He studied civil engineering at the University of Maine, graduating with distinction in 1951. Fresh from college, he was commissioned an ensign with the U.S Coast & Geodetic Survey, the agency responsible for making nautical charts. He retired with the rank of captain after an adventure-filled 28-year career. He worked on eight survey ships, mostly in Alaska and on the West Coast, performing hydrographic and oceanographic operations, serving as commanding officer on four of them. He was observer-in-charge of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System in Hawaii in the early ’60s. He retired as the deputy director of the Atlantic Marine Center in Norfolk, Va. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal. He was a genuine Downeast sea captain.
He met Jane Eastman when she was working at the Frenchman Bay Boating Co. on the town wharf for the summer, and they married in 1952. They raised two sons while moving more than 25 times for various assignments. Their life as a family was also adventure-filled with exploring their new homes, camping, boating and enjoying the outdoors. After all the official travel, Jane and Gerard traveled the world as tourists, including return trips to Alaska, from their base in Bar Harbor. Gerard spent a year as “carpenter’s apprentice” building their retirement home. He became interested in town affairs and served on several boards and committees. Later they moved to the family property on Long Pond, where he pursued his hobbies of gardening, bird carving and sitting on the porch watching the loons. He was especially protective of the loons that returned to the pond annually. Several chicks fledged from the nesting rafts he designed and built. They loved living on the pond and moved to Birch Bay Retirement Village when care of the property became too much.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons Tom and wife, Jenny (Morley), of Castle Valley, Utah, and Jim of Bozeman, Mont.; and brother Bob of Bozeman, Mont.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Desert Island YMCA, 21 Park St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; Bar Harbor Congregational Church UCC, 29 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; Mount Desert Island Hospital, 10 Wayman Lane, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.