Herbert Lincoln Fenno

Barefoot Bay, Fla.

Herbert Lincoln Fenno, Linc, as he was known to nearly all, died at his home in Barefoot Bay, Fla., on Sept. 26, 2021. Linc was born in Providence, R.I., on June 28, 1929, to Jesse and Sarah (Starkweather) Fenno. Son, brother, father, husband, cousin, uncle, friend — Linc’s was a life well lived. He had an interesting childhood and lived in various locations in the Northeast as his father was at times an innkeeper, a pilot and airport owner and an antiques dealer. Linc learned at an early age to ski, sail and pilot a plane, and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and travel. He also perhaps inherited some of his parents’ penchant for change and variety. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1951, Linc started a 20-plus-year career with the WT Grant Co. He soon met his first wife, MaryLou (Morgan).

They married in 1955 and had three daughters, Susan, Nancy and Jane. Linc’s career took them all over the Northeast, with a fortuitous yearlong stop in Augusta. During this time, Linc and MaryLou bought a summer home on Lake Cobbossee, which was to serve as the beloved family base for the 50 years to come. After working four years in the New York City headquarters, Linc decided it was time to quit the “rat race” and run a business in Maine. He and MaryLou, along with his younger brother Steve and wife, Martha, soon bought Aqualand, an animal park in Bar Harbor. This involved a steep learning curve for all (!) from how to feed abandoned harbor seal pups to how to tranquilize and transport a moose the times when “Susie the Moose was loose”! After a couple of years, Linc and MaryLou branched out and bought the High Seas Restaurant. The High Seas was renowned for its live music, its signature cocktail (Hop Skip), bountiful smorgasbord and the best blueberry muffins. In 1978, Linc and MaryLou went their separate ways and in 1979 Linc married his wife of now 42 years (!), Dencie (Anthony) Fenno.

After many more years running the High Seas together, Linc and Dencie decided to open a special gift shop full of whimsey and wizards in Bar Harbor, the Cubby Hole. They ran their shop for many years, including during the Beanie Baby Craze. Even today, it is hard to find a local (of a certain age) who at some point in their lives did not cross paths with the Fennos at the High Seas, Aqualand or the Cubby Hole. Linc really enjoyed interacting with the public and worked long past the time when most would have thought of retiring. Some of his favorite events were the Pajama Party and the Midnight Madness sales at the Cubby Hole, for among other reasons because they involved serving cookies. Linc was a firm believer in the importance of cookies and was often known for having dessert first when dining out. Linc and Dencie loved their snowbird years in Barefoot Bay, where they have so many friends and many memories of boating on the Indian River, visits to EPCOT and Disney, playing dice and dominoes and watching the birds on the waterway.

Linc was known for his kind and generous spirit, his even temperament, his wicked card playing skills (Hearts!) and his warm sense of humor. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Dencie, his stepson, Jason Tripp; his younger brother Steve; his daughters Susan (Tom Rader), Nancy (Bob Buck – deceased), Jane (Peter Vaux), grandchildren Alex Rader; Jake, Kyle and Sam Buck; Kaitlyn, Molly and Hannah Vaux; along with great-grandchildren Tanner Seura, Julia, Raegan and Remy Buck; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, MaryLou, his brother John and wife Grace, his sister-in-law Martha and his son-in-law Bob.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Linc’s favorite libraries: South Mainland Library, Barefoot Bay, Fla., or Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor. There will a celebration of Linc’s life on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 28 County Road, Bar Harbor, at 1 p.m. (outside under a tent), followed by refreshments.

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