John Bischof, artist, boat designer-builder, compass adjuster, educator, grandfather, flutist, friend, partner, sailor, storyteller and volunteer, passed away peacefully Sept. 29, at his home in Sedgwick with his family. Born Oct. 16, 1925, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was educated at Syracuse University, Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve Hospital Corps during WWII. His 30-year teaching career spanned public schools in Cape Elizabeth, Swan’s Island and Albany High School. His arts media included letter carving, wood engraving, bronze and aluminum casting, with exhibits, competitions and commissions.
He is survived by his loving partner, Virginia “Winkie” Doris of Sedgwick; stepdaughters Phoebe Alexiades of Montecito Calif., and Alison Carey of Blue Hill; step-grandsons of California, George Alexiades, Valentin Santana and André Reinero, whom he adored and sailed with from the Benjamin River. He was predeceased by Mary Grace Canfield, his actress-wife of 25 years, and Grace Bischof of his first marriage.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society or Swan’s Island Educational Society are appreciated. For close friends, caregivers and hospice workers, a celebration of life is scheduled Oct. 18, 4 p.m. at his home.