Judith Petnov Wilson



Palmetto, Fla., formerly of SOUTHWEST HARBOR

Judith P. Wilson of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of Southwest Harbor, passed away on March 14, 2020. While in the hospital having a surgical procedure that became complicated by her muscular dystrophy, Judi never recovered from the surgery and passed away the following day in a hospice center.

Judi was born Judith Libby Petnov in Milford, Mass., on April 28, 1950. After living for a short time in Sharon, Mass., Judi’s family moved to Lexington, Mass., where she graduated from Lexington High School in 1968. Judi excelled in high school and went on to college at the University of Maine in Orono. While at the University of Maine, Judi belonged to the “All Maine Women” honor society and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, where she was the president in her senior year of college. Judi graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Upon graduating from college, Judi went on to teach at the East School in the elementary school system of Hingham, Mass., for nine years before moving to Southwest Harbor. While in Maine, Judi taught elementary school in Bar Harbor before going to work in the boating industry. For the next 31 years, Judi worked as an assistant service manager at Bass Harbor Marine and the Hinckley Yacht Co. before retiring.

Judi enjoyed traveling around the country as well as in the Caribbean and Bahamas islands. Sailing aboard Malish, cross-country skiing, biking and hiking in Acadia National Park, snow shoeing and fly fishing were some of Judi’s active interests. Visiting museums in New England and Florida interested the quiet side of Judi. Since the beginning as a charter member of the Bass Harbor Yacht Club, Judi went on to become the commodore of the yacht club after holding all of the other ranks.

Judi is survived by her husband of 43 years, David C. Wilson of Palmetto, Fla., her brother-in-law Richard Wilson of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and her sister Terri Petnov and husband Andy Herrschaft and son Gene Herrschaft, all of Portland. Judi also leaves behind a very special aunt, Edith Levy, of Lexington, Mass., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

To all of Judi’s friends, please raise a glass of wine in a toast to a fond memory of Judi.