Lori Anne Rand

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Lori Anne Rand died peacefully in her sleep at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Dec. 9, 2016, after a year-and-a-half-long battle with liver cancer. Lori was with her loving family and friends when she passed. She was born in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day to parents Robert and Carol Lawson. Lori grew up in Dedham, Mass., where she attended Dedham High School (Class of 1972). Her postsecondary education was at Cape Cod Community College (Class of 1973) and Burdett Business School of Boston.

Lori moved to Mount Desert Island in the mid-’70s, where she helped start a small computer business. For years she worked the reception desk at the old Bar Harbor Times. She loved people and they loved her, most taken in by her sparkling blue eyes and mischievous smile. Lori married Roger Rand on May 5, 1984, (Cinco de Mayo). Roger’s son Joshua was 4 years old when they married. Lori helped raise Josh as well as adopting another son, Zachary, when he was just 3 weeks old.

Lori loved her home in Manset. Flowers were her passion and spring was her favorite time of year. She loved to dig in dirt, planting flowers she had picked out during winter. Sometimes she would be covered in dirt head to toe. Her other favorite place was the Rand family camp on Spring River Lake, where Lori loved to kayak, often bringing back rocks, beaver sticks, and feathers. Lori also found time to be involved in scouting. She helped found Pack 99 in Southwest Harbor. She moved on to become Scoutmaster of Troop 98 in Tremont. Lori went on to get her Wood Badge (Scouting’s Ph.D.). She did so well at Wood Badge, Lori was invited to be a Wood Badge instructor for a few seasons.

All this doesn’t seem so important until you know Lori did all this while confined to a wheelchair full time. Plus she dealt with chronic pain 24/7. Lori is survived by her husband of 32 years, Roger; in-laws June and Robert Rand; her son Josh; her son Zack and his family, Val, Leah, and Jacob; her predeceased brother Kenney’s daughter Kari; her brother-in-law Bob Rand and his family, Laura, Marisa, Warren, and Max; cousin Denice Crooker and her extensive family; and last but not least, dogs Zoe and Molly. Lori was loved and supported by many friends. She had a special bond with her posse: Carolyn, Sherrie, Diane and Helen.

A spring service will be held in Southwest Harbor on May 5, 2017. Send no flowers. Instead make donations in Lori’s name to: EMMC Cancer Center of Maine, Brewer, or www.emhsfoundation. org/emhs-foundation-donation-page. Many thanks to EMMC’s palliative care, staff, doctors and Hospice of Eastern Maine. LET’S CURE CANCER!!!

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