Vance Robert Frost

OBIT ISL-FrostHINGHAM, MASS. Vance Robert Frost, 84, of Hingham, Mass., formerly of Southwest Harbor, passed away suddenly on May 11, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Elsie V. LaCount.

Devoted father of Jackie and Jerry, cherished grandfather of Sean Goward, Owen Goward, Allison Frost and Christopher Frost, Vance Frost was predeceased by his brother Lyle and his sister Margie (Frost) Crosby, both of Maine, and his sister Maxine (Frost) Hendrick, of Massachusetts, and his first wife, née Elaine Haak.

Vance grew up on a farm in Cooper, the youngest of four siblings. He went to a one-room schoolhouse with a wood-burning stove for heat. His family’s home had no electricity. When Vance was 14 years old, he and his family moved to Southwest Harbor, where he thrived thanks to the excellent school system. After high school, Vance studied at Boston University and graduated with a degree in business. His work took him to Ohio, where he married and raised his family.

In the late 1950s, Vance was one of the early people involved in COBOL programming, and he taught classes on the subject. As the circulation and distribution manager of an industrial trade magazine company called Huebner Publications. His children remember sometimes seeing him at work in a room filled with a giant main-frame computer with magnetic tape reels and a key punch machine that generated IBM punch cards. Eventually, Vance started his own company providing magazine circulation management services.

But his sights were always on returning to Maine one day, and ultimately he retired there. Once back in Maine, and with the passing of his first wife, Vance reconnected with Elsie LaCount. They married in 2002.

A memorial service for Vance was held May 14 at the Linden Ponds retirement community, in Massachusetts. The burial of his ashes will occur around July 20 in Mount Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor.

Vance’s last conscious act was to step aside to allow someone using a walker to pass by him in a hallway by a stairwell in his retirement community. This gentlemanly gesture to make room for another sadly resulted in a terrible misstep that led to his fall down the stairs and his death.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vance’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

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