Walter R. Sweet


Walter R. Sweet of Hulls Cove died on April 20, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Hulls Cove, the son of Sherley and Charlotte Jane (Patterson) Sweet.

Walter had a colorful life. He grew up on Sweet’s Dairy Farm in Hulls Cove. He left home during the Korean War to tour the Pacific in the U.S. Navy. When he returned home, he attended the University of Maine in Orono. He was a builder and a real estate broker in Bar Harbor and Bangor and taught real estate as an adjunct professor at UMO. An avid hunter and fisherman, Walter was also a 33rd Degree Mason, an Anna Temple Shriner and a member of the Mount Desert Island Lions Club. He was a U.S. Customs agent for many years and had multiple business ventures in Maine and Florida. He was quite a presence. Walter commanded attention and always had a story to tell.

Walter was married for 10 years to Betsy Flynn and leaves a daughter, Lissa Sweet Thompson, and her husband, Randy, and grandchildren: Andrew Thompson, Whitney Thompson Callnan and her husband, Jacob, and their children Emma, Ethan, Connor and Sydney; niece Meriby Sweet, nephew Pedrick Sweet and his wife Johanna, and their children and grandchildren.

Walter had many close friends and relationships over the years, living out his later years in South Florida. There, he left behind dear friend, Ophelia Best, and longtime business partners Len Smith and Linda L. Dyer Rainwater. Walter was predeceased by his parents: Sherley and Charlotte Sweet; his brothers, Marc and Richard Sweet; sister-in-law, Jane Sweet; his aunts, uncles and many cousins, including Bill Sweet, who was like a brother to him when they were young.

A short graveside committal service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, on Sept. 15, 2018, at noon, with a gathering immediately following at the Chart Room Restaurant, Hulls Cove, for all who would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Walter in a special way may donate to Lions Club, Recycle for Sight, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Department 4547, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4547 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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