APPLETON – David L. Ober, 67, died early Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, after a period of declining health.
Born in Camden, June 2, 1955, he was the son of Leland S. and Joan A. Rival Ober. David grew up in Islesboro, where he enjoyed what many would consider the idyllic life found only in an island community in Maine. He loved the island and had many stories to share, such as how he walked to school every day on a path in the woods that led him past his grandmother’s house where he stopped every morning to have fun. As well as tales of innocent mischief, including flying with a local pilot under a telephone wire and, after getting his license, finding out where the only ‘police officer’ sat waiting each night, then deliberately driving a few times at 5 miles under the speed limit.
He attended Islesboro schools and graduated in 1973 from Islesboro High School, where his class had five students. Although he always admitted that he didn’t really like school, he enjoyed recess and played basketball throughout his high school career.
Shortly after graduating, he ventured out “to see the world,” as he often said, and moved to Ocala, Florida. There he worked on a horse ranch, a business that lasted three months until David decided that maybe the grass wasn’t greener on the other side of the fence and nothing happened. closer to his mother’s kitchen.
After driving home, he returned to Islesboro where he worked with his father to learn the trade in his father’s building and construction business. In the mid-1970s he moved to the Continent and continued to learn building skills, working for Les Harvey, Carl Wood and Mickey Weaver before venturing out on his own.
In 1978, he started his own company, David L. Ober Builders, and gained recognition for building many homes in the area. He was well known not only for his exceptional skills and craftsmanship, but also for being “one of the honest”. Her daughter remembers meeting one of her former clients who said that not only had her father done a wonderful job, but he was the only person he had ever worked with who sent her a check after the end. work due to overpayment. In 2010 he took on a partner, Heath Barrett, and together they formed Ober & Barrett Builders. David officially retired from the construction industry at the end of 2020.
Never one to sit idly by, in preparation for his retirement, he purchased commercial property on Rt. 90 in Rockport, which he expanded and remodeled to include rental space and showcase opportunities. After acquiring one manlift, he acquired several others and started a manlift rental business. He also continued to work in the field of excavation. As the saying goes: he was busier in retirement than before.
In May 2022, he began teaching his daughter the art of entrepreneurship and worked tirelessly through the summer, while continuing to fight her medical battle, to teach her the ropes of the manlift company. and commercial leasing. He spent many hours sitting in his freighter with her patiently teaching her to drive and never once complained of whiplash.
He served his community in many low-key ways and was a member of the Rockport Fire Department for years when he was promoted to lieutenant.
He loved any kind of fishing or hunting, but never went hunting again after his son passed away in 2001. In the early 2000s, he decided to take on a new challenge and taught himself how to build his own tuna fishing boat and try his luck. sports news. He loved being on the water and spent many peaceful hours with his family and friends on the waters of Maine. After obtaining his captain’s license, he likes to share this passion and take people on fishing trips.
True to his island roots, he was a lover of all seafood, but especially lobster; eating lobster could be considered one of his favorite activities. He also had fun teasing his aunt in Virginia by sending her a picture of her dinner every time he ate lobster, an ongoing joke for the two of them. Although he liked to tease her, he also made sure there was huge lobster food for her whenever she went to town.
His daughter remembers her father as a “wealth of knowledge” and someone others looked up just for his advice or opinion. He was always ready to share and help in any way he could.
David had a dry Maine sarcasm, which sometimes left his listeners laughing or wondering what he had just said. He kept that sense of humor to the end, even taking a call from his own lobster man while he was in the ER, telling that person, “I guess I won’t need it for the moment.”
David, whenever he could, could be found having morning coffee with the guys. More recently, his favorite place was Tolman Pond Market. There was a time when this ritual took place at McDucks and further afield at the Rockport Diner. These morning coffee “meetings” always lead to lasting friendships that he treasured.
In 2001, David married his wife, Janice, and together they built a house in Rockport; before buying a property on Lake Sennebec where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Before his illness, they were often found on the sandy beach, enjoying the sun and relaxing. They later loved camping, or as his friends and family affectionately called it “Glamping”. David and Janice loved exploring new places, especially Arizona. But their favorite place in Maine was Downeast Jonesport.
Besides his parents, David was predeceased by his son, Adam Ober; his siblings, Donald and Diane Ober; and his business partner, Heath Barrett.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Janice Widdecombe Ober of Appleton; his daughter, Tina Ober Murray and her husband Chris and their children, Grayson and Oriana of Rockport; two daughters-in-law and their husbands, Betsey and Adam York and their children, Jacob and Lauren of Dawsonville, Georgia; Carrie and Jestin Merchant and their children, Mason and Hadley of Connor, Maine; the mother of David’s children, Dee Weaver Ober of Rockport; several nieces, nephews and close cousins as well as extended family members.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., and to attend a celebration of David’s life on Wednesday, October 26, at 1 p.m. Both will be held at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Rue Rockland. Interment will follow at Seaview Cemetery, Rockport.
While flowers are welcome, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Save Maine Lobstermen program online at savemainelobstermen.org or by mail to Maine Lobstermen’s Association, 2 Storer Street, Suite 203, Kennebunk, ME 34043.
To share a memory or story with David’s family, please visit their online memory book at www.bchfh.com