Christopher Naylor Caswell, 65, of Nobleboro died Saturday, February 5, at the Sussman Hospice House, Rockport, after a well-fought battle against prostate cancer. He was born on September 24, 1956, at Miles Memorial Hospital, the son of Stearns and Gloria Caswell.
Chris attended Damariscotta’s Castner Grammar School and graduated from Lincoln Academy, class of 1975, where he joined the golf team, a sport he pursued for the rest of his life. He was an avid follower of LA sports, especially basketball, and for 35-plus years attended games with his steadfast friend and fellow classmate, Buddy Poland. In 2013 they were named LA Co-Fans of the Year.
Chris, a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan, also was a regular participant in various softball and bowling leagues, and tried his best never to miss an opportunity for a snowmobiling or motorcycling adventure.
In 1985, he established Caswell Painting and by word-of-mouth advertising built a loyal customer base throughout the Damariscotta region. His red, early-1960s vintage panel truck, complete with an octopus logo, was a familiar sight on Lincoln County roads during the spring and summer months.
He is survived by his partner, Melissa Kelley of Jefferson, her daughters Erin and Madeline; his son, Callen Caswell, and former wife, Rosana Vedasto of Nobleboro; his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Diane Caswell of Gorham; his nieces, Jenna (Caswell) Drouin of Amherst, N.H., Aimee (Caswell) Hine of Cincinnati, Ohio; and grandnephew, River Hine of Cincinnati.
Finally, we want to underscore how meaningful friendships were to Chris. He made numerous close, longtime friends, all of whom brought joy and happiness to his life right up to the end.
A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in his name to The Maine Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to making sure that every dollar raised is invested in local cancer-fighting programs that directly benefit Maine people. You can make a contribution online or mail a contribution to Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, Maine 04105. If you have questions, call them at 207-773-2533.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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