, Newburyport, MA

July 16, 2013

Robert Earle, 71

ST. GEORGE, ME and NEWBURYPORT, MA — Robert J. Earle, 71, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at his home here after an extended illness. Born in Cohasset, Mass., on June 24, 1942, he was the son of Clark C. and Mary Gaffney Earle. From the age of four, Bob and his sister, Barbara Earle, were raised by foster parents, James and Gertrude McMaster in Merrimac, Mass.

He attended local schools and was a 1960 graduate of Pentucket High School. Two of the most influential people in Bob’s life, were Mrs. Grace Leslie and Mary Anne Norman, who fostered his great interest in music. Bob ultimately attended New England Conservatory of Music, where he majored in organ. He was a 1977 graduate of New Hampshire Technical Institute, earning his degree as a registered nurse.

For several years, Bob worked in various hospitals along the East Coast. In 1990, he moved to Maine to become director of nursing at Shore Village Nursing Center in Rockland, where he worked until 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he worked as a nurse with Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Care, Rockland. From 1996 to 1998, he enjoyed working as a sternman with John Hall, lobstering out of Port Clyde. Twice from 1992 to 1994, and 1998 until retiring due to illness in 2012, Bob was able to fulfill his love of music, serving as organist at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Rockland.

Bob loved being near the ocean, music and reading.

Other than his parents and foster parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Earle Jans, in 2010. He is survived by many friends, and his partner of 16 years, Herbert D. Coburn.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Bob Gagnon Cancer Care Center, or Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice both c/o PenBay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841, or St. George Firefighters and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Bob’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at

A Requiem Mass and Funeral was held at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 12, at St. Peters Episcopal Church, White Street, Rockland. The Reverends Ralph Moore and James Bocchino will co-officiate, with The Rev. Peter Jenks assisting. Interment will be in Achorn Cemetery, Old County Road, Rockland.