Frank Wareham

Oct 13, 2016

Frank Livingstone Wareham II of Belfast passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

Born to Frank and Martha Wareham of Marquette, Mich., April 16, 1939, Frank graduated from Marquette High in ’57. Lettering in football and track, and active in the chorus and theater, he was a sweet-talking and fast-walking kind of guy. Frank graduated from Northern Michigan University in ’63 with a BS in educational administration.

His passion was music. He had some “smooth pipes” and was accomplished on the piano, accordion and tuba. In ’66, on a tip from a friend, he applied for the music teacher position at Belfast Area High School. His favorite remembrance of the interview was being asked by the board members: “Now what church do you plan on attending?” ... someone was hoping for a new organ player! Frank never left, bringing music to Belfast for 40-plus years, he became a fixture in the community. He taught for 22 years, and played at just about any gin joint, nursing home or function that would have him. In between he traveled the world, hitting five continents. He was active in local community politics, volunteered at the recycling center, supported the Co-op and was an ardent supporter of the arts community. It is fair to say that Frank was one of many “small, vibrant pieces of energy” that saw Belfast transform from a gritty industrial town to one of the economic success stories of Maine. He loved his land and gardens. He loved trees and lived to laugh. A storyteller with an infectious smile, he was a fun guest to have at your dinner table … and he got many free meals from just that.

Frank is survived by his son Stone; daughter Jenny; grandchildren Rylie, Isabelle, Asa, and Julia and their mother Celeste; Lucie, mother of Stone and Jenny; long-time partner Cathy; sister Auntie Boss; and nephews Stuart and Timothy.

In lieu of donations, Frank would like it if you planted a tree, made someone laugh, lend a helping hand or just sing a song and pass it along. We’ll miss you Frank.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Searsport United Methodist Church on Main Street with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell officiating. A reception in the church vestry will follow.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services Searsport.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Susan M Thompson | Oct 14, 2016 13:35

Mr. Wareham was such an important part of my High School experience.  He stretched us to appreciate music of all types and we had so much fun with it.  He directed plays that we all thoroughly enjoyed and were able to develop other friendships we would normally have never thought possible, directed small performance groups, taught history of music.  Even after high school, when I would see him at places he was playing and entertaining he never forgot me but would still encourage me to sing again.  He influenced my life so much and music continues to be an important part of my life.  Thank you Frank!  

Susan Higgins Thompson, Class of 1973.

Posted by: Melvin J. Box | Oct 13, 2016 15:14

RIP Mr. Wareham. Melvin Box Class of 1970

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