Capt. Robert M. Spear, 59, of Fiddler’s Reach Road died April 26, 2010, at his residence after a long illness.

Born in Rockland May 18, 1950, he was the middle son of Capt. C. W. and Bertha I. Spear of Phippsburg.

Rob graduated from Morse High School (class of 1968) and Maine Maritime Academy at Castine in 1972. After working briefly at the Gamage boatyard in South Bristol, he sailed on numerous vessels of the Exxon Shipping Company fleet in various deck officer capacities.

He left the company after sailing as master for a number of years and went directly into the employ of Coastal Corp. as a seagoing master. After five years with the Coastal fleet, he returned full-time to the Maine coast and began piloting vessels on Penobscot Bay and River, and in Bar Harbor. His active piloting years with the Penobscot Bay and River Pilots ended in 2004 due to complications resulting from his illness.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” Fisher, of Phippsburg, the current director of the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland; two children, Julie Spear, 27, of Charlotte, N.C., and Charles D. Spear of Phippsburg, class president of the 2010 graduating class at Morse High School in Bath; his brothers and sisters, Richard B. Spear and his wife, Shyla, of Phippsburg, Capt. John M. Spear and his wife, Laurel, of Westport Island, Margaret Spear and her husband, Ed Dinger, of Portland, Ore., and William T. Spear and his wife, Karen, of Portland.

Capt. Rob will be remembered as a skilled seaman and ship handler. However, his unfailing kindness and compassion for those around him were his most outstanding traits. He was often seen at Morse High School events supporting student activities and local teams, both varsity and intramural.

He was officially recognized at the last Morse home basketball game for his avid fan participation and loyalty, despite his challenging physical limitations. Rob was pleased and proud of his children and particularly enjoyed watching the growth and participation of his son, Charles, through his high school years.

A commemorative service was held May 1 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Burial, at a later date, by the family, will be in Morningside Cemetery in Phippsburg, where his ashes will rest beside his beloved parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Captain Spear Scholarship Fund (MMA), c/o Captain David Gelinas, Penobscot Bay and River Pilots, 18 Mortland Road, Searsport, ME 04974; Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530; Friends of Doubling Point Light, c/o Joyce G. Spencer, 140 Doubling Point Road, Arrowsic, MEĀ  04530; or Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are with the Desmond Funeral Home in Bath.