Bennett T. Scheuer, 62, died unexpectedly in the company of loved ones at Penobscot Bay Medical Center Aug. 10, 2010.

Born in New York City April 19, 1948, a son of Simon and Mathilda Scheuer, he grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and received his bachelor of arts in general studies in 1972 from the University of Miami, where he also taught photography.

After owning Gallery Obskura in Coconut Grove for a few years, he attended the boat-building school at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, then opened Knock on Wood boatbuilding shop in Miami, where he built Bruce Bingham fiberglass Trinkas. Eventually he built his own cruising boat, a 34-foot Creekmore, and spent the next 17 years in the Caribbean, cruising and chartering. It was during this time that Bennett was married to the former Judy Dickens of Miami. It was also during this time that he became an accomplished joke-teller and a master at magic tricks.

In the mid-’90s, Bennett moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoyed many years of being a very active uncle with his niece and nephews, and built a trailerable Phil Bolger boat that he could travel the continent with behind his car. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, tutored English as a second language, was indispensable in an annual community Halloween program for children, and was a mentor to many children of his friends and relatives.

Bennett came to Maine in 2003 after cruising the Maine coast several times and purchased his current home in Camden, making the permanent move in 2005. Always an enthusiastic volunteer, he soon became involved with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, receiving the Tutor of the Year award in 2010. He also volunteered with Rockland’s Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen and was on the board of directors for Youth Arts.

Having obtained his private pilot’s license in California, he joined the Knox County Flying Club and later the Belfast Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. In 2009, he began building his own single-engine aircraft in his backyard shop, a project which remains sadly unfinished.

In addition to his love for flying, Bennett also enjoyed motorcycles. He was a founding member of Jabbers, a lighthearted neighborhood gang of motorcycle enthusiasts. In June of this year, he joined his brother, Lee, and sister-in-law, Kim, for a motorcycle ride from California to Maine. A highlight of the trip was the Spam Museum in Austin, Minn.

A man of many talents, it seemed that Bennett’s primary interest has always been people. He kept in touch with hundreds of people on an almost daily basis — people from all walks of life. He had a true knack for caring about others, always “took the time to take the time,” and was known for being a good listener, for his curiosity and knowledge of many subjects, and for his sense of humor, playfulness and ready smile.

Bennett is survived by his mother, Mathilda “Tillie” Scheuer of New York City; a brother, Lee, and his wife, Kim Scheuer, of Portola Valley, Calif., and part-time Camden residents; a sister, Lauren, and her husband, Steven Mishlove, of Phoenix; four nephews, Todd and Adam Scheuer, Jordan and Jared Mishlove; a niece, Jessica Mishlove; and a stepbrother, Rick Goldstein, of Los Angeles. In addition, he will be deeply missed by his extended family, his Jacobs Avenue neighborhood, innumerable friends in the Midcoast and countless friends around the world who all considered him family.

Bennett was an organ donor and after cremation his body will be buried at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Bennett’s favorite organizations: WestEd, Institute for Excellence in Early Education, 1550 The Alameda #100, San Jose, CA 95126; Global Grassroots, 45 Lyme Road, Suite 206, Hanover, NH 03755, or Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, 28 Lincoln St., Rockland, ME 04841.

There will be a celebration of life for Bennett Scheuer held at the Camden Yacht Club Sunday, Oct. 3, at noon. All friends and family are invited to attend.