Gerald Lee Rumney, 87, known to friends as “Jerry” or “Red,” died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at his residence. He passed peacefully in his home overlooking Mosman Park and and is now with the Lord.

Jerry was born May 2, 1933, to Phyllis V. Sambrook and Russell E. Rumney Sr. He was raised by his grandparents, Charles and Inez Sambrook of Searsport. He is survived by his brother Harry F. Rumney, 83, of Norridgewock, and wife Fawn and children Gerald “Jerry” Rumney, who was his namesake, and wife Michelle; Steve Rumney and wife Linda; Dawn Thivierge and husband Mike; Dorene Jackman, Crystal Jackman and Bill Jackman and wife Joanne; also his brother Russell Rumney Jr., 85, of Dunnellon, Fla., and wife Caroline and children David Rumney and wife Vicki, Diane Arnold and husband Craig, and Mark Rumney; along with all the nieces and nephews; his sister Phyllis June Court, 86, of North Berwick and children Tim Court and Terri Court and niece Jo-Lynn. Also survived by his aunts, Lorna Martin and Jackie Pratt, along with his cousin Angela, who had been a support to him the last several years of his life; as well as many extended family members.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Phyllis; his sister Sally; and his nephews, Todd and Tim.

At an early age, Jerry went to live with his grandparents, Charles and Inez Sambrook, in Searsport while his father, Russel Rumney Sr., served in the National Guard during World War II, stationed in Pearl Harbor. It was with Charles and Inez that Jerry spent his childhood. After high school, Jerry enlisted in the Air Force, where he served for 21 years and retired with an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant. He was deployed twice to Vietnam, was awarded the Bronze Star and attained many other accomplishments and recognitions. Jerry was proud of his service to the United States of America and would often speak of people he served with and met in his travels.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, Jerry went home to Searsport, where he continued his government employment at the “Tank Farm.” Many also know Jerry as the former co-owner of Fox Landing, “Foxy’s,” in Belfast, and he also co-owned The Mariners Restaurant in Searsport.

Jerry served for over 40 years with the Searsport Lions Club, giving selflessly to his community that he adored, including the Searsport United Methodist Church. Jerry was a generous man to all and was full of love to give. He often hosted friends at his home in Searsport and loved sharing his front row view of the annual Mosman Park Fourth of July fireworks on his deck. Jerry also enjoyed his winters in Zephyrhills, Fla., for many years. Jerry was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his friends.

Jerry was extremely honored to have his brother Harry’s son named after him. He often boasted, “He has my name” to his friends. Never having been married or had any children of his own, he was grateful that his name would carry on and he was grateful to spend time with his great-nieces, Alexis and Samantha, and watch them grow over the years. He often remarked that they were the kids he never had. He always looked forward to visits from his nephew Jerry and his family and his niece Dawn and her husband.

Jerry was a friend to many. In the last year of his life, Jerry would often say, “If I die tomorrow, it will be OK, I lived a good life, I did what I wanted to, and had a lot of fun. I’m happy!” Some of his very close friends include Harriet and Bill, whom he loved very much; Colleen, her son Aaron, her daughters Brooke and Brianne and Brianne’s children Landon and Kinsley; and longtime friends Tina and Fran and Jack and Josh. There are too many to name, but you know who you are. The family would like to thank all his friends and neighbors for looking in on him and spending time with him while he was homebound.

Visiting hours will be at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, Saturday March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. A graveside service is to be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry’s wishes were to have donations made to either Searsport United Methodist Church on Main Street or the Lions Club in Searsport.

Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Searsport (mitchelltweedieyoung.com).