UNION — Arnold A. Allen Jr., 70, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at home with his family by his side. He fought a yearlong battle with leukemia.

Born in Rockland, he was the son of Arnold A. and Dorothy Tripp Allen. He attended Rockland schools. As a teenager he worked lobstering and helped his dad build a boat. At age 18 he began working with Russell Fish, who became a lifelong friend.

While attending dances at Rockland Rec Center, he met Louise Beote. They were married May 20, 1972, and soon after moved to Union, where they made their home and raised their two children.

Arnold continued working with Russell Fish until December 1991, when he began employment with Prock Marine Co., where he worked the next 28 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2019.

Arnold was an avid outdoorsman. He grew up hunting, fishing and camping with his dad, all of which he enjoyed doing with his children, nephew Jamie and grandchildren. The month of November always brought a crowd to the house for hunting, coffee, doughnuts and lots of stories. In 2020 he won a moose tag, at which time he and his son shared a memorable hunting trip and tagged out with a bull.

Family camping trips were always a great adventure, from trips to the remote Maine woods and riding the Golden Road looking for wildlife to local campgrounds. There were always lots of laughs at the campfire and tons of bass fishing. We would hold our own family fishing competition and Arnold always managed to out-fish us all.

Arnold was a great handyman and enjoyed working around his home. He was always willing to lend a hand to family or a friend. For many years he could be found with the “boys” at McDonald’s, having coffee.

Other than his parents, Arnold was predeceased by three brothers, James Allen, Donald Mansfield and Richard Mansfield. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Louise; his daughter, Susan L. Martz and her husband, Edwin, all of Union; his son, David A. Allen and fiancée Rachel Lynn Hendrick of Thomaston; his siblings, Edward Allen and his wife Julie of Union; Donna Emery of Rockland; Shirley Quigley and her husband Stephen of Holiday, Fla.; Diane Allen of Union; and Kathy Bassard and her husband Bill, of Brunswick; three grandchildren, Anna Martz, Dylan Martz and Jillian Martz; four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Eastin, Maddox and Ophelia; a special nephew, Jamie Spaulding of Vassalboro, whom he considered a son; many nieces and nephews; as well as extended family members and close friends.

An informal celebration of Arnold’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at LLS New England, P.O. Box 22471, New York, NY 10087, or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or story with Arnold’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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