Lynne Caswell

Nov 13, 2017

Lynne Curtis Caswell of Topsham passed away at home Monday, Nov. 6, after a long illness. She was 69.

She was born in Belfast on Nov. 11, 1947, to the late Theodore Wood Curtis and Joyce Merrithew Curtis. A graduate of Belfast Area High School in Belfast, Lynne began dating her future husband, Edward Caswell, during their sophomore year. They married on June 10, 1968. Lynne graduated from the University of Maine in 1970 with a BA in art.

The early years of their marriage were spent in Morrill on the family farm. At "Alderdown" they welcomed two children and spent nearly a decade homesteading the farm previously owned by Lynne's grandparents, Lester and Bertha (Jackson) Merrithew.

In 1979, Lynne relocated with her family to Topsham. She enjoyed work as a substitute teacher and reading tutor in the local school system, and more than 10 years as an office manager at Caswell Engineering, PA.

Lynne always enjoyed time shared with family. The eldest of five, she remained close to her siblings, to whom she was part mentor, cheerleader, and protector. She was a loving wife, supportive mom, doting grandmother, and an encouraging aunt who delivered strong opinions with a sense of humor.

In retirement, Lynne was able to pursue some of her lifelong interests. She embodied the principle of 'think globally, act locally' by participating in many local environmental groups. As an avid gardener, joyful dancer, voracious reader and visual artist, Lynne continued to grow and learn. She found endless inspiration in nature and a special peace at the ocean. A gifted writer, her final journal entries shared messages of hope and love—a lasting gift for family and friends.

Lynne is survived by her husband Edward Caswell of Topsham; children Emily Caswell and husband Ossian Riday of Topsham, and Jud Caswell and wife Marsene of Brunswick; grandchildren Bronwyn, Tristan, Eleanor, and Gemma; siblings Randy Curtis and wife Jackie of Belfast, Anne Walker of Northport, Nathan Curtis and wife Debbie Middleswart of Searsport, and Laurie Johnson and husband Steve of Swanville; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite environmental organization.

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