Bennett T. Scheuer was 62 when he passed away unexpectedly in the company of loved ones at Pen Bay Medical Center, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.
Born in New York City on April 19, 1948, the son of Simon and Mathilda Scheuer, he grew up in Larchmont, New York and received his B.A. 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 boatbuilding 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’ Creekmore, and spent the next seventeen years in the Caribbean, cruising and chartering. It was during this time that Scheuer 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, Scheuer 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, and was a mentor to many children of his friends and relatives.
In 2003, Scheuer bought a home in Camden, Maine, making a final move in 2005. Always an enthusiastic volunteer, he soon became involved with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, receiving “Tutor of the Year” award in 2010. He also volunteered with Fishes and Loaves Soup Kitchen and was on the Board of Directors for Youth Arts, providing arts enrichment to area schools. 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.
In addition to his love for flying, Scheuer 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, Minnesota.
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.
Scheuer is survived by his mother, Mathilda (Tillie) Scheuer of New York City; his brother, Lee and wife Kim Scheuer, of Portola Valley, California and part-time Camden residents; his sister Lauren and husband Steven Mishlove of Phoenix, Arizona; his nephews Todd and Adam Scheuer, Jordan and Jared Mishlove, his niece Jessica Mishlove; and his step-brother Rick Goldstein of Los Angeles. In addition, he will be deeply missed by his extended family, his Jacobs Avenue neighborhood, innumerable friends in the mid-coast area and countless friends around the world who considered him ‘family’.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Scheuer’s favorite organizations: WestEd, Institute for Excellence in Early Education, 1550 The Alameda #100, San Jose, CA 95126-2323; Global Grassroots, 45 Lyme Road, Suite 206, Hanover, NH 03755 www.globalgrassroots.org; Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, 28 Lincoln Street, Rockland, ME 04841.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Bennett Scheuer held at the Camden Yacht Club, Camden, Maine, at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, October 3, 2010. All friends and family are invited to attend.