Arthur E. Totman

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Machiasport, Maine-      Arthur Elisha Totman (Captain Art), 79 years of age died April 7, 2018 at the Marshall Health Care facility in Machias after a brief battle with Leukemia.

Art was born on July 17, 1938 in Bath, Maine to Captain Arthur Loring Totman and Ruth Morse. He married. Jean A. Goody of Bath on December 21, 1956.

Art enlisted in the National Guard and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force. After being

honorably discharged, he signed on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration in Bucks Harbor, retiring as the site supervisor in 1995.

Att was very civic minded and remained active in his community throughout his life. He served as the leader

for Troop 122 of Bucks Harbor, setved as the District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, was a long-time member of the Masous- remaining very proud to say that he was a past master of Warren Lodge No.2 of East Machias, member of the Bucks Harbor Baptist Church, served as a local school board member, was a founding member of the Pott-Starboard yacht club (serving as Commodore) and also served for a while as the Harbor Master for Bucks Harbor. Art was fascinated by boats of any kind from which he developed into a very successful marine surveying business for many years.

Captain Art was an accomplished and respected mariner. His life-long love affair with sailing was well known

by all who knew him. He enjoyed reading, loved music and attended many concerts and festivals throughout Atlantic Canada during his lengthy retirement years. His love for animals was unsurpassed and he cherished any pet that he ever owned. He also genuinely liked people and in return people liked him. He adored his children and always spoke highly of them to whoever he met.


Art is survived by his wife Jean of 61 years, cherished father to Debbie Whitman and husband Tom of Marshfield, Robin Beal and husband Scott of Baileyville, Melony Beal and husband Bill of Tyrone, Georgia, Loring Totman of Franklin and Tom Totman of  Bangor. Grandchildren: (that knew him as ''Pup") Megan LaPlant and husband Matthew, Chad Beal and boyfriend Sam, Kirby Murphy and husband Mike, Kelsey Beal,Jacob Beal, Sean. Whitman and girlfriend Catherine, Shelby Whitman and fiance' Jeremy, Christopher Totman, Amanda Totman and boyfriend Daniel.

Great Grand Children: Tyler and Ian LaPlant, Ryan and Carter Murphy and soon to arrive Mateo.

Art is also survived by a special cousin Norma Morse Smith, special daughter -in-law Jodi Totman, special friend Sylvia White and long- time sailing mate G.W. "Giffy" Full. And lastly, by his faithful canine companion Benjamin.

A masonic and memorial service will be held at the Bucks Harbor Baptist Church on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm with a reception immediately following the service. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home – Machias.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the dedicated professionals at Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Layfette Cancer Center and The Marshall Health Care facility that went out of their way to be certain Art and his family were well cared for and fully informed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter at 650 Barber Lane, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, Maine 04622.

" I am happy anywhere where I can see the ocean."


One Response to Arthur E. Totman

  1. Michael Hinerman says:

    My condolences to everyone. I have know Art from my elementary school days when he would come out and play touch football with us kids in the field near his house. He really had fun and we had a great time too. Since then Art and I always stopped and said hello and talked when time permitted. His passing will be a loss to the family he loved and to all those that knew him.
    Rest in peace Art.

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