Vernon “Bunny” Roger Pinkham, 85, passed unexpectedly June 27, 2018 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. He was born at his childhood home in Steuben on August 18, 1932.
Bunny was the second born of nine children; he had seven brothers and one sister, whom they all cherished. It’s said he got his nickname from his siblings due to his larger than normal ears. The funny nickname stuck and suited him well, considering he had a sense of humor that matched his ears in size. Along with his sizeable ears and fun attitude, Bunny also had a huge heart. After graduating eighth grade, he stopped school to help support his family by working on his father’s lobster boat. A few years later at 17, Bunny swapped lobster boats for Navy ships. While serving, he made friends with a shipmate. One weekend he visited his mate’s Virginia home, and lo and behold, met the love of his life, Sue; his shipmate’s sister.
Bunny and Sue married on April 28, 1957 in Richmond, Virginia where they would reside for more than 45 years. During the early years, a daughter, Linda, and a son, Larry, were born and he transitioned from the Navy to driving trucks for McLean Trucking. In between being a dad and a driver for 25 years, he went fishing and hunting as much as possible. In fact, fishing was his main reason for moving back to Steuben a year after Sues passing in 2001; losing her battle with cancer.
Moving back to Maine was a breath of fresh air for Bunny. He created his new homestead within 2 miles of 3 of his brothers. In addition to spending time with his brothers and their extended families, he loved being outside. Casting his rod and reel at the lobster pound in Steuben was high on his list of favorite things. (The list also included riding his four-wheeler, playing around on his tractor, and driving his prized truck equipped with dual exhaust… loud enough to announce his arrival.) After getting enough fish to have a “mess” to eat, he’d give the rest to anyone willing to take them. Giving was one of Bunny’s best qualities. Whether it be his catch of the day, clam fritters and crab cakes, or chocolate covered peanuts (his signature sought after Christmas gift), he was always in the giving mood.
Bunny is survived by his two children, Linda Pinkham and Larry Pinkham; two grandchildren, Michelle McDonald and Michael McDonald, and a great-grandson, Shawn McDonald all of Virginia; four siblings, Earle “Perky” Pinkham and wife Terrie of Steuben; Vivian (Pinkham) Dean of South Portland; Rodney Pinkham and wife Marion of Steuben; and Carleton “Carly P” Pinkham Jr. and wife Judy of Steuben. Additionally he is survived by many special nieces and nephews. Bunny was predeceased by his wife, Sue (Rutherford) Pinkham; his parents, Carleton Pinkham Sr., Julia (Dyer) Pinkham, and stepmother, Emma, as well as four brothers, Carroll Pinkham, Herbert Pinkham, Ivan Pinkham, and William Pinkham.
Bunny’s generous and lighthearted nature will be missed by all lucky enough to have known him.
“There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.” –Jack Nicklaus
A memorial service will be held at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Milbridge at 2pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. There will be light refreshments immediately following at Seaworthy Event Center, 23 Main Street, Milbridge.
Memorial Service, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 2pm, Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Milbridge.