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Andrew Nelson Stover

Date of Death: June 12, 2024

Date of Birth: June 10, 1952

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ANDREW NELSON STOVER

June 10, 1952 to June 12, 2024

Andrew Nelson Stover (Andy), accomplished mechanical engineer, wood worker, boatbuilder, fly fisherman, water colorist, gardener and chef, left this life on June 12, 2024. 

 

Andy was born on June 10, 1952, in Lackawanna, New York.  He filled his 72 years with adventure, re-building and sailing old wooden boats throughout New England, tying flies and fly fishing in Northern Maine, water color painting everywhere he went, extensively renovating old houses, tackling projects that most others wouldn’t dream of touching, and completing them with meticulous expertise.  He did all of this in his off-work hours.

 

He moved with his family to Topsfield, MA, in 1955, where he attended Topsfield Elementary School, then Masconomet Regional High School through his junior year, where he excelled in playing the trumpet, the long jump and pole vaulting.  He was forever proud that he long held a school pole vaulting record with his name and details noted on a plaque in the school’s gymnasium.  Andy’s senior year of high school was spent at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, ME, from which he graduated in 1970.

 

After a season of working for cargo airlines in Alaska, Andy attended North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA, and later the University of Massachusetts Lowell (1978 to 1983), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

 

From 1991 to 1995, Andy was General Manager at Utilities Supply Corporation in Malden, MA.

 

In 1995 he started his own manufacturers representative business, ANS Marketing, in the commercial water purification industry, earning awards for his sales records with several companies, including Plast-O-Matic Valves in Cedar Grove, NJ, and Blue White Industries in Huntington Beach, CA.  Andy retired in 2022.

 

Andy married Janice (Dow) Tallaksen in 1996 in Amesbury, MA, and they shared many years of adventure on and off of boats in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Florida.  In 2001 they moved to their project home in Cundy’s Harbor, ME, to enjoy its beautiful working harbor and village and explore its surrounding coves and islands and shoreline.

 

Andy was predeceased by his father Alcot Haynes Stover (1924-2012), his mother

Laura Mae Elkins Stover (1924-2021), and brother-in-law Kenneth Lindsay (1951-2021).

 

In addition to Jan Stover, his partner and wife of 30 years of Westbrook, ME, Andy leaves behind his step-son Matthew Tallaksen of Westbrook, ME; step-daughter Jill and her husband Tim McMahon of Portland, ME; grandsons Finnbahr and Henry McMahon of Portland, ME;  brother Gregory Stover and wife Synnove of Plummer, Idaho; sister Karyn Lindsay of Nantucket; nephews Gregory Stover, Jr. and his wife Missy of Fairbanks, AK; Nathan Lindsay and his partner Aubrey Zagrabelny of New Orleans, LA; nieces Tammy Morris and her fiance Cory Carnes of Fairbanks, Alaska; McCall Stover of Post Falls, Idaho, Courtney Theo of Spokane, WA; great nieces Taylor Stover, Emily Morris, Ella Sandau; and great nephew Levi Gardiner.

 

Andy was loved and revered by so many.  All are welcome to come and remember him at a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 19, 11:00 AM, at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Church, 863 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, ME.

 

Should anyone wish to honor Andy with a memorial gift, checks may be written to: 

CHVFD (Cundy’s Harbor Volunteer Fire Department)

and mailed to:  CHFVD, c/o Burton Taylor, 45 Taylor Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079.

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