Lubec – Duwayne “Stacey” Simonson, 57, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 23, 2021. Stacey was born in Portland on November 5, 1963, son of Wilmer and Maxine (Denbow) Simonson.
Stacey was a jack of all trades. Over the years, he worked hard in the salmon industry, on the blueberry fields, fishing, clamming, tipping, diving, and dabbled in construction.
Stacey loved being outdoors and spending time with his friends and family, especially his children and grandchildren. Whether he was taking them fishing, having a fire on the beach, on an adventure, tormenting them, or teaching them one of his many tricks and jokes – all 13 of his grandchildren knew they were his “favorite”. He enjoyed “treasure hunting” and enjoyed collecting, crafting, and telling a story about the oddities he would find. Everything had a story.
Stacey was known for big smile, sparkling blue eyes, being a talker, his ability to tell a good yarn, his great sense of humor, his willingness to always lend a hand, and the ability to make light out of any situation. His love and friendship were unconditional with everyone he met.
In addition to his father Wilmer, Stacey was predeceased by his grandfather Ikey Denbow.
Surviving are his mother, Maxine Simonson of Lubec; grandmother Leona Denbow of Lubec; his four children – Shayna (Morong) Smart and partner Martin Skinner of Lubec, Nicholas Simonson and wife Justine of Cutler, Simone Simonson and partner Aaron Calor of Northfield, and Chad Simonson and partner Angela Seelye of Machias; his thirteen grandchildren, Bryanna, Reece, Addyson, Ava, Kisuhs, Keagan, Naryah, Lylah, Nico, Nevaeh, Hallie, Julian, and Elllis; three sisters, Melissa Burke and husband Dana of Orrington, Tammy Simonson and partner Rick Wright of Lubec, Melanie Bryer and fiancé Kevin of Ellsworth; his second family, Bruce and Susan Davis of Lubec, and their children, grandchildren, and extended family; very special friend, Teresa Ramsdell; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and friends that he loved like family.
The family wishes to thank the first responders and a special thanks to Gary, Marlene and Sophie.
Please send donations in Memory of Stacey to the Town of Lubec c/o The Christmas Celebration Committee, 40 School Street Lubec, ME 04652. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the “Christmas” tree on Flat Iron Corner will be lit in his memory.
A private service will be held at Ridge Baptist Church in Lubec. A public reception to celebrate Stacey’s Life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the American Legion, Stewart Green Post 65, 498 County Rd. in Lubec. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.