The Obit For Don Kilgour

Donald Campbell Kilgour

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 13, 2010

Donald Campbell Kilgour, 95
ROCKLAND -- Donald Campbell Kilgour, 95, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport after a brief illness.

Born in Lovell, May 3, 1915, he was the son of James C. Jr. and Olive Warren Benton Kilgour. He was educated in Lovell Elementary School, Fryeburg Academy and the University of Maine, where he received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there, he was a Sophomore Owl and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma National Fraternity and in 1936, he was President of the Frat House. At Fryeburg, he was class President for all four years. He also played baseball and basketball four years as well as one year of football.

He always mentioned his baseball coach, Cliff Gray, who taught him to throw a curve ball and a fork ball, now known as a split finger ball. Weekends, he would fill in anywhere to play ball.

Don often reminisced about a time in North Conway where the manager paid for expenses and each player received 38 cents. He said that with 12 more cents he could have bought three gallons of gasoline.

While in college, he pitched for the Worumbo Woolen Mill in Lisbon Falls. In 1937 they won the New England Semi-Pro Championship, and the team went to Wichita, Kan., for the National Play-Off, ending as fourth in the country. Don was picked as one of 16 All-State Players that year.

In Wichita, he was picked by the Chicago White Sox Scout and reported to Dallas, Texas for Spring Training. He moved to Longview, Texas and then to Rayne, La., where Don reached the apex for a pitcher by throwing a no hit, no run game.

He was later sold to the Cleveland Indians, and reported to Shreveport, La., for Spring Training. From there he was sent to Anniston, Ala., where he damaged his shoulder, thus ending his professional baseball career.

He returned to Maine and that summer played in the New Hampshire-Vermont League. In July, 2002, he was honored with induction into the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

Oct. 30, 1937, he married Barbara Lancaster in Old Town.

In 1939 he joined Central Maine Power Company as a construction worker and meter reader. In 1942 he became local representative in Newport. From Newport, he was inducted into the Army, and during basic training he received the Expert Infantry and Sharpshooter badges. He then traveled to Italy with the 88th Division, 339th Field Artillery and received the following medals: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Army of Occupation with Germany Clasp, and World War II Victory medal.

On returning home he was again employed with Central Maine power Company, this time in Lewiston as Power Engineer, and later in Norway as District Manager. In 1959 he and his family moved to Rockland, where he was manager of the Rockland District.

In community affairs he was involved as a Director of Knox Pier, Knox Industries,
Donald Campbell Kilgour

Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for two terms at the Congregational Church and currently was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church both of Rockland. Involved in Boy Scouts, he served as a member of the Scout Commission and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow.

He chaired the Athletic Boosters Club at Rockland District High School and was active in the AFS.

He was also an Incorporator for Northeast Health and past president of Central Maine Power Retired Employees group. Don received a Commendation from the State of Maine for Dedication to the Rockland Community.

He also received a Commendation from the Rotary Club for Volunteer Spirit and the Jefferson Award for Recognition of Extraordinary Public Service.

Don was Secretary for fifteen presidents of Rockland Rotary Club and Aide to three District Governors. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1983. During his tenure, the Rockland Club won four District Attendance Awards. In April, 2006, he was made an honorary member of the Rockland club.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to the Blue Lodge, Pittsfield, Scottish Rites, Lewiston, and Consistory, Portland, along with the Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston and Mid-Coast Shrine Club, Rockland.

He was a member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No. One in Rockland.

An avid golfer, he served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockland Golf Club.

He also enjoyed fly fishing with his family at Tim Pond in Eustis, as well as playing cribbage with his son Jim and good friend and companion Shirley Brill.

Predeceased by his wife, Barbara, June 7, 2000, Don is survived by two sons, Bruce and his wife Gail of Augusta, James and his wife Tessie of Rockland; four grandchildren, John and his wife Annie, Jamie and his wife Carissa, David and Joanne; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law, Linda Kilgour of Cumberland; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friend, Shirley Brill.

Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, at First Baptist Church, 215 Limerock St., Rockland. The Revs. Jackie Brennan and Paul Marshall will officiate. A reception will follow at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 156 Lake View Drive, Rockland.

Private interment at a later date will be at the No. Four Cemetery, Lovell.

Donations may be made to:
The University of Maine Baseball 5745 Mahaney Clubhouse
Orono, Maine 04469-5745
Rockland Rotary Club
Scholarship Fund
P. O. Box 1811
Rockland, Maine 04841
or Aldersgate United
Methodist Church
156 Lake View Drive
Rockland, Maine 04841