Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 13, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
P. O. Box 1811
Rockland, Maine 04841
or Aldersgate United
156 Lake View Drive
Rockland, Maine 04841