James R. "Rusty" Teague

James R. "Rusty" Teague

Long Island, ME - James R. Teague “Rusty”, 62, of Long Island passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on June 25th after a brief and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Rusty was born on October 17, 1954, in Bloomington Indiana, the son of Kenneth and Sarah Teague. He was raised in Bloomington and attended local schools where he met the love of his life and started their family.

He and his family moved to Maine in 1986 where he first worked on the F/V Boone with Capt. Steven Johnson. He also worked many years as sternman on the lobster boat F/V Kathleen.

Rusty was an avid member of his small community where he was a lieutenant on the Long Island Volunteer Fire Dept. for more than 25 years. When he filled the community’s need for a deputy sheriff in 1999, his love for service lead him to law enforcement with the  Cumberland County Sheriff's Department. After serving 2 years, he transferred to the State of Maine as a deputy judicial marshal where he retired after 17 years of service.

Rusty loved spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. It can easily be said that living life was one of his biggest passions. Among his hobbies were racing cars, throwing horseshoes, music, 4 wheeling in northern Maine and playing drums for many bands, most recently, the band, Plan B of Long Island.

He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Teague and his older brother, Lawrence Teague.

He is survived by his mother, Sarah Teague of Long Island and his sister, Diana Neff of Bloomington, IN. He is also survived by his devoted and loving wife of 43 years, Diana Teague, of Long Island and their two daughters, Stephanie Rich and her husband, Larry of Falmouth and Rachelle Horton and her husband, Brian of Naples. He leaves behind his 7 beautiful grandchildren; Lauren, Abigail, Caitlyn, Ciara, Piper, Isaac, and Wyatt.  He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a beloved community that he adored.

He had a beautiful life and family and brought all who knew him love, friendship, and devotion. He will be sadly missed by so many.

His memorial service will be held on the Lord’s day, July 16th at 1pm (11am boat from Casco Bay Lines with convenient returns) at the VFW Hall, Long Island, ME.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make a contribution to The Changing Tides’ Foundation Cancer Fund, 772 Island Ave., Long Island, ME 04050. 

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