It is with the deepest sorrow that the Megunticook Watershed Association Board announces the passing of Ken Bailey on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Camden Snow Bowl with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ken Bailey Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Key Bank, 141 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843.
Below is the text of Ken’s final words to the members of the Megunticook Watershed Association. They were read at our Annual Meeting last Tuesday, hours after Ken’s passing, by his son Aaron. On this page is also a link to “The Lake Warden”, a short film that was shown at the meeting. The documentary was filmed during the summer of 2011 and sums up Ken’s feelings for the watershed.
In my 28 years of working with the Megunticook Watershed Association, I
have learned many valuable lessons. I have learned how important a clean
vibrant environment is to watershed residents and visitors alike. Without
protection today there will be nothing left to protect in the future. Five
generations of my family have enjoyed many recreational activities such as
fishing, swimming and boating. It will take constant vigilance by today’s
generation to preserve and maintain what we already have and to protect
what future generations deserve. It is up to us to make sure the haunting
cry of the loon, a swim in the cool clear waters and the tug of a fish at
the end of a line are experienced by those who come after us. Please
continue to protect and preserve all that makes the Megunticook Watershed a
Twenty-eight years ago I never would have believed that I was embarking on
a career that involved working in one of the most wonderful
environments…the Megunticook Watershed. To be able to share my love for
nature and the Maine outdoors was a job made to order. The rewards and
satisfaction that came with this position were well above my expectations.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer 4 1/2 years ago it has given me
an even greater appreciation of the beauty that is the Watershed and of
those who work so hard to protect it. I would like to thank the MWA
membership, its board members and my family for their support.