Gerald Clayton Philbrick

December 20, 1927January 17, 2021

Gerald Clayton Philbrick

Camden, ME- Gerald (Jerry) C. Philbrick passed away on January 17, 2021 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport after a brief period of declining health.

He was born on December 20, 1927 in Houlton, Maine, a son of Glenwood and Eveline G. (McIntyre) Philbrick.

He often spoke of great memories of growing up in the Paddy Holler neighborhood of Houlton and returned often to reconnect with lifelong friends.

He served in the United States Army and was deployed to Japan for his duration of service for the post World War 2 reconstruction efforts.

Jerry and Joan lived in Connecticut prior to returning to Maine where they settled in Mars Hill while raising their children and he served on the Maine State Police.

Upon retiring from the State Police after 20 years, he and Joan resettled in Portland. Never being one who wanted to retire, he became a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Portland police department for ten years.

He then began a new job as a courier for Affiliated Laboratory of Portland – a job he enjoyed as it got him on the road again and meeting new people.

He finally retired at the age of 86 when he and Joan moved to the Rockland area to be nearer their children.

Jerry had a phenomenal memory for the people he knew and he was a natural story teller and was known amongst his family and friends for practical jokes.

Jerry and Joan enjoyed travelling in their retirement; they used their travels to research and document their genealogy and to experience new places and visit many family and friends.

He leaves behind his daughters Sheila Smith (Paul Sobchuk) and Cathy Philbrick of Rockport. He is also survived by his beloved nephews (Terrence and Jeffrey) and nieces (Virginia, Pamela Sue, Donna and Barbara) and their families.

Jerry was pre-deceased by his wife of 69 years, Joan, parents, son David, brother Donald, and son-in-law Scott Sanborn

Jerry’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Quarry Hill team in Camden who took loving care of him. The family would request that if you would like, please donate to a charity of your choice in Jerry’s memory.

A service will be held at a later date when we are able to gather again. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

Please visit to sign Jerry’s online guest book.


  • Services to be held at a later date


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Nancy McNeill

February 19, 2021

Jerry and Joanne lived next door to us in Portland. They were the best neighbors! Joanne and I would have tea/wine together occasionally at both her house and mine and share books and our love for reading, our love of our pets/families, and tales of our neighborhood.

Jerry could not be stopped from snow blowing my driveway before I could get to it (insert guilty smiley face.) My husband was often working out of state and Jerry couldn't bare the thought of me doing my own shoveling and snow blowing. I'd have to get out there really early in order to beat Jerry to it. Sometimes I'd hear his snow blower start up and jump out of bed to get mine going before he could get to my driveway! He was after all in his 80's! Thank you Jerry for all the times that you got to it before I did! Then there was the time that a big limb fell on my car in the driveway during a fierce windstorm. Before I showed it to Jerry, I made him promise not to even touch it! Because I just knew that he would try to remove it; although he was, again, in his 80's.

Something that they both taught me was a sense of calm and the wisdom to know when to act or the time to "let it blow over"...mostly in reference to our drug dealing/drug using nearby group home; perhaps it came from being in law enforcement. In ways, they were quite Zen and I appreciate this more than anything because when you think about it, what a gift!

It was a pleasure knowing them. I am thankful for our friendship and I will always remember them.
Nancy McNeill
PS. Joanne taught me the word 'exacerbate' and I think of her every time I see it in print.

douglas pierce

February 12, 2021

he was my neighbor on pleasant st in mars hill. never got a ticket from or needed one. he was very good officer. i never heard a bad thing about him.