John Frederick Kimball

March 16, 1928February 5, 2021

Portland, ME - John Frederick Kimball, 92, of Portland, ME, formerly of Falmouth and East Boothbay, ME. died on Friday, February 5, 2021. Born in New York City, NY on 3/16/1928 and grew up in Augusta, ME.

John was a graduate of The Governors Academy in Byfield, Ma. and Brown University in Providence, R.I. where he majored in English Literature. After graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force for four years in Communication Intelligence. He then married Ellen J. Taubeneck of Oak Park, Il. who he met while attending college. Upon completion of his four years in the Air Force he relocated back to Maine where he and Ellen raised their three children.

His career after his Military began at George C. Frye Co., a Medical and Dental supply distributor in Portland, Me. which he helped to manage and own with his father, Milton S. Kimball. After the company was sold, he began his own Advertising Agency, Partridge Island Co. located in the Old Port District of Portland, Me. It is at this juncture where John began his love for creative design work and writing was brought to fruition. He was very proud of receiving a Broderson Award for one of his many projects in the Portland community.

John was very involved in the Portland Art Community for over a span of twenty years. He participated with his being a Trustee on such committees as the Park-Danforth Building Committee, a Vice-Chairman and member of the Maine Arts Commission and board member of the Maine College of Art (now MECA). His involvement as a Trustee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Museum of Art eventually led to his own artistic endeavors. John produced many paintings where he worked with his own photographs and mixed media. He called himself a “Late Bloomer” yet became known in his community of East Boothbay Harbor showing in gallery exhibitions as well as several shows in the greater Portland Community such as the University of Maine in Gorham, the University of New England Gallery and the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, Me. A well-known staff writer at the Portland Press Herald described John’s art work as “Whit & Whim”, a portrayal of works “that lovingly pokes and prods society’s elite.” His work was satirical and fun in nature and his titles of his paintings brought smiles to many. John’s paintings and posters of his work are to this day, enjoyed by family members and friends. He was a true nonconformist and his colorful work reflected how he lived his life.

His children would like to acknowledge his commitment and love for his sense of adventure with many trips to galleries and museums in New England when they were young. There were many family trips on the Saco River and to Baxter State Park. He will also be remembered for his famous lobster bakes on Murray Hill Rd. in East Boothbay, Me. The family would like to express a sincere thank you for his amazing care at 75 State St. for the last 3 ½ years of his life.

John was father to Joan (Nonie) Kimball (spouse Scott Sanford) of Falmouth, Me., Julie Kimball of Santa Cruz, Ca. and Sara Kimball of Portland, Me. John was fondly called “Beemah” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren include Ryan K. Bullock (spouse Jamie Bullock, great grandchildren, Adalise and Leora) of Brunswick, Me., Seth H. Bullock (spouse Megan Bullock, great grandchildren, Finley and Alden), of Brunswick, Me., Benjamin Sanford of Crested Butte, Co., Adrienne Sanford of Oakland, Ca. , Sidney Kimball of San Francisco, Ca.. John was predeceased by granddaughter Alison C. Bullock and parents Milton and Helen Kimball and sister Mary K. Mathes .

A celebration of life will be scheduled with his immediate family in the summer months ahead.

Please visit to sign John’s guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family.

A gift in his memory can be made to MECA :


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Berry Lancaster

February 23, 2021

From the Lancaster Family (long-time family friends and neighbors at Murray Hill Road, East Boothbay)- To John's family- We have many happy memories of our visits with the senior Kimballs, friends of my grandparents, John and his family. John knew my mother going back to childhood. Very creative, interesting man and welcoming in every way. His later years' paintings were whimsical and delightful.
Our condolences to you all- he will be missed.
Berry Lancaster

Paul Donahue

February 16, 2021

Hi Noni
Sorry about your Dad. Didn’t know he was your dad until the obituary .
John was a friend of my brothers Bob and Tim in the Augusta days. He remembered me when we ran into each other when I worked and lived in the Old Port. My brothers thought a lot of him.
Paul Donahue

Priscilla Brennan

February 16, 2021

I am sending you My condolences to you the Kimball family .I was fortunate to know John through my friend Julie and her sister Noni . He was a true New Englander/ Mainer& lived his life fully and with gusto . I hope he gets to eat lots of Lobsta on the other side.
May your fond memories of your father bring you peace .
Blessings and prayers,
Priscilla Davies Brennan

Pam Emery

February 15, 2021

My heart goes out to Nonie, Julie, Sara and all the family and friends who will miss John. I have such fond memories of my own Partridge Island Days: in the very beginning, it was just John and me in the office on Fore Street. John was a fun and creative "boss", and had confidence in me when I had little in myself –always encouraging me to MAKE ART (he had me draw many buildings in the Old Port as they were being brought back to life.) Often, John would begin, "If I could draw like that . . . " Well, long after Ben and I moved away, it was a delight to follow John's painting career! I have missed John for years, but the memory of his twinkling eye continues to bring joy. I am forever grateful for having worked with John, and for his friendship.

Susan Morrison

February 14, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Uncle John. I know it has been awhile since we have seen him but I have thought of him frequently. Much sympathy goes to all of you and maybe we will see you all again some day. ❤️Roger and Susan, Chad and Kurt

Cori Nederpelt (McCann)

February 14, 2021

Sara and Nonie,
Remembering all the Kimballs, with sympathy, as you bid farewell to your father. Wishing you peace and only the sweetest memories to comfort you.