Herbert St. Clair Foster

October 17, 1929February 5, 2021

Herbert St. Clair Foster, Jr. (1929-2021)

Cumberland, ME - Herbert St. Clair Foster, Jr., born October 17 1929 in Portland, Maine, passed away peacefully at his home in Cumberland, at age 91, on February 5, 2021 surrounded by his family. He joins his wife of 67 years, Hope Shain Foster, who preceded him in death in 2018.

Herbert S. Foster, Jr., spent his first five years living on Peaks Island, then lived on Munjoy Hill in Portland, before moving to Cumberland in 1939. He lived in the same place in Cumberland since 1939, and married Hope Shain on June 16, 1951. He is survived by their children, Stan and his wife Betty, Steven and his wife Donna, Wendy Russell and her husband Dennis, Don and his wife Joanna, Suzanne Kennedy and her husband Mike, thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and a large extended family. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Lowell (Greensboro, NC) and Jane Irish (Windham). Herb's parents, Herbert S. Foster, Sr., and Lena Foster, preceded him in death.

Herb graduated from Greely High School in Cumberland in 1947, where he played baseball and basketball. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he was conferred an Associate Degree in Mechanical Arts in 1950. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force, and was assigned as senior woodworker, with the 104th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Maine Air National Guard which deployed with the USAF Military Air Transportation Service, Wheelus Air Base, Libya. As a Senior Airman, he served from October 1950–1953 during the Korean War.

His company, Foster Homes, Inc., built hand-crafted custom homes in southern Maine. He was a fastidious fine carpenter who insisted on exceptional attention to finish detail. Herb was among four generations and a life member of the Cumberland Fire Department, as Engine 3 lieutenant. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth Lions honored him as 2019-2020 Lion of the Year, a recipient of their Life-Time Achievement Award, and he was a Lions International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a long-time member of the Cumberland Historical Society, and a patron the Prince Memorial Library. He was also a proud member of the Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Herb was particularly passionate about his vegetable garden, espaliered orchard, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a booster and ardent fan of the Greely girls' basketball team.

The family wishes to thank Southern Maine Hospice.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2021, Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane in Yarmouth.

A celebration of his life will be held at a date and time to be determined, post-pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Prince Memorial Library or Firefighters for Kids, c/o the Cumberland Fire Department.

Please visit to sign Herbert’s online guest book.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, February 11, 2021


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Bev & Lonnie Allen

February 17, 2021

Bev and I were suprised at Herbs passing as Bev visited him not too long ago. Please know we've said a prayer for him and we 're sure he and his beloved Hope are together once more. Our condolences to all with love to children and grandchildren.
Bev & Lonnie

Elizabeth Manning

February 11, 2021

Herb Foster was a friend to many, an avid reader of history, a bright and wonderful presence ( outshone only slightly by his wife, Hope). Together they embodied and built a bond of family love that was an honor to witness. Rest in peace to both Herb and Hope, together always.

Margaret Leighton

February 10, 2021

I was so sad to hear of Herbs passing. We spent many evening playing cards with them! Great memories. Hugs and prayers go out to his family. A remarkable family for sure.

Michelle Eastman

February 10, 2021

Herb had such an amazing sense of humor! Always kind a great and kind man to everyone!

Larry & Louise Sallinger

February 10, 2021

To the Foster Family,
Sad to learn of Herb's passing. We have the fondest memories of our many connections to Herb going all the way back to our earliest years living in Cumberland. Please accept our condolences.

Dave Webber

February 9, 2021

Dear Foster family,
I am saddened to learn of Herb's passing. As a 4H'er he helped me learn wood working. Kind and gentle is how I remember him. My days at the Foster home were full of 4H, wood working, playing, and boiling down maple water into maple syrup.
I was struck in reading his memorial of how much his life included, how much he did for others, including me.
Grateful to have known him.
I will keep you all in my prayers.

Maryella Rawnsley

February 9, 2021

Another important citizen of Cumberland has passed on and will be sorely missed by his family and everyone who knew Herbie.
My sympathy go out to Ruth, Jane and his wonderful family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Libby Gray

February 8, 2021

Herbert was a great man and grandfather