Obituary of Raymond Daniel Cheney
Raymond Daniel Cheney (Danny), 83, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2023, after battling kidney
disease due to anaplasmosis. He was born to Raymond P. Cheney and Helen Oslin Cheney on January
16, 1940 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Dan was a kind, humble, hardworking family man with a group
of diverse friends. He would always share great stories with anyone who would listen.
Dan grew up in New Harbor and attended local schools. He graduated from Bristol High School and
then continued his education at Maine Central Institute for two years. While at MCI he played soccer,
football, and was on the dorm council. Dan attended University of Maine at Orono where he
received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. He was a proud member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
during his years at U Maine. Dan worked and saved for his entire education by digging and selling clams
in Maine and Massachusetts. He always claimed that he and his good friend had broken the
area dig record with 70 bushels of clams in one tide. Lobstering was also a side job for Dan starting at
a young age and, following in his father’s footsteps, continued a family tradition that is still
carried on today. During high school he met his future wife, Sandra Sanders, from Morgantown, West
Virginia while she summered and worked on Pemaquid Point. They were married in 1962. They
welcomed son, Mark and daughters, Leslie and Susan as their family grew.
Dan began his teaching career at Gardiner Area High School, teaching science while also lobstering some
nights and weekends. He eventually began teaching science at Lincoln Academy to be closer to home
and the ocean. After a few years, he gave up teaching to become a full-time lobsterman. In the early
80’s he acquired and began rebuilding a rundown lobster pound on John’s River in Pemaquid Harbor.
He ran the Riverview Lobster Pound for the next 40 years, hauling traps to fill the pound and then
managing, feeding, and recapturing the lobsters for sale when he felt the market was right.
Dan enjoyed being on the water sport fishing and had fun chasing tuna around the waters of Maine and
Massachusetts. He also had a great love for freshwater fishing around the State of Maine, particularly
at his camp on Big Lake in Princeton, Maine. He enjoyed his adventures bone fishing and bareboating
with friends and family in the Caribbean during the 80’s.
For years Dan was involved with many close lifelong friends on deer hunting trips, snowmobiling
excursions, ice fishing and other shenanigans at Camp Paradise in Eustis, where great memories
were made. Over the past few years he particularly enjoyed bird hunting with his two beloved bird
dogs, Gretchen and Coco.
He was a past member of the Bristol Area Lions Club where he served as King Lion for a short time. He
was President of the Pemaquid Fisherman’s Cooperative for many years, and a contributing member
of the Maine Lobster Pound Owner’s Association. He also helped with Boy Scout trips when Mark
Dan will be missed by his wife, Sandra, of 60 years, son, Mark and his wife Cynthia, daughters Leslie
Bolster and Susan Cheney. He also leaves his grandchildren, Brooke Cheney, Chad Bolster, Katherine
Abbott and her husband Gregory, Tyler Cheney, Matthew Bolster and one great grandchild, Owen
Gregory Abbott. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Prescott “Mike” Cheney, and sisters Avis Ingalls
and Anne Clayton. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Alan Cheney, and son-in-law Gregory
Bolster. Dan will be remembered for the sparkle in his eyes, his impish grin, and his witty, fun spirit.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at 67 Riverview Road, Pemaquid (at the lobster
pound) on Sunday, July 9 from 1 to 4.
Donations in Dan’s memory may be made to the Bristol First Responders, PO Box 137, New Harbor,
Memories and condolnes may be shared on his tribute wall.