ORR’S ISLAND – Kenneth C. Cary, 84, died at home on Friday, May 22.

He was born to William and Helen Cary on Feb. 27, 1925, in Newark, N.J. After serving in the United States Army, he married Susan Crombie. The Carys moved to Orr’s Island in 1948, and co-founded Camp Rutledge, a summer camp for boys. They moved to New Jersey in the early 1950s and opened a restaurant in Fairfield, N.J., which he and his brother, Don Cary, operated until 1984, when he retired and returned to Maine.

He maintained lifelong interests in botany and zoology and was an avid fisherman and woodworker. He was educated at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and Bates College in Lewiston.

He is survived by son, Bob and his wife, Lois, of Orr’s Island; daughter, Cynthia Hammond of Auburn; son, Kenneth Cary of Flemington, N.J.; and son-in-law, Richard Haskell of Farmington; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Susan Cary; and daughter, Carolyn Haskell of Turner.

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