Worthley Pond lost a very good friend, Peter Brawn, who passed away while jogging near his camp on Irish Farm Road. Peter loved Worthley Pond and spent many hours volunteering his time doing projects to improve the water quality of our pond, which was a top priority for Peter. He was the fisherman we saw very early in the morning catching and releasing trout from early spring until late fall. Peter talked often with state fish biologists about the pond’s fishery. He was our Buoy Master, putting out hazard markers around the pond as soon as ice was out and retrieving them at the end of October. He strongly supported the recent building of the Fish & Wildlife boat ramp and volunteered to maintain it. He most recently served as vice president and president of the Worthley Pond Association and, in 2016, he led the effort to organize and lead the Watershed Survey to help pinpoint areas where soil erosion was occurring and impacting the water quality of Worthley Pond. He was still working on this effort when he passed away.
Many have asked about donating to a fund in memory of Peter. His wife Pat and daughter Kristen have asked that donations be made to the LakeSmart program at Worthley Pond (in lieu of flowers). Donations can be sent to LakeSmart Program, c/o Worthley Pond Association, P.O. Box 230, Peru, ME 04290. These funds will be used to create LakeSmart plans for shore lot owners so that they can reduce soil erosion from their property and improve pond water quality.
Here is Peter’s obituary, which was featured in the Portland Press Herald on June 25, 2017.