2016-12-16 / Obituaries

Michael Austin

Michael Hedley Austin, 62, known to his friends and family by many nicknames, including Otis and The Sheriff, but mostly Autie, died Monday morning, Dec. 5, 2016 in the home he grew up in on the Mills Road, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

Autie was born June 25, 1954 in York, the son of Courtney Chester and Pauline Gertrude McLean Austin. He attended Consolidated School and Kennebunk High School.

He had many occupations in the area, among them were working at his father’s hardware store, Austin’s Hardware, in Dock Square, the former Shawmut Inn on Turbat’s Creek and Reid’s Boatyard, where he further developed his love of the ocean. He hauled for many years on his boats “Trigger” and “Roberta A.” He also worked on many different boats scalloping, urchining, gillnetting, dragging, and lobstering out of Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport and Portland. He sold his last boat recently, saying this work was for younger fellas.

Autie is survived by his wife, Bert Austin, his son Michael R. Austin and his companion Leah Mosher, all of Cape Porpoise, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and nephews.

Visiting hours were Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Odie’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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