Daniel A. Elliott Sr., 86, passed away peacefully in his home in Owls Head on Thursday, October 7, 2021, with family at his side.

Born November 4, 1934, in Rockland to Frank A. and Geneva (Phelps) Elliott, he was educated in schools in Owls Head and Rockland. While attending school in Owls Head he would often be the first one in the schoolhouse to light the woodstove before the start of the school day.

After graduating from high school Dan enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served four years of active duty followed by 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He would go on to retire as a Senior Chief Boatswains Mate (BMCS). Dan also spent many decades working as a successful contractor.

While serving as a lighthouse keeper at Owls Head Light, he went to the Strand with a high school friend to catch a movie when a young lady working behind the candy counter caught his eye; he told his friend, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

“That girl” was Carolyn Snow. She and Dan were married on February 9, 1958, and together were blessed with three children. Dan and Carolyn remained soulmates until her passing in 2017.

One of Dan’s true passions, and source of enjoyment, was flying. He was an avid pilot, very safe and conscientious, and held an instrument rating with the FAA. As a proud owner of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, he loved sharing his passion with others. He especially enjoyed being a member of the Knox County Flying Club and being involved in the Young Eagles Program which gives young people an opportunity to fly and learn about aviation. He would often volunteer his time and airplane, flying throughout Maine just to participate.

He and Carolyn saw the first sunrise of 2000 while flying over Acadia National Park and they would make many trips to Florida together with her as his navigator. During one trip coming back to Maine before 9/11 he obtained special clearance from air traffic control to fly through downtown New York City.

Dan was predeceased by his wife, parents; sisters, Patricia Elliott and Betty Wallace; granddaughter Elise Kathryn Frontin; son in-law Donald Ridgeway; and special sister-in-law Jacquelin Snow Paul and her husband Robert Paul. One couldn’t know Dan and not realize how important his family was to him. He unconditionally loved and selflessly gave himself to his proudest accomplishments: his children and grandchildren. He is survived by children Daniel A. Elliott, Jr. and wife Dawn, Kathryn Elliott, and Joan E. Ridgeway; and by grandchildren Audrey Elliott and Gavin Elliott, Nicholas Frontin, Kristopher Frontin and their father Ronald, and Avens Ridgeway Martin and husband Will. He is also survived by brothers Richard Elliott and companion Kate Griffith, Adelbert Elliott and wife Edith, Kenneth Elliott and wife Stephanie, Stanley Elliott and companion Betty Ann Tucker; and sister Sandra Dodge and husband Rick. Dan also loved his many nieces, nephews and cousins and will be missed.

The family has decided to remember and honor Dan’s life privately and all those who knew him are encouraged to remember him in their own special way.

Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Young Eagles Program, online at www.eaa.org/eaa/support-eaa/give or by mail at EAA Headquarters, EAA Aviation Center, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54903, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, online at www.alz.org/get-involved-now/donate or by mail at Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

To share a memory or condolence with Dan’s family, visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.