Robert “Rob” G. Pedrick Jr., of Round Pond, passed away peacefully on the morning of Jan. 12 at his home. He will be greatly missed.
In addition to being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was a talented musician and loved the natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline. He was born in Camden, N.J. on Jan. 20, 1945 and grew up in Oaklyn, N.J., and despite beginning his life and spending many years in New Jersey, his love of Maine was profound. He often said he liked to think of himself as a “Native Mainer” because he felt so at home on his many trips to Maine prior to moving here. He and his wife, Sally, decided to make the lovely coastal town of Round Pond their home in 1997.
An avid fisherman and hiker of trails, Rob often took his small boat out fishing and loved to be in nature. He had just recently hiked the island of Monhegan, and delighted in the views of the ocean from the highest cliffs.
Rob was an incredibly talented musician, playing 10 instruments, including a vast array of wind instruments, including clarinet and oboe and saxophone. He played in a local band, The Bath Municipal Band, and taught music to students for years. Those who knew Rob best knew that he rarely spent a day without waking up and playing his saxophone.
His wife, Sally DeLorme Pedrick, a noted abstract expressionist painter, shared Rob’s love of music, as he shared her love of art. For decades, he made the wood frames for her paintings and helped her exhibit her art. They enjoyed hosting art openings at their Round Pond home, The Library Art Studio, and later at their second home in Canada.
In 2007, Sally and Rob bought a home in Maximeville, Prince Edward Island, an area very similar in scenic beauty to his beloved coastal Maine. Rob also played with a group of local musicians on PEI, bringing his love of music to Canada as well.
Before retiring, Rob was an investigator with the State of New Jersey Treasury. He was a graduate of Rutgers University, and the son of Edith and Robert G. Pedrick, Sr. of Oaklyn, N.J. After living in New Jersey for many years – including Ocean City, Haddonfield and Greenwich townships – he moved to Maine, where his wife, Sally, who was born in Newport, R.I., had grown up and attended college.
He is survived by his wife, Sally DeLorme Pedrick of Round Pond; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Barbara Pedrick of Concord, N.C.; stepdaughter, Yvette Dunbar of Plymouth Meeting, Penn.; stepson and step daughter-in-law, Jesse and Karen Dunbar of Newtown, Conn.; sister, Suzanne Lederman and husband David of Globe, Ariz.; grandchildren, Katie, Emily, Jacob and Samuel (children of Jonathan and Barbara), Vincent and Taylor (children of Yvette) and Katherine, Sarah and Charlotte (children of Jesse and Karen); and great-granddaughters, Ava and Alexandria, by his grandson Vincent and Michelle.
Rob’s family wishes him to be remembered for his great love of family, music and nature.
There will be no memorial service at his request.
Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.