Daniel Remian, beloved husband of Martha Marchut, passed away at his Cushing home, following an extended illness, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with his wife by his side.
Dan was born on May 12, 1939 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, son of John and Nellie Szczygiel Remian, the oldest of eight children.
Dan was educated in electrical engineering at Northeastern University and took graduate and professional courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of West Virginia. He worked for many years at Honeywell, rising to the level of Senior Project Consultant before eventually starting his own firm, C D Engineering, specializing in cathodic protection of bridges and gas lines. At the time of his death, he was actively consulting with the Department of Transportation of the State of New Hampshire.
Throughout his life, Dan believed in the importance of community service and he was active on a multitude of committees and boards, both public and private. He earned his pilot’s license while in his teens and was active in the Civil Air Patrol. As an adult in Massachusetts, he served on the Westboro Airport Commission, the Westboro Land Use Committee, and the Westboro School Building Committee. In Connecticut, he served on the Putnam Inland Wetlands Commission, the Putnam Zoning Commission, and the Putnam Baptist Homes Board of Directors. He was active in the Catholic Church, serving on the Parish Committee, the National Church Mission Commission, the National Church Administration Commission, and the Diocesan Council in Massachusetts.
Dan and Martha moved to Cushing, Maine in 2000 where he was Project Manager at Broad Bay Electric. He continued giving back to the community, serving as Treasurer of the Cushing Historical Society and Chair of the Cushing Planning Board and the Cushing Board of Assessors. He was a past Chair of the Cushing Republican Party and served as a delegate to the Republican State Convention numerous times.
Although not born in Maine, Dan loved the State and all that it embodies. He enjoyed spending time at his camp on Lower Sysladobsis Lake as well as boating, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring. He was a true conservationist, an advocate for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife of Maine. When The Wind Energy Act of 2008 was signed into law, Dan focused his attention and energy to exposing the irreversible damage it would the State and its citizens. Written largely by those who would profit from wind energy development, it gave developers a fast track to erecting massive wind turbines on some of the State’s most treasured mountains and ridgelines. The public was told this favorable treatment would result in large scale job creation, energy independence and reduced climate change with no discussion of the irreversible damages it would cause. Dan spent the past ten years educating citizens and lawmakers that the true costs of grid scale wind energy far outweighed the benefits touted by its supporters. He advocated for an objective and accurate accounting of the benefits received and the damages caused by wind development in Maine. After ten years of experience, he argued, an exhaustive and accurate cost/benefit analysis is long overdue.
With his vast knowledge of things mechanical and electrical, he loved refurbishing, improving and repairing equipment at his “farm” in Cushing. To Dan all problems were just challenges and no project was too difficult. His self-confidence was unwavering and infectious. His determination was inspirational. Governor LePage once compared him to a snapping turtle that once he bit a stick, he would never let go.
Dan is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Daniel Remian of Westboro, Massachusetts, Sandra Taylor of Athens, Maine, and Jon Remian of Corinth, Maine; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Dorothy Remian of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, David Remian of Quinebaug, Connecticut, Christina Laurens and her husband Albert of Lewisville, Texas, Cynthia Taylor of Southbridge, Massachusetts, Claudia Hunt and her husband Peter of Whitam-Essex, England, and Deborah Patrowicz and her husband Michael of Dudley, Massachusetts; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; as well as Martha’s sons, Ted Marchut of San Marcos, Texas and Jamie Marchut and his wife Carla and their two daughters of Markleeville, California. He was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia, who died in infancy and by his parents.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland. A reception will follow at 104 Limerock, the Funeral Home’s reception facility.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02285; or Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.
To share a memory or condolence with Dan’s family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.