Jeffrey and Judith

Jeffrey Mabee, a native of New Jersey, wandered around for some years after his father passed away at an early age, celebrating at Woodstock, studying and rabble-rousing at Syracuse University, greenhouse-keeping in Boston, sailing the Pacific, groundskeeping in Mexico, growing coffee in Hawaii, fishing in Oregon and Alaska, until, in 1981, he wandered into Belfast, Maine, where he purchased his own boat, fished Penobscot Bay, started a perennial nursery, and knew he had found his true home.

Judith Grace, meanwhile, grew up on a farm in central Maine and moved away as soon as possible. She thought that Belfast was smelly and boring: the last place she would ever want to live. Luckily, she came back, with two young children in the 1970s, just as Belfast was starting to transform. She quickly added a bit to that transformation by helping to start an alternative elementary school.

Jeffrey and Judith met in Belfast and, except for a year of living in Arizona, they have spent their 20 years together sharing a private psychotherapy practice at their home and office at the mouth of Little River. Although they miss the ocean, they were very excited about exchanging their big, old, drafty house for an energy-efficient home and a cooperative community.

Judith and Jeffrey were founding members of Turnabout, an addictions education organization that thrived in the ‘80s and ’90s in Belfast. They are founding members of the UU Church of Belfast. Jeffrey is a founding member of Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization. He spends as much time as possible on or in the water.

Judith has served on many committees and been a major fundraiser for the UU Church of Belfast. She is famous for being able to find whatever she (or anyone else) needs or wants at various yard sales and auctions. They enjoy traveling, dancing, spending time with friends and family, gardening, photography, and their work. Their two grown children live in Portland, Maine, and Seattle, Washington. Their greatest joy is being grandparents to grandson Fox and the twins, Nell and Fisher.

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