A celebration of life service for two men who were presumed lost at sea aboard the Foxy Lady II, a commercial fishing vessel that frequently packed out in Montauk, will be held on Deer Isle, Me., on Feb. 24.
Wayne Kendall Young, 50, and Wallace A. Gray II, who was known as Chubby, were aboard the ocean scallop boat when it went missing on Dec. 15 or 16. According to a report in Gloucester Times of Massachusetts, sunken wreckage from the Foxy Lady II was identified in January between Provincetown and Cape Ann, Mass., after several fishing vessels reported getting their trawling gear stuck on a previously unknown obstruction.
The Gloucester-based scalloper had left port on Dec. 15 and had been expected back two days later. A Coast Guard search for the men covered 2,800 square miles of open water. It was suspended on Dec. 19, according to the newspaper account.
Mr. Gray was a son of Wallace and Carol Gray, who survive. He was born in Sanford, Me., on Sept. 25, 1986, and attended school on Deer Isle in Stonington, Me. Tara Dalton Skarimbas, a friend, said that it had been his lifelong dream to become a commercial fishing captain. He was 26 and left a son, Wallace A. Gray III, who is 3. His siblings, Steve Gray, Robin Gray Bond, and Shannon Gray, all live on Deer Isle.
Mr. Young was born in Bangor, Me., to Wayne Young and the former Sylvia Barter. He went to Deer Isle-Stonington High School. He is survived by his children Lindsay MacDonald of Deer Isle, Kayla Young of Stonington, Ashley Nevells of Deer Isle, and Jared Young; a son, Jacob Kendall Young, died before him. In addition to his parents, he also left two brothers, Barry Young and Richard Brown, and a sister, Valarie Jones.
The Island Fishermen’s Wives Association will host the Feb. 24 service at 2 p.m. at the Island Community Center on Deer Isle. Elder Mike Shepard of the Sunset Restoration Branch Church of Jesus Christ in Stonington will officiate.
Friends and family of the two fishermen have suggested donations to the Foxy Lady II Family Fund, c/o Bar Harbor Bank, 25 Church Drive, Deer Isle, Me. 04627.
A vigil in their honor was held at the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial in December.