Russell H.P. Fye Jr., "The Book Man," 66, of Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, Maine, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 30, in the home of his daughter, Dawn Kilgore, in Jim Thorpe.
He had worked as a Maryland state trooper; was the chief of police of Walnutport for 20 years; owned a bed and breakfast in Bar Harbor called the Pachabel Inn; owned a book store in Bar Harbor called Pages of Time; and owned book stores in Jim Thorpe and Maine named Bar Harbor Used Books.
- Born in Allentown, he was a son of Grace (Edwards) Fye of Walnutport and the late Russell Fye Sr.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, and the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bar Harbor.Fye served aboard the USS Whitehall during his service in the Naval Reserves.
A graduate of Whitehall High School, he completed the Pa. State Police Academy, Hershey, in 1975, and was a firearms instructor, master at arms.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1977 from Alvernia College, a master of science degree in education in 1983 from Temple University, a master of science degree in criminal justice from West Chester University and was currently working towards a master of theology degree at St. Joseph College in Maine.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Dawn, wife of Martin Kilgore of Jim Thorpe, and Samantha Tedeschi, and her fiancé, Lucas Wallace, of Harrington, Maine; a son, Russell III, and his wife, Christina, of Bar Harbor; two brothers, Chris, and his wife, Sherry, of Bethlehem, and David, and his wife, Susan, in Delaware; six grandchildren, Kala Farber, Jarrad Farber, and his wife, Katie, Hailey, Joshua and Kaylah Tedeschi and Eliza Fye; two stepgranddaughters, Kallie Kilgore and Tessa Bolsvert; and several nieces. Service:
All services will be private. Arrangements by Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe.Contributions in his name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 21 Ledgelawn Ave., Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, or Immaculate Conception Church, 180 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229.