ROCKLAND – In the presence of family, Gerald Gibson Beverage, 94, died Sept. 4, 2008, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport. He remained vital and engaged to his final day. Born Aug. 21, 1914, at Pulpit Harbor, North Haven Island, he was the son of Albert L. and Julia P. Beverage. He was educated on the island through graduation from high school in 1932, and subsequently earned degrees in general engineering from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1936 and in law from Yale University in 1942. In the intervening years, he was employed by Central Maine Power Co., Rockland. In 1942 he married the late Viola Joy of Rockland, a marriage that lasted 63 years. After a brief employment with Monsanto Chemical Co., he entered the U.S. Navy in December 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations on board the USS Simon Bolivar, an amphibious assault transport. The ship participated in naval operations at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Guam, the Philippines and Iwo Jima. He was released from active duty in late 1945 as a lieutenant. In 1945 he was admitted to the State of Maine Bar and was re-employed by Central Maine Power Co., CMP, as a claims adjuster and right of way buyer. He retired from CMP in 1979 as assistant treasurer and manager of real estate. As a youth he had many interests, including Boy Scouts. His involvement in Scouting carried into his adult life when he served as a Scoutmaster, was a member at large of the Pine Tree Council Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to boyhood. He and Mrs. Beverage were longtime residents of Augusta, where they raised their two children, Parker and Clare. They were members of South Parish Congregational Church, where he was a deacon and served as church moderator, 1968-1972. Over the course of his life, he was strongly committed to public service. While living in Augusta, he served as president of the City Council, chairman of Lithgow Library Trustees, chairman of Augusta Sanitary District Commissioners and was on the board of directors of Augusta General Hospital. He was an active member of many civic and professional organizations, including Augusta Kiwanis Club, the Maine Association of Engineers and Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors. He was a charter member and president of New England Chapter 16 of the International Right of Way Association. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Kora Temple Shrine and of North Haven, State and National Grange. During his retirement, he and his wife resided in Rockland, where he was an active member of Knox County Golden K of Kiwanis and Rockland Congregational Church. Despite his many commitments, his family felt that he valued most his time with them, and they said he was a devoted and kind husband, father and grandfather. According to them, he was always a willing participant in family activities, a thoughtful advisor and mentor. He is survived by a son, Parker Joy Beverage and his wife, Ann, of Waterville; a daughter, Clare Beverage Warner and her husband, Timothy, of Menlo Park, Calif.; four grandchildren, Clare and Emily Beverage, Anne and Daniel Warner; a younger brother, John Beverage and his wife, Janet, of Tahlequah, Okla.; his sister-in-law, Maizie Joy Newcomb of Rockland; nieces and nephews, Susan Hepp, David Beverage and Peter Beverage, of Texas, Florence Verrill of Connecticut and Fred Newcomb, Juliet Morang, James Raymond, Sandra Snow and Raymond Beverage of Maine and their families. Visiting hours will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Burpee, Carpenter, and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland, with the Rev. Dr. G. Russell Miller officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Abiding Memorial Fund, Rockland Congregational Church, P.O. Box 554, Rockland, ME 04841, North Haven Community School, 93 Pulpit Harbor Road, North Haven, ME 04853 or to an organization or charity of their choice.