HULLS COVE – John Joseph Emery, 73, died Nov. 27, 2004, in Bar Harbor. He was born March 11, 1931, in Biarritz, France, the son of Thomas and Constance (Thomas) Emery. His family came to the United States in 1940, because of the war, where they resided in Oyster Bay, Long Island. As a youth he attended the Harvey School in New York. In his 20’s, in addition to traveling, he spent several years living in Manhattan where he attended Mannes College of Music pursuing piano, violin and composition. John’s ancestors first came to Mt. Desert Island in the late 1890’s, and his immediate family continued this tradition. His grandfather, John J. Emery, built “The Turrets”, an historic cottage in Bar Harbor, in which the family lived, it is now owned by the College of the Atlantic, of which John was a big supporter. He was a summer resident of Mt. Desert Island until the 1960’s, when he met his wife, Ellen Higgins Emery, while she was working at Hatch’s Store in Bar Harbor. After briefly living in Bar Harbor, they built a home in Hulls Cove, where he and Ellen raised their three children. “Family,” Ellen says, “was the most important part of his life. He had several passions: his grandchildren, classical music, opera, cars and travel.” Disney World and Hawaii were special places to John, but Disney World and Mickey Mouse had a special place in John’s heart and imagination, and sharing these were most important. He often took extended family members to these places. One of his favorite past times was listening to music with his family and friends. His daughter Nancy remembers, “he knew so much about history, religion, art…everything, but it was his vast knowledge of music that he enjoyed sharing the most.” He relished the opportunity to invite friends up to his music room “to listen and to have a concert.” His oldest daughter, Johanna recalls a scene indicative of his encyclopedic mind, while watching the first moon walk with her Dad. “To this day, I still can name all the names of the craters on the moon that he taught me that night, like the Sea of Tranquility and the Lake of Dreams and so on.” John loved the Island. He loved socializing with friends at local restaurants. “More than anything,” says his son Tommy, ” He loved Maine. He loved spending time with our mom and going to The Chart Room, Jordan’s Restaurant and driving and walking through Acadia. The Park Loop Road and driving Downeast together were our parents’ favorite drives.” He supported the community in many aspects, he gave generously to many local charities and groups, however, an education advocate, the John and Ellen Emery Science Grant that he and Ellen founded was what he was most proud of. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen (Higgins) Emery; one son, Thomas J. Emery and wife, Natalie, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two daughters, Johanna R. Pasha and Nancy E. Graves and husband, Keith, all of Bar Harbor; and six grandchildren, Jarrod and Aidan Pasha, Oksana, Eric and Tess Graves and Rowan Emery. Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 48 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Funeral services will be held, 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bar Harbor with Father John O’Hara officiating. Interment will be at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Bar Harbor. At John’s request, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Mount Desert Island Hospital Building Fund, Administrations Office, PO Box 8, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.