SOUTHWEST HARBOR – On April 10, 2008, Prentice “Toby” Strong Jr. died from complications resulting from COPD and a lifetime of smoking. He was born June 4, 1931, in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., the only son of Prentice and Ruth Curtis (Hill) Strong. He was educated at Pomfret School, the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the University of Maine, earning degrees in accounting/ economics and a master’s in student personnel administration. His eclectic career spanned many fields, from four years in the military with the Army Security Agency to innkeeper, along with his wife, Gretchen, at Penury Hall, Southwest Harbor. Stops along the way included electrical engineer, real estate broker, garbage man, entrepreneur, assistant director of housing at the University of New Hampshire; dean of students at Tarkio College, Tarkio, Mo.; land development with Dead River Co., blueberry factory manager, newspaper editor and publisher and working in the small boat business. He also co-founded Central Maine Egg Festival with Don Brough in Pittsfield, in 1973, and Quiet Side Festival with Marty Lyons in Southwest Harbor, in 1985. In 1961 he married Gretchen Koehring and fathered two sons, Prentice “Skip” Strong III of Southwest Harbor and Alden K. Strong of Salisbury Cove. His avocations through the years included sailing, skiing, sky diving, ham radio, music and antique cars. Of primary importance to Toby was his and Gretchen’s second home on Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. They began visiting Guana in 1982 and built their home there in 1989. Since then they have spent many winters there participating fully in the community of the Cay. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; son, Skip and his wife, Annie Dundon, and their children, Emma and Maggie; son, Alden and his partner, Wendy Beeler; and a half sister, Silvia Bennet. In keeping with his wishes, no memorial service will be held, a gathering of friends will happen at a later date. His remains will be scattered on Great Guana Cay and in Western Way, off Southwest Harbor. Any contributions may be made in his name to Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center, P.O. Box 116, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, or Guana Fire and Rescue, Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.