Jean E. Philbrook

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 11:30am

Jean Elizabeth Philbrook (nee Salter): With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our Aunt Elizabeth (Beth) in Sussman House, Rockport, Maine, on Dec. 12, 2021 after a brief illness, at 98 years of age.

Jean (as known locally), was predeceased by her parents Silas Searle and Sarah Jane (Robinson) Salter of Toronto, her older brother Lt. Col. William Harry Salter of Richmond, Ontario (2005), her younger sister Jacqueline Louise Macaskill of Renfrew, Ontario (2003), Richard Lunney of  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1976), and Ivan Philbrook of East Boothbay, Maine (2004). Beloved and survived by numerous nephews and nieces in both Canada and the USA, we will miss the love, family history and intelligent, witty conversation which she could be counted on to provide at any time.

Born in the family home in Toronto, Ontario on June 24, 1923, Jean moved from Canada to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1953, where she attended business courses at Penn State and worked for Wanamakers, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and as Secretary to the Vice President of Matlack and Rollins. She was a woman of many talents, having attended the University of Toronto prior to moving to the USA. She also studied voice and sang at many area churches.

Jean married Richard Lunney in 1958 and in 1972 they moved from Pennsylvania to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Here they established the Boothbay Fuel Company which she managed for two more years after Richard's death in 1976.

In 1980, Jean married Ivan Philbrook who operated a flagpole business in Boothbay for a wide area in the North East. Jean helped to manage the company.

Jean was an active member of the Boothbay community, a regular attendant at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Maine District Deputy Grand Matron and Worthy Matron of Mt. Pisgah Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Boothbay Region Garden Club, and served as treasurer of the Boothbay Animal Shelter.

For the past 16 years she has been able to live in her own home due to the kind and loving support of Duane and Pat Brunell, for which we are forever grateful.

If preferred, donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Boothbay Animal Shelter- Midcoast Humane, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011

Hall’s of Boothbay has the care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, please visit