Dateline – Cape Porpoise, ME
Daan Troost, 85, of Cape Porpoise, died on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough following a brief illness. He was born in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on October 16, 1932, the younger son of Laurens and Martha (Versluys) Troost. His formative years in The Netherlands included living under the German occupation from 1940 to 1945. Following high school he immigrated to the United States to attend M.I.T. where his father was chair of the Naval Architecture department. Daan graduated in 1957 with a double major in business and metallurgy.
He married Morven Donald after graduation, and following a short stint in the U.S. Army, he started his first job as a metallurgist with Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, Connecticut. After various work experiences the family moved to Maine in 1966 where Daan worked with a young start up company, Components Inc. for several years. He also worked for many years at Sprague Electric Company in Sanford, as a project engineer. Early in his retirement years Daan spent some time at Ocean National Bank.
For many years Daan enjoyed his small sail boat, moored in Cape Porpoise harbor. He also enjoyed canoeing in the harbor and on New England lakes with his children. In later years he walked in Cape Porpoise almost every day.
Daan was a great help to Morven in her business, Thistles & Things, a Scottish import gift shop, especially on the numerous occasions when they took the shop to various Scottish events throughout New England.
An active Scottish Country Dancer for many years, he served on a number of committees and also wrote several dances. They made many friends in the Scottish Country Dance community in New England and beyond. When their elder daughter Ellie was tragically killed in 1995, they found in this group, great support and compassion. After thirteen years as empty nesters, they became parents again to Ellie’s son Will.
Daan served on the board of the Maine M.I.T. Alumni Club and was the group’s treasurer from 2002 to 2010. He was also the treasurer of the Arundel cemetery Corporation from 2001 to 2014, and remained on committee until his death on Thursday. Daan enjoyed traveling with Morven, sometimes on their own and sometimes with groups of other Scottish Country Dancers or with M.I.T. Alumni. There was a long list of places that they hoped to visit and they were lucky enough to be able to fulfill many of these wishes.
Music was another interest they shared. Daan’s parents had both been very talented amateur chamber music players so he grew up listening to music. He and Morven subscribed to the Portland Symphony for many years and often attended Portland String Quartet recitals too.
He had a deep affection for Cape Porpoise and for the “fixer upper” which they had bought in 1971 and lived in until his death in 2017. Solving some problem around the house caused grumbles but always brought an ingenious engineer’s solution.
Daan was predeceased by his wife, Morven, by his elder daughter Ellie, and by his brother Marius.
He is survived by his son Neil of Portsmouth, NH, his daughter Karen Bragdon of Wells, his grandchildren, Will Jennes of Rochester, N.Y., Ian Troost of Portsmouth, N.H. and Ben and Hannah Bragdon of Wells, Maine.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. Should friends choose, donations in Daan’s memory are encouraged to: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, PO Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, ME 04014; or The Alzheimer’s Association: Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or www.alz.org/maine.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Daan’s Book of Memories page at www.bibberfuneral.com.
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME.