On December 31, 2022, Lori Sibley of Wiscasset, Maine passed away with her children and loved ones by her side after a brief illness.
Lori was born on December 11, 1960 to Loren and Patricia Sibley. She graduated from Wiscasset High School in 1979 and married Scott Brewer in 1983. Together for nearly 30 years, they raised their children Earl III, Sarah Jo and Adam at their Boothbay home. A very proud and devoted mother, Lori never failed to come to their rescue – always there to comfort bad dreams, bad days or sickness and celebrate her children forever. His support, encouragement and unconditional love have been tremendous.
A powerful voice, Lori had a great love for music and singing and continually encouraged others to join her. She was always known to sing, especially around a campfire. She sang with local bands for over 20 years and is described by a dear bandmate as “our fearless leader”. Although she was always so nervous about performing, her sister Linda never failed to bring her out of her shell and they were a perfect pair in every way.
Lori has worked most of her life in the hospitality industry. With an outgoing and friendly nature, she has formed strong bonds with colleagues and regular customers at restaurants ranging from Rusty Anchor to China By The Sea, Fisherman’s Wharf and especially Andrews’ Harbourside. Always generous with her time, she enjoyed cooking for the elderly and the community at the Methodist Church and the fire station.
Lori was a true “mother bear” not only to her children, but also to her nieces and nephews who were very close and dear to her. As a creative and crafty person, Lori has always sewn, cross-stitched and created thoughtful gifts. She had a real talent for “making something out of nothing” and that was special. Lori had a green thumb and loved “fuckin’ in her backyard, as she called it. Her houseplants, perennials and vegetable gardens thrived and she could cultivate to grow beautifully. With a special love for Christmas, she truly enjoyed celebrating, spreading joy at gatherings, laughing, and showing her appreciation for her friends and family. His ability to find humor in any situation rivaled his inability to whisper.
Lori had built her life on enthusiasm with her partner Philip Harrington. They cared deeply and she became part of his family as he did his. Friends were part of Lori’s family and she was blessed with so many “sisters”: Jenny, Terri, Trudy, Jill, Kathy, Pam. Her lifelong friendships with Scott, Dean and Richard were very important to her.
Lori was predeceased by her beloved sister Linda Sibley-Clark, mother Pat Sibley, father and stepmother Loren and Dorothy Sibley.
She is survived by her partner Phil Harrington; son Earl Brewer and partner James Merrill; his daughter Sarah Jo Barter and her husband Mark; his baby Adam Brewer and his wife Ali; and grandchildren Evan, Rowan and Scout. Lori is the dear sister of Sherry Sibley, Jay Sibley and his wife Sherba, David Sibley, Kim Gillespie, Chip Huber and his partner Melissa, Scott Huber and his wife Tammy. Lori was loved and will be sadly missed by so many friends, nieces and nephews and extended family.
A celebration of Lori’s life will be held at a later date. and we encourage you all to sing with her in your heart. His voice and his laughter are legendary; it’s hard to believe they were silenced so soon.
“When tomorrow starts without me and I’m not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me
I so wish you wouldn’t cry like you did today thinking about the many things we couldn’t say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and every time you think of me, I know you will miss me too.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart
Every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart. –David M. Romano
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