Robert Rasche

Robert Carl "Bob" Rasche

Wednesday, July 1st, 1959 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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Robert "Bob" Carl Rasche, 61, of Bellingham MA and Wells, ME, was found deceased off of his boat "Avalon" in Wells Harbor on Saturday August 8. His cause of death remains undetermined.

Bob was born on July 1, 1959, in Beverly, MA. He grew up in North Reading MA and spent summers in Wells, Maine. As a boy he fished, swam, snorkeled and sailed off the coast of Wells every summer.

Bob's talent as an artist was recognized at an early age. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1981 with BA in Fine Arts and went on to develop a career as an acclaimed Maritime Artist. His finished works hang in important private collections and have been displayed at leading galleries and shows in the Maritime Art community, including the Mystic Maritime Museum.

Bob is remembered as a gentle soul by all those that knew him. He looked for beauty in everything and sought to capture the spirit of life. Bob loved his family and constantly leaned into the mystery of the human experience. He looked for signs in nature whether from hawks or shells; it was all significant Bob understood the value of each moment and this was reflected in his art and how he lived his life.

Bob is survived by his wife Jan of Bellingham, Massachusetts, his stepchildren Andrew Ratcliffe and his wife Bethany of Quincy, Massachusetts and Brit Ratcliffe of Bellingham, Massachusetts, his son Ben Rasche of Bangor, Maine, his daughter Rebecca Podsiadlo of Arundel, Maine, and his grandchildren: Gabriel, Zuri, Emrys, and Anya Podsiadlo. He also leaves behind his siblings: his brother Stephen Rasche of York, Maine, his two sisters Robin Barnard and Kathryn Andrews, both of Wells, Maine, and numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws. Bob was predeceased by his parents Margaret E. and Robert W. Rasche, both of Wells, his son-in-law Jacob Podsiadlo and his granddaughter Avalon Podsiadlo.

A family graveside service was held on August 14, at Ocean View Cemetery in Wells, Maine. Further information on Bob and his work can be found at

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Bob’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, PO Box 910, Wells, ME 04090.
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    Ocean View Cemetery
    Post Road
    WELLS, ME 04090
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A family graveside service was held on August 14, at Ocean View Cemetery in Wells, Maine.


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Madeline Anderson-Balmer

Posted at 05:23pm
When i heard of Bob's unexpected passing i was brought back to high school art classes, comparing our assignments and admiring Bob's amazing work. He was a quiet, helpful and respectful person. I'm glad to hear he had great success and a wonderful family to share life with. His passing is a tragedy for certain. Tjpughts and hugs to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Joyce Lehan

Posted at 07:31pm
Our heartfelt condolences and great love to Jan and to the entire Rasche family, extended families, friends and relatives. We have fond memories indeed of family gatherings in Wells, and always enjoyed Bob’s kindness and interest in life, reflected in his exquisite art. May all of you find peace in the memories, and keep him close.
Jack Bonner & Joyce Lehan

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