State Officials Respond to Death of Rev. Robert Carlson 

Since learning of Reverend Robert Carlson’s death, state officials have expressed their sincere gratitude to a man who has left behind a legacy of community service.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says Rev. Carlson was found dead in the Penobscot River early Sunday morning.Senator Susan Collins sent WABI-TV a statement saying, “I am shocked and terribly saddened.  My thoughts are with Bob’s wife, Elaine, and their family during this tremendously difficult time.”Senator Olympia Snowe released a joint statement with former Governor John McKernan Jr. expressing how fortunate they felt to have worked with Rev. Carlson. “We were deeply saddened by the news of Rev. Bob Carlson’s passing. The greater Bangor region and indeed the state of Maine has lost a beloved friend and an extraordinary figure, who has been a passionate voice improving countless lives. His spirit of concern and compassion has literally touched every facet of the community, from his founding of Penobscot Community Health Care and Hope House, to his service as a pastor as well as a chaplain for a number of local institutions, to the messages of comfort and hope he has brought to so many families who undoubtedly share in a tremendous sense of loss today. We were incredibly fortunate to know Bob, and to work with him over the years on issues for which he was a megaphone and a stalwart champion. Bob was a ‘doer’ in every sense of the word who has left a lasting and positive impact that will reverberate for generations to come. Recently, Bob said that, ‘it’s a blessing to be a part of this community. Indisputably, it is innumerable communities in Maine that have been profoundly blessed by the life of Reverend Bob Carlson – and our thoughts and prayers go out to his remarkable wife, Elaine, during this most difficult of times.” Police say Rev. Carlson’s death is still under investigation. We will have more information for you as soon as it becomes available.