David Provencher, a life-long lobsterman and staunch Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) member, died on April 14 at his home in Scarborough.
Provencher began working as a stern man on a friend’s lobster boat when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Scarborough High School in 1976, and later Southern Maine Technical College. Soon after, he pursued a full-time career as a lobsterman.
Provencher fished out of Pine Point for more than 40 years aboard his 32-foot lobster boat Robin’s Nest. He sold his catch to the Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-op, which was purchased by the owners of Bayley’s Lobster Pound in 2019.
With his wife Robin, the Provenchers owned and operated The Dairy Corner in Scarborough for nearly 20 years. Robin Provencher ran the business and David was the business handyman, building picnic tables for customers and fixing anything that need fixing. Last year, the Provenchers sold The Dairy Corner to Cheryl Ryan, a longtime employee.
The Dairy Corner has created an ice cream sundae to honor Provencher called “The Robins Nest.” It is made with “Dough Your Job,” the official ice cream of the New England Patriots, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, Boston Bruins-colored sprinkles, and a gummy lobster. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Maine Lobsterman’s Association. Provencher left behind his wife Robin and two sons, Lucas and Nathan Provencher.