Charles W. Gatchell

Died: Jul 28, 2012
Charles W. Gatchell
Scarborough, ME – Charles W. Gatchell, 102, of Wells died on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Scarborough Veterans Home. He was the husband of the late Margaret Catherine (Blake) Gatchell.
He was born on April 26, 1910 in Hallowell, ME a son of the late Webster T. & Beatrice (Jones) Gatchell. He grew up in Hallowell, attending local area schools and graduating from Hallowell High School. He married Margaret Blake in 1937.
Charles worked in sales until joining the US Army. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1945. After returning home he went to work for Merrill’s Inc. Later he would purchase the store and ran it until 1975 when he sold it to the Portland based Loring, Short and Harmond and retired to Wells.
He was very active member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board for many years. Charles was also a member of the American Legion Post 6 in Hallowell.
Charles enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing and upland bird hunting.
He is survived by his daughter Karen, his son Charles Jr. and his grandson Sean.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with military honors on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. at Hallowell Calvary Cemetery, Water Street Hallowell, ME
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Charles’ guest book.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
American Legion Post 6
114 Second Street
Hallowell, ME 04347

Leo Roberts

Died: Jul 26, 2012
Leo Roberts
Scarborough, ME – Leo Roberts, 41, of Biddeford died on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief illness.
 
Leo was born in Chicago, IL on January 18, 1971 a son of the late Nelson & Roseanne (Mayotte) Roberts. Leo grew up and attended school in Old Orchard Beach.
 
He was on the volunteer committee for the Maine Special Olympics in Old Orchard Beach for several years and was cited for the volunteer of the year award in 2001.
                                                                                                         
He is loved and will be missed by all his family and friends.
 
Services will be private.
                                                                                                        
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Leo’s guestbook.

Jon A. Becker Sr.

Died: Jun 30, 2012
Jon A. Becker Sr.
Lewiston – Jon A. Becker Sr., 53, of Lewiston died on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion.
 
He was born in Minneapolis, MN on November 29, 1958 and grew up just out the metropolitan in Ulm, MN. He attended the local area schools, graduated from high school and then went on to earn his BA in Accounting from the University of North Carolina.
 
Jon spent most of his life as the owner of his own medical transportation business.
 
He was an active member of the Lewiston Masonic Temple as well as a member of the Lewiston chapter of the Kora Shriners where he was well known as the Shriner clown “Dr. Feel Worse”. He also loved electronics including computers; he was also following new technology.
 
He is survived by his three children Jon A. Becker Jr. and his wife Amanda of Auburn, Matthew J. Becker and Nicole C. Becker both of Lewiston. He also leaves his grandson Mason Becker of Auburn and several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his brother, whom he stayed in close touch with, Glenn Becker and his wife Robin of Minneapolis, MN.
 
Services will be private and are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. To sign Jon’s guestbook, please visit www.advantageportland.com
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jon’s memory can be made to:
American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island
Suite 300 
Topsham, ME 04086

Michael A DeCesere

Died: Jul 11, 2012
Michael A DeCesere
 Portland, ME – Michael A. DeCesere, 68, of Westbrook, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Maine Medical Center.

 

He was born in Portland on August 20, 1943 a son of the late Frank Paul & Laura (Buzinsky) DeCesere Sr. Michael grew up in South Portland, attending local area schools and graduating from South Portland High School before enlisting in the US Air Force, serving his country during the Vietnam War from 1962 -1968, were he was stationed in Guam as a Personnel Management Specialist.

 

He had retired in 2010 from Maine Medical Center where he spent 8 years after working for the Scarborough School system for many years; prior to that he held various managerial positions.

 

Michael loved to fish, whether it was Striper fishing in the Atlantic or White Perch on Songo Locks Lake, he was always at peace with a fishing rod in his hands.  He also enjoyed reading as well as watching Westerns on TV.  Michael could also be found visiting the various flea markets in the area as he was fond of finding a treasure within someone’s trash.

 

He is survived by his son Michael A. DeCesere and his wife Lisa of Gray, two daughters Michelle Jaynes and her fiancé Jason Nadeau of Scarborough and DeAnn Higgins of Portland and a step daughter Katy Cox and her husband Josh of Standish.  He also leaves eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as a brother Vince DeCesere and his wife Nancy of Buxton and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was also the brother of the late Steven, Ronald and Frank DeCesere and the late Norma Gorwood.

 

At Michael’s request services will be private, as will his burial in the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.

 

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland.  Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Michael's guestbook.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to aid with Michael’s final expense:

C/O Michael A. DeCesere

87 Taylor Lane

Gray, ME 04043

Thomas R. Randall

Died: Jun 29, 2012
Thomas R. Randall
Portland -- Thomas Robert Randall, 88 years of age, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012, with his beloved family members, son Lloyd, Granddaughter Mariah and his beloved wife of 64 years by his side.
 
Tom was born in Wilkes – Barre, PA to Lenore and Myron Randall on January 14th, 1924. He attended Girard College in Philadelphia, PA from 1931 through 1943. Upon graduation he answered his country’s call and joined the Navy in 1943 and served aboard the Carrier U.S.S. Solomons’ in Cuba and Morocco and. other postings of his base ship.
 
 After serving honorably he was discharged and attended Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He met and married Lois DeMoranville of Watervliet. They were married on October 15, 1948 and have been happily married for 64 years.
 
Tom’s business career was spent as a Regional Manager for Kraft Foods in the upper New England areas of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He purchased and was the President of Tri – State Food Brokers which he operated until its sale in 1988. Instead of retiring he then began a new selling career with North East Marine Products (wholesale) and serviced the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upper New York State areas as the Territory Manager. This new opportunity afforded him the means to travel through the forests, lakes and mountains of beautiful New England. He remained on the job until he was 83 years old until deciding it was time to retire. He spent his later years walking on Higgins Beach, enjoying his two dogs, listening to Glenn Miller recordings, classical music which he loved and reading books about historic events.
   
Tom had a talent for telling interesting and funny stories and was a walking encyclopedia of humor and historic fact and dates. He was conservative in his views and lived a life consistent with his principles and beliefs.
  
Tom is survived by his beloved wife Lois, of Scarborough, Maine son Tom, Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Norcross, Georgia, daughter Kathy Randall and her companion Donald Wilson of St. Petersburg, Florida, son Lloyd (Bo) of Portland, Maine, and his beloved granddaughter / adoptive daughter Mariah Randall, of Scarborough, Maine. He was predeceased by his infant son David Randall. He is also survived by his 3 grandchildren Richard, Christopher and Jennifer Randall, sisters-in-law, Patricia DeMoranville of Fredericksburg, VA and Christine DeMoranville of Loudonville, New York. He is predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Lloyd and Douglas DeMoranville. Tom is also survived by a bevy of wonderful nephews and nieces and grand-nephews and nieces whom he adored and was so proud of.
 
There will be a Requiem Mass at St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church on Saturday July 14th 2012 at 11 AM followed by a luncheon reception and celebration of Tom’s life at the church hall. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Tom’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom’s name may be made to:
St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital
P.O. Box 50
Memphis, TN 38101
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