Portland, ME - Carl Grindle, 77, of Portland passed away on December 16, 2016 while surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 5, 1939 to Cecil and Jennie (Burton) Grindle in Blue Hill, ME. His mother Jennie Grindle passed away giving birth to Carl so he was adopted and loved by Alfred and Maxine Wellington of South Portland.
He was predeceased by brothers Vaughn and Jerry Wellington. He leaves behind a beloved wife of 40 years Pamela Burnham of Portland. A sister, Mary Jo Cox of Buxton his children: John Burnham and his wife Tracy of Windham, their children Stephen and Mariah; Kim Burnham-Haskell of Gray and her children, Ashley, Zack, Colby and Grace; Angela Burnham of Portland and her sons Cody and his wife Ashlee and Christopher; Jennie Grindle of Portland; Jimmy Grindle and his Wife Erin of North Yarmouth and their children Cameron, Gage and Jackson; Chipper Grindle of Portland; John Grindle and his wife Edith of Kittery; and Cheryl Hamm of South Portland. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Carl attended South Portland Schools. After serving in the United States Army he worked many years in the sheet metal industry until retiring from Bath Iron Works. He will always be remembered for his favorite quote "Fair to Middling", this would be his response anytime someone asked how he was doing, no matter how he was really doing.
The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the adult day care program and the dementia units at the Barron Center in Portland for the excellent care provided.
A Celebration of life will be held Tuesday December 20,2016 at the VFW located at 687 Forest Ave. Portland from 4-7.