- Angus James McDuffie, 44, of Gray, Maine, died Monday, January 2, 2017, in a tragic snowmobile accident while riding on a most beautiful winter morning with his son, Owen, and two of their friends.
Angus was born on September 25, 1972, in Brunswick, Maine, to Stephen and Christine Doten McDuffie. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Deering High School where he was a valued member of the football and wrestling teams, and where he even wrote an article or two for the school newspaper. He spent summers at the family cottage on Long Island in Casco Bay. Some of his fondest memories were made while he worked, from the time he was 10 through his college years, as a helper and sternman for Long Island lobstermen Donnie MacVane and Steve Train.
He was an avid outdoorsman from an early age, hunting birds, ducks, deer and moose in Maine and in Canada, fishing in fresh and salt water, canoeing, power boating, wilderness camping, and of course, snowmobiling with friends and family. He was an active participant in the St. Albans Hunting Camp.
Angus earned an engineering degree from the University of Maine in Orono where he made lifelong friends among his fellow Woodsmen's Team members. After college he worked as an engineer before joining his father in the family business, Pine State Elevator Company, which he now owned with his brother Travis.
On August 11, 2000, he married his high school sweetheart, Darcie Brooke McCracken, on Fowler's Beach on Long Island, and (typical of their shared adventurous spirit) honeymooned in Churchill, Manitoba, to witness polar bears on their home ice. They produced two wonderful children, 13 year old Owen, and 11 year old Una. Angus was a proud and very involved father, always including his children in all of his activities and supporting them in theirs.
Angus coached wrestling for over 10 years in the Portland middle schools, and has mentored his son in that sport. He was currently President of the Gray/New Gloucester Patriot Lacrosse Club and an enthusiastic supporter of the Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club as well as anything else his children were involved in. He was also a member of the Gray Lions Club and Ducks Unlimited.
Angus leaves his wife, Darcie McDuffie and children, Owen and Una; his parents Steve and Chris McDuffie; his brother, Travis McDuffie and wife, Beth, their children Ezra, Clara and Samuel McDuffie; niece Mattie Willis and nephews Esteban, Marcos and Joaquin Ezcurras; his foster brother, Dick Lucey, and many, many friends and colleagues as well as his Chesapeake retriever, Moose.
Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home (660 Brighton Ave., Portland). A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home. A reception will follow the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Angus's name could be made to a local charity of your choice.
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