DENNYSVILLE AND ORANGE LAKE - Charles Elliott Preston, 66, passed away Oct. 18, 2014 at his home in the arms of his loving wife. He was born in Lubec, June 18, 1948, the son of Frank and Ethlyn (Bryant) Preston.
He was raised in Dennysville and attended Shead High School. He served for six years in the National Guard. He started work at Georgia Pacific in 1976 working there for 20 years, and then in 1992 started Payless Auto Sales. He met the love of his life Tammy Jean on July 12, 1998. He was a private pilot for ten years, and was an avid car enthusiast enjoying NASCAR, Hot Rods, and attending the auto auctions. He also enjoyed playing golf.
He loved time spent with his family especially his adored wife and soul mate, Tammy Jean (Gillespie) Preston. He is also survived by his mother, Ethlyn Preston; "# 1 Son," Donald Preston and fiancée, Becky Hudson; "Favorite Daughter," Bobbie Ritchie and husband, Tony and their children, Mason and Landon; stepson, Jamey Gower and wife, Jessica and their children, Kade , Zachary , Jacob, Jesse, and William; stepdaughter, Kristen Reardon and husband, Lucas and their children, Ava and Ella; a brother, Wayne Preston and wife, Beverly; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Allen and Lorraine Gillespie; two brothers-in-law, Rod Gillespie and wife, Kathy, and Gary Gillespie and wife, Darlene; generous and caring friends, Eric and Wanda Hoche. He was predeceased by his father, Frank M. Preston Sr.; his brother, Frank M. Preston Jr., and a nephew, Louis D. Preston. All will sadly miss his sense of humor, laughter, and smile.
A Celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church, Route 1, Whiting. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com