Robert's Story

GORHAM AND SEBAGO - Robert Frank Cressey died on March 21, 2016, at his home in Gorham, at the age of 88. Robert was born on January 15, 1928, in Portland, to Florence (Usher) Cressey and Philo Burton Cressey Sr. of Gorham.

He graduated from Gorham High School in 1945, where he was on the State Championship Class C basketball team. Robert proudly served in the U.S. Navy until 1947; when he returned he married Mary Florence Smith of Standish. They were married for 60 years, Mary passing away in 2009. Robert built and ran an Esso service station in Sebago Lake Village. He later worked for Mobil Oil in Boston, Hallowell and Bangor, where he worked his way up from truck driver to terminal manager until his retirement. Robert was also a talented carpenter and mechanic who built not only his own homes but helped many family members and friends with their projects. Upon retirement, Robert and Mary remodeled their camp on Peabody Pond into a year-round home where they spent many happy years. Robert and Mary loved to socialize with family and friends. They danced, laughed, played cards and showed us all how to have a good time.

We want to give special thanks to Hospice of Southern Maine and the team of caregivers that made it possible for Robert to remain at home.

Robert is survived by his children, Scott E. Cressey and his wife, Shirley, of El Cerrito, California, Wade R. Cressey and his wife, Josephine, of Orono; Bobbi J. Cressey of Sebago; his sister, Carolyn Lindau and her husband, Joseph, of Coventry, Connecticut; his sister-in-law, Jane Gentry of Steep Falls; plus eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mary, Robert was predeceased by his brother, Philo Burton Cressey Jr.; and sister-in-law, Edna.

A memorial service for immediate family will be held next summer. For those that wish, donations may be made to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074. www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral and Cremation,13 Portland Rd., Buxton, are entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to post condolences please go to www.DCPate.com.
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