Archie Gilbert Chadbourne


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Garland - Archie Gilbert Chadbourne, 85, died surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, at Dexter Health Care. He was born in Harmony on August 11, 1933.

It was in Harmony that he met and wed a red-haired beauty, Jackqueline Iris Howell, also of Harmony in a marriage that lasted 61 years until her death four years ago. A short time after their marriage, they moved to Texas where the first of their nine children was born on his birthday. Later on, child number five landed on his birthday as well-so it was a triple celebration.

He was hardworking and took pride in all the work he did. He worked as a hand sewer, and his skills made him a much sought after sample sewer at a time when shoe shops were everywhere and a job could be had at the drop of a hat. However, he much preferred working in the woods. His knowledge of trees was extensive, and he considered wallowing in the deep snow, in the frigid cold as part of a job that let him be outside. He often would comment on how blue the sky was, or seemed to appreciate the green of each spring as if it was a new event that he was experiencing for the first time. Fall was his favorite time of year and the year before he died insisted that it was the most beautiful fall he had ever seen. He loved watching the birds at his feeder, hunting, fishing, and tree top flying with his pilot friend Leroy and his pilot daughter Sandra. Archie most enjoyed his walks if he could find a few deer tracks along the way. In spite of working in the early days of chainsaws when they were incredibly loud, with no ear protection, he still had excellent hearing until his death, along with the 20/20 vision that assisted him in spotting deer in the backs of fields. Whenever he left Maine he always remarked about how happy he was to cross the Kittery Bridge back home.

He was part of a generation where your word or a handshake finalized agreements more strongly than any legal document.

Archie loved his family and is survived by daughters, Debra Kantor and husband Mark of Hartland, Sandra Bush and husband Joe of Tucson, AZ, Kathy Spano and husband Joe of Sierra Vista, AZ, Rebecca Chadbourne of NY, Rachel Harmon and husband Tim of Dover-Foxcroft; sons, Steven Chadbourne of Lewiston, Paul Chadbourne and wife Laurie of Bangor, and Joe Chadbourne and wife Emily of Sangerville; brother Robert and Roberta Chadbourne; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Archie was predeceased by his son David Keith Chadbourne; wife Jackqueline Howell Chadbourne; parents Merle and Berle Chadbourne; brothers and spouses, Clarence Libby and wife Julia Libby, Willard and Una Chadbourne, Warren and Christine Chadbourne, Wingate and Louise Chadbourne, Ivan and Joan Chadbourne and Arthur Chadbourne; sisters and spouses Madeline and George Corey, Mildred and Charles Deering, Arrita and Howard Annis, Irene and Clarence McKay and Florence and Louis Sinclair.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Archie's memory to a charity of their choice.

The family will receive friends form 1-2 p.m., with a funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 3, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Bob Young officiating. The family welcomes visitors following the funeral at the home of Debra Kantor, 510 Fuller Corner Road, in Hartland. A committal service will take place in the spring at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Harmony. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
Published on January 31, 2019
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Mary and Ted Purdy
Feb 03, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad, Uncle Archie was a special man. He loved his family. His joy was reflected in his eyes, his smile and in his love for those around him.
May you find peace in knowing that your dad is joining your mom and family.
Love and Blessings,
Mary and Ted
Cheryl Adams
Feb 01, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. He loved you all so very much as evidence of how is face beamed in your presence! I just learned of Archie's passing this morning. I don't know if I will make it to the funeral, but I will be thinking of you all. You wrote a beautiful obituary for your Dad and I love the picture you chose.
Take care of each other,
Love Chery Adams
Michael Crawford
Feb 01, 2019
Cindy and I wish to send our condolence to Sandy and her family in this time of sorrow,
Leonard and Lee Ann McKay
Feb 01, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss. I'm sure he is having a wonderful reunion with his loved ones.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. LeClair
Feb 01, 2019
May Uncle Archie love his place in heaven with our Lord and his wife, Aunt Jacqueline, his son, David, and brothers and sisters. Our Condolences to the family and May God be with you all especially at this time.
Rose McKay McGibney and husband Richard
Jan 31, 2019
Many fond memories of family moments shared, especially the yearly July 4th Chadbourne family reunion at the ‘farm’. I know Mum will be welcoming your Dad to heaven with open arms! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Rose💔
Elmer &Nichole; Wing
Jan 31, 2019
We’re very sorry for your loss and pray for the comfort of your entire family.
Jan 31, 2019