Charles Edward Cashman, Jr.
Harrington - Charles Edward Cashman, Jr. Our loving husband, father, son, and Grandpa Charlie passed away on March 18, 2020 in Ellsworth, Maine. Born February 18, 1945 to Charles Edward Cashman, Sr. and June Foster Cashman, he grew up in North Milbridge with his grandparents Howard and Ava Foster and his sister Sandi (Cashman) MacManus.
He went to Milbridge schools and graduated from Milbridge High School in 1963, attended Aroostook State College for one year, served in the Maine Army National Guard for six years, and completed his undergraduate degree in 1969 from UMM with a BS in Junior High Education. In 1983 he received his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from UMO.
Charlie met his wife of 50 years, Debbie (Frye) when he was a sophomore in high school. They married on June 28, 1969. While at his first teaching job, Gouldsboro Grammar School, he and Debbie welcomed their first child David in 1970. Four years later their daughter Sara was born. He enjoyed 16 years at Gouldsboro as teacher and principal and left to accept a principalship at Mountain View Middle School, Franklin, for nine years. During that tenure he was the recipient of The Maine Principal of the Year Award and was acknowledged as a National Distinguished Principal in 1986, receiving his award in Washington, DC. He was active in the Maine Elementary Principal's Association, serving as an officer and a national representative.
He was involved in youth sports, coached while in Gouldsboro, was a baseball coach at Sumner High School, Sullivan, and umpired high school baseball games.
In 1994 he accepted the position of principal at Rock River School (K-12) and 5 isolated one-room schools scattered across the vast ranges of cattle ranches in Albany County, Wyoming. There he served for eleven years until his retirement in 2005.
Three of Charlie's passions were baseball, hunting, and fishing. As a young man, he played town-team baseball with several teams including the Machias Bruins of the Quoddy League and played slow pitch softball for many years as well. Charlie made over 30 fishing trips to Canada from the Arctic Circle to Lake Chibougamau. In the 1980's he took many special trips with his family and longtime friends, the Freve family, to Lake Wacanichi, Quebec. He loved fly fishing and hunting in Wyoming and also developed a love for Africa. He was fortunate to experience six African hunting safaris. In his later years, one of his greatest pleasures was going to camp with his family and friends at Wilson Lake in Wilton, Maine.
Charlie had a true love for his family and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their many sporting events.
He is survived by his mother, June Cashman of Milbridge; his wife, Debbie of Harrington; son, David of Harrington and his children Ashlyn, Paidyn, and Grady of Cherryfield; daughter, Sara McClure, her husband Aaron and their sons, Cashman and Keagan, of Readfield; his younger sister, Sandra MacManus and her partner, Karen Little of Tallahassee, Florida; his sister-in-law, Jean Begley; and brother-in-law, Richard Meserve. Charlie was uncle to many nieces and nephews and godfather to his great-nephew, Billy MacManus of Miami, Florida.
A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date when permitted. Notification will be given at that time. Those who wish may make a donation in Charlie's memory to Faith United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 186, Columbia Falls, Maine 04623.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -Joe Lewis
Charlie lived a rich and full life. He got it right.
Published on March 26, 2020


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Holly A Beumee
Mar 31, 2020
We all have such fond memories of Charlie it would take a long time to put it all down here. Just want to say he was a big help to our kids at Rock River school. He was always no nonsense but with a caring attitude if you just worked with him and tried your best. We will miss him greatly and our sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. May the good memories he left with all of you help out at this sad time in your lives.
Ronnie Nash
Mar 30, 2020
Sorry to hear about Charlie. We were good friends in High School and played sports together. Didn't know where life took him until now and it looks like he had a good life and family. RIP my friend. Ronnie
Greg and Jane Scott
Mar 30, 2020
Debbie, David andSara. Our thoughts of support and condolences are with you at this difficult time. May your happy memories of Charlie and the full life that he lived ,and you shared with him, soothe your spirit, give you strength and bring you peace.
Patrick Perry
Mar 29, 2020
So sorry to learn about Charlie. Mr. Cashman was my principal as an 8th gader at Gouldsboro Grammar School. I was sent to his office once after punching a hole in the wall losing a round of pitching quarters on a rainy day recess ( no thanks to JR Bridges). As a kid not often in that position, I remember Charlie's disappointment in having to discipline me more than the discipline itself. His disappointment was more damning. Rest easy Charlie and know you touched many.
Steve Fickett
Mar 28, 2020
An old classmate from the East Side. Congratulations! You've had a very successful life.
Gail T Smith
Mar 28, 2020
Christopher Nickerson
Mar 28, 2020
May you rest in peace and may your family continue to be blessed. You were a great teacher and administrator. I was one of your first students at Gouldsboro and have always reflected back with a smile. You were a good man.
Heather Moro
Mar 27, 2020
I got the honor to work with Charlie as a teacher and principal intern. He had a passion for education and helping students be their best. Charlie is the type of person who makes an impression on your life. Thank you Charlie for leading and inspiring others. You will be missed!
Mar 27, 2020
I feel so fortunate to have many amazing childhood memories with Charlie and the Cashman family. This picture is exactly how he will always be etched in my memory. Sending so much love your way, Debbie, Sara and David!
Charlie may your days now be filled with keeping a watchful eye over your family and grandchildren's activities , days filled with good catches and successful hunts! We miss you already! Much love K
Tammy crawford
Mar 27, 2020
He was my elementary school principal growing up. Was a good man. My thoughts are with the family.
Marilyn Lowell
Mar 27, 2020
Mr. Cashman was my favorite teacher. He was surprised that I knew how to waltz the old fashioned way at one of our grammar school dances. He was the best. I’ll never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.