Frank B. Gay
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Machias - Frank B. Gay, 90, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2020 with his daughters by his side. He was born in Milbridge, February 4, 1930, the youngest child of Orrin andGeraldine (Strout) Gay.
He lived his entire childhood in Milbridge and graduated from Milbridge High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952, in the Korean War, aboard the Destroyer Forrest Royal DD872. Upon returning home, he worked in the family grocery business with his brothers, the O. P. Gay Store started by his father.
In 1953, he married Barbara Hayward and in 1958, they moved to Machias where he
continued working in the family grocery business, Gay's Red & White, then Gay's Shop
& Save and then Hannaford before retiring in 1991 after 39 years of service.
Throughout his life, Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, canoeing on the West Branch of the
Machias River, playing cribbage, dancing, time at camp on Fulton Lake and most of all,
his family.
Surviving are his three daughters, Janet Lea Dowling and husband Gary of East Machias; Rebecca Brewer and companion, Brian Seltzer of Gales Ferry, CT.; Lois Stenger and husband, Rob of Enfield, NH. 5 special grandchildren, Nicole & Corin Dowling, Jordan Brewer and fiancé, Justin Caras, Wesley and Tucker Stenger and 1 great granddaughter, Cora, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Gay, in October 2019, his son, Robert "Bobby" Gay in 1980. Sister, Virginia Grant; Brothers, Carroll and Lawrence Gay.
Services will be held 1 pm, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Lee Pellon Center in Machias. Burial will be at a later date, in the Jacksonville Cemetery, alongside his wife
and son. For those who wish, donations may be made in his memory to the Robert "Bobby" Gay Scholarship Fund c/o Machias Savings Bank, ATTN: Lani Smith-McNabb, PO Box 318, Machias, ME 04654. Condolences and memories may be shared at
Published on February 10, 2020


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Karen Polley,
Feb 14, 2020
he was such a special wonderful man, loved seeing him at Shop and Save
Joan E. Hayward
Feb 13, 2020
My heart is filled with loss of so many of our loved ones. So many memories and laughs with you all. Good long life and he and Barbara were and always will be thought of with smiles and joy they gave so easily to so many. I'm praying for you all during this time of great loss. They are in a better place and with your brother again never mind all the family. Can you imagine the reunion going on up there. God Bless you all from your cousins here in CT. My mom said they where the nicest people and she said Barbara would come down to Welles Village at my grandparents and she said Barbara my Dad (Allen) and Uncle Dan would laugh and laugh. She said Barbara was a great gal. Then Frank came and he ...was so great and welcoming - mom really lived those two. Take careRead more
Dale. Schevenieus I feel sad because Frank and I worked in. Our supermarketsas m@nagers.Frank was a wonderful manager @nd especilly a meat cutter .We snowmobiled above the prayers go out to his family.he was a true friend
Feb 13, 2020
Audrey Howard
Feb 12, 2020
Girls, SO sorry for the loss of your parents ! So well liked and loved.
Alice Holmes
Feb 12, 2020
Days of Sunshine Bouquet was purchased for the family of Frank B. Gay by Alice Holmes.  Send flowers
Don Archer
Feb 12, 2020
My condolences go out to the Gay family, I didn’t know Frank I only have seen him from time to time at the store when I was a kid back in the 80s talk to him once and he seemed to be a great person . Again I am very sorry for your loss and god bless.
Mary Ellen Nadeau
Feb 12, 2020
My thought are with the family
Marilyn DeShields
Feb 12, 2020
Jordan & Becky, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs & prayers.
Diane Abrams
Feb 12, 2020
Janet, Gary, Nicole, Corin,
My very deepest condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather. He did not wait long to reunite with your grandmother. Frank was a well known icon in the Machias area. I remember when I moved here in ‘70 learning who he was when I would go to Gay’s behind Machias Savings Bank.
Tammy Gay Grass
Feb 12, 2020
Lois, Janet and Becky
I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Charles Beal
Feb 12, 2020
So very sorry for your loss,peace and prayers for the family.