Gary James Day
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Belgrade Lakes - Gary James Day of Belgrade Lakes passed away peacefully at home on November 5th with his loving wife and family by his side. Born August 13th, 1937 to James and Mae (Hopkins) Day in New Sharon.
Graduated from New Sharon High School (Class of 1955) and enlisted in the Navy for 3 years. Married his "lovest" Joyce in 1957. Opened Day's Store in Belgrade Lakes with his parents, Jim and Mae in 1958. Shortly after he started Day Fur Company along with his father Jim and brother Darryl which ran until the early 1980's.
Gary loved hunting, fishing and especially trapping. He was a lifetime member of the Maine Trapper's Association, National Trapper's Association, the NRA and a registered Maine Guide. In 1996 he passed down the store to his daughter and son in law. He then took a part time job with North Maine Woods, taking care of primitive camp sites and living at his dream home up at T1-R4, Beaver Brook Fill on Seboomook Lake.
Gary was very hard working and instilled his work ethic in all of us. He was best known for his quick witted sense of humor and innovative ways to turn anything for a dollar. But he always made sure to put his family first. He was his grandchildren's #1 fan whether they be on the court, on the stage, on the field, on the slopes or out in the woods.
He is survived by his soulmate of 62 years, Joyce Brann Day; their daughters, Diane Oliver (husband Kerry), Janelle Sylvester; and son Mark Day (wife Lisa); 9 grandchildren: Megan Oliver, Nicole Hinkel, Rita Daniels, Melissa Furbush, Brandon Sylvester, Rebecca Day, Holly Oliver, Wesley Day and Celine Day; his brother and best friend Darryl Day (wife Linda); nephew Jack (wife Stephanie and children); niece Brenda; and 7 great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sue at Maine General Palliative Care and especially to Erika and Jessica of Maine General Hospice for their gentle and loving care.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made "In Memory of Gary" to Belgrade Fire and Rescue Association PO Box 404 Belgrade, ME 04917 or The Maine Trappers Association c/o Linda Bridges 93 Arundel Road Kennebunkport, Maine 04046. Gary touched the lives of many and we ask you to join us in a Celebration of Life on November 23rd at the Belgrade Center for All Seasons 1 Center Drive, Belgrade Maine 04917 Formal Service 1-2 pm Social and Refreshments 2-4 pm. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine Belfast, Me. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at
Published on November 7, 2019


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Russ & Brenda
Nov 12, 2019
What a wonderful fun loving man Gary was. We will miss him dearly especially as we drive by the camp at Seeboomook.
Donato Nieman
Nov 09, 2019
As someone whose family spent summers in Belgrade Lakes for over 70 years we got to know Gary and all the Days. It is great sadness that I read of the passing of Gary. Three generations of my family shopped at Day's Store and got to know Gary, Joyce and all the Days. My entire family sends their deepest condolences
Roy & April Gallant
Nov 09, 2019
Gary and Joyce were devoted to each other and this led to a wonderful family. Oh how Gary looked forward to his times with the children and then grand children when they would trek North to their camp for fishing or hunting. Great cooking from Joyce and just a lot of fun.

We have such good memories of our time in Belgrade and the North Maine Woods mostly due to Gary and Joyce. We will forever cherish the "picnic table" that you two made, and sits on my daughter Erica's back deck. All the good times and laughs we had up north we hold dear.

We know we will see Gary again later and we will have him as a guide when we get there. God Bless you and your family Joyce, your in our heart and
Love Roy & April.
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Lloyd W Day
Nov 08, 2019
Joyce, I am so sorry to hear of Garys passing. I used to look forward to seeing you at the folk festival.
Gary was quite a guy.
Nov 07, 2019