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Bangor - Joseph (Joe) Cheff, died unexpectedly on March 11, 2019. Joe will always be remembered as a kind, gentle, peaceful, funny, courageous, loyal, and brilliant human. Peace to you our beloved son, brother, grandson, partner, friend, nephew, cousin, coworker and great human being. The universe is a lesser place without Joe Cheff.
Joe was born in Bangor, Maine on February 6th, 1993. He graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in 2011 and was welcomed into the engineering brotherhood with degree from the University of Maine in 2016. During college he had a great time working on the IT team with PCHC. After college, he enjoyed his work and friends at SGC Engineering.
Joe could build, fix, tinker with, or program anything imaginable. By age 14 he was already constructing his own computers. He often could be found working with his Grandpa Tony and brother Jon to wire a sound system, replace a transmission, or rebuild an old engine. His talents ranged from drumming, jailbreaking his sister Ellie's phone, building his sister Katie's first car, and teaching his girlfriend Cassie's son how to fix a washing machine, to conducting the arc flash and breaker coordination studies which insured the safety of hospitals, solar farms and windmills. He was always the go-to guy whenever anyone needed help.
His genius mind was complemented by a wicked sense of humor. If you were on a computer, you never knew if you'd get Rickrolled or have your mouse hacked. He came up with the quirkiest jokes and sayings. He always found the best movies during family movie nights. Joe loved nature and the freedom of skating, skiing and hiking, especially with his family, Cassie, and his furry friend Roy. Joe had a heart of gold that shined brightly in so many ways. We will all miss him more than he will ever know.
Joseph was predeceased by his Nana Connie Oliva. He is survived by sisters Katie and Ellie, brother Jonathan, parents Susan Cheff and Steven Cheff. His grandparents Bill and Grace Cheff, Tony and Linda Oliva. Joe's girlfriend Cassie and her son Benny and Steven's girlfriend Betty Nelson. His aunts and uncles including Stu and Haeyoung Cheff, Cindy and John Barker, Mike Oliva, Jeff Oliva, Joey and Sandra Oliva. Cousins Matt, Stacey, Chelsea, Ipo, Noah, Jonah, Andrew and Morgan, and his entire extended family
A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m., Thursday March, 21, 2019 at the Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Rd N, Hampden, ME 04444, with pastor Mark Follower, officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt Hope Ave, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published on March 15, 2019
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Donna O'Malley
Apr 15, 2019
Jon and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your brother and son.
Jerry Freeman
Apr 09, 2019
Every parents worst nightmare, we are so sorry and our hearts go out to the family.
Lisa Neuman and Jefff Roggenbuck
Apr 06, 2019
Dr. Cheff and family,
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your precious Joe. What a wonderful young man and beautiful tribute to him in the obituary you wrote! We are sending healing thoughts your way, and please know that your patients and members of the community are thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Lynne Gamperle
Apr 05, 2019
Susan & Steven, I am sending you both Hugs, your son was the same age as my son who also passed away unexpectedly. It is tragic and very hard to understand why! My heart is saddened for you both! I know you both will need a lot of time to process the loss of life of your own child. No matter how old they are we as parents are not suppose to have our children pass away before us. May you both with time find acceptance, & peace. Love always Lynne Gamperle
Kimberly Floyd
Apr 04, 2019
I just read of your son's passing. I am so very sorry. I did not know him but he was a handsome young man with so many accomplishments. You must be so proud, yet so heartbroken. I pray that God surrounds you all with his bright light & brings you comfort & peace. Im so very sorry.
Beth Mills
Apr 03, 2019
Dr. Cheff & family, My family is so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family at this time.
Denise Duque
Apr 01, 2019
Dr. Cheff, I am just learning of your sons passing. My heart is aching for you . Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. May he R.I.P.
Cindy schumacher
Mar 28, 2019
Sue, Steve and family, so very sorry to hear of your son's passing. He sounded like a fun, energetic and wonderful human, a reflection, I'm sure, of you both and the family you two created. Sending you all love, and light, until you can find your own again.
MIchele Spekhardt
Mar 26, 2019
Sue, Steve and family, our hearts are broken for you, Know that prayer is lifting you all up at this most difficult time. God's love be with you all and may Joe rest in peace.

MIchele , Libby and Jeffrey Spekhardt
Nancy Dublin
Mar 24, 2019
For all the Cheff family and Joseph's grandparents,
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one, Joseph. I will pray for God's healing hand on you during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Sandra Oliva's mother, Nancy Dublin.
Beth Gordon
Mar 24, 2019
Dr. Cheff and Family,
I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your son Joseph. I know words can't begin to comfort you at this sad time but please know you and your family are being kept in thoughts of deepest care and love.
Sugar Mejia and family
Mar 24, 2019
Dear Sue and family,
Our hearts are with you... I can only think of the fun day we spent on the lake in No. California years ago and how much your family laughed, loved and enjoyed each other. It was a joy to be in your midst. Silliness, humor, fun - you left me wishing I was a better mother (you made it look so easy with four). There are no words to express our heartfelt sympathies for your profound loss. I wish we lived closer and could have known the special man Joe grew to be - but I see every Oliva in his beautiful face and know he had the best of all of you and Steve. Prayers and love across the miles... may your faith bring you comfort. Our hearts are with you. God bless
Shianne Priest
Mar 21, 2019
Dr. Cheff and Family,
At a time when there are no words, please know you are loved, held, and supported. I am deeply sorry for your hurt and loss. Sending you much strength and light. May Joe’s memory be a blessing.
Sonja and Mike Littlefield. Juanita Leinard
Mar 21, 2019
We were all very saddened to hear about the passing of your son. Our love and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless you all.
Sherry Williams
Mar 21, 2019
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful son.
Marisue Schuiling, John, Nick, and Sam Kenney
Mar 21, 2019
We are all so terribly saddened to hear of the loss of your Joe. Please know that we are holding you all close in our thoughts and hearts. Much love to you all.
Jeanne Clark
Mar 21, 2019
Dr. Cheff and family.....I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Gail LePage
Mar 20, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara Hersey, Thomas Crocker
Mar 19, 2019
Our heart goes out to you and your family. Prayers of comfort
Elizabeth Lane
Mar 19, 2019
Our hearts go out to you and your family and may you find comfort in each other.
HOLLY Littlefield
Mar 19, 2019
Sue, I am praying for you and your family: Praying for God's comfort that only He can provide, and praying that you and your family will be surrounded by His people who can reach out to you during your time of grief.
Victoria Watkins
Mar 19, 2019
Dear Dr. Cheff, I am so, so sorry. Please know that I am sending prayers and love and strength to you and your family.
Darlene Metcalf-Bergeron
Mar 18, 2019
Dr. Cheff...Jeff and I are so sorry for the loss of your precious son. Our most sincere condolences to you and your entire family.
Brian Blencoe
Mar 18, 2019
My heart goes out to the Cheff family. Joe was one of the smartest guys I knew. When projects came to show and tell, Joe always had something amazing to display. He helped me understand some complicated subjects. I'll miss him!
Marj Thibodeau
Mar 18, 2019
Dr. Cheff, my family and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved son. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time. May God comfort you and your family.