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Allen E. Burnham, 82, of Gray, Maine, formally of South Portland, passed quietly at home with his family by his side on February 14, 2018. He leaves behind the love of his life, Judy (Tanguay) Burnham, his wife of 63 years. Their marriage was a true love story. They met in fourth grade and have been inseparable ever since. Al joined the US Navy in 1954 where he learned his trade as a Marine Electrician. He brought his trade to the Portland waterfront where he worked for nearly five decades. He was the third child of Ernest and Marion (Upton) Burnham. He was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Horelica of Pearland, Texas. He is survived by his sister, Ruth Small of South Portland. His children, Cynthia Gadway and husband Orey of Yarmouth, Dennis Burnham and wife Donna of Saco, Elizabeth Burnham of Westbrook, and Brenda Goucher and husband Peter of Hollis. Six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and cousins. Al was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He was a member of local Rod & Gun clubs, where he was a certified Hunter Safety instructor. He was an assistant Boy Scout Leader and an active member of the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland. After moving to Gray, he joined the Gray Congregational Church. Special thanks to Dr. Sarah Ketchum and staff, as well as Beacon Hospice. The entire family wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for their acts of kindness and support. The family has peace of mind knowing Al and Judy were in good hands. Donations in memory of Allen can be made to First Congregational Church of Gray, PO Box 155, Gray, Maine 04039. A private burial will be held later in the Spring. Visitation will be held Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m. February 17 at Wilson Funeral Home in Gray, with a celebration of life at the Congregational Church in Gray, with Pastor Michael Mills officiating, on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Following the service, guests are invited to the Parish House, across from the church, for a time of socializing.