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Charles E. Googins 89
Charles E. Googins died peacefully in his home November 4, 2018 surrounded by family. Charles (Charlie) is the son of the late Charles & Muriel (Wade) Googins of Falmouth. Born in Portland, October 15, 1929 he was one of eleven children. Surviving siblings are brothers George Googins of Norway and Merle Googins of Cornish.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy A. (Thurlow) Googins, and their eight children. Charlene (Shelley) and husband Donald Doyle of Otisfield, James & Linda of North Yarmouth, Gregory & Rochelle of Standish, Steven & Robin of Gray, Charles (Chuck) & Lisa of Gray, Theodore (Ted) & Mary of Gray, Russell & Lynn of North Yarmouth and Rebecca & her husband Kerry Winslow of Limington. In addition, he is survived by 23 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Charlie had great pride in his family and set a wonderful example to live by.
Charlie attended Falmouth schools, proudly served for six years in the National Guard and went on to work at Southworth Machine Co. for 30 years. He worked for Rich Tool & Die Co. for another ten years until his retirement.
Charlie & Dot spent nearly 50 years in Cumberland and raised their children on a gentlemen’s farm located on Pleasant Valley Road. After retirement they enjoyed ten years in Albany Township, before moving to their current home in Gray. Charlie was not one to “sit still” -- always moving, he took over as primary pie maker for the holidays. He also was famous for his zucchini relish and pickled beets!
Charlie was an active community member, serving on the Cumberland Town Council, the Maine Cooperative Extension Board and the Cumberland County Farmers Club, where he is a past President. He loved baseball and enjoyed coaching both Little League & Babe Ruth baseball for Cumberland/North Yarmouth. An avid Red Sox fan, he had the pleasure of seeing their recent world series win. Charlie also enjoyed volunteering at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Thomas and staff, as well as VNA Hospice for their incredible support and kindness (especially Liz).
At Charlie’s request, a simple graveside service will be held Thursday November 8th at Blanchard Cemetery, located on Winn Rd in Falmouth at 11a.m.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Maine Narrow Gauge RR OR VNA Home Health Hospice
58 Fore St. 50 Foden Rd.
Portland Maine 04101 So. Portland ME 04106