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Daniel Lewis True
November 4, 2023
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Daniel L. True, 72, of Gray, died peacefully Saturday evening November 4, 2023,
at his home. He was born in Lewiston on June 12, 1951, the son of Edward and
Bessie (Haskell) True. He grew up in New Gloucester with his brothers, Calvin,
and Harvey, and moved to Gray in the 1980s. Dan graduated from Gray-New
Gloucester High School in 1969 and attended one year at the University of
Maine in Orono prior to joining the US Army in February 1971 for three years.
He served for seven months in Vietnam as part of the Army Security Agency.
After searching the world over he found the love of his life in 1981 through
friends, Donnie and Iva Carroll. Of course, it took him eight years to realize it and
finally married his wife, Nancy Coffill, on September 30, 1989, and became a
loving stepdad to her daughters, Bethany, and Karen.
Dan had several jobs after he got out of the service. He finally settled down
after he got married as he started his dispatch career in the early 1990s for Gray
Fire and Rescue. While working there, he was convinced to take a part time
position as dispatcher for the Cumberland County Regional Communications
Center, which soon turned into a full-time position where he retired in 2014.
Dan was a past commander and life-time member of the Gray American Legion.
He was also a member of the New-Gloucester Amets. He was a volunteer for the
New Gloucester Rescue. He served on the Gray-New Gloucester School Board by
Town Council appointment and served an elected term as a New Gloucester
resident before moving to Gray. There he initially was appointed to fill a
temporary position and served an elected term as a Gray resident, one year as
chairperson. He was a talented public speaker and excelled at writing articles
for any occasion. He was also involved in local politics, serving as campaign
manager for several terms.
Dan enjoyed life. He loved to make people laugh, loved parties, and did many
good deeds quietly for family and friends, including mentoring a grandnephew.
He had a great sense of humor; enjoyed reading, making puzzles, doing Sudoku,
Cross Sums, and Logic Problems, and watching NASCAR racing. He also looked
forward to fireworks on the 4 th of July at his camp in Poland each year.
Dan was one of a kind. He had started writing his Obit with these words. “If you
are reading this, you know I am now dead.” This is the Dan - the humor, the joy
he spread, the love of life he enjoyed – the man we knew and will always
Dan was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his
stepdaughter Bethany Wildes, and her fiancé T; his stepdaughter Karen
Anderson; four grandchildren: Kyle Michaud, Emily Palizay, Michael Wildes and
Benjamin Wildes; his brother Calvin True and his wife Deborah; his brother
Harvey True and his wife Linda; his Aunt Eleanor Draper, and numerous cousins,
nephews, nieces, and grandnephews and grandnieces.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 6 to 8
pm at the American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray.
in lieu of flowers you may make donations in Dan's memory to the American Legion Building Fund, PO Box 428,Gray, ME 0403