Gary E. Pennell
February 26, 1948 - July 6, 2018
Service Date: July 13, 2018
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Friday, 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Rd., in Springvale.
Gary Eugene Pennell was born in Portland, Maine on February 26 1948, to Edward Pennell and Mildred Powers. He was a rambunctious and handsome boy who tragically would lose both parents at a young age. He was raised by his oldest sister, Shirley Brooks, until graduating from Deering High School after “promising” to come back over the summer to finish his 80 plus hours of detention.
Not long after school, he found himself the Sergeant of a Platoon in the 101st Airborne fighting in Vietnam. There he would receive Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars even though he swore to his final days the second Bronze Star was supposed to be a Silver Star, and someone messed up. The thing he was most proud of was that no one was lost during his command; because the lives of his Men were more valuable than any commendations.
After returning home, he struggled to reacclimatize to life in Maine. He worked several construction jobs but soon discovered a knack for Plumbing; becoming a Master and holding that license for several decades. He also found great luck as a winner of the Maine State Lottery and continued a love of winning in the many fine Casinos of New England.
He married Elaine Poulin and raised two children, Troy and Chad Pennell, as well as a third daughter Alicia, who tragically passed away as an infant. Most importantly, he made a distinct impression on everyone that he met whether it was a job site or a warm summer evening at one of the many stores in Waterboro, where he called home for nearly 40 years. Despite his belief of dying in a blaze of Glory in his 30’s he lived well without compromise till the age of 70 where it was cancer that ended his life, quietly in his bed. He passed surrounded by people he loved including Carolyn Widen whom he spent his many final years with.
Gary was predeceased by his brothers, Gregory and Earl Pennell; and by a sister, Diane Seger.
He is survived by Edward Pennell, Jr. and Shirley Brooks. He also leaves behind a family that are growing strong, new branches; all with his lasting imprint.
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Rd., in Springvale.
In lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to St. Jude’s Charities as Gary had done many times.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.