Charles A. Gassett

September 22, 1946 - January 22, 2019

Service Date:

A Memorial Service will be held later in the spring.

Charles A. Gassett, Sr., 72, a longtime resident of Gore Road in Shapleigh, died at his home on January 22, 2019.

Charles was born on September 22, 1946 in Farmington, the son of Charles H. and Evelyn R. (Crouteau) Gassett. Charles, also known as Charlie, was the eldest of five children. He was the entertainer of his beloved family. Using ordinary items around the house as props, he would put together skits for them. He always tried to make them laugh and feel loved.

Charlie was the Lead Auto Mechanic for Hertz Rental for 23 years at the Portland Jetport. He had a natural aptitude when it came to mechanics; whether it was doing a simple oil change or making a major repair. He was a hard-working and loyal man. He loved racing and as a young man raced at Beech Ridge Speedway with his brother Alan. After retiring from Hertz he began announcing races at Box Shop Speedway, Redneck Raceway, Saco Pathfinders, Beech Ridge, and many more. Racing was a family affair that at one time included his son, Chuck Gassett, Son-in-law, Roni Galik, and grandson, Shane Gassett. He enjoyed interacting with the fans and drivers at each race event and made every effort to make the races exciting and fun.

Charlie believed in giving back to his friends and neighbors in the community. He and his family moved to Shapleigh in 1989 where he lived for 30 years. He enjoyed playing music at the Shapleigh Community Days and at Willowbrook Museum events. He and others joined together to re-open the Ross Corner Bible Church to worship and Sunday services. Charlie followed his spiritual journey and was a graduate of Steven’s Ministry from Curtis Lake Church. He loved his Lord, family and wife immensely.

He was a 25 year volunteer at Goodall Hospital. In 2006, Goodall Hospital held its first Annual Gala and Charlie was honored as the first recipient of The Scott Hoar Hospital Volunteer of the Year Award. He volunteered his time at local nursing homes were he entertained residents and staff with his puppet shows, song and dances, and his men’s program. His visits brought smiles, cheer, and support to those in need.

Charlie was a family man. His two children were a great source of pride. His wife, Norma, was the love of his life. They often enjoyed trips to the White Mountains, Wells Beach, and relaxing at Long Pond and Province Lake. Charlie loved staying in touch with his friends and family and was a social butterfly. He chatted regularly with this 90 years young mother, Evelyn, over the phone and Facebook. He also loved woodworking, animals and gardening, maintaining a small farm which included goats, chickens, ducks, geese, and a small, yet, robust vegetable garden.

Charles is now with his Lord and has been reunited with family and friends who have gone on before.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 50 years, Norma Jean Gassett of Shapleigh; his son, Charles E. Gassett, Jr. and wife Terry of Waterboro; their daughter, Teena J. Galik and husband Roni of Shapleigh; his mother, Evelyn Gassett of So Portland, his grandson, Shane Gassett of Westbrook, his siblings, Alan Gassett of Saco; Deborah Barnes and husband Mike of Old Orchard Beach; Sally Roberts and husband David of Winthrop; many nieces and nephews and his beloved rescue dogs, J.D. and Casey.

Charles was predeceased by his father, Charles H. Gassett and a brother, Danny Gassett.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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