Richard (Dick) Gorham

March 3, 1936 - March 18, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

At this time there will be no services. A Celebration of Richard's full life will be held later.

Richard (Dick) Gorham,  our beloved husband, father, grampy and great grampy has gone to his magical place. If you ever met him, you know there was no denying the warmth of his smile, his kind and pure heart, and his contagious laugh.

Born and raised in Buxton, Maine with his brother Mike, Dick loved the countryside and the simple pleasures of life. Starting at the age of fourteen, Dick worked full-time farming and helping to maintain his home with his mother. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 and served proudly. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started work at Wasco Industries and retired after forty years of dedication.

His yard was his sanctuary. He loved to plant flowers and attend to his garden. Did you know he could talk to birds and they would respond back?! He had a fondness for every living animal and made sure they were well fed. We all enjoyed his love of cooking at our backyard barbecues. Bona fide entertainers, the jokes Uncle Mike and Dick told would keep us all in stiches! Along with antique cars and model airplanes, he had an extensive record collection which naturally led to hours of dancing!

Knowing he had a passion for airplanes, Mike took him to see the Blue Angels in Bangor; one of Mike’s favorite memories of his brother. Ironically, Dick had a fear of flying! Growing up as a family we camped all throughout New England. The stories told around the campfire will forever be embedded in our hearts.

Good ol’ McDonalds became their morning ritual and lasted for twenty years! Dick and his wife Cecile met so many amazing friends there. Jerry, Larry, Don, Barbara, Linda, Ralph and so many more would gossip, laugh, tell stories, and swap Christmas cards. We know you all have sweet memories of him.

Dick LOVED to make home movies of family and friends. Thanks to him, we will be able to watch these for years to come! He also loved gambling. He and Cecile would go to Atlantic City every three months with their good friends Pat and Bill Burnell. The Taj Mahal was by far his favorite!

An incredibly talented man, Dick cherished working with his hands. He was a true “Mr. Fix It”. From tree forts and cabinets to broken down lawnmowers, there was nothing he could not build or repair.

He sincerely treasured his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Above all else, Dick adored Cecile, his loving wife of 49 years!

Lastly, thank you to the first responders who arrived at the scene. The family would also like to thank all who entered his and our lives. You are genuinely what makes us.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Richard’s full life will be held later.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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