NORTH VASSALBORO - Gordon Frederick Carnegie, 79, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Maine Veterans' Home, with his family by his side holding his hand till his last breath.
He was born on Dec. 15 1934, the son of Ronald and Clara (Viles) Carnegie. He was a lifelong resident of North Vassalboro and graduated Winslow High School in 1952 at the age of 17. With his parents signature he immediately joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Steven Potter (DD538) in the Korean war. After an Honorable discharge he worked at Elm City Tobacco Co. for five years, then at Keyes Fibre for 35 years, retiring in 1997.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, eating breakfast at the Purple Cow and especially his trips to Tennessee, he loved his country music.
Gordon is survived by his dear wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Hapworth) Carnegie; son Eric Carnegie and wife Theresa, of Vassalboro; daughter Lyn Carnegie, of Vassalboro; brother Glenn Carnegie and his daughter, Robyn McCaslin, of Winslow; four grandchildren, Joshua O'Rourke, his wife Melissa, Kati Carnegie, Jayde Miller and Ethan Miller; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Caleb O'Rourke; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all nurses and staff at the Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta and special friend Linda Gilbert from MaineGeneral Medical Center. Your time, generosity and positive spirits were greatly appreciated and valued.
There will be full military graveside services at noon Thursday, July 10, at the the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road in Augusta. A luncheon will follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Veteran Drive in Winslow.
Arrangements are by Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast; www.directcremationofmaine.com.