WINSLOW -- Anthony J. Marin, 50, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at his home. Tony was born Feb. 7, 1963, the youngest of Leonard and Cecile (Pelletier) Marin's nine children. He spent much of his childhood living in Clinton, mostly at the end of the True Road. He had the biggest heart since birth and loved everyone fairly without judgment, always giving, never asking anything in return.
Tony attended Clinton Elementary School, graduated from Lawrence High in 1981 and continued his education in Calais, earning his certification in plumbing. Tony worked for F.G. Thomas, Bob Plourde's Plumbing and Heating, Noris Preble Co. of Madison, Houle's Plumbing and Heating and in September 1991 found his niche in the industry. He began working at Colby College so he could marry the love of his life, Patricia O'Keefe, in the Lorimer Chapel at Colby College, on March 7, 1992.
Colby College was a gift to Tony, from the love of the campus, the history of its origins and what it stood for. In his years there, friendships of all sorts developed, from his fellow employees to the students who worked for him in the work study program. Athletes and families became lifelong friends, even flying him to Cleveland to plumb a building for a hockey player's family.
Tony's easy demeanor and ways opened doors others would not think of entering. His love of cooking in the break room kitchen made him "famous" for breakfasts and lunches, shared with anyone there. Tony was even known to take his own concoctions to "It's a Good Pizza" to share with Justin. It was nothing for him to make coffee for Doug and the folks at Eustis Hall. Colby College was his family: Carol at the bookstore, Richard at Robert's Hall, Mary at the post office. He always had an infectious laugh and stories to tell when he came home from work. Doing plumbing for Janice Kassman, rubbing elbows with Sue Cook at athletic events, banging his tin pail when the hockey team scored -- no better fan was there than Tony.
The other love in his life was his girls. Tony became a stepfather to Carri for 30 years and her daughter Adeliaide. He was there for Michael and his children, Kristen, Broghan and Reid and let's not forget the great-grandson Benjamin.
Tony is survived by his wife, friend, and soul mate, Pat O'Keefe; his mother, Cecile; brothers: Maynard, Bobby, Jerry and Lenny; sisters: Lynn Sweet, Linda Bickford, Cindi Doirion and Tammy Ciquera; and his grandchildren, Addi, Reid, Kristen, Broghan and Benjamin. For many nieces and nephews he was "Uncle T" he took many of them on vacation to Disney. He was predeceased by his father; grandparents and special nephew, son Nick; and his cat Minnew. He leaves behind his pet cat Chloe and his grand-dogs Stella Luna and Bubba.
In Tony's memory, memorial donations may be made to the Colby College Book Store so his love of learning lives in the students of tomorrow, 5400 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME, 04901.
A special viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at The Lorimer Chapel at Colby College. Services are under the care and direction of the Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville; www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.