WATERVILLE -- Darrell Keith Sheive, 70, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. He was born in Waterville on Oct. 21, 1942, the second of nine children to Albert X. and June (Brown) Sheive. He was educated in the Clinton and Fairfield schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in June 1961. While a student, he played basketball and maintained a lifelong love of sports. In 1961, he married Patricia Lessard and together they raised a son and two daughters.
His very first employer was his Uncle Arthur at the family farm; he went on to Bath Iron Works for several years, then to Keyes Fibre Co. (now known as Huhtamaki) for 20-plus years, and eventually sold Prudential insurance.
He was a basketball referee while his children were growing up. He also enjoyed sailing and construction, having designed and built his own beautiful home, and did much refinishing and renovation on Memere's camp, which he so loved. He was a well-respected mechanic and had a terrific mathematical mind. As a son, he truly cherished his mother, overseeing her interests and treasuring time spent with her; as a family man and dad, his children were his absolute priority and the source of great joy and pride. He was hardworking and generous with all of his dealings and was a truly honorable man, who also enjoyed financial investing and many happy hours with his favorite collections.
In 2003, he married Gail K. Givens, and they spent the remainder of his life together in a truly joyful and blessed partnership.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Kathleen Sheive; a son, Greg Sheive and companion, Diane, of York; two daughters, Laurie Goodenow and husband, Don, of New Gloucester, and Jill Conover, of Scarborough; his mother, June Sheive; five sisters, Diane Sheive, of Skowhegan, Karen Salter and husband, Doug, of Maryland, Doreen Sheive, of Augusta, Nancy Jean and husband, Spurgeon Stevens, of Fairfield, and Natalie Bigelow, of Oakland; two brothers, Cedric Sheive, of Kansas, and Richard and wife, Kathy, Sheive, of Waterville; and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by a sister, Cynthia Gurney.
Memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, followed immediately by a memorial service at 3 p.m., at Veilleux Funeral Home, Waterville. Private burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.