Augustus T. Espeaignette, 60

NAPLES — Augustus T. Espeaignette, 60, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

He was born in Portland on Sept. 13, 1954, the son of Frederick and Edith (Foss) Espeaignette. “Gus” was raised in Farmington Falls and Windham, and was a graduate from Windham High School.

Gus proudly served in the United States Army, stationed in Aberdeen, Md., and Germany. His work history varied; General Carriage in Windham, Maingas in both Windham and Westbrook, S.D. Warren Paper Mill in Westbrook, as maintenance and security for several hotels in South Portland, and as security and flagger for several different companies.

Gus married Bette-Jean (Moore) Graffam in 1987, and together they spent the last 28 years at their home in Naples. The other great loves of his life were his Dalmatians, Mack and Disel, that accompanied him everywhere. Gus took great pleasure in his time as a firefighter in several towns. He started his 34 years as a firefighter in Windham, Naples, Bridgton, Denmark and onto Sweden, where he was an assistant chief.

You didn’t mess with his stock car races or you would get an earful. His favorite drivers were Bill Elliott, Kasey Kahne and now, Bill’s son, Chase Elliot. His love of racing started at Beech Ridge in Scarborough and later at Oxford Plains, where he was a crewmember for Gary Pulsifer of Gray, and, for a time, a crewmember on Dale Shaw’s race team.

Gus loved being a member of The Pine Tree Rod & Gun Club, a volunteer of the Cumberland County VIP’s Program, Denmark Draggers Snowmobile Club, and as a milfoil inspector at Parker Pond in Casco.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his eldest brother, William Espeaignette.

Gus is survived by his wife, Bette-Jean Espeaignette; brothers, George Espeaignette and his twin, Joseph Espeaignette; sisters, Helen Steeves and Brenda Espeaignette; half brother, Gary Crosby; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A period of visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Central Station, 7 Gibbs Avenue, Bridgton, where a funeral service will be held at noon. Burial will follow at the Moore Cemetery, off of Rankin Road, Denmark. Arrangements by the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com

At Gus’ request, attendees to his service should come in casual dress. Race shirt or fire department attire is just fine.

Memorial donations in Gus’ honor may be made to either the: Bridgton Fire Department, 8 Iredale St., Bridgton, ME 04009; Sweden Fire Department, 174 Bridgton Rd., Sweden, ME 04762; or the Denmark Fire Department, c/o the Denmark Town Office, 62 E. Main St., Denmark, ME 04022.

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