Bruce W. Charles, 62

Bruce Charles

Bruce W. Charles

MORO PLANTATION — Bruce Wayne Charles, 62, died on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

He was born Oct. 22, 1950 in Portland, the son of the late John A. Charles and Laura (Pennell) Thomas.

He was proud of his Indian heritage and his service with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He retired from SD Warren Sappi in Westbrook. He was most happy when hunting, fishing or puttering in his workshop. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with Pop, Mable, friends and family in Chester, especially the New Year’s Day tradition on Little Sebago. He also spent great times with Bobby Ladd and many other family friends at camp in Thorndike, South Carthage or around his place in Moro Plantation. We won’t forget his famous chili and all the stories shared on poker nights.

He was a member of the Westbrook Eagles, Westbrook American Legion Post 197 and VFW.

Bruce is survived by a brother, Adrian (Skip) Allen of Chester; a sister, Terry Gagnon of Denmark; a son, Cameron Charles of South Portland; a daughter, Tammy Tickle of Virginia; a granddaughter; his wife, Linda Cunningham of Jefferson; a companion and dearest friend, Robin Chamberlain of Patten; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father and stepmother, John and Mable Charles; his mother and stepfather, Laura and Tom Thomas; his brothers, Curt and Steve Charles and Timmy Allen.

A graveside military service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at 2 p.m., at Hillside Cemetery, 173 Huston Road, Gorham, with a Celebration of Life to follow at the American Legion Post 197 at 3 p.m. For online condolences, please visit

In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to be used for the good of the veterans to: Post 197 American Legion, 300 Conant St., Westbrook, ME 04092.

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