Richard Burtsell, 77

Richard Burtsell

Richard Burtsell

NAPLES — Richard Burtsell, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Naples surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Richard was born on Oct. 29, 1937, in Fairfield, to Ted and Gladys Burtsell. He was one of eight children.

Richard was a kindhearted loving man who was well known for his ready smile and sense of humor. Richard worked for the State of Maine Department of Transportation for 26 years and enjoyed six wonderful years as a host at the Sebago Lake State Park. He married his beloved wife of 27 years, Jeannie Smith, in 1987. Richard was a family man who enjoyed the outdoors, supervising his boys in the garage, taking drives with his beloved dogs, and leisurely rides on his four-wheeler. He was selfless, caring and quick to lend a hand. We all loved Richard and will miss him.

Richard is predeceased by his parents, Ted and Gladys Burtsell; brother, Arthur Burtsell; sisters, Beverly Leach and Florence Proctor.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jeannie Smith; brother, Ted Burtsell; sisters, Cindy Coffin, Dorothy Edmonds and Claudia Gordon; his sons, Richard Burtsell Jr., Tyler Burtsell and James Smith; daughters, Patricia Smith and Tina Ruhland. Richard was a wonderful “Papa” and will be greatly missed by his 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at the American Legion Post 155 on Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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