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WINTERPORT – With deep sadness, the family of Gerald Curtis Burns of Winterport shares the news of his unexpected passing, April 7, 2009. He was born Jan. 10, 1955, to Harold Sr. and Beatrice (Canty) Burns. He quickly assumed the role of “The Quiet One,” a trait that he later overcame very successfully. A sibling who was unable to pronounce Gerald began calling him “The Guy” and it stuck throughout his entire life. Guy attended schools in Frankfort and Winterport and was a graduate of Hampden Academy. He wore many different hats during his working life and he was rarely seen without one on his head. Guy had many adventures during his youth traveling around the country as a carnival worker. He worked as a hospital security guard and worked in dining services at the University of Maine, Orono. He loved to cook and we loved to have him cook for us, as he was the master of the barbecue grill. At the time of his death, Guy was employed with the grounds shop at the University of Maine, Orono. During the winter he often worked around the clock plowing snow. In the warmer months, he mowed lawns and pathways. Guy took great pride in his contributions towards keeping the campus looking spiffy. Whether it was hunting or fishing, or just taking a walk in the woods, Guy had a passion for nature. After 20 years of trying, he was finally drawn for a moose permit. The successful hunt was a major thrill for him. Guy liked to play in the dirt and his gardening skills were amazing. He was a notorious trickster and always had a joke to share. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting around a campfire, enjoying a “cold one” while solving all of the world’s problems with family and friends. Although no woman was ever cleaver enough to “set the hook,” Guy shared many years of his life with Glenda Spencer. The birth of their daughter, Onalie, was one of the proudest and happiest moments of his life. He loved and adored her. He was a very proud grandpa to Jordan, Jazzlyn and Eva. Guy was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Harold Burns, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Onalie and treasured grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Havey and husband, Donnie; brothers, Paul and Stuart Aucoin, and Daryl Burns and wife, Nancy; and sisters, Carol Taylor and husband, Russ, Cheryl Violette and her husband, David, and Melanie Getchell. He will be profoundly missed by the ones who called him Uncle, Russell Taylor Jr., Jill Taylor, Desire? Burns, Heather Burns, Joseph Alexander and Kimberly Getchell. He leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of friends. While Guy might not have earned any halos on his earthly journey, he has definitely earned his wings. Fly my brother, fly high and free. A memorial service to celebrate Guy’s life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, with Pastor Chuck Langbein officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit 2 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions in Guy’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.

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