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Obituary for Charles Jillson

Charles  Jillson
Charles A. Jillson, 72, a resident of Sabattus, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at CMMC in Lewiston surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 25, 1945 in Lewiston, the son of Edward B Jillson and Kathleen M (Savage) Jillson. Charles graduated from Sabattus High School, class of 1963, and then attended Gorham State Teachers College graduating in 1967. On June 22, 1968 he married the love of his life and best friend, Diana Chapman from Falmouth. Charles became a teacher and had the opportunity to touch countless lives, and he did just that. He first taught at the Lisbon Sugg School before he began teaching in his hometown at Sabattus Junior High where he was the math teacher everyone loved to have. He was a champion of the underdog and believed the most important part of teaching was connecting with each of his students. Even after he retired from teaching 27 years later, he was often stopped at various places by former students, and regardless of their age, he knew them by name and could recall a story from their days in school with him. After retiring from teaching, he worked at Waterman Farm Machinery and then worked for Crandall-Hicks as a sales representative. He enjoyed meeting new people, doing demos of the equipment, and traveling the state of Maine and New Hampshire. He retired in 2015 due to illness. More than anything, Charles loved his family. He was happiest when he had his whole family around him, whether it was a Memorial Day barbecue on his back lawn or eating pizza on Sunday night. He loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports and hardly ever missed the opportunity to cheer them on from the side. He was proud of all of his family and would often say how blessed he was by the special relationship he had with each one. He was a long-time member of the Community Baptist Church of Sabattus, and later years was a member and greeter at the East Auburn Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diana of Sabattus, a son, Michael Jillson and his wife Susan of Wales, two daughters; Lauri Baldacci and her husband Joshua of Bangor, Melissa Fortin and her husband Michael of Monmouth. 7 grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Taylor, Maddie, Adam, Mathew, Isaac, 3 great-grandchildren, Owen, Lexi, Ellie, and two brothers; Edward Jillson and his wife Patricia of Sabattus, Richard Jillson and his wife Brenda of Sabattus, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. Messages of condolence may be made to: www: finleyfuneralhome.com

Jillson, Charles A., - 72, a resident of Sabattus, Maine, passed away, Sunday, April 1, 2018 in Lewiston, Maine. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018 at East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Ave, Auburn, Maine. Interment at a later date at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sabattus, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Development Office, 116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116. Please make notation on donation of Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund. Arrangements by BRAGDON-FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine.
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