Charles R. Sanborn, Sr

September 27, 1932 ~ May 19, 2018 (age 85)

May 19, 2018
Lebanon, Maine

Charles R. Sanborn, Sr, 85, of Lebanon, Maine, passed away peacefully at home late on the evening of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Charles was born in Sanford, Maine on September 27,1932 to Lester and Ruth (Pike) Sanborn. He grew up in Shapleigh Corner and attended local schools. He married the love of his life, Beverly Hill on May 21, 1961 and together they shared nearly 54 years of marriage.

Charles spent a majority of his life working for many businesses in the Sanford area. He retired from his custodial position at Sanford Jr High School while in his 60's. In his lifetime he also worked in grounds maintenance for Nasson College, on the debarker for Lavalley Lumber, drove dump truck for PR Boston and constructed manufactured homes for New England Homes.

Charles enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He shared his love of racing with his family by taking his children to Arundel Speedway or Beech Ridge Motor Speedway every week. Charles was an avid NASCAR fan who could be found on Sunday's watching every race. His most recent favorite driver was Jimmy Johnson. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days passing that tradition onto his son and grandsons. Charles liked to build things out of driftwood and sea glass that the family would find while at the beach. Charles spent many evenings playing Rummy with his wife and close friends. He enjoyed holiday dinners spent with his family which he lovingly prepared until turning the cooking reins over within the last five years. His apple pie was always requested as a holiday dessert which he happily made for this past Christmas.

Charles was predeceased by his parents, his wife Beverly, his sisters Phyllis and Geraldine, his brother Howard, and his step-son Russell Merchant.

Surviving are his two children; Theresa Sanborn of Lebanon and Charles Sanborn, Jr and his wife Jodie of Sanford; two step-children Clem Merchant, Jr of Arlington, Washington and Roberta Stanley of Center Conway, New Hampshire; a sister Hazel Goodwin and her husband Roland Goodwin of Shapleigh, Maine; several nieces and nephews; fifteen grandchildren, one grand puppy, and 12 great grandchildren.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the

New England Cancer Specialists of Kennebunk
via the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation
PO Box 6304
Scarborough, Maine 04074

Arrangements are in the care of the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME. Condolences may be made at

A graveside memorial service will be held May 19 at 2PM in the Hillside Cemetery, Route 4, North Berwick, Maine.


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