The Fortin Group


Gary Maxley Tiner Jr.

23 March, 19284 April, 2021

Greene- Gary M. Tiner 93 of Greene died at his home on April 4, 2021 with his loving family at his side. He was born March 23, 1928, the son of Gary and Catherine Keough Tiner. Raised in Lewiston, he attended grade school there and graduated from Lewiston High in 1945. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as an instructor of international code and as a sergeant and radio team chief in the newly formed 20th Signal Air-Ground Liason Company at Fort Bragg, NC. Following military service, he studied art and graduated from the New England School of Art in Boston. Later, he graduated from the University of Southern Maine at Gorham. He was a teacher of art in the schools of Bolton Landing, NY before returning to Lewiston in 1956 where he taught art in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades at Jordan Jr. High and Montello Jr. High schools for a number of years. Later in his teaching career he became an art supervisor in the Lewiston elementary school system, retiring in 1980 after 27 years. He also taught adult education classes for the City of Auburn Recreation Department and at Lewiston High Evening School. After leaving the teaching profession Mr. Tiner was employed for 10 years as a newspaper staff artist for the Lewiston Sun Journal/Sunday. He enjoyed fishing, especially brook fishing for trout and with his wife, Doris, seeking salmon and lake trout at Lake Auburn. In his later years, woodworking and travel occupied his time. An accomplished artist, he did commercial drawings and illustrations, signpainting and advertising layouts for many businesses. He also enjoyed athletics and as a young man was active on various teams in the Twin City baseball and softball leagues and was a member of the Fairlawn Golf and Country Club. He also belonged to the Maine Education Association, the Maine Retired Teachers and was a former member of the Lewiston Lodge of Elks and the New Auburn American Legion Post. He is survived by his wife Doris Brooks Chapin of Greene whom he married in 1985; two sons, Thomas Tiner and partner Judy Corkum of Sabattus and John Tiner and wife Donna (Swan) Tiner of Augusta; a daughter, Susan Marr of Florida; four grandchildren, Catie Hanson of Florida, Cameron Marr of Lewiston, James Tiner and Sean Tiner of Augusta. Gary was predeceased by his brothers, Earl Tiner of Lewiston and Robert Tiner Sr. of Auburn. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Gary’s life by visiting his guest book at

A graveside service will be held later this spring at Gracelawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care & direction of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston 784-4584.


  • A memorial service will be held at a later date


Gary Maxley Tiner Jr.

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14 April 2021

I remember Mr. Tiner as our travelling art teacher at Montello. He was a tall gentle mannered individual who would take the time to instruct us in the world of art and how it played into everyday life.

Steve Costello

11 April 2021

Beth, Tom, John and family,
My sincere condolences on your loss. I had the pleasure of working closely with Gary in his years at the Sun Journal. He was a very talented man and some of his creations continue to live on in the logos of businesses around town. He always had a good story of golfing, fishing or family and I enjoyed spending time with him.

Ed & Jeanie Temby

10 April 2021

Dear Doris, As Rita said, so many many memories of our times with you and Gary. Oh what fun we had all those seasons together at I B E , Bonita Springs, Fl. What a Joy it was for me to sing with Gary, duets and trios with he, Rita and myself. We shall miss Gary, but know that Our God will take care of him now. We will keep him in our hearts forever as we will you also. Sure wish we could be with you at this difficult time. We love you, Doris .God's peace be with you and family. 💕🙏💕 Ed and Jeanie Temby

Nikki St. Pierre

10 April 2021

I was blessed to have met and help care for this beautiful family, albeit for a short time. Gary’s sense of humor shined through, even in his last days. In the future, whenever I hear the expression, “Now we’re cooking,” I will forever think of Gary. The love within this family is palpable, and I am so grateful to have been a small part of Gary’s transition to his next phase. God bless you all Tiner family. Nikki, RN

Moe and Barb Chenard

10 April 2021

You were the leader of our musical combo. We certainly enjoyed all our
weekly sing-a-longs at LR. One never knew who would be the star artist
for the night. But most of all, we had the best audience one could ask for
DORIS. Heaven has gained another musician. RIP
Moe, Barb and family

Barbara Bouchard

10 April 2021

My heartfelt sympathies to all his family.
I began my Art studies with Gary at the Elm Hotel and was always grateful for his introduction and encouragement to the Arts. I continued to see and speak with Gary around Lewiston Schools as I too, worked in Education for many years.
Sadly, Barbara Hurley Bouchard

Dutch & Rita Ducharme

9 April 2021

There are so many memories with Gary that it would take a book to mention.
His sense of humor was extraordinary and never suppressed. I chuckle so often when I think of our escapades with all our close friends at IBE in Bonita Springs, FL. How we laughed and shared special times.
Doris, we will always keep in touch and hold you as a very special friend in our lives forever.
God bless you all. Rita & "Butch" Ducharme

Anita Poulin

9 April 2021

Gary and I worked together at the Sun Journal in the Art Department for several years. He was a nice man to work with as well as a talented artist with a good sense of humor.
Please accept my sincere sympathy!
Anita F Poulin

Cameron Marr

6 April 2021

I wish we spent more time together Grampy. I love and cherish the times we did have.
Love Cameron and Cammy.