OBITUARY

Donald C. Gautier Jr.

September 7, 1948April 3, 2019
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Auburn-Donald Clifford Gautier Jr., 70, of Pride Rd. in Auburn passed away at Androscoggin Hospice on April 3, 2019, his 48th wedding anniversary. Don lived valiantly for seven years with metastatic prostate cancer and died surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Don was born September 7, 1948 in Lewiston, ME, the second child and only son of Donald C. and Margaret Adams Gautier Sr. He grew up on Shepley St. in Auburn with his sister Margaret. The neighborhood was full of children and Don enjoyed many hours playing outside and at Pettingill Park, learning to ski at Lost Valley, and playing tennis with his Dad. His summers were spent on Casco Terrace in Falmouth where he learned to swim and sail and fell in love with the ocean and all types of boats. He attended Lake St. School, Webster Junior High, and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1966. After a year at Maine Central Institute Don attended the University of Maine in Orono where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing in 1971. He was treasurer of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and received medals in ROTC.

Don met Patricia McCallum of Portland in 1970 and they married in April 1971. Don and Pat had three children in Portland before moving to Lewiston in 1974 and then Auburn in 1985. Don worked for Maine National Bank in Portland in the summers and after college before beginning his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1974. He retired from the Postal Service in 2011 as manager of Business Mail Entry at the District of Maine headquarters in Portland. He was well respected by his colleagues and made lasting friendships with them. Don was most proud of the two assignments he had at Postal Headquarters in Washington D.C. in 2004 and 2005 when he helped develop the Postal One program that is still being used in post offices today. He fell in love with the city and loved to walk from end to end for hours. Pat visited him there and through his excitement fell in love with the city too. They returned in 2016 when Pat retired and were able to enjoy the city all over again.

Don was a quiet man with a gentle spirit and a unique sense of humor. He lived for his family and instilled in them the importance of the family bond. He took very seriously his obligation to provide for them financially and to support them in all they did. He worked hard to keep his yard maintained all year round and had clear expectations of what needed to be done and how to do it correctly. He always encouraged Pat to pursue her interests outside the home and supported her many endeavors. He was a hands on Dad beginning with walking Jenny on Baxter Boulevard in Portland before it became a popular walking spot. He was always in the yard playing ball with Ben and Jon and the neighborhood kids. He was so proud of the way their lives unfolded only wanting the best for them. This continued with all of his grandchildren whom he loved dearly recognizing the uniqueness of each one. Don renewed his spirit being by the ocean, walking the beach, sitting on a pier, perusing the boats in a marina, or sailing on Casco Bay. His summers spent on Casco Terrace growing up were very special to him. He loved the Rockland area and was happy whenever he walked the rock barrier that protects Rockland Harbor. Often on his lunch hour he would walk from his office near Deering Oaks to Portland Harbor and back. His happy place in recent years has been Old Orchard Beach where he walked the beach and felt at peace. His daughter married into a “lake” family and he enjoyed many hours on the water there as well. In 2015 he made his dream trip to Juneau, Alaska with his daughter Jenny, his sister Peg, and his grandson Hunter. He loved the experience. Don played golf with his sons, son-in-law, and grandsons and also played with a foursome of postal friends. He followed men and women’s golf rooting for Tiger, Phil, and Annika among others. He cheered on the USA women’s soccer team and was passionate about the Patriots! He and Pat were part of the “Supper Group” and enjoyed many Friday night gatherings and several memorable adventures. Although quiet Don always managed to insert a joke or hilarious remark at just the right moment. He is already greatly missed. His steadfast determination throughout is illness was an inspiration to everyone who traveled this journey with him.

Don is survived by his wife Patricia Gautier of Auburn, his sister Margaret “Peg” Gautier of Old Orchard Beach, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Mike Johnson and their sons Hunter, Matthew, and Noah of Gray, his son Benjamin Gautier and his children Isaac and Olivia of Auburn, and his son Jonathan and his wife Trisha Gautier and their children Jacob and Rylee of North Attleboro, MA, and a large extended family and friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Sarah Skelton of Family Health Associates and Dr. Christian Thomas and his staff at New England Cancer Specialists for their unwavering support. Thanks also to the wonderful staff at the Androscoggin Hospice where he was cared for with loving compassion. Visitation Fortin Auburn Monday April 8, from 4-7 PM. Funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday April 9, at 11 AM at The First Universalist Church 169 Pleasant St. Auburn, ME. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240 in memory of Donald C. Gautier, Jr. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Don’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

God saw you getting weary.

He did what He thought best.

He put his arms around you

and said, "Come and rest."

He opened up His golden gates

on that heartbreaking day,

And with His arms around you,

you gently slipped away.

It broke our hearts to lose you.

You did not go alone.

A part of us went with you,

the day God called you home.

  • FAMILY

  • Don is survived by his wife Patricia Gautier of Auburn, his sister Margaret “Peg” Gautier of Old Orchard Beach, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Mike Johnson and their sons Hunter, Matthew, and Noah of Gray, his son Benjamin Gautier and his children Isaac and Olivia of Auburn, and his son Jonathan and his wife Trisha Gautier and their children Jacob and Rylee of North Attleboro, MA, and a large extended family and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice House of Androscoggin Home health care & Hospice

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Donald C. Gautier Jr.

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Lucy Guay

April 9, 2019

Dear Pat,
Thinking of you this morning as the funeral is about to begin. Wish we could be there. Don was a very special man, and I am so grateful we got to reconnect in later life and spend some quality time as couples. Sending you love and praying for you and your family!
Lucy and Jon Guay

David Shepherd

April 7, 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Don. I worked alongside him at countless Postmaster meetings and postal seminars. His presentations were always very informative, as well as humorous. He was a great joy to be around, and was a truly dedicated employee of the Postal Service. On behalf of the United Postmasters and Managers of America, Maine Chapter of Retirees, I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Don Gauthier. We have lost a dear friend.

David Shepherd, President
Maine Chapter of Retired Postmasters and Managers

Lori Twiss

April 7, 2019

Pat, I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. It always amazed me how both of you showed love and care for each other, your family and friends. It’s truly a loss.
I’ll always remember the time at your birthday party when Don and Dana compared the lengths of their pony tails, well Don tried to make a ponytail. Another memory I’ll carry are the days Don spent at school as he kept you off the cliff. He gently smiled as he diligently worked to help put the library back in order after the summer the books were removed and group nilly-willy in the hall as the carpet was installed.
Dana and I both send you and your family our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
Love and prayers to all.
Lori and Dana

Carol Shaw-Bourgeois

April 7, 2019

Patty and family. My sincere sympathy at the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I hope that your special memories will help you through this very sad time.

Vicki Leo

April 6, 2019

Pat,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. The battle is over and he is at peace. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.
Vicki

Sharon O’Leary

April 6, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. My condolences to his family, especially Peggy, who used to be my neighbor, and a friend, when I lived in Old Orchard Beach.

He was a great man with that dry sense of humor. He always made me laugh! You never knew what he was going to do, or say. I remember one time we were at a postmaster meeting in Portland, and when it came time for Don’s presentation, he walked in with a purple wig on. He had the entire room laughing.

Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed!!!

Marianne Reali

April 6, 2019

Dear Pat, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful husband! His obituary was a great testament as to the wonderful man that he was! My condolences to you and your family. God bless and protect all of you . Your friend, Marianne Reali

Mari Dieumegard

April 6, 2019

I will always remember Don's kind, gentle soul and the twinkle in his eyes. He was quick to smile and seemed most content when surrounded by his large family. I am grateful that he was comforted by them and their love in his last moments. Peace and love to Pat and the entire family.

Laura Sturgis

April 6, 2019

My most sincere condolences to you all; especially to you Pat. It's been a long journey for you both and I am sorry to learn of his passing. I only know that Hospice House makes that last transition as comfortable and loving as is humanly possible. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. Sending loving thoughts your way.
Laura

Robert and Gloria Limoges

April 6, 2019

Pat,
We are both saddened by Don’s passing. Though anticipated, we know the heartache is real. I am sorry we can’t be there to share stories as we are still in Colorado. Hopefully we can connect this Summer and have some time together.
Bob and Gloria

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Biography

Auburn-Donald Clifford Gautier Jr., 70, of Pride Rd. in Auburn passed away at Androscoggin Hospice on April 3, 2019, his 48th wedding anniversary. Don lived valiantly for seven years with metastatic prostate cancer and died surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Don was born September 7, 1948 in Lewiston, ME, the second child and only son of Donald C. and Margaret Adams Gautier Sr. He grew up on Shepley St. in Auburn with his sister Margaret. The neighborhood was full of children and Don enjoyed many hours playing outside and at Pettingill Park, learning to ski at Lost Valley, and playing tennis with his Dad. His summers were spent on Casco Terrace in Falmouth where he learned to swim and sail and fell in love with the ocean and all types of boats. He attended Lake St. School, Webster Junior High, and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1966. After a year at Maine Central Institute Don attended the University of Maine in Orono where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing in 1971. He was treasurer of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and received medals in ROTC. Don met Patricia McCallum of Portland in 1970 and they married in April 1971. Don and Pat had three children in Portland before moving to Lewiston in 1974 and then Auburn in 1985. Don worked for Maine National Bank in Portland in the summers and after college before beginning his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1974. He retired from the Postal Service in 2011 as manager of Business Mail Entry at the District of Maine headquarters in Portland. He was well respected by his colleagues and made lasting friendships with them. Don was most proud of the two assignments he had at Postal Headquarters in Washington D.C. in 2004 and 2005 when he helped develop the Postal One program that is still being used in post offices today. He fell in love with the city and loved to walk from end to end for hours. Pat visited him there and through his excitement fell in love with the city too. They returned in 2016 when Pat retired and were able to enjoy the city all over again.Don was a quiet man with a gentle spirit and a unique sense of humor. He lived for his family and instilled in them the importance of the family bond. He took very seriously his obligation to provide for them financially and to support them in all they did. He worked hard to keep his yard maintained all year round and had clear expectations of what needed to be done and how to do it correctly. He always encouraged Pat to pursue her interests outside the home and supported her many endeavors. He was a hands on Dad beginning with walking Jenny on Baxter Boulevard in Portland before it became a popular walking spot. He was always in the yard playing ball with Ben and Jon and the neighborhood kids. He was so proud of the way their lives unfolded only wanting the best for them. This continued with all of his grandchildren whom he loved dearly recognizing the uniqueness of each one. Don renewed his spirit being by the ocean, walking the beach, sitting on a pier, perusing the boats in a marina, or sailing on Casco Bay. His summers spent on Casco Terrace growing up were very special to him. He loved the Rockland area and was happy whenever he walked the rock barrier that protects Rockland Harbor. Often on his lunch hour he would walk from his office near Deering Oaks to Portland Harbor and back. His happy place in recent years has been Old Orchard Beach where he walked the beach and felt at peace. His daughter married into a “lake” family and he enjoyed many hours on the water there as well. In 2015 he made his dream trip to Juneau, Alaska with his daughter Jenny, his sister Peg, and his grandson Hunter. He loved the experience. Don played golf with his sons, son-in-law, and grandsons and also played with a foursome of postal friends. He followed men and women’s golf rooting for Tiger, Phil, and Annika among others. He cheered on the USA women’s soccer team and was passionate about the Patriots! He and Pat were part of the “Supper Group” and enjoyed many Friday night gatherings and several memorable adventures. Although quiet Don always managed to insert a joke or hilarious remark at just the right moment. He is already greatly missed. His steadfast determination throughout is illness was an inspiration to everyone who traveled this journey with him.

Don is survived by his wife Patricia Gautier of Auburn, his sister Margaret “Peg” Gautier of Old Orchard Beach, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Mike Johnson and their sons Hunter, Matthew, and Noah of Gray, his son Benjamin Gautier and his children Isaac and Olivia of Auburn, and his son Jonathan and his wife Trisha Gautier and their children Jacob and Rylee of North Attleboro, MA, and a large extended family and friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Sarah Skelton of Family Health Associates and Dr. Christian Thomas and his staff at New England Cancer Specialists for their unwavering support. Thanks also to the wonderful staff at the Androscoggin Hospice where he was cared for with loving compassion. Visitation Fortin Auburn Monday April 8, from 4-7 PM. Funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday April 9, at 11 AM at The First Universalist Church 169 Pleasant St. Auburn, ME. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240 in memory of Donald C. Gautier, Jr. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Don’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.