OBITUARY

Gary J. Sacco

November 1, 1955March 10, 2019
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PORTLAND: Gary Joseph Sacco, 63, of Poland passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at Maine Medical Center in Portland shortly after honoring one of his fallen brothers of the Fire Department. He was born in Portland, ME on November 1, 1955 a son of the late Arthur and Mary (Mellen) Sacco. He grew up in the Portland area and attended local schools there.

Shortly after high school, Gary became involved with various Fire and Rescue Departments. He later became Fire Chief for the Town of New Gloucester and also represented the Poland Fire Dept. and most currently, was serving as Chief for the Oxford Fire and Rescue Dept. He was very passionate about firefighting, everything it involved and helping people. It was a true calling for him. He was a current member of the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, the Maine Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Coastal Mutual Aid and was an instructor with the Maine Fire Service Institute. He was a past member of the Metro Fire Chiefs. On September 28, 2013 he married Sandra Samson in Portland and the two of them spent several wonderful years together. Gary will always be remembered for his love of serving others. He also loved spending time with his wife at their "Happy Place" on the water enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Gary was adventurous and creative. He also enjoyed the game of golf. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Marble “Marbs” and Kaci "Lynn". He will be greatly missed by many family, friends and colleagues. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra “Sandi” Sacco of Poland; his children, Laurie Sacco of Portland and Anthony Sacco of Bangor; his step-children, Toby Lebel and his fiancée Cristie along with their daughter Lillee of Poland and Todd Lebel and his wife Ashley of Lewiston and his “Papa’s Girl” Corinne "Rose Marie Johnson". He also leaves behind his sisters, Debra Burke and her husband William of Old Orchard Beach, Mary Woods and her husband James of South Portland and Clara Sacco also of South Portland; his grandchildren, Corey, Marissa, Joe, Mercedes, Anthony and Nevaeh; his great-grandchildren, Kylee, Julian and Hunter and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Mary Sacco, his father Arthur Sacco and his brother Wayne Sacco.

Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Friday March 15, 2019 from 5-9pm. A funeral service celebrating his life will take place at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 256 Main St. South Paris, ME on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 11am. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Gary’s memory to the Oxford Fireman’s Association 701 Main St. Oxford, ME 04270 to support the Oxford, Poland and New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Depts.

Condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Gary is survived by his loving wife, Sandra “Sandi” Sacco of Poland; his children, Laurie Sacco of Portland and Anthony Sacco of Bangor; his step-children, Toby Lebel and his fiancée Cristie along with their daughter Lillee of Poland and Todd Lebel and his wife Ashley of Lewiston and his “Papa’s Girl” Corinne "Rose Marie Johnson". He also leaves behind his sisters, Debra Burke and her husband William of Old Orchard Beach, Mary Woods and her husband James of South Portland and Clara Sacco also of South Portland; his grandchildren, Corey, Marissa, Joe, Mercedes, Anthony and Nevaeh; his great-grandchildren, Kylee, Julian and Hunter and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Mary Sacco, his father Arthur Sacco and his brother Wayne Sacco.
  • DONATIONS

  • Oxford Fireman’s Association 701 Main St. Oxford, ME 04270 to support the Oxford, Poland and New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Depts.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gary J. Sacco

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Timmy O'Brien

March 17, 2019

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the entire Sacco family.I haven't seen Gary since he left his job at Maine Med so it's been way too many years.After hearing everyone speak at the service yesterday of his dedication to whatever the task at hand was,or his sense of humor,or his enjoyment of an "adult beverage",I realized that although all of these years have gone by,those qualities were the same as when I knew him and became good friends way back when we first met at the South Portland Rollerdrome.Many times he would come to my house between the afternoon and evening times at the Rollerdrome for supper.There was an all in one pasta dinner in a box back then,Chef Boy-ar-dee maybe ? It had the spaghetti,a can of sauce,and a small container of grated cheese.My mother would make that every time just for Gary.He loved that stuff.I'll be looking to see if it's still available on my next trip to the grocery store and I'll be getting some to bring home if it is and I'll cook it up just for old times sake.Forty plus years have gone by since then and selfishly I am so sad to know I will never see him again.I cannot pretend to even imagine what all of you are going through.Gary has left a lifelong impression on me because of the person he was and I'm proud to have known him.

God Bless all of you.
Godspeed Gary,my old dear friend.
Timmy O'Brien

Marissa Morrison (Sacco)

March 16, 2019

Wow 😥 I write this in tears as I watched the most beautiful service I have seen. It took hours before I could even gain the will to type this. I may have not have been there because I could not gain the courage to walk among hundreds of men and women grieving from your lost but just know I was there in heart. Papa you will forever be missed, loved and honored. I would not be the woman I am today if it was not for you. In middle school I knew I wanted to follow your foot steps to become a fire fighter. Once I was old enough you would come get me at moms and bring me to your house to wait for that alarm. I remember my first time hearing it like it was yesterday. We were at your house playing with the dogs and I heard it. I looked at you and saw that huge smile. You then said "well kid get to it, it's time to go" we jumped in your red chief truck and were on the go. I followed you around that day like your shadow. Ever since then I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I may have strayed away from the fire fighter scene to have a family but I know it will forever be in my blood. One day soon I will be back in that uniform, my name may not say sacco on the back but I promise you I will act how you taught me, train like you showed me and gain the respect that the last name deserves. You were a hero to every man and women who had the pleasure of meeting you. Everytime that alarm sounds I will forever remember that smile you had that day and never forget what you said to me. Your name will never be forget and live on for hundreds of years as not only the best chief but man that lived. I love you.

Chief Martin Jordan (Ret.)

March 15, 2019

To all of the Sacco family,

So sorry for your loss of such a great guy. He was a good friend and I will never forget our group road trips to Boston. Way to young and a big loss to the Fire Service. My thoughts and profound sympathy to all of you.

Steven Tracy

March 15, 2019

My deepest condolences to Debbie, Clara and Mary. It's been years but I always remember all the great times Gary and I had as kids. The ice bergs we jumped in the gully, the time I "ran away from home" to your house, the Globe, train hopping, roller skating at the Rollerdrone. As kids we were best friends. As adults, the years seem to fly quickly by. I knew he had went on to work at M.M.C. my sister Patty worked there as well, so I did run into him back then. But I had no idea he had join the Fire Dept. When the news mentioned his name I searched hoping it wasn't the Gary I knew and grew up with. I was very sadden to hear that it was him who lost his life, while attending that brave fireman's celebration of life. My deepest condolences to you three women and his children and his wife.

Gary Briggs

March 15, 2019

Dear Family of Gary,

We worked for Honeywell at the time Gary was employed at MMC. We always enjoyed working with him and his crew. He treated us as one of his own and we never forgot that about him. He made us feel welcome. We have many, many fond memories of this time and will miss him greatly. Our prayers go to his family.

Thank you,
Gary Briggs and Anne DeVany

Janet and Keith Smaldon

March 15, 2019

As former New Gloucester residents, our home was under the protection of Gary as our Fire Chief.
At the time of the planning for the new Fire Station, I was on The Planning Board. I shared and supported his vision for the future of fire protection for the Town of New Gloucester.
With so many others, my husband and I were shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to all his loving family members.
Janet Smaldon

Nancy & Connie Pinette-Pelkey

March 14, 2019

Thank you, Gary for being a strong shoulder to lean on during a very difficult time for me. The support and friendship you and Sandi have shown Connie and I means more than we could ever say. You're the best!

Larry Larson

March 13, 2019

Gary was the best of the best! He will be missed.

Laurie Sacco

March 13, 2019

Fred & Maggie Viola

March 13, 2019

To the Sacco family so sorry for your loss will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.

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Biography

PORTLAND: Gary Joseph Sacco, 63, of Poland passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at Maine Medical Center in Portland shortly after honoring one of his fallen brothers of the Fire Department. He was born in Portland, ME on November 1, 1955 a son of the late Arthur and Mary (Mellen) Sacco. He grew up in the Portland area and attended local schools there.
Shortly after high school, Gary became involved with various Fire and Rescue Departments. He later became Fire Chief for the Town of New Gloucester and also represented the Poland Fire Dept. and most currently, was serving as Chief for the Oxford Fire and Rescue Dept. He was very passionate about firefighting, everything it involved and helping people. It was a true calling for him.
He was a current member of the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, the Maine Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Coastal Mutual Aid and was an instructor with the Maine Fire Service Institute. He was a past member of the Metro Fire Chiefs. On September 28, 2013 he married Sandra Samson in Portland and the two of them spent several wonderful years together.
Gary will always be remembered for his love of serving others. He also loved spending time with his wife at their "Happy Place" on the water enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Gary was adventurous and creative. He also enjoyed the game of golf. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Marble “Marbs” and Kaci "Lynn". He will be greatly missed by many family, friends and colleagues.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra “Sandi” Sacco of Poland; his children, Laurie Sacco of Portland and Anthony Sacco of Bangor; his step-children, Toby Lebel and his fiancée Cristie along with their daughter Lillee of Poland and Todd Lebel and his wife Ashley of Lewiston and his “Papa’s Girl” Corinne "Rose Marie Johnson". He also leaves behind his sisters, Debra Burke and her husband William of Old Orchard Beach, Mary Woods and her husband James of South Portland and Clara Sacco also of South Portland; his grandchildren, Corey, Marissa, Joe, Mercedes, Anthony and Nevaeh; his great-grandchildren, Kylee, Julian and Hunter and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Mary Sacco, his father Arthur Sacco and his brother Wayne Sacco.
Condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Friday March 15, 2019 from 5-9pm. A funeral service celebrating his life will take place at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 256 Main St. South Paris, ME on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 11am. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Gary’s memory to the Oxford Fireman’s Association 701 Main St. Oxford, ME 04270 to support the Oxford, Poland and New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Depts. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.