OBITUARY

Richard Briggs Gatchell Jr.

November 7, 1948July 24, 2018
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Lewiston- Richard B. Gatchell Jr. (Getch) 69 of Torrey Rd. Poland, died Tuesday July 24, at CMMC with his loving family at his side. He was born in Lewiston on November 7, 1948 a son of Richard and Helen Verderber Gatchell. He was educated in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, class of 1967. While at ELHS, he was a star football and baseball player and a member of the ski team.

Getch was always very involved in local athletics, he umpired softball, he was a referee for youth football, bowled in several bowling leagues through the years, coached several different teams and was a very active member of The Auburn Grand Stand Club. He also was a member of Tranquil Lodge and the Kora Shrine, where he was the Master of Ceremonies for the Second Section 27 years.

Rick married the former Margaret "Peggy" Sawyer on August 27, 1988, and together they shared many happy times with their family and many friends. Rick owned and operated "Getch's" in Auburn in the mid 70s and again in Turner in the 90s where he made many lasting friendships. He also worked at WD Matthew's, L&A Tent and Awning and most recently was a Funeral Attendant at The Fortin Group Funeral Homes, a job he truly enjoyed and he helped several families over the years.

Getch knew everyone and if he didn't know you he made it a point to get to know you in just a few minutes. He had a great sense of humor and a way to always make people laugh, he was the life of any party and will be missed by so may true friends and family. He enjoyed following the local sport teams and watching old westerns. For the past five years he and Peggy stayed in Zephyrhills Florida for the winters where he again made several new friends. He loved being down there and looked forward to spending his winters there. He also loved his family and especially loved his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years Peggy Gatchell of Poland, his mother Helen V. Gatchell of Auburn, his daughter Katie Gatchell Asselin and her husband Coby of Auburn, his step son Kevin Simoneau and his wife Robin of Turner, his step daughter Tracy Mathews and her husband Bob of Lewiston, his two sisters Susan and Diane Gatchell both of Auburn, his brother David V. Gatchell of Casco, his five grandchildren: Kirsten and Jacob Lupher and Cassie Asselin all of Auburn, Spencer Simoneau and his wife Cara of Poland and Parker Simoneau of Turner, and a great grandson Spencer James Simoneau Jr. He was predeceased by his father Richard Briggs Gatchell.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Rick's life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation Fortin Auburn Friday July 27 from 2-4 & 6-8. A funeral will be celebrated on Saturday July, 28 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Committal will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his memory may do so to The Shriner's Hospital 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104-2396. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Getch is survived by his wife of almost 30 years Peggy Gatchell of Poland, his mother Helen V. Gatchell of Auburn, his daughter Katie Gatchell Asselin and her husband Coby of Auburn, his step son Kevin Simoneau and his wife Robin of Turner, his step daughter Tracy Mathews and her husband Bob of Lewiston, his two sisters Susan and Diane Gatchell both of Auburn, his brother David V. Gatchell of Casco, his five grandchildren: Kirsten and Jacob Lupher and Cassie Asselin all of Auburn, Spencer Simoneau and his wife Cara of Poland and Parker Simoneau of Turner, and a great grandson Spencer James Simoneau Jr. He was predeceased by his father Richard Briggs Gatchell.
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Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service for Rick Gatchell Saturday, July 28, 2018
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David Randall

July 29, 2018

We would like to share our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. I have such wonderful memories as the three of us Rick , Harry , and Dave grew up together on Field Ave.

Eileen & Richard Laliberte

July 27, 2018

So sorry for your loss, we will miss this colorful man at Thursday Night Gang in Zephyrhills Florida. He could tell a story better than anyone I know and get a smile out of most. RIP

Mike Murphy

July 26, 2018

So so sorry to hear of Richard's passing . He had special shirts made of my dad's photo when he passed : we toasted dad at Thompson Lake wearing those shirts. I will miss Richard with his friendly wave and smile tooting the horn to us from his pontoon boat as he passed our place on the Beechwoods. Such a great human being.

Bob Mennealy

July 26, 2018

My sinceredt condolences on Rick's passing, he lived +loved life, with agret amount of energy+ gusto, he will be sorely missed.

Katie Asselin

July 25, 2018

Dad was one of a kind. I never quite knew what he might do or say, but that is what made him so special. Who will step up and be our next family entertainer?

Gina (Small) Austin

July 25, 2018

Peggy, I am so sorry to learn of Getch's passing. When I first met him through the Kora Shrine with my husband Dick I immediately took to Getch. His sense of humor, smile and lightheartedness was infectious. Getch also helped me through Dick's passing and I will be forever grateful. I'm pretty sure Dick and Getch will be having a few laughs in heaven at our expense no doubt. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Peace and Grace, Gina

Missy Twitchell

July 25, 2018

Over the years, I've had the honor to be able to work with Rick on several occasions, he had a way about him that could bring light just when we needed it most. His zest for life and sense of humor will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. My condolences to the entire family.

Claire Bryant

July 25, 2018

We are saddened to hear of Rick's passing. May the memories made console you during this most difficult time.

Claire and Scott Bryant

Paula Cook

July 25, 2018

Our condolences to Peggy, Katie and the entire family. We will miss Rick at our "Thursdaynightgang " get togethers in Zephyrhills. He always had such great stories to tell and we will especially miss his delicious Kumquat Pie. RIP

Tim Cox

July 25, 2018

Rick and I go back many years. Our dads were best friends and Rick and I played Little League for different teams. It was always fun when Rick and I pitched against each other. Then his dad would take us both up to their camp and go water skiing. Rich was a very funny man, all I had to do was just look at him and laugh. Thanks for the memories my friend.

Biography

Lewiston- Richard B. Gatchell Jr. (Getch) 69 of Torrey Rd. Poland, died Tuesday July 24, at CMMC with his loving family at his side. He was born in Lewiston on November 7, 1948 a son of Richard and Helen Verderber Gatchell. He was educated in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, class of 1967. While at ELHS, he was a star football and baseball player and a member of the ski team.

Getch was always very involved in local athletics, he umpired softball, he was a referee for youth football, bowled in several bowling leagues through the years, coached several different teams and was a very active member of The Auburn Grand Stand Club. He also was a member of Tranquil Lodge and the Kora Shrine, where he was the Master of Ceremonies for the Second Section 27 years.

Rick married the former Margaret "Peggy" Sawyer on August 27, 1988, and together they shared many happy times with their family and many friends. Rick owned and operated Getch's in Auburn in the mid 70s and again in Turner in the 90s where he made many lasting friendships. He also worked at WD Matthew's, L&A Tent and Awning and most recently was a Funeral Attendant at The Fortin Group Funeral Homes, a job he truly enjoyed and he helped several families over the years.

Getch knew everyone and if he didn't know you he made it a point to get to know you in just a few minutes. He had a great sense of humor and a way to always make people laugh, he was the life of any party and will be missed by so may true friends and family. He enjoyed following the local sport teams and watching old westerns. For the past five years he and Peggy stayed in Zephyrhills Florida for the winters where he again made several new friends. He loved being down there and looked forward to spending his winters there. He also loved his family and especially loved his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years Peggy Gatchell of Poland, his mother Helen V. Gatchell of Auburn, his daughter Katie Gatchell Asselin and her husband Coby of Auburn, his step son Kevin Simoneau and his wife Robin of Turner, his step daughter Tracy Mathews and her husband Bob of Lewiston, his two sisters Susan and Diane Gatchell both of Auburn, his brother David V. Gatchell of Casco, his five grandchildren: Kirsten and Jacob Lupher and Cassie Asselin all of Auburn, Spencer Simoneau and his wife Cara of Poland and Parker Simoneau of Turner, and a great grandson Spencer James Simoneau Jr. He was predeceased by his father Richard Briggs Gatchell.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Rick's life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation Fortin Auburn Friday July 27 from 2-4 & 6-8. A funeral will be celebrated on Saturday July, 28 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Committal will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his memory may do so to The Shriner's Hospital 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104-2396. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.