Gail Ann Trafford
September 4, 1950 – March 10, 2018
Gail Ann Trafford, 67, of Raymond, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2018. She was born in Portland, Maine, on September 4, 1950, the daughter of Raymond and Muriel (Brown) Trafford. Gail graduated from Deering High School and attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent. From an early age, Gail had a love for animals. Family members will tell you it was not unusual to see a stray trailing behind her to be adopted into the family. In her adult life, she had her share of interesting dogs, and more recently enjoyed dog-sitting for neighbors and friends. Gail was known for her kindness, generosity, laugh, love for the outdoors, independence, and her care for others. Her nieces and nephews said that Auntie Gail had a gift for making people feel special and loved. Everyone benefitted from her infectious laugh and playful attitude. Her greatest joy was sharing her camp. During many family celebrations she hosted at camp, her goal was to ensure everyone had fun, plenty to eat, and enjoyed the lake. She loved her family and friends. One of her luxuries was sipping coffee while kayaking around the lake on beautiful days. Gail’s refrigerator door was covered in pictures of her nieces, nephews and dogs. But, you could also see many quotes that reflected how she lived her life. One said: “Life is short. Forgive Quickly. Love Truly. Laugh Uncontrollably and, Let your Light shine Brightly for all the World to See.” Gail retired from Maine Medical Center in 2017 where she worked for over 33 years as a buyer on the clinical engineering team. She was always smiling and laughing with colleagues. An interaction with Gail definitely made your day better. Gail took pride in her work, always doing more than was required. Gail is predeceased by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by her brother, Timothy and his wife, Harriet, of Waterville; nieces, Kim Dubay and her husband, Dennis of Windham, and Courtney Trafford of Asheville, North Carolina, nephews, David Trafford and his wife, Cheryl of Gray and Christopher Trafford of Vassalboro, many great nieces and nephews, Aunt Priscilla Oakes of Fairfield, Aunt Ginny Trafford of Conway, New Hampshire, many cousins, and many special friends, including Barbara Needham and Diane Herrick. Gail gave in death as she gave in life; she was an organ and tissue donor. All are invited to visiting hours on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 5-8p.m. at the Jones, Rich, and Barnes Funeral Home. A celebration service of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Jones, Rich, and Barnes Funeral Home in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals or the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.
- Visiting Hours Friday, March 16, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, March 17, 2018
Gail Ann Trafford
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March 17, 2018
Our condolences to Gail’s family and friends. We worked with Gail at MMC and everything that was said about Gail in her Obit is so true. She did have an infectious laugh, was a very dedicated worker and was loved by everyone.
I remember when I first started at MMC in 1996, she was in her office, I was in the shop talking about trying to find something (I cannot remember what it was now) and Gail yells out to me “Sandy! Check out Amazon!” It was the first time I ever heard of Amazon!
We shall fondly remember her calling Randy - “Dandy Randy”😊.
Rest In Peace my dear friend, you left us way too soon, You shall be missed by many.
Sandy and Randy Fowler
New Gloucester, ME
March 15, 2018
My condolences to your family. I have known Gail since we were in Brownies at Central Square Baptist Church with Mrs. Strout. It was always good to see her in the halls at MMC. I am deeply saddened .
March 13, 2018
Thank you for the laughs, love and wonderful memories, AG. I love you and miss you terribly