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Charles Augustus Gruber


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Charles Augustus Gruber Obituary
Charles Augustus Gruber, 81
SHAPLEIGH - Charles Augustus Gruber passed away from cancer on. Dec. 14, 2016, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. Born in New York on June 8, 1935, he was the son of Charles and Gizella Gruber. He was very proud of his Hungarian heritage and remembered traveling with his father on the crowded subway and speaking in Hungarian rather than English so their conversations were kept private. Charlie graduated from high school and college in New York City where he earned degrees in biology and chemistry.
After college, Charles was drafted and served in the US Army where he worked in the histology lab while stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Following his two years of service he worked in research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC where he met his future wife, Dorinne. Charles and Dorinne shared a love for the dogs they worked with which started a long career of rescuing and adopting beagles. After visiting a cousin who was renting a house on Cliff Island they were determined to move to Maine after they retired. Sadly, Dorinne succumbed to cancer before the move. Charles retired at the age of 49 and after looking at many properties found just what he was looking for in the town of Shapleigh. He moved in 1986 with his mother and two beagles.
His early retirement allowed him the freedom to pursue his diverse interests. He had a passion for classical music and supported many wonderful music organizations in Portland, notably the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He was committed to conservation and environmental protection and was a founding board member of the Three Rivers Land Trust. Charlie essentially developed a second career of community service in Shapleigh. The 2016 Shapleigh town report honored Charlie for his many years of dedicated public service and for his unwavering resolve to better the community. He served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, The Conservation Committee, Rescue Administration, The Assessment Review Board and the Fair Hearing Authority. He served as a poll monitor on voting day and had given himself the title of Town Crier because he posted notices of elections with traditional "Hear Ye, Hear Ye," salutations. He embraced the town and was embraced in turn.
Charles was a frugal man by nature often saying he had learned the value of compound interest at a young age from his father. Charles was also a man of action. He got things done. He was smart, generous with his time and resources, fun loving and had a great sense of humor. He had the remarkable ability to find something to talk about with everyone. Charlie touched many people and organizations with his generosity.
He is survived by his cousins Mary Larkin Bloom (PA), Joan Larkin (Falmouth) and close friends Pat Baldwin (Shapleigh), Anna Desmond (Shapleigh), Estelle Roberge (NM), Bruce St. Thomas (Portland), Beth Van Gorden (Portland) and Kutya (beagle - happily adopted), and the town of Shapleigh itself.
Following his wishes there will not be a service. However, there will be a gathering to celebrate his life in Shapleigh at a later date.

Donations in his memory
may be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
180 US Route 1, Suite 1
Scarborough, ME 04074 or:
West Kennebunk
Animal Welfare Society
46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 28, 2016
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