Vernon Stanley Plummer II

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GORHAM - Vernon Stanley Plummer II ("Chip"), 72, died on May 14, 2017, after a brief but courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Portland on Dec. 25, 1944, the son of Vernon and Irene (Woodbury) Plummer.

Vern grew up in Gray, and was a part of the first graduating class at Gray-New Gloucester High School in 1963, where he was a member of two championship basketball teams.

After high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army. Upon return, he attended the Gorham State Teachers College and completed his bachelor's degree. In June of 1989, he married the love of his life, Jane. The two shared a unique bond not present in many marriages today.

Vern taught math in Gorham for over 32 years, retiring in 2005. He refereed basketball and soccer, and coached varsity high school softball for several years, leading the softball team to two state championships.

Not one to remain idle, Vern joined Jane and worked for the Gorham School Department driving school bus for another 10 years after his retirement from teaching. He also spent many summers working various jobs for the Gorham Recreation Department, which he genuinely enjoyed.

Vern skillfully interwove "life lessons" into his teaching, coaching, and other interactions, wanting to make a difference in the lives of the youth with whom he worked. Often these life lessons incorporated humor. Vern had an amazing sense of humor, often sarcastic, and he loved to laugh and make others laugh. His good-natured teasing was matched with strength, sound advice, and warm hugs.

Friends and family looked up to Vern and meant the world to him. He enjoyed spending time with them at home but also in Jackman - a place very special to him. He worked for years to renovate a camp on Big Wood Pond, home to countless fond memories.

Vern and Jane shared a love for animals - especially dogs - including five beloved rescue dogs in their family through the years.

Recently, he and Jane spent winters in Arizona where he continued to expand his network of friends and happy memories.

Anyone who knew Vern also knew he loved the outdoors, and especially fly fishing. His patient nature made him a gifted teacher at this as well. He took several trips with friends and family out West and to Canada to purse this passion. Vern enjoyed sports tremendously and was an enthusiastic Red Sox and Patriots fan. He also was a talented woodworker and built and refinished beautiful furniture for many years, recently adding wood carving to his repertoire.

Big-hearted, Vern most enjoyed giving handmade gifts to his cherished family.

Vern is survived by his wife Jane Plummer; children, Marissa Plummer of Bradenton, Fla., Matthew Plummer and wife Sarah of Gorham, and Richard Harmon and significant other, Abby Spector of Gray; grandchildren, Payson and Nolan Plummer and Chloe and Fiona Harmon; brothers, William Plummer and fiancée Amanda Fenton of Gray, Stephen Plummer and wife Suzanne Bowen of South Portland; sister, Victoria Plummer and husband Tom Miller of Westbrook; stepmother, Estelle Plummer of Falmouth; several nieces and nephews; and many, many close friends, too numerous to list.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at Shaw Gym, Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St., Gorham. Arrangements are by The Dolby Funeral Chapel, Gorham. To express condolences and to participate in Vern's online tribute, please visit www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Vern's honor can be made to the:
Animal Refuge League
of Greater Portland
PO Box 336
Westbrook, ME 04098






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Funeral Home
Dolby, Blais & Segee - Gorham Chapel
76 State Street
Gorham, ME 04038
(207) 839-4270
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 17, 2017