Robert C. Mayo, 81
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PORTLAND -- Robert C. Mayo, 81, of Portland, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Portland in 1932, he was the son of the late Walter and Doris Mayo. He graduated from Deering High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier 'USS Bon Homme Richard' from 1950 to 1954. Bob joined the Portland Fire Department in 1961 and retired from there in 1984 as acting Chief Deputy. In 1977 he married Karen Thomas and they resided in Portland with their family until his death.
Bob was an avid New England sports fan, rarely missing a televised game. After retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, often camping in the Eastern United States at places such as Huntington Beach, S.C., vacations in Ireland with dear friends Paul and Kathie McCarthy, and enjoying lazy beach days with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla., all being some of his favorite memories.
Bob's life was all about service, protecting the people of Portland from fire danger and serving his community. He volunteered at the soup kitchen for the homeless for well over 20 years, as well as at his church, where he served as moderator for six years and worked on several committees. Also, he and his wife Karen coordinated the Prides Corner Congregational Church Bean Suppers for 14 years, stepping down only when demanded by his health.
He was always regarded as a quiet and thoughtful man in tough situations. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Letitia McLaughlin. Surviving are his beloved wife Karen Mayo and son Michael Mayo, both of Portland; his step children, Mary Thibodeau and partner Richard Fickett of Windham, William Aceto and wife Nancy of Falmouth, David Aceto and wife Patricia of Eliot, Susan Webster and husband Rodney of Windham, Letitia Hodgkins of Windham; as well as several grandchildren.
Committal services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Highland Lake Cemetery, Bridgton Road, Westbrook, at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at Prides Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St., Westbrook, at 11 a.m. Those wishing to send a message of condolence, please visit our web site at: www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
The family would like to send special thanks to Sara Gay for her kind compassionate care during his illness.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations in Bob's memory may be made to:
235 Pride St.
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Robert C. Mayo
434 River Road, Windham
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 1, 2013