Charles E. Bickford
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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Charles E. Bickford, 52, of Emery's Bridge Rd in South Berwick, died suddenly on December 17, 2012 at home.
Born April 29, 1960, growing up in South Berwick, Maine, his fondest memories as a boy came from riding in his father's dump truck over the mountain into York to enjoy a popular "Flo Dog," and learning one of his favorite past times from his mother, cooking.
He had a knack to pick up any skill that had to do with his hands. He wanted to drive anything that had an engine and self-taught himself one of his favorite trades, woodworking.
His first job was at Flynn's Market where everyone in the Berwick's grew to love the "Chuckie" we all know today. He was the bag boy that would help anyone with his signature dimpled smile.
He graduated Marshwood High School in 1978 and attended Tractor Trailer School. From there, he trucked every state East of the Mississippi, and hauled boats with his Uncle Junior and closest cousin, Joe Murphy. He worked back to Maine, and overlooked a job site in Portland for newly built cranes when he was just 21. After his father's sudden death, Chuck settled back in South Berwick. He worked at Public Service of New Hampshire until he was laid off and picked up a job at to Eastern Propane. After a successful career at Eastern, he could not pass up the opportunity to work for his best friend, Jimmy Roberge's company, Coastal Construction at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Chuck stayed here until he fell ill in his final years. At every job, he was known as the hardest worker and had many awards to show for it.
Chuck was the jokester with an infectious smile and quick wit that could make light of any situation to brighten someone's day. He loved Maine and wanted everyone around him to have a "wicked" good time. Since he was such a handy man, everyone called him if something broke, and he never hesitated to lend a helping hand. Everyone remembered him as the only guy that had the capability of doing anything he put his mind to. He was a simple man with a big heart, and family always came first. If he wasn't working, he was running the concession stand at his son's swim meets or napping in his beloved recliner.
Chuck was predeceased by his father Ray B. Bickford and his sister Charlene Rae Bickford.
He is survived by his two sons, Jesse R. Bickford and Jacob A. Bickford of Lebanon, Maine; his former wife and love of his life Kim A. Bickford of Lebanon, Maine; his mother Monica M. Bickford and his best friend and sister Rebecca L. Michaud of South Berwick, Maine; two nephews, Sean M. Michaud of South Berwick, Maine; Troy M. Michaud of Berwick, Maine; and niece Monica K. Michaud of South Berwick, Maine.
There will be no service at this time, but calls and visits to the family will be accepted.
There will be a "Celebration of Chuck's Life" held on his birthday April 29, 2013, TBD.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Emery's Bridge Association in care of Reinhold Holton, 325 Emery's Bridge Rd, South Berwick, Maine 03908.
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Published in Fosters from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, 2012