1937 – 2014
MONMOUTH — It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the passing of Gilbert “Gib” O. Pettengill, 76, a resident of Monmouth. Gib passed away at home on Sunday, Oct. 26, surrounded by his loving family and caring companion. It was a true gift for Gib to be at home and an honor for his family to be by his side to support him as he started a new beginning, where his spirit shall now shine for all time.
He was born in Leeds on Oct. 30, 1937, a son of Marion Lula Burgess and John Russell Pettengill. Gib contracted polio at the age of 15 and spent six months at the Hyde Home for Rehabilitation, but he and his family never considered him handicapped.
He graduated from Leavitt High School and then linotype school in New York. He began his career in printing and worked for Knowlton McLeary Publishers, Pettengill Printing and the Kennebec Journal, until his retirement in 1994, but he kept busy in retirement with his part-time job delivering and picking up parts and vehicles.
Gib met and married his beloved wife of 47 years, Sandy Peare, on Aug. 8, 1958. Gib and Sandy moved to Monmouth in 1963, where he and Sandy took great pride in their home and their growing family, which included two daughters, Julie and Wendy, and one son, Scott. Gib was very close to his family and enjoyed the time they spent together, including many years of snowmobiling and camping; coffee breaks with his brother, Rod; long phone conversations with his sister, Ged; and wintering in Florida.
He was active for many years with Cochnewagan Trailblazer’s Snowmobile Club and enjoyed getting together with classmates, baking and taking scenic drives along the East Coast. He was also an avid New England sports fan.
Gib was a kind, compassionate and quiet man who made a lasting impression on his family, his friends and everyone who met him. Gib was also admired and respected for his determination and positive outlook on life.
He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Douglas and her husband, Merle, of Monmouth and Julie Wright and her husband, Phil, of Monmouth; four grandchildren, Chad Wright and his wife, Stephanie, of Monmouth, Leslie Carr and her husband, Joe, of Monmouth, Brandon Wright of Augusta and Lindsay Douglas of Monmouth; great-grandchildren, Ayden Barr of Monmouth, Brock Wright of Augusta, Kendal Wright and Baby Girl Wright of Monmouth; a sister, Geraldine “Ged” Saunders, of Winterport; a brother, Rodney Pettengill and his wife, Shirley, of Leeds; his brother-in-law, Sonny Peare and his companion, Doris, of Bucksport; his sister-in-law, Mary Paradis and husband, Armand, of Thomaston; many nieces and nephews; his companion, Judy Bryant, of Winthrop and her family, especially Jinny Bryant and her companion, Dick Hayford; and grandchildren, Zach, Casey, Sara, Joey and Lorin.
He was predeceased by his wife, Sandy; his son, Scott Pettengill; his parents, John and Marion Pettengill; father- and mother-in-law, Arland and Mabel Peare; brother, John Pettengill; sister-in-law, Nedra Pettengill; sister-in-law, Marlene Petersen; brother-in-law, Charlie Petersen; brother-in-law, Richard Dick Saunders; and nephews, Kenny Peare, Kent Saunders and Justin Pettengill.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.