HARPSWELL – Gary John “Pa Smurf” Gaydos, 62, of Hildreth Road, Harpswell, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 11, at a local hospital.

He was born in Lewiston on Nov. 19, 1946, the son of John and Katherine Karsmar Gaydos. He graduated from Lisbon High School and received an engineering degree from Maine Maritime Academy in 1969. He was commissioned as a lieutenant JG and later became a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

He married Suzanne I. Moody in Lisbon Falls on Sept. 25, 1971.

He was employed as a 2d Marine Engineer for Sunoco Oil from 1969 to 1994. More recently, he was employed at Foreign Auto in Harpswell.

Gary enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening, camping, hunting and taking care of his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of Harpswell; three sons, Matthew G. Gaydos and his fiancée, Jeannette Morissette, of Wales, and Randall J. Gaydos and Gaven T. Gaydos, both of Harpswell; a brother, John Gaydos and his wife, Terry, of South Portland; three grandchildren, Giavanna, Logan and Gabrielle; and many nieces and nephews.

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