AUBURN — Gary Slaughter, 54, our friend and brother, Gary Slaughter, passed on Sunday morning, Aug. 22, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Batton Rouge, La., where he attended Central High School. He led a full and interesting life, always doing his best at everything he tried. As a young man, he hitchhiked across Europe, doing odd jobs to cover expenses. He later proudly served in both the U.S. Marine Corp and the U.S. Navy.

His path then led him from Louisiana to Maine in search of work during a paper mill strike. He refused to cross a picket line. Instead, he joined the Carpenters Local No. 407, and worked on the Lewiston Hydro dam. His idea was to make the concrete wall in front look like the stone blocks to match local building architecture.

He had a great talent for wood carving. His love of wood was apparent to all who saw his works of art. He could take a block of wood and bring it to life, with detailed intricacy.

He loved motorcycles and traveled by two wheels whenever possible. He was a member of the United Bikers of Maine, where he rode for charity on rides like Toys for Tots.

He was proud of his Masonic affiliation and served in many offices of Ashlar Lodge No. 105 in Auburn.

He loved nature and animals, caring for all of God’s creatures the best he could. He treated everyone he encountered with love and respect, gathering a great number of friends along the way.

He was a true giver. He often helped others unselfishly, always thinking of how to improve something. He helped build a friend’s house from start to completion. He donated countless hours to restore the banisters in the entranceway of his local church in Leeds.

Gary lived his life with dignity and respect for others. He left this world surrounded by family and close friends. He had many friends!

He leaves behind his mother, Betty Charlton Fuller; a sister, Cynthia Miley, two brothers, Barry Miley and Thomas Penalber; two aunts, Peggy Kerr and Nan Charlton; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by everyone he touched in this world.

He joined his father, Ivan Slaughter, and sister, Sandra Slaughter, in Heaven.

The staff and volunteers at Hospice House made Gary very comfortable. He made many more friends there. He left this life with honor, respect, and dignity, due to their caring hearts.

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