Reginald R. Burgess

LEEDS – Reginald R. Burgess, 81, of Leeds, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer with his loving family at his side.

Reggie was born in Leeds on Feb. 9, 1940, the second son of Roy and Louise (Ward) Burgess. He lived his whole life in Leeds in the same area. On Aug. 13, 1965, he married Sandra True of Livermore and they were together for 56 years. Reggie was a teenager when he bought his house and later renovated. He took great pride in this home and yard. He was a perfectionist when it came to his lawn. This past summer due to his declining health he had to give up mowing his lawn. But he would watch from his chair while Kevin did this for him.

Reggie had a special talent with rockwork. He and Sandra gathered flat rocks from all over and he built the rock wall at the edge of his property when just in his 20s. Later with the help of Roland Wing, they built rock steps and walkway at the front of his home.

Reggie worked for the state highway as a teenager. Later he worked at the Rumford Paper Mill as a crane operator until his retirement. Reggie was a homebody and if asked to go on a day trip he would often say “that he couldn’t leave the farm”. He enjoyed spending time in his garage having a beer and cigar and listening to country music. He spent everyday with Winston (granddog) and shared a little bit of every meal with him. His cat, Grady, was next to him everyday, especially these last few weeks.

Survivors are his wife, Sandra of Leeds, sons; Chris and partner Anna Doyle, and Kevin; grandsons, Zachary and Jameson; sisters, Shirley Wing, Lula Burgess, Lorrie Morris and Gloria Normand and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Burgess and Virginia Burgess, a very special friend, Tricia Sawyer and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, two infant sons, three brothers; Roy, Gerald and Dwayne, and his special niece, Audrey Buckley.

His greatest joy in life was his grandsons, Zachary and Jameson. He loved telling them stories about the good old days. They loved riding with him on the mule around the property.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at: http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com

At Reggie’s request there will be no funeral services. He will have a graveside service in the spring which will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by BRAGDON-FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 707 Main Street, Monmouth.

If desired, contributions may be made to: Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice,

15 Strawberry Ave,

P.O. Box 819,

Lewiston, Maine 04240

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