CHARLES E. PRESTON

Dennysville and Orange Lake

Charles Elliott Preston, 66, passed away October 18, 2014 at his home in the arms of his loving wife.  He was born in Lubec, June 18, 1948, the son of Frank and Ethlyn (Bryant) Preston.

He was raised in Dennysville and attended Shead High School.  He served for six years in the National Guard.  He started work at Georgia Pacific in 1976 working there for 20 years, and then in 1992, started Payless Auto Sales.  He met the love of his life, Tammy Jean, on July 12, 1998.  He was a private pilot for 10 years and was an avid car enthusiast enjoying NASCAR, Hot Rods, and attending the auto auctions.  He also enjoyed playing golf.  He loved time spent with his family, especially his adored wife and soul mate Tammy Jean (Gillespie) Preston.  

He is also survived by his mother Ethlyn; “#1 Son” Donald Preston and fiancée Becky Hudson; “Favorite Daughter” Bobbie Ritchie and husband, Tony, and their children Mason and Landon; stepson Jamey Gower and wife, Jessica, and their children Kade, Zachary, Jacob, Jesse and William; stepdaughter Kristen Reardon and husband, Lucas, and their children Ava and Ella; a brother Wayne Preston and wife Beverly; father-in-law and mother-in-law Allen and Lorraine Gillespie; two brothers-in-law, Rod Gillespie and wife, Kathy, and Garry Gillespie and wife, Darlene; generous and caring friends, Eric and Wanda Hoche.  He was predeceased by his father, Frank M. Preston, Sr.; his brother, Frank M. Preston, Jr., and nephew Louis D. Preston.  All will sadly miss his sense of humor, laughter, and smile.

A Celebration of his life was held 2pm, Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church, Route 1, Whiting.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com