Mark A. Stickney, age 55, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Skowhegan, ME on December 2, 1962 a son of the late Ervin and Helen (Cromwell) Stickney.
Mr. Stickney grew up in Norridgewock and Augusta, attending Augusta schools. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner.
Mark was known as a hard-worker, beginning at a very young age where he started working with his family on the poultry farm. At this time, he also worked on Dostie Brothers Dairy Farm in Augusta, at one point, even owning and operating his own trucking business with family and friends. He then proceeded on with a 32 year career with Lucas Tree, starting on the spray crew working his way up to a supervisor position where he was highly respected and admired by his colleagues. During this time from 2005-2008, he also operated Brownie's Restaurant in Pittston where he enjoyed cooking and socializing with his customers.
Mark was someone that greatly valued his family and friends, who knew they could always count on him to lend them a helping hand. He will be remembered as a man who always was willing to give someone a chance when they were down on their luck just to help them out.
The family extremely admired him and describe him as someone who was always cheerful, had a great sense of humor, and kept a positive attitude even when faced with adversity. He was an awesome Dad who loved his children. It was very important for him to get his two girls through St. Michael's School in Augusta which they both completed. It was also important to instill his work value in his sons. Mark was extremely proud of all of his children. Mark enjoyed the outdoors where you could always find him spending his time whether it was plowing, working on his rock wall or garden, and where his grandson, Forrest, always looked forward to his tractor rides. He truly enjoyed spending time with all his grandchildren who put a big smile on his face. He loved his horse and cow that lurked throughout his property with his beautiful white fence he built surrounding them.
Throughout the last five years of his life he had over 100 rounds of chemo at the Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta, Mass General, and Dana-Farber. Mark was chosen as the honorary captain for Gardiner's Field Hockey team for the Drive Out Cancer game in 2017 where his oldest daughter played; he had written a message that he wanted to share with other cancer patients. This is Mark's message: Keep strong, set goals for yourself every day, live every day to the fullest, and don't let the cancer get you down. Stay positive at all times.
Mr. Stickney was pre-deceased by a brother, Jeffrey Stickney.
He is survived by his son, Ramsey Stickney of Chelsea; two daughters: Marlaina M. Stickney and Lillyann C. Stickney of Chelsea; a step-son, Benson Merrill and his wife Lauren of Windsor; three brothers: Bernard Stickney and his companion Diane Glidden of Mars Hill, Gordon “Tom” Stickney and his wife Debbie of Chelsea and Galen “Junior” Trask and his wife Lisa of Akron, MI; two sisters: Pamela Stickney of China and Barbara Bell of Skowhegan; his grandchildren, Forrest Stickney, Andrew, Eli and Luke Merrill; his first wife, Donna L. Cote of Chelsea; his second wife, Valerie Wheelock of Manchester as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his dear friend Marlene Colvin of Pittston, who supported him throughout his journey making sure he got the best possible care and treatment available.
Relatives and friends may visit from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, January 31st at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 1st at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lincoln St., Gardiner. Immediately following will be a celebration of life get-together at the Church. Burial will be in the spring on his property where he lived in Chelsea.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Plummer Funeral Home - Augusta ME to help offset funeral expenses.