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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Charles Heino

Charles H. Heino

Sunday, September 6th, 1931 - Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
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Charles H. Heino - 87, of Belgrade, died peacefully at Lakewood Manor in Waterville, ME on December 22, 2018.
Charlie was born in Rockland, ME on September 6, 1931. He was the son of Charles A. and Mary E. Heino, who were native to Finland and Poland, respectively. Born during the Great Depression to a hardworking and resourceful family, his work ethic and connection to his home and heritage began at an early age.
Charlie grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in 1949. He received Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Superintendency from the University of Maine in Orono. Charlie was a lifelong educator. His career began in 1955 in Bethel, where he taught seventh and eighth grade and later became principal. He also served as a teaching principal at the Chisholm Elementary School in Rumford. He later became a superintendent of schools in the Mechanic Falls, Wiscasset, and Chelsea school systems. Additionally, he served as an interim superintendent in the Damariscotta, Vinalhaven-North Haven, Boothbay Harbor, and Wiscasset school systems. He traveled to the Soviet Union in the early 70s to research Russian school-based education, he was a member of the Maine Education Association, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Maine School Management Association.
After retiring from education in 1980, Charlie lived in Boothbay and worked in the insurance industry. In 1990, he ran for office in the Maine House of Representatives and won. He served three terms in the House representing the Boothbay area, and there he focused his work on the Transportation Committee, the Marine Resources Committee, and the Fish and Wildlife Committee. In 2001, Charlie re-located to Belgrade, where he lived for the next 17 years.
Charlie’s interests and talents were innumerable. He was a devoted Red Sox fan. He was a licensed Master Maine Guide and a member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, canoe building, hunting and fishing, gardening, reading, politics, and watching sports. He was a gifted musician and vocalist, he knew his way around the stand-up bass, and he played in small groups and bands all over the state. Well into his 80s, Charlie continued to play electric bass and sing at gigs with fellow musicians and lifelong friends. He was very proud of his ancestry, his Finnish ancestry in particular, and he was a writer and speaker for the Finnish American Society of Mid-Coast Maine, the Finnish Heritage House, and the Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine. Charlie was also the author of several poems, as well as his own memoir, Cobblestones to Hot Top: A Life in Maine (2009).
Charlie was predeceased by his parents, sister Anna Kangas, and brother-in-law Reino Kangas. He is survived by four sons: Michial and his wife Dianne of Belgrade Lakes, Danial of Boothbay Harbor, Scott of Bass Harbor, and Jeffrey of Belgrade; one daughter, Pamela Aloupis of Bangor; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family is extremely grateful for the compassionate and professional care provided to him by the providers, nurses, and caregivers at Inland Hospital, Lakewood Manor, and Beacon Hospice.
Honoring Charlie’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: The Finnish American Society of Mid-Coast Maine at P.O. Box 488, Warren, ME, 04864, or to the Belgrade Fire and Rescue Association, P.O. Box 404, Belgrade, ME, 04917
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, Maine.
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Posted at 01:35pm
Thinking of you all. Our parents were good friends for many years . I remember visiting at your home in Mc Falls. Your Dad contacted me few years ago about some tapes of times when they played in band together, of which I didn't have as after my Mom passed in 1994, my Dad sold our house in West Paris and moved to Norway in Town n Country Trailer Park. My Dad passed in 2008. I am the youngest of their 3 children. On December 6 th of 2017 my oldest sister, Donna passed just 6 months after being diagnosed with cancer, her's being bile duct not breast cancer as our Mom had. Donita is blessed to be a cancer survivor. My brother Jr. is well and lives in a group home in South Paris. That leaves me and I live in Waterford,Me. I am Dorene, thus you can conclude we are the Proctor's! Even with being so many years passed, I wanted write a message to a family who's parents were long time friends. The picture of your Dad was just the same as I remembered him. I have found that words are often not as comforting as a hug. I send you all a hug and may you think of a memory of our parents. Dorene (Proctor) Merrill


Posted at 04:51pm
Dear Family, During this time of sorrow, may you find comfort in God's promise that he is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18. May happy memories of Charles H. Heino be with you always.

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Posted at 02:13pm
Dear Heino Family, Time goes bye but will always remember your Dad as a kid in Bethel. He was a good, strong teacher and man and was someone to look up to. My folk's thought the world of him and your Mom. I last saw both in Boothbay and am glad that I got the chance to say "hi" to both of them. It is a very good memory for me and know now all is well. Dick Paine


Posted at 02:11pm
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, strengthen and comfort you with His promise to swallow up death forever, wiping the tears from our faces. (Isa. 25:8; 2Cor. 1:3) Peace to you during this difficult time.

Carol and John Deetjen

Posted at 12:15pm
We have very fond memories of Charley and his days in Boothbay! His natural enthusiasm and good nature reflected in his service and dedication to our community and our state! We send our sincere sympathy to the entire family! Charley was very special! Carol and John Deetjen

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