2012-12-14 / Obituaries

John Engle

John E. Engle, 51, a resident of Kennebunk, passed away quickly and peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a courageous battle with a long illness.

John was born Dec. 11, 1960, in Riverside, N.J., the son of Robert and Elsie (Palmer) Engle. He attended Delran High School, moved to Maine in his early 20s and eventually settled in West Kennebunk, married Michelle Nemitz, and started a family.

John so loved his children Philip Engle of Portland, James Engle of Biddeford and Lauren Engle of Saco. It was common to see any one of them on his job sites helping out from a young age. John was a support to many of his children’s friends and had a special bond with Robin Stoddard. He enjoyed bringing his kids to concerts, seeing his son Philip perform musically or son James skateboarding. He had a love for music, especially the Grateful Dead. John had an innate need to keep busy, he spent his spare time playing the guitar, cooking, gardening and enjoying the freedom of riding his Harley Davidson. John had a mutual devotion with his faithful golden retriever companion, Cassidy.

John was a very talented independent building contractor with a passion for working on many of the older homes in the Kennebunk area. He provided year-round home maintenance and snow plowing services in the winter. He was also an avid fisherman of striper and tuna out of Kennebunkport.

John was predeceased by his father, Robert Engle.

John is survived by his mother, Elsie Engle, of Delran, N.J., the following siblings, and many nieces and nephews:

Robert Engle Jr. of Cherry Hill, N.J.; James Engle of Delran, N.J.; Linda Manz, and her spouse, Robert, of Sewell, N.J.; David Engle and his wife, Rebecca, of Arundel; and Michael Engle and his wife, Kim, of Pennsauken, N.J.

A period of visitation was held Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk. Visitors were welcome to share their best memories of John at the conclusion of the visiting hours.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel.

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