Norman “Stubby” Chicoine

Life Story

Norman “Stubby” Chicoine, 88, a resident of Livermore, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice in Auburn surrounded by his wife, Gloria, his daughter, Lisa, his oldest grandchild, Jason, and his youngest grandchild, Mikala. His son-in-law, Mark, and special friends, Leslie and Terry, were also nearby.

Stubby was born in Livermore on July 7, 1931, one of 15 children of Donat and Josephine “McGuire” Chicoine. He has always taken care of others and put them before himself. As a young boy, he decided not to complete his education. Instead, he joined his father, working in the woods and on their family farm, in supporting their large family.

Throughout his life, Stubby worked many jobs to provide for his family, namely at several shoe-shops, Diaz Construction, and Ozzie Richards Construction, before owning and operating his own excavation (Norman “Stub” Chicoine Excavation Co.) and plowing businesses. He loved being in his backhoe, and he will be remembered as one of the best backhoe operators of his time.

Stubby enjoyed working, visiting family in Rhode Island, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, Jeepin’, driving his golf cart, spending time at the family camp on Round Pond, watching wildlife, napping, sitting on his porch swing, and visiting with his family and friends; he was always so appreciative when people took the time out of their day to wave to him or stop for a quick visit. Stubby especially enjoyed Fielder’s Choice black raspberry ice cream and the song, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gloria; their daughter Lisa and her husband Mark Holt; four other children and their spouses: Barbara and Brad Brackett; Deborah and John Neal, Mike and Kim Collins, and Karen Whittemore; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and two sisters, Patty Libby and Gloria Dunham. Stubby was predeceased by his parents; 12 brothers and sisters; and his two sons, Larry and Steve Chicoine.

Stubby’s family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Stubby’s various caretakers throughout the years who have made it possible to keep Stubby at home through his last day of life.

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