Carlton “Stubby” F. Burnell, 84, journeyed to heaven Wednesday, June 2, 2021, surrounded by the love of his daughters and family.

Born April 12, 1937, in Bridgton to Walter F. and Ellen (Harney) Burnell, he attended schools in Falmouth and graduated from Falmouth High School as part of the class of 1956.

It was in high school that Stubby met the love of his life, Sandra J. Witham, and the two dated for some time before getting married April 2, 1960, in Falmouth. Together, they built a new home where they made many long-lasting friendships and raised their two girls, Sheryl and Susan.

Stubby was a hard-working man and not one to boast about his many accomplishments. He often worked two to three different jobs so his wife, Sandy, could stay home with the girls.

He worked for a time for Stuart Jackson at Jackson Chevrolet in Portland and would often say he’d still be working for Stuart if he hadn’t died. Following his employment with Jackson’s, he went to work for Winn Dodge, (part of the Bill Dodge Auto Group) in Westbrook. Stubby enjoyed working for Winn, but after some time, he signed on with Howard Stetson’s Saab Garage in Warren.

Stubby spent two years driving from his home in Falmouth to Stetson’s in Warren. He and Sandy decided if he was going to stay with Howard, they needed to move closer. They eventually made their new home in Warren Village, where he also became a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge #127.

While he worked with Howard Stetson, Stubby became very involved with ice racing. During the race season, every weekend brought a new race, and his car was well known for having a White Owl on the side.

In 1972, Stubby and Sandy purchased the former Shell Station in Thomaston from Donald Pendleton and would operate that business for 40 years as “Stubby’s Garage.”

The two of them were also very community minded and always provided a few turkeys at Thanksgiving time for the soup kitchen. In fact, according to his daughters, Stubby provided many acts of kindness and charity that were too many to count, and he didn’t boast about.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Mearle; wife Sandy; great-granddaughter Jennifer; nieces Laura and Michelle, and mother in-law Ruth.

He is survived by daughters Sheryl "Sheri" Bartlett and her husband Dave of Washington; Susan "Sue" Burnell and Sarah of Warren; special four-legged companion Charlie; grandchildren Devon Perry, her husband Dave, and their children Joshua and Tyler of Waldoboro; Daniel Bartlett of Union; Kimberly Notarpippo, her husband John, and their children Alex, Abby and Damen of Oakland; Merrill Chapman, his girlfriend Taylor Bartolotta and their children Sawyer, Caleb and Paisley of Bristol; sisters Patricia Edwards of Windham, Sandra Witham and her husband Ray of Brunswick, and many nieces and nephews.

Stubby’s daughters Sheri and Sue would like to thank the many friends of their dad, especially Bobby Verrill, “he thought of you as his brother.” “We recognize many of his friends have gone before him, and we cherish the memories of them.

“We would also like to express our deepest thanks to MaineHealth Care at Home Hospice for their endless care and support.”

“We especially wish to express thanks to all of our friends and family during this time.”

If anyone so desires, donations in honor of Stubby can be sent to MaineHealth Care at Home, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco, ME 04072. Mark donations “Deposit for Hospice Accounts Only.”

An hour of visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the Second Congregational Church of Warren, 252 Main St. Warren, where a celebration of Stubby’s life will begin at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Dale officiating.

Stubby will be privately laid to rest by his family next to his wife Sandy in Gray Village Cemetery in Gray.

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