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Dennis E. Chadburn
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South Portland – Dennis E. Chadburn, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Lahey Hospital in Massachusetts.

Dennis was born in Portland on September 30, 1949 to the late Homer and Katherine (Dahms) Chadburn. He graduated from Scarborough High School Class of 1967. During this time in US history, most people his age elected to go to college to avoid having to go to Vietnam. However, that didn’t work for Dennis. He elected to serve in the United States Navy as a Seabee during Vietnam to get his GI bill so he could go to college. Following his honorable discharge, Dennis attained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine at Gorham-Portland.

For over 30 years, Dennis worked as a salesman for Hilti, retiring in June of 2012. Anyone who knew Dennis knew he was a hardworking individual. He excelled during his career, and was known to claim that the company had to hire 2 people after he retired, just to keep up with his work.

Dennis knew how to enjoy retirement and made every day count. One of his dreams after retirement was to ride his Harley from Maine to California, stopping in National Parks along the way. He set out on this two month trip and loved every bit of it. When he wasn’t riding his Harley, he could be found with his buddies, brother or son at the hunting camp in New Vineyard, Maine, a tradition he had for over 43 years. When his children were growing up, Dennis would often rent out camps on Little Sebago to ensure his children had plenty of fond memories. In later years, he would enjoy many of those Little Sebago summer nights with his family at Jennifer and Alex’s home.

His family remembers him as going above and beyond to help family and friends with little odd jobs, projects or complete remodels. There were times, however, that the job didn’t go as planned. When this occurred, Dennis could be heard stating, “Well, you can’t see it from my house!’’.

Above all else, though, Dennis was a grandfather. The pride and joy he had for each of his grandchildren surpassed anything else in his life. Grandchildren came first with everything, and he was known to drop whatever he was doing if it meant he could spend time with his grand kids.

He was a strong willed individual, but you always knew where you stood with Dennis. He was generous to a fault and would assist anyone in need. These kind and caring characteristics are Dennis’ legacy and will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, James Chadburn; and former wife, Carolyn Chadburn.

He is survived by his children: Jeff Chadburn and wife Amy of East Falmouth, MA, Jennifer Chadburn and husband Alex Ng of Lexington, MA and Scott Chadburn and wife Andrea of Gorham. He was the adoring grandfather of Abigail, Samuel, Lauren and Taylor. Dennis is also survived by his brother, Harold Chadburn and wife Beverly of Windham; sister, Mary Chadburn of Scarborough; sister-in-law, Aline Chadburn of Alfred; former wife, Christine (Taylor) Tucci of Maryland; several extended family members and friends.

Visiting hours honoring Dennis’ life will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 5-8PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A Life Celebration service will be held on Thursday, May 10 at 10AM at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106


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