Former St. Agatha fire chief to be ‘extremely missed’

Former St. Agatha fire chief to be ‘extremely missed’

A former St. Agatha fire department chief who served as a volunteer firefighter for many years until he learned he had cancer last summer died of the disease.

S T. AGATHA, Maine – A former St. Agatha fire department chief who served as a volunteer firefighter for many years until he learned he had cancer last summer died of the disease.

In his 72 years of life, Gerald “Ricky” Chamberlain served the community and left the impression of a man who genuinely cared about others. Chamberlain died on December 21, 2021.

Chamberlain had served as a volunteer firefighter since 1977, was St. Agatha’s fire marshal from 1990 to 1995, and was the city’s fire marshal for 24 years. He was respected for his knowledge of firefighting, according to now-St. Agatha Fire Chief Bob Guerrette.

It was Chamberlain who encouraged Guerrette to join the department in 1995.

“Just being around him, his knowledge really inspired all the young people who would join the department,” said Guerrette. “Ricky was highly respected by all of us in the department. When he spoke, everyone listened ”.

Chamberlain will also be missed for another skill that he has perfected over the years.

“He was the master of chicken grills,” said Guerrette. “When they had a chicken barbecue at the Knights of Columbus or at the fire department, he was always there.”

Chamberlain volunteered for the K of C, as well as the American Legion, and served four years in the Maine National Guard.

“He was an amazing person, he was always ready to help anyone,” said Guerrette.

“He was a great person in every way. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like me. ”

Tammy Bouley first met Chamberlain when he worked at a credit union with his wife of 47 years, the late Mary Ann Chamberlain.

Bouley recounted how Ricky Chamberlain was accused of cleaning the credit union parking lot as a public works foreman.

“But of course Rick always went the extra mile – he waited until closing time was close and cleaned the driveway, started all of our vehicles, cleaned them, and cleaned the ramp that led to the gate for us,” Bouley. saying. “He always said, ‘Of course, I’m going to take care of you girls.’ God, I loved him. “

“He was like that all the time. It doesn’t matter what organization I was with or what I was doing, ”said Bouley.

The 26 members of the St. Agatha Fire Department will mourn Chamberlain’s passing for some time.

“We are taking it very seriously. He was a beloved member and we will miss him very much, ”said Guerrette.

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