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Charles F. Hill III


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Charles F. Hill III went to his Lord and Savior February 7, 2019 with his loving family by his side.

Charlie “Sonny” was born in Presque Isle, Maine moving to Florida in 1979.

A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, his family includes his wife Lori; children, Michelle (Scott) Allender, Wendy (Shawn) Neeld, Danielle (Michael) Kazoroski, David (Tara) Embleton and Christopher (Amanda) Grigsby; grandchildren, Ciara, Joseph, Phoebe, Lauryn, Victoria, Alyson, Scotty, Sophia, Riley, Braylon, Emilee and Lily and great grandson, Liam. He is also survived by his sisters, Sherida (Ralph) Griffin and Nancy Lavway; brother, Rocky (Andrea) Hill; uncles, Lloyd Hill and Clayton (Julann) McPherson; aunts, Dolly (Clayton) Craig and Clarissa (Richard) Ackerman as well as many nieces, nephews and “adopted” children.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles F. Hill II and Nettie Hill Burke.

Charlie loved his family dearly and liked nothing better that to be surrounded by his family and friends.

He lived life to fullest with 4-wheeling, motorcycling, water skiing and outings with friends and family.

He always had a story to tell or a funny joke. He celebrated his life, his music, his “toys” and most recently his camp in Maine. He loved having people over, playing pool playing cards swimming in the pool, listening to his jukebox and making movies.

After proudly serving his country in Vietnam, Charlie returned home to Maine, where his legacy of devoted family man began. Charlie told his grandchildren the one wish he had for them was for them to live honest and true lives and be a source of good in this world. A dedicated and loyal employee, he worked at Coco Cola Bottling Company until he moved to Florida where his long careers with Borden and TG Lee earned him the nicknames, ‘The Ice Cream Man’ and ‘The Milk Man’.

In addition to his family, he will be sadly missed by his buddies, Ron, Craig, Duane, Jim, Walt, Joe and Ray along with his two puppies, Buster and Pheobe.

A celebration of life will be held at his home on Saturday, February 16 at 3pm.

A graveside ceremony will be held next summer in Presque Isle with a celebration of life to follow. Date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation.


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Wendy Neeld

February 11, 2019, 7:18 pm

It us so hard to see this dad, your sweet face will forever be embedded in my mind. I will never, ever get over you and wish you were here to make me laugh. I have always been proud to be your daughter because you are the most wonderful man in world and I can only pray my boys will be like their papa someday. I love so much dad.

The Rich Family -John, Linda and Kailee

February 11, 2019, 7:30 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hill Family and their extended families. May you all find comfort in knowing that a wonderful angel is watching over you.
R.I.P Mr. Hill 💗

Kelly Haman

February 11, 2019, 7:31 pm

You will be so greatly missed and I am blessed I got to be one of your many adopted daughters! You always loved to joke around and make everything so funny, even when you almost got Michelle and I in trouble for taking ice cream off your truck by claiming you didn’t know us! There are so many of those wonderful stories to remember you by. Just know that your daughters are both wonderful, good, decent people who will continue to do you proud. I wish you could have been here longer but I know you are watching out for them and Lori. I love you dad, you rest now.

Bill and Tricia Smith

February 11, 2019, 8:33 pm

With our deepest sympathy for your loss we hope you all find peace in the wonderful memories you have made. Cheerish these memories and smile knowing that he is smiling down on all of you.

Jim & Carol Leone

February 12, 2019, 10:17 am

He was my best friend. I knew him better than my own brother. The times we shared will be remembered forever . No one will ever replace him both in body and spirt. I have this deep hole in my heart that I will never ever be able to replace. You only meet a few people in your whole live that you will consider a true and caring friend this was Charlie. He never knew the word NO, he was alway there for you no matter what you needed. I know he now sits next to the most beloved being in the world GOD. Till we meet again my dearest friend. 😇

Cheryl Pool and family

February 12, 2019, 11:11 am

Cheryl Pool

Fred J Rose, Clayton NC

February 12, 2019, 11:37 am

Sonny, I actually first met you in the early to mid 60’s, pre vietnam in upstate NY. I reconnected with you in Fla in the late 70’s-80’s. I will always remember you as one of the kindest and most giving persons in the world and that unmistakable smile!I have been most honored to have known you! Rest In Peace my Friend

Sue Rose

February 12, 2019, 2:49 pm

Sonny, I will always remember you for your love of ice cream; it never mattered what time of day; it was always okay for ice cream. All of the trips I made to “the County” with your Dad will always be fond memories, he could hardly wait to go see Sonny.
Your love for your Dad was admirable. He talked with you, I believe, everyday while he lived in upstate NY. He was so proud of you. The Apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
One thing I’ll never forget is your tweeting sound, always made your Dad laugh.
Your Dad was always amazed at your appetite. You worked so hard all of your life. You had a loving family.
I’m very happy Lori came into your life. The two of you were meant to be together.
Your friendship with the Rose family will always be cherished.
May you rest in peace Sonny(a.k.a. Charles Frederick Hill III). When I go up to “the County” again I will make a stop at Houlton Farms Dairy and have an ice cream in your memory. It was an honor to have known you. 😪🐩🐩

Joyce Gagnon

February 13, 2019, 2:51 pm

Look over our girls and grandchildren and great grandson liam Joseph. And my girls bonus mum your wife lori. May you always look down on them rip.joyce

Edwin & Nilda

February 15, 2019, 9:53 pm

A Vietnam veteran, a brother-in-arms, a true friend and the best neighbor ever. Rest in peace my good friend. You will be missed…
Lori, words fall short of expressing our deepest sorrow for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time. May God give you the peace that you seek.

Trudi and Joe McAskill

February 16, 2019, 2:36 pm

Our hearts are broken. I have never met such a loving kind generous man. He gave his all as a husband father grandfather brother and friend. Our deepest sympathy to Lori and the family. He is forever loved and deeply missed. 💕 we were blessed to have known him.

Richard & Betsy LaPlante - Mapleton, ME

February 20, 2019, 4:56 pm

Very sad to hear of Sonny’s passing. Our deepest condolences to his wife and family. Many good memories of Sonny, RIP and God bless.

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