Charles Sanders

July 13, 1940
May 11, 2000


In Memory 
Charles Sanders

Charles Sanders
July 13, 1940 - May 11, 2000
Prentiss, Maine


The man being laid to rest this morn,
Was among the kindest ever born,
No childs tear nor mothers cry,
Was long for this world with Charles nearby.

Its true his life was very blessed,
His work and family what he loved best, A quick little joke or colorful story, Were what placed Charles in his full glory.

He lived his life with compass true,
Undaunted by the troubles life oft blew, Faith, family and friends was his creed, True to these words was Charles indeed.

If there's one lesson to take from this man, Its to chose your ground and make your stand, here's never shame in protecting what's right, To follow this action would make Charles delight,

So as we confront this most difficult day, Hold fast your memories of him in any way, For as long as we hold these memories dear, We'll have the comfort that Charles is near.

By Sean Sanders


he entire State of Maine expressed much sadness by the unexpected passing of this man on May 11, 2000. Millinocket lost one of its outstanding citizens and public servants with his untimely passing. Sanders was was an avid supporter of the snowmobiling program as well as the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club while in his 20 year tenure as a Millinocket Town Councilor and as a resident of the community.

     Mr. Sanders, or "Charlie" as everyone called him, graduated from Lee Academy and went on to graduate from Gorham State Teachers College in 1962. Charlie finished his formal education with a masters degree in educational administration from the University of Connecticut and a masters in educational counseling from the University of Maine in Orono. Charles' life was dedicated to community service and helping others. His diligence to this pursuit was exemplified by his participation in the following organizations: Millinocket Town Council, 20 years; Maine Teachers Association, President in 1973; Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees; Joint Legislative Committee of Maine Principals Association for 12 years, Maine Elementary Principals Association,- federal relations committee for 12 years; National Committee for the Accreditation of Teachers Education - member; State Ethics Committee - member. Charlie was also active as a lay reader at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Millinocket, where he practiced his faith.

     For the last 22 years Charlie was an elementary principal in the Millinocket School System, where during his 37 years of service he also served as teacher and guidance councilor. His relationship with the children was described as that of a grandfather. As he walked through his school with a smile on his face not far behind would be the patter of little feet. One day after Sanders had given a municipal official his first tour of the Granite St. School of which he was principal, it was clear to this person that he spearheaded the teaching of core values. Room after room he took this person to, he asked the children to name two special rules they were to follow in life. And in unison, the students replied, " Work hard and mind your manners". As this official garnered from his visit of the school and Sanders, " It was not only Charlie's code, but a life lesson. I will always remember that day". Charles lifetime commitment to his students has left an impact on all the people and communities he has touched.

     Charlie was a person who always made time for people when they asked for his assistance. Charles will not only be remembered for the individual he was, but also for the the wisdom he added to Millinocket's town council. He weighed all the information of town business as it was brought before him with great consideration before making his decisions. Everyone always waited for Charlie to reflect his insight as he sat quietly and evaluated discussions on important community topics. One municipal official stated, " I admired his work on the council for its quality, depth, and precision. He is one of the finest examples of an elected official I have had the good fortune to work with."

     Town employees on remembering Sanders speak highly of him noting that he was an advocate of the workers that performed everyday tasks for municipal operations. In their admiration of him they described how he performed his duties as a councilman with the highest level of fairness and professionalism. He understood the values of respect, civility, hard work, humor, loyalty, and dedication.

     Charlie was a devoted father to his three sons. He instilled upon them to "mind their manners and work hard". Charles followed his sons around the state during their high school days to watch them play football for Stearns High School. It was obvious that they followed their Dad's advice as all three boys were stellar athletes for the team throughout the years. Charlie and son Stephen often enjoyed deer hunting trips during the fall at a remote set of sporting camps. A new log camp built on a Millinocket Lake island with his sons was enjoyed by Jeannine and himself during the summer months. Sanders also enjoyed boating and snowmobiling to this getaway location.

     His legacy will remain brightest in the hearts of the loved ones he leaves behind: his wife Jeannine of Millinocket, son Seth and fiancee Kristen of Williamsburg, Virginia; son Sean and his wife Shannon of Pasadena, California; son Steven of Yarmouth, Maine; brother-in-law Barry and sister inlaw Sharon Webster of Winn, Maine; niece Jeffri-Lynn and her husband Gerald Dyer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nephew Sam Webster of Raymond, Maine; mother in law Eleanor Webster of Lincoln.

     Charlie will be remembered for so many things, as he affected the lives of a countless number of people. The impact of this fallen champion has hit this community with a cloud of sadness. As one prominent town official summed the community's feelings about Charlie, " He will be missed for all the good things he was and represented. I am reminded of one of his favorite expressions that we often joked applied to both of us. 'Never use a few words when many will do!' Charlie, I do not have enough words today to describe how much I admired you and how much I will miss you. Farewell and God speed my friend." Rest in peace Charles Sanders, your spirit lives on with all us whose life you have touched.

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