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Roger Forrest Mulherin (1936-2019)

Roger Forrest Mulherin

CHESTERVILLE - Roger Forrest Mulherin, 82, passed peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by the love of his family early in the morning on Monday, April 1, 2019. He was a humble and loving husband, father, family man and friend and will be deeply and forever missed by April, his wife of 42 years, and their devoted children Laurel and Jesse and their families.

He is also greatly loved by his children Mary, Forrest, Kenneth, Elnora and Debbie, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and his faithful dog and companion, Indie. He is survived by his brother Vernon and his wife Ada and a large and cherished family. His family will be forever grateful to Kathy Gregory and Kelly Norton, his home care aids and friends, who provided him with loving care and companionship.

A generous, caring and hardworking man, Roger was first and foremost dedicated to providing for his family. He was a Mainer through and through whose motto was, “no problem,” if asked by anyone for a helping hand. A man of many strengths, his Irish spirit always shown through in his laughter and playful sense of humor. Roger’s love for people and animals was a constant in his life and he will always be remembered for his giving nature and his compassionate soul.

The loving son of Forrest and Sybil Mulherin, Roger was an extremely hard worker throughout his life, helping on the family farm in Litchfield, with his 10 brothers and sisters before entering the Air Force during the Korean War. Naturally talented and innovative, Roger worked as a journeyman pipefitter for much of his career.

After a job-related injury, he went on to work as a bus driver and custodian at the Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon for 13 years. There he became a beloved friend to every child where he was an example of kindness, care and a job well done. Always eager to go above and beyond, Roger designed and built the school’s computer room, which is named after him. His retirement in 2005, inspired Cape Cod Hill to hold a surprise, school-wide celebration to honor his years of friendship and service. During his retirement, Roger and April enjoyed their family and many years exploring Maine from Ogunquit to Presque Isle.

A Celebration of Life will be held to honor him later this summer. Anyone interested in remembering Roger can make a donation to the Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice Center, 236 Stetson Rd., Auburn, ME 04210, whose staff so greatly cared for him in his final days.

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  1. I am so sad to read of Roger's passing. He was such a wonderful kind man. He truly was a friend to the CCHS students and staff. My sincere sympathies to you, April and your family.

  2. What a wonderful man. I am so happy to have called him friend. My condolences to all of the family.

  3. I was lucky enough to ride his bus and go thru CCHS with Roger there. He truly was the best bus driver. Lots of fond memories with him as a driver very sad to hear the news he really will be missed.

  4. April and family I am so sorry for your loss. Roger was a one of a kind person. The impact that he had on the kids, mine included, can't be expressed enough. He was such a wonderful person and will be missed.

  5. Laurel, I too share your sadness in losing a dad. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.

  6. April, Laurel, Jesse, we are sorry for your loss.

  7. Ronnie and I are so deeply sorry for your loss to you April and your family. Roger's obituary was wonderfully written and what an honor to have Cape Cod Hill school honor Roger by naming the computer room he built after him. A wonderful legacy for a wonderful man.

  8. April, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved husband. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  9. April,Jesse, and Laurel, So sorry .Prayers to you and your family's. He was a great person. Will miss seeing him walk to the mailbox and out with the dog.

  10. April, I am so very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. It sounds like he was a wonderful person who will be dearly missed.

  11. Wow, so many memories of riding on Roger's bus. He was one of a kind. Forever proud to have road bus #16 with Roger. My sincerest sympathy to the family this gem leaves behind!

  12. You will be missed by so many people roger I am so greatful I had the privilege to meet you and have you as a bus driver for so many years you were definitely my favorite sending thoughts and love to your family ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Best bus driver ever!

  14. Such a kind and giving man. The students respected him along with liking him. He made a rack to store the cross country skis. I never saw him impatient or hurried with the kids. Thoughts & prayers for his family & loved ones.

  15. April and family,

    So sorry April. He was always such a gentleman when he came into the town office and was so uplifting, was a joy to see him.

  16. So sorry to hear of this April. He was such a kind person with a great smile to go with it. I knew I could always count on him to fix any problem we had in the classroom. He was so proud of his family. I know he will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to you April and all of his children and grandchildren.

  17. April, Laural, Jesse,
    Our sincere condolences on Rogers passing. He was such a sweet and kind person not to mention a loving family man, a wonderful carpenter and a man we called friend. Peace be with you all at this time.