Andrew “Gump” Miles, 86, died peacefully at home with family by his side May 29, 2010. He was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Burnham, the second son of Arthur and Hazel Miles.

Andrew attended Burnham Elementary School and spent many fulfilling hours with childhood friends and extended family. Gump was a 1940 graduate of Clinton High School and served in the U.S. Navy from December 1942 to January 1946 as an aviation ordnanceman second-class. Andy worked for Maine Central Railroad in Waterville as a machinist for 43 years, retiring in 1984. While working for the railroad, he developed many lifelong friendships that he cherished beyond retirement.

Andrew married Eunice Marilyn Goodale, his wife of nearly 58 years, July 3, 1952. Together they raised five daughters, celebrating small town life with family and friends. Andrew was involved in many civic organizations, including the Clinton Water District, Sebasticook Masonic Lodge 146, Fireside Chapter of the Eastern Star 103 and the Clinton Lions Club.

Andrew’s life was centered around his family and friends, his work, his animals and his love of the outdoors. He was an accomplished woodworker, building his own home and sharing his time and talents with many others. His interests included hunting, fishing, boating and canoeing, horse-racing, gardening, cooking, swimming and camping.

He played baseball with his brothers in the Tri-County League for the Pittsfield ACs. Andrew enjoyed traveling the back roads of Maine, exploring all that nature had to offer. He spent many hours fishing Maine’s lakes and rivers and found special enjoyment relaxing at his hunting camp in the Leonard Woods of Unity. Andrew’s faith in Christ was simple yet profound, providing a legacy of compassion, integrity, generosity, forgiveness and love.

Andrew was predeceased by his parents, Hazel (Hunt) Miles and Arthur Shaw Miles of Burnham; three brothers, Alfred Carl Miles, Ernest Hunt Miles and his wife, Helen, and Malcolm Wesley Miles and his wife, Doris; brother-in-law, Hervey Kimball; and granddaughter, Jenna Armstrong.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Eunice Marilyn (Goodale) Miles, of Clinton; five daughters, Elizabeth Diamond and her husband, John, of Warren, R.I., Nancy Armstrong and her husband, Jeffrey, of Thomaston, Deborah Miles of Warren, Andrea Veilleux and her husband, Brian, of Thomaston and Joan Miles and her husband, Spencer Drury, of Eustis; 10 grandchildren, Michael Diamond and his wife, Kelly George, of Philadelphia, Jonathan Diamond of Warren, R.I., Kathryn Armstrong of Tampa, Fla., Gordon Armstrong of Thomaston, Xiaodan Mao of Houston, Jacob Veilleux, Jessica Veilleux and Abigail Veilleux, all of Thomaston, Joni Jabar of San Diego and Anthony Jabar of Waterville; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Libby of Burnham, Marjorie Kimball of Waterford and Jacqueline Jabar and her husband, Paul, of Augusta; cousin, Althea Parsons, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and numerous, much-loved nieces and nephews.

The family thanks Helping Hands and HealthReach Hospice for their thoughtful and compassionate care during Andrew’s time of need. The family also expresses its great appreciation for the support of extended family, friends and neighbors who encouraged and upheld Andrew and his family while at home for the final six months of his life.

There will be a celebration of Andrew’s life Sunday, June 27, at the Green Lawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton with a graveside service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Camps, 81 West Haven Lane, Brooks, ME 04921.

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