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Charles A. Leighton

June 1, 1943 ~ April 7, 2019 (age 75)

Charles Aaron “Butch” Leighton, Sr.

Age 75, of Westbrook, passed away on April 7th at Maine Medical Center in Portland from

complications of COPD and a brief battle with cancer.


He was born in Portland on June 1, 1943 to Chester Sr. and Glenys (Jones) Leighton.

He attended Portland schools and worked his entire life as an auto mechanic and heavy

equipment operator. He was a lifetime member of AMVETS Post #25 in Portland


Charles’ favorite hobbies included watching old westerns, listening to country music, gardening,

and restoring classic cars and pickup trucks. His sense of humor, which remained with him even

through his last days, will be especially missed.


Besides his parents he was predeceased by four brothers, Chester Jr., Norman, Benjamin, and

James and two sisters Shirley Jones and Evelyn Kaelber.


Survivors include his wife of 53 years Janice (Southard) Leighton, son Charles Jr. and wife Edith,

Daughter, Bobbie and son Adam, granddaughters Karina Masabanda, Aryn, Kane and Moia

Leighton, step grandchildren Jeremy and Elizabeth Berkeley and step great grandsons

Jonathan and Jensen Berkeley, and two sisters Glenys Loisell and Nancy Brown. He also

leaves his very special nephews Tim and Charlie Brown as well as his dog Penny Mae and his

little feline buddy Seamus Murphy.


The family would like to thank the staff at New England Cancer Specialists and Maine Medical

Center for the care and compassion he received. The family would also like to extend a special

thank-you to Charles’ good friend Russell Leo for his invaluable help during this difficult time.

Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, April, 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue, in Portland. A funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 12:00 PM with Burial to follow in Forest City Cemetery in South Portland. 

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