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Gerhard "Gary" Pontau
August 9, 1942 ~ October 4, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
WESTBROOK – Gerhard “Gary” Pontau, 81, of Westbrook, died peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Gerhard was born on August 9, 1942, in Portland, the son of Gerhard Pontau and Camilla (Fusco) Cilley. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Portland High School in 1961. He worked at Maine Beauty as a delivery driver and American Can before opening his own carpet business.
He had a passion for collecting model trains and building railways. He also enjoyed participating in weightlifting competitions, racing snowmobiles, ATV riding, hunting, playing cards, listening to music, spending time researching and playing games on his computer.
He was predeceased by his son, Gary Pontau, father, Gerhard Pontau, mother, Camilla Cilley, step-father Herbert Cilley, and half-sister, Patricia Porter. Gerhard is survived by his former wife, Jeannette (Geary) Conley, daughters, Catherine, and her husband Michael Francoeur, of Windham; Julie and her husband Joseph Dugas, of Windham; Michelle and her husband Todd Arsenault, of Westbrook; six grandchildren, Joseph and Shawn Francoeur, Kayla (Dugas) and her husband Conor Donoghue, Joshua Dugas, Brittney and Courtney Arsenault, and half-brothers Bob Pontau, Mike Pontau, and Scott Pontau all of Wiscasset.
A period of visitation will be held from 10–11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2023, followed by Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at A.T. Hutchins, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Gerhard’s name to St. Jude’s at: