July 23, 1966 - November 9, 2020
Brent Fredrick Gross Sr. passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 after battling with a long-time illness. He was born in Calais, Maine on July 23, 1966. He grew up in Dennysville, where he learned to dig clams. At age 16 he became emancipated and went to California. He had an amazing time there but eventually he came back home to Maine. In 1987, he was working for Cozy Harbor when he met Laurie a 23-year-old spitfire from Portland, who quickly turned into the love of his life. Brent and Laurie spent 32 beautiful years together. Although they were never married on paper, they were in heart. They were partners in crime, there was never one without the other... If you knew Brent, you knew he didn’t let anything stop him. Until the very end he worked hard and was doing tasks to help the ones he loved. One time he fell 20 feet off staging and said, “I’m okay”. He didn’t want the boss to find out. He wanted to keep working, the crew had to pin him down, but the boss never found out about the fall. He was a hard worker; a few he loved include Masonry, Wyman and Simpson, Robert and Peter Chase building houses. Unfortunately, after the final job he became disabled. Brent never let the label stop him, he continued doing as much as he could to help family and friends. When he loved, he loved with his whole heart. It didn’t matter who you were family, friend, neighbor, stranger: he’d give you the shirt off his back. He was also the life of the party, no matter what was going on he made sure everyone was laughing. He had a lot of sayings; some may get confused reading them but if you knew Brent these will be familiar. Some family favorites are: “skeeter bandeeter”, “I had a girl like that once”, and “hey, how’s your banana?” The family would like to say a special thank you to Brenda Cobb and her lovely children for all their help over the last few years. As well as Paul Waterhouse for helping out and moving in while Brent went into the hospital a few years back. He grew a special bond with Lauries father, Alex over the last few years and we are grateful for that. Also, our hearts are going out to his little man Koda that he made a huge, positive impact on. Koda doesn’t open up to people often but Brent was his best friend. Brent is predeceased by his parents, Fredrick W. Gross and Mary June Gross. His brother Steven L. Gross, his grandparents Marietta and Clinton Ashby and his niece Ashley Goodwin. He is survived by his longtime partner, Laurie Davis. His beautiful children: Chrystal Prentiss and her husband Matthew, Amanda Davis, Dustin Lovejoy, Jason Davis, Brent Gross and his wife Gena, Brandon Gross, Dereck Gross and Brianna Gross. He also has twelve phenomenal grandchildren that kept him alive and young: Dillon, Makenzie, Connor, Ana, Anthony, Billy, Gabe, Mikayla, Ava, Isabella, Jason, and Mia. As well as his siblings Glen Gross and his partner Shila, Brenda Woodman and her husband Chuck, and Wanda Gross and her partner Scott, and lots of nieces of nephews. We love you Brent!
Brent Fredrick Gross Sr. passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 after battling with a long-time illness. He was born in Calais, Maine on July 23, 1966. He grew up in Dennysville, where he learned to dig clams. At age 16 he became emancipated... View Obituary & Service Information
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