Anthony H. Gomez
March 13, 1970 - January 14, 2017

CHEBEAGUE ISLAND - Anthony Harland Gomez, Childhood nickname “KEEK”, passed on Jan. 14, 2017 peacefully at SMHC with the greatest care from SCU team added with his nurse/ guardian angel, cousin, Dawna.

He was born on March 14, 1970 - son of Mary (Webber) Gomez and Peter Gomez, brother of Nina Silverman, uncle of Sarah Brown. A place he loved as his home was always surrounded by wildlife, nature, family animals, and especially with his cat, Teddy. With the passing and missing of his mother last year, he had lots of comfort, love and support from his extended families of Harland and Mary E. Webber, Lisa (Webber) Schumacher, and Lori (Webber) Dimick.

Anthony spent all of his life on Chebeague Island with a great appreciation of the people who spent the time to help him along the way. From the age he was able to hold a jack knife, he began carving beautiful ducks, boats, and woodland animals. It was supported/admired by his mom who also shared artistic talents. His inspiration and apprenticeship from local craftsman of the island gained his ability and talent to begin selling and making a living. Even later in his life with being compromised by health and mental illnesses, it was a pleasure for him to continue carving and pass along one of his carvings as a thank you for something you did for him. Locals can find one of his boat carvings at the Chebeague redemption hanging on the wall! A bit of a thank you for all the treasures found useful in his craft from Gail! Carving was his love of his life and a wonderful gift. He had a faith and love for the Chebeague Island Methodist Church all of his life and was grateful to have had continued notes and gifts even after moving from the island. He was proud that he was able to spend his life with good friends, Ralph Munroe and Stephen Todd, along with great island memories like spending every chance he had visiting Doughty's Island Market, forever creating his “old island soul”!

Although Anthony missed his home on Chebeague Island, his path was led to become a resident and friend at River Ridge Center for Brain Injury in Kennebunk where he was loved and adored by residents and staff! His great sense of humor, gratefulness, and his ability to share his creative woodworking craft was welcomed and appreciated! He was especially admired for his social personality, intelligent trivial pursuit skills, and love of music. His amazing gift of remembering everyone’s name along with who they were, was honored and mentioned often! He was a big fan of the Patriots and had a gift of breaking out in song when he was happy! He would mention how spending time with his friends at River Ridge made him understand hardships in life always opening his heart with no judgements.

A spring memorial will be planned with appreciation for all who knew Anthony and found a spot of sunshine he had to offer. Especially from his pal and favorite cousin, Cayley Schumacher, remembering one of his favorite songs from Coldplay…"Look at the Stars, look how they shine for you, and everything you do, yeah they were all yellow…IT’S TRUE”. He is loved and missed... forever in our hearts. xoxo

In lieu of flowers, it is welcomed to "pay-it-forward" to River Ridge Center for Brain Injury & Rehabilitation, Kennebunk, or Chebeague Island Rescue. We thank them for their hard work and dedication!

Click here for a the brochure of Anthony's sculpture work.