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Joseph Cheff

Joseph Steven Cheff

Saturday, February 6th, 1993 - Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
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BANGOR - Joseph (Joe) Cheff, died unexpectedly on March 11, 2019. Joe will always be remembered as a kind, gentle, peaceful, funny, courageous, loyal, and brilliant human. Peace to you our beloved son, brother, grandson, partner, friend, nephew, cousin, coworker and great human being. The universe is a lesser place without Joe Cheff.

Joe was born in Bangor, Maine on February 6th, 1993. He graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in 2011 and was welcomed into the engineering brotherhood with degree from the University of Maine in 2016. During college he had a great time working on the IT team with PCHC. After college, he enjoyed his work and friends at SGC Engineering.

Joe could build, fix, tinker with, or program anything imaginable. By age 14 he was already constructing his own computers. He often could be found working with his Grandpa Tony and brother Jon to wire a sound system, replace a transmission, or rebuild an old engine. His talents ranged from drumming, jailbreaking his sister Ellie’s phone, building his sister Katie’s first car, and teaching his girlfriend Cassie’s son how to fix a washing machine, to conducting the arc flash and breaker coordination studies which insured the safety of hospitals, solar farms and windmills. He was always the go-to guy whenever anyone needed help.

His genius mind was complemented by a wicked sense of humor. If you were on a computer, you never knew if you’d get Rickrolled or have your mouse hacked. He came up with the quirkiest jokes and sayings. He always found the best movies during family movie nights. Joe loved nature and the freedom of skating, skiing and hiking, especially with his family, Cassie, and his furry friend Roy. Joe had a heart of gold that shined brightly in so many ways. We will all miss him more than he will ever know.

Joseph was predeceased by his Nana Connie Oliva. He is survived by sisters Katie and Ellie, brother Jonathan, parents Susan Cheff and Steven Cheff. His grandparents Bill and Grace Cheff, Tony and Linda Oliva. Joe’s girlfriend Cassie and her son Benny and Steven’s girlfriend Betty Nelson. His aunts and uncles including Stu and Haeyoung Cheff, Cindy and John Barker, Mike Oliva, Jeff Oliva, Joey and Sandra Oliva. Cousins Matt, Stacey, Chelsea, Ipo, Noah, Jonah, Andrew and Morgan, and his entire extended family

A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m., Thursday March, 21, 2019 at the Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Rd N, Hampden, ME 04444, with pastor Mark Fowler, officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt Hope Ave, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 3:00pm
    Church of the Open Door
    270 Main Road
    HAMPDEN, ME 04444
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    Pastor Mark Fowler


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Jane Campbell Brann

Posted at 09:05pm
Dr. Cheff, may your family find comfort in all thoughts and prayers from others. We hope you will in time begin to find solace in many family memories of your wonderful son. We'll always remember your concern and kindness with my parents during their final years as well as the sudden loss of my brother. Blessings to you at this difficult time. With prayers and concern, Jane Campbell Brann

Suzanne Dougherty

Posted at 01:07pm
Dear Steve, Sue and Family, Words can't express the loss we feel for you all. We are consistently lifting you up in prayer for God's grace to be upon your family at this time. Joe was an extraordinary young man and this is a great loss to so many. Praying for you all, Phil, Sue, Micah, Phillip, and Jacqueline Dougherty

Richard & Karen Harp

Posted at 01:37am
Steven & Betty and family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Joseph now Rest In Peace. With love & hugs,
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Doreen and Rudy Thibodeau

Posted at 12:44pm
Dr Cheff and Family, Our most sincere sympathy on the loss of your handsome and wonderful son. Though we did not know your son, we do know what a wonderful Mom you are and how loving and caring you are as well so therefore Your son will always be with you and watching over you and your family. Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family at this most difficult time. God Bless!

Joseph and Charlotte Sardina

Posted at 08:14pm
Dearest Sue and Steve, It is with shocked sadness that I write these words of condolence to you. I could barely believe what my eyes saw, news of your profound loss, in the newspaper just moments ago. I cannot satisfactorily extend or express the amount of sympathy that I have for you and your family at this time of ultimate tragedy. I grieve with you, and my heart is broken for what is completely unimaginable, nor understandable right now in your lives. Having lost a young brother at the prime of his life many years ago, I know how painful your loss can be, and how prayers can fall short of giving any answers, now and well into the future. It is not for us to know why, it is to bear witness to what can and does happen in our lives, and to find within ourselves that with which we can cope with a loss as profound as yours. Joseph will not pass in silence, as his legacy written as a beautiful obituary can attest. Which one of us could only hope to have a fraction of his talents?! He was a remarkable young man, and always will be, for he will never be gone as long as he is so lovingly remembered by his friends, family, and those that didn't even know him, like myself. It is a life like his that is destined to Heaven, no doubt. Please take solace in this, and accept my sincere wishes for peace to replace the sorrow in your hearts. It is never a complete transition, but one that starts somewhere in the future, and stays with you for the rest of your lives. I can tell you it's not an easy journey, but one that you can make easier as a family. By what I know of the love you have for all of your children, I have Faith that our God will show you the way. God Bless You, every one. Stay strong for one another, and let Joseph be a part of your family all the days of your lives. With Most Heartfelt Sadness, Joseph and Charlotte Sardina

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