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Donald R. Tharpe

December 17, 1942 ~ September 25, 2018 (age 75)

Donald Ray Tharpe, 75 of Biddeford, ME joined the Lord in Heaven on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at the Gosnell House in Scarborough, ME.  Don was born on December 17, 1942 to the late Horace Tharpe and Margaret Eloise in Columbus, GA.  Don moved to Old Orchard Beach in 1956.  Old Orchard Beach is where he met his future wife Carol A. (Pendleton) Tharpe.  They were married on September 23rd, 1961 and made their home in Lyman, ME.  Donald worked many years for Bedell’s Auto and was a Layout man for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, ME.  Don enjoyed working on cars, hunting, traveling to GA & AL to visit family and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Don was always known for helping others; often stopping to help strangers on the side of the road.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carol; his son Kenneth Tharpe and his wife Tina, his daughters, Lori Tharpe and her wife Lisa-Kay Folk and his Daughter Tiffany Prejean; his grandchildren; Justin Tharpe & his wife Paige, Joshua Tharpe & his wife Lizz, Timothy Tharpe & his fiancé Kassandra, Nikia Schaffner & her partner Katie and grandson Nathaniel Hussey; his great grand-children, Paityn Tharpe, Kaden Schaffner, Kyler Schaffner and Izaiah Kelly.  He also leaves his step-sisters Anne Mills of Montgomery, AL and Sue Carter of Valley, AL; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his father Horace Tharpe, mother Margaret Eloise Tharpe and brothers James & Jerry Tharpe.

The family would like to thank Gosnell Hospice House for their wonderful treatment and care of Don and the family.



Visiting Hours will 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. p.m. on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.   A funeral service will be held on Monday at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Biddeford. To share condolences online, please visit

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