In My Heart\r\nI thought of you today\r\nBut that is nothing new.\r\nI thought of you yesterday\r\nAnd days before that too.\r\nI think of you in silence,\r\nI often speak your name.\r\nNow all I have are memories\r\nAnd your picture in a frame.\r\nYour memory is my keepsake\r\nWith which I’ll never part.\r\nGod has you in his keeping,\r\nI have you in my heart!\r\nLove you Babe\r\n\r\n West Gardiner- On February 3, 2021, Arthur Chester McKee, Jr. went into the arms of God. His Wife Patricia McKee was by his side. He was at the Augusta Health care and Rehabilitation Center at the time of his death. He was born on October 18, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York to Arthur C. McKee, Sr. and Dorothy (Braun) McKee.\r\n\r\nHe attended Brooklyn Tech, where he studied Aeronautical Engineering until his family moved to Maine. He worked at Bath Iron works until he was drafted into the United Stated Army. He proudly served his country during World War two. After his discharge from the army, he and his father began the McKee Construction Co. They started by building residential homes and then moved into the commercial sector, eventually focusing on school buildings. After his father’s passing, Arthur ran a successful business based on his knowledge, integrity and honesty.\r\n\r\nHe had a passion for boats and owned many during his lifetime. He was a 67-year member of the American Legion, post #2 in Augusta. In 2013 he was presented with his 60-year pin. He was also a Past member of the Gardiner Lions club. \r\n\r\nArthur always had a dog in his life to care for and enjoy. He leaves behind Jo Kim, his greyhound and Dusty his cat. \r\n\r\nHe was a member of Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, where he and his wife Pat were married, October 2, 2004. In 2012 he was presented with the mission pin given annually to a church member that demonstrates their unfailing love to help others. He was a member of the Trustees and belonged to the United Methodist Men’s group.\r\n\r\nArthur was a classic movie buff, he loved Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddie & Allen Jones movies along with many others. In the summer he enjoyed shows at the Maine State Music Theatre, with Pat and their friends and neighbors. His favorite musical was Oklahoma.\r\n\r\nHe loved Lucky Gardens, his favorite restaurant. He enjoyed the people, food and excellent service he received weekly, where he and his wife Pat, went on their “date night.”\r\n\r\nHe made many trips with Pat to Aruba. He also traveled to Alaska \r\nwith Pat and his first cousins, Cheryl and Joseph Dattoma. He also traveled to many places within the continental United States.\r\n\r\nArthur was predeceased by his parents, his infant son David, his first wife Ada (Hall) McKee, his sister, his uncle Walter Braun and his stepson Michael Dale \r\nGriffin.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his loving wife Patricia G McKee, of West Gardiner, Son William David McKee (Merrillyn) of Gardiner, Stepdaughters, Joan Griffin, of Winthrop, Bobbi Jo Hart of Manchester, Step granddaughters Briana Hart & Sarah Hart, Augusta, Step Great grand children Jacob, Ariana & Gavin Lucas of Augusta and many nieces, nephews.\r\n\r\nA big thank you to the Angels that lovingly helped with Arthur’s care, Diane, Cheryl & Jan.\r\n\r\nA Memorial Service/Celebration of Life is planned for August 21, 2021, at Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, 35 Highland Avenue, Gardiner, Me at 11:00 A. M., with a luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall of the church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery following the luncheon at 3PM with military honors.\r\n\r\nArrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, 35 Highland Avenue, Gardiner, Me. 04345 or the Humane society, 10 Pet Haven Ln., Augusta, Me.