Waterville-Michael Paul Denis Sr., 64, was called home to our Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at his Waterville home with his loving, devoted family by his side after a short courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Waterville on December 27, 1952, the son of Wilfred and Helen (Kenniston) Denis. He grew up at the Head of Falls in Waterville, and graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1972. \r\n\r\nMichael was a master carpenter, and hard-working man who took great pride in his work by adding a creative loving touch to everything he built. Michael adored spending time with his loving family enjoying gatherings, watching tv, dancing, singing and camping. He was a fan of playing and watching sports. His favorite teams were the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Red Sox. He was especially involved in supporting his daughter and son’s athletics while they were growing up. Michael was his grandson Cameron’s # 1 sports fan, and he treasured watching his granddaughter Alice dance, and listen to her sing. Michael loved, and took enormous pride in building houses, decks, sheds, rooms, and many other special projects for his family, friends, and neighbors.\r\n\r\nMichael is predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Helen Denis; grandmother Agnus Kenniston.\r\n\r\nMichael is survived by the love of his life, high school sweetheart, wife Margaret (Peggy) Denis of 45 years. They were married in Waterville on June 24, 1972. Michael will also be lovingly remembered by his daughter Melissa Denis of Waterville; son Michael Denis Jr. and companion Brooke Chapman of Benton; grandchildren Cameron and Alice Denis; brothers Ronald Denis and wife Terry of Las Vegas, Larry Denis and wife Lynne of Arizona, and Steve Denis of Waterville; sisters Mary Dyke and husband Gary of Lewiston, Nancy Wilmot and husband Peter of Massachusetts, Debbie Trepanier of Winslow, Susan Coates and husband Ed of Albion; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.\r\n\r\nThe Denis Family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Hospice Staff for the care and compassion given to all of us during this time. \r\n\r\nA golden heart stopped beating,\r\nHard working hands at rest,\r\nIt broke our hearts to see you go,\r\n\r\nThey say that memories are golden,\r\nWell maybe that is true,\r\nBut we never wanted memories,\r\nWe only wanted you,\r\n\r\nYour life was love and labour,\r\nYour love for your family true,\r\nYou did your best for all of us,\r\nWe will always remember you.\r\nWe sat beside your bedside,\r\nOur hearts were crushed and sore,\r\nWe did our duty to the to the end,\r\n‘Til we could do no more.\r\n\r\nIn tears we watched you sinking,\r\nWe watched you fade away,\r\nAnd though our hearts were breaking,\r\nWe knew you could not stay.\r\n\r\nOur lips cannot speak how we loved you,\r\nOur hearts cannot tell what to say,\r\nBut God only knows how we miss you,\r\nIn our home that is lonely today.\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be held on Tuesday, September 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Fairfield, where words of remembrance will be shared at 6:30 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 16, at 5 p.m. at the Winslow Veterans of Foreing Wars, Post 8835, 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow, ME 04901. \r\n\r\nMemorial contributions may be made to Waterville Senior High School Basketball Boosters or Waterville Senior High School Baseball Boosters.