This past Tuesday, the Maine Wardens Service lost a very important member of its team, State Game Warden Maj. Gregory “Gregg” Sanborn, who passed away at the young age of 47. He was second in command.

Mr. Sanborn was from Fryeburg and lost his life to a rare form of cancer.  He had been with the Warden's Service 23 years.

He had been diagnosed with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma during the summer 2011.  A stem-cell donor was found and a transplant was done. During his quest for a donor, more than 1000 people were added to the "donor's role".

This past Tuesday, Gov. Paul LePage had this to say, Major Sanborn embodied what it means to be a Maine Game Warden, and was a true ambassador of our great outdoors and our entire state,” LePage said in the press release. “I had the privilege to meet Gregg several times and was always humbled by his commitment to public service and his passion for life, even as he fought this horrible disease. “The first lady and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, and his extended family at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.”

We mourn the loss of this dedicated individual, our thoughts are with his family, and we thank him for his service to our state.

A "Friends of Greg Sanborn" Facebook page is here, and lists the following information: Visiting hours have been moved to Sunday, February 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy,15 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, Maine. Gregg’s funeral is now on Monday, February 11th at 11 a.m. at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, 15 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, Maine.  Buses will still transport from Fryeburg, please call Marion Brine for more information at (207) 935-2974.

Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife photo