Cody F. Temple, 33, passed away peacefully in the arms of his husband, Marshal, and surrounded by family on February 11th, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Cody was born at Parkview Adventist Hospital in Brunswick, Maine on April 26, 1985 to Lolita Bowen and Michael Temple. Cody was raised in Woolwich, Maine and attended Woolwich Central School as well as Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.
At a young age, Cody loved to drive. He was the only child in the neighborhood to have his own car by the age of 8 which he proudly drove around the family property. Cody also had a passionate love for animals which grew when he got his first cat, whom he named Scrunchetta Marie Foo Foo Puff Tail Kitty Kitty Bunzetta Temple. “Scrunch” for short, was Cody’s beloved pet for nearly 22 years before her passing. As a child, Cody got his pony, Princess, whom he rode in horse shows and local town parades.
Cody loved to go “up north” to the Moosehead Lake Region with his father and brother, Adam, and ride around looking for moose as well as fishing and exploring the dirt roads. More than anything, Cody loved his family, his friends and Christmas. Cody listened to Christmas music all year long, especially Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton.
Cody, who had a passion for caring for people, became a CNA in Maine and then moved to Chicago in 2008 to continue his profession and fulfill his dream of living in the city. Cody worked hard in Chicago and became the Director of Operations for Senior Helpers, a career he loved passionately. Cody’s outgoing personality and laugh gained him friends that are lifelong and became family as well. Though too many to list, Cody had a place in his heart for all of them.
In 2011, Cody met the love of his life and best friend, Marshal in Chicago, Illinois. They shared a love for each other which knew no limits. Marshal immediately was loved by Cody’s family and made trips to Maine with Cody to come to his “other home”. One of Cody’s happiest moments with Marshal was being able to share with him the lifelong tradition that he established with his father and brother of their annual Moosehead Lake camping trip. It was always important to Cody to venture “up north” to renew his energy and soul in this pristine wilderness.
Cody and Marshal’s pride and joy were their brother and sister dogs, Cashew and Blu, adopted in 2012. While Cody was hospitalized, Cody and Marshal were visited numerous times by therapy dogs who were essential in giving them comfort at the hardest part of their lives, including their final moments together. Marshal was so touched by the compassion and peace these animals give people experiencing critical illness that he has been inspired to get his own training to do this work in the future, in Cody’s memory.
Cody and Marshal were married on October 1, 2016 at the Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, surrounded by all that love them. It was the happiest day of their lives.
Cody is survived by his husband Marshal Temple of Chicago, Illinois and their dogs that are their everything, Cashew and Blu. Cody is also survived by his mother, Lolita Bowen of Woolwich, Maine; his father, Michael Temple of Palm Bay, Florida; his step-father, Basil Bowen of Woolwich, Maine; his sister Micha Frye and her husband Warren Frye of Phillips, Maine; his brother Adam Temple and his wife Melissa Temple of Wiscasset, Maine; his brother Cam Bowen of Woolwich, Maine; his sister Becca Bowen of Woolwich, Maine; sister Noelle Bowen of Jefferson, Maine; his brother Adam Bowen of Wiscasset, Maine and grandparents Louis and Norma Brown of Woolwich, Maine; his niece Shenandoah; his niece Shyan; his niece Madison; his nephew Tristan and his nephew Devin as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins whom Cody cared for deeply. Cody is predeceased by his grandmothers, Jane Brown of Woolwich and Doris Temple of Bowdoinham, Maine. Additionally, in Marshal’s family, Cody is survived by his mother-in-law Gail Gifford-Henderson; his stepfather-in-law Gary Henderson of Greenville, South Carolina; his father-in-law Keith Click; his stepmother-in-law Liz Cooley of Columbia TN; Marshal’s Uncle Gary Click of Dearborn, Michigan and also Marshal’s siblings Amber, Erin and Shawn. He is predeceased by Marshal’s beloved Aunt, and Cody’s friend, Jannett Click of Dearborn Michigan.
In respect of Cody’s wishes, no ceremony is planned at his time. A private celebration of Cody’s life will take place this summer in Chicago. There will also be a celebration of Cody’s life in Maine this summer that all of Cody’s friends and family are invited to attend.
Cody’s memory and spirit will live on through all the lives he touched. He was a remarkable person with an unmatched heart. Cody’s life will be remembered dearly by all the people who had the pleasure to know him, in the same spirt of his love and exuberance for Christmas which lived in his heart everyday. In the words of his favorite show, thank you for being a friend.