Peter Reynolds and Cherrie De Melle were fixtures at Bonny Eagle High School football games throughout the team’s championship season this fall.
He stood near the bench in an American flag bandanna. She screamed for his sons.
At a boys basketball game Tuesday night in Standish, fellow Scots fans donned bandannas with the colors of the flag and a moment of silence was held in honor of the Limington couple, who died in a car crash Saturday afternoon.
Through crowd-funding website GoFundMe.com, a teammate of Reynolds’ three sons has raised more than $19,000 for their family. Another fundraiser on the site was recently launched to help pay for De Melle’s funeral.
“It is unbelievable. There are no words to explain,” said Isaiah Reynolds, the eldest son, about the community support.
De Melle, 43, and Peter Reynolds, 49, were passengers in a van driven by 17-year-old Zachary Reynolds, the second-oldest of the boys, when the van crossed the centerline of the slush-covered Cape Road in Hollis and crashed into a pickup truck.
Zachary Reynolds suffered a broken leg and concussion. He was expected to be released from Maine Medical Center on Tuesday, said Isaiah Reynolds, 18.
Peter Reynolds is also survived by a 17-year-old son, Dillon Reynolds, and a 15-year-old daughter, Amanda Reynolds.
The children all lived with Peter Reynolds and, for the most part, De Melle. She is survived by three children in their 20s – Samantha Howard, Stephen De Melle and Sarah McDonald.
The couple’s relationship was rocky at times, their children said, but they could never be apart for too long.
“We used to call them ‘the Cherrie and Peter saga,’” said Howard, 26, De Melle’s oldest daughter.
Despite the on-and-off nature of their relationship, Isaiah Reynolds said, the couple recently made a New Year’s resolution to get married. He was fully behind it.
“She was always there for us,” he said of De Melle.
Howard said they loved to have family and friends over to their house for pig roasts on holiday weekends. Every summer, they would canoe down the Saco River, she said, and, in the winter, they went snowmobiling in Jackman.
“They just really loved each other,” she said.
That love extended to all of their children and grandchildren, who have stuck together through their grief over the couple’s deaths, said Howard.
“We are united and both families are very supportive of one another,” she said.
And they’re all overwhelmed by the support they’ve gotten from outside of their families. Bonny Eagle football coach Kevin Cooper said he wasn’t surprised to see members of his tight-knit team step up to help their fellow players. But it hasn’t stopped there.
“The outpouring of support has just been unbelievable,” he said.
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