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James Bala

James William Bala, 79, of Topsfield, Maine, passed away on January 21, 2024. He was born on December 5, 1944, in New York, N.Y.

James is survived by his beloved wife Sharon E. Bala and their three children, Jennifer McDonald, Carolyn Karandy and her husband Doug, and James A. Bala and his wife Sarah. He was also the proud grandfather of Matthew, Meagan, Liam, Ben, and Henry.

In memory of James, the family kindly requests that donations can be made to House In The Woods, a veteran's retreat, located at 217 Skunk Hill Rd., Lee, ME 04455, or to Sarah's House, a cancer hospitality house, located at 346 Main Rd., Holden, ME 04429. These organizations hold special meaning to James and his family.

Please join the family in celebrating James' life and honoring his memory.

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Charlie Rietze

Charles Alfred Reitze, Sr., 75, recently passed away. He was born on April 8, 1948, in Portland, Maine.

A memorial service to honor Charles will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 144 Penobscot Valley Avenue, Lincoln, ME. A burial service will take place on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.

Charles served in the U.S. Army.

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Arthur Farrar

STEWARTSTOWN – Arthur H. Farrar, Jr., 63, of Stewartstown, passed away at his residence on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, with his family by his side and after many years of ill health.

He was born in Newport, Vt., on Nov. 7, 1959, a son to Arthur H. and Irene (Baraw) Farrar, Sr. Art was raised in Colebrook and was a 1978 graduate of Colebrook Academy. Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served honorably for 30 years, both on active duty and in the National Guard. He would have liked to have remained in the Army even longer, but his health would not allow it.

Arthur was a friendly person who would do all he could to help someone in need. He worked for several years as a kitchen steward at The Balsams and later at the Wilderness Restaurant. He met the love of his life, Beverly Roby, in 1982 and they were married on Aug. 17, 1985.

Art enjoyed hunting and fishing, watching TV, and visiting with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Beverly Farrar of Stewartstown; his two children, Arthur (Jolene) Daniels of Stewartstown, and Emily (Jamie) Chatterton of Newport, Vt.; his mother, Irene Farrar of Derby Line, Vt.; his siblings, Alan Farrar of Bloomfield, Vt., Anne Atkins of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Amy (Rodney) Smith of Stewartstown, Alice Farrar of Canaan, Vt., Alison Farrar of Derby Line, Vt.; two grandchildren, Caleb Drew and Cheyenne Daniels; his in-laws, Katy Ann Farrar, Herbert Roby, Floyd Roby and Frank Gray; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Arthur is predeceased by his father, Arthur H. Farrar, Sr., in 2007.

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Jason Wilmot

Jason was born on January 19, 1983 to Paul Wilmot and Vickie Wilmot Darling in Portland, Maine. He graduated from South Portland High School in 2001. He earned Varsity letters in ice hockey and soccer.

While attending Southern Maine Community College, Jason kickstarted a 22-year career at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department as the youngest Correctional Officer to be hired at the age of 18. He worked his way up from Correctional Officer to Lieutenant while earning several awards and honors, including Supervisor of the Year. He also fought for his peers as Shop Steward in Teamsters Local Union No. 340. He was truly a leadership prodigy.

Jason met Holly Jolin in 2004 and spent as much time as he could building a long lasting foundation that lead to them marrying in St. Lucia on June 29, 2006. With their journey officially started, they went on to have two wonderful children, taking every moment to enjoy life together.

He was loved by everyone and had a keen sense of humor. Jason advocated for others through his union leadership role and maintained a strong sense of duty. He spent his time as an outdoorsman and had a passion for Sunday sports, attending whenever he could. He was steadfastly supportive, solution-focused, and a creative thinker which earned him the title "baby genius". Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3:00pm at The Point, 345 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland, Maine 04106. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations be made to

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Nancy Davies

Bangor-On April 27th our beloved mother graduated to her heavenly home. She was predeceased by her husband Herbert W. Davies and her daughter Vanessa Lee Davies. She is survived by her children Lewis Stearns, Cynthia Howard, Michael Stearns, Daniel Davies, and Melanie Hurlburt. She is also survived by her sisters Jane Seekins, Carol Ballard, and Lorraine Sundt, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Anyone who knew her was always greeted with one of her infamous hugs. She was known for her love of Red Rose tea and home baked goodies, friend, or foe you wouldn't go hungry. Summer wasn't complete without several trips to Schoodic and Fort Knox.
Her greatest joys were her family and Jesus. She also enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and helping those in need. Her favorite charity was House in the Woods in Lee Maine where she donated countless quilts and afghans for the veterans.
A celebration of life will be held in her honor on July 8th, 2023, at Pleasant Hill Campground. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services Bucksport. (
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
House in the Woods
217 Skunk Hill Road
Lee, ME 04455

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Donnie Marin

Donald Thomas Marin (76) was son of Wilbrod “Pete” Marin and Geneva Michaud Marin. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on the Little Narrows with family by his side. Donnie was a 1966 graduate of Mattanawcook Academy. He then served 6 years in the National Guard. He also graduated form the vocational school in Bangor where he learned the trade of carpentry which he enjoyed and had a natural talent for. He was employed by Lincoln Pulp and Paper for many years. He was predeceased by his parents Pete and Geneva as well as his sister Gloria Hargrave.

Donnie was a devoted husband to his wife Janet for 56 years. He was a wonderfully loving father to his children and their partners Jon Marin and Julie Fite, Ann Miles and Don Hilts, and Jannifer and Randy Barker. He instilled in them his best qualities of paying attention to detail and taking time to do the best you can at any task at hand. He shared his love of cooking and his passion for music. He was a beautiful singer, guitar and piano player. Many nights he would have friends and family sitting around the campfire singing songs well into the summer nights. These are memories that will not be forgotten. His greatest loves, pride and joy were his grandchildren. They will remember him singing lullaby’s to them when they were young, giving them rides on his 4 wheeler, cooking their favorite meals and desserts at family gatherings. They will always cherish the special moments had with him and will hold onto the beautiful handmade quilts he created for them and will wear his flannel shirts that was such a big part of who he was. Grandchildren are as follows, Ashlee Marin, Maryn, Makayla, and Matthew Miles, Lexi, Josie, Zoe Barker and Phylicity Curtis, Daniel, Shawn and Zach Hilts, Kasey and Ty Tobin, and great grandchild Nola Bailey. He is also survived by his siblings Loraine Sweet, Carlene Corro, and Albert Marin as well as many nieces and nephews.

We have peace knowing that he is in heaven sitting in his rocking chair, listening to Jim Reeves music waving to his friends and family as they are going down the dirt roads. We love you forever Daddy…

The family would like to thank the caretakers from Beacon Hospice for their compassionate and loving care. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to House in the Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Rd. Lee, ME 04455. HITW is an outdoor retreat program that honors our veterans and their families sacrifices. Celebration of Life gathering will be held in the spring of 2024, date TBA.  

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Thomas Ingalls

Medway – Thomas John Ingalls passed away unexpectedly on November 24th, 2023, after shooting his final buck. He was born on July 1st, 1948, in Millinocket, ME, the son of Robert and Fernande (Cyr) Ingalls.
Tom graduated from Schenck High School in 1968. He joined the Marine Corp following high school, and served one tour in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Metals among other achievements.
Tom married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Gordon, on November 23rd, 1968. They moved to Connecticut after Tom’s discharge, also living in New Hampshire before returning to Maine and starting work at Great Northern Paper Company, where he remained until his retirement in 2011.
Tom was a true outdoorsman, taking his family and later his grandchildren on adventures throughout the North Maine Woods and beyond, leading them up mountains and down rivers with ease. He was also a great and dedicated hunter; we are certain that Dad died proud and happy.
Tom leaves behind his wife, Ruth (Gordon) Ingalls, and daughters, Michelle & David Irvin, Kimberly York and Rebecca Ingalls, along with their children, Keira & Connor Irvin, Jacob Turner and Amos York; He also leaves behind his siblings, Roberta Goddard, Stephen & Toni Ingalls, Louise & Charlie Vose, Judy & David Yeo, Julie & Paul LeBel; brothers-in-law, Timothy Gordon and Kenneth & Susan Gordon as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family. Tom also leaves behind many special longtime friends including several Marine Corp buddies from the Vietnam War.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Carlton and Thelma (Mills) Gordon, brother, Robert “Bobby” Ingalls, brothers-in-law, Robert Gordon and Ronald Goddard and son-in-law, Mark York.
The family will be arranging a celebration of Tom’s life in the summer of 2024, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The House in the Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Rd, Lee, Maine 04455.

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Greg Mulligan

Gregory Earl Milligan, age 72, passed away April 7, 2022 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

Greg was born June 25, 1949 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late Howard E Milligan and Lucille J Bassett. He spent most of his life between Massachusetts and Maine, then happily retired to Florida in 2019.

Greg worked as a police officer starting in Massachusetts then moved to the force in Yarmouth, Maine. He joined Volk Packaging in 1982 as a sales representative and retired in the same status, although he did serve as sales manager for almost 10 years during his time with the company. Volk Packaging meant a lot to Greg, so much so that he took his beloved wife, Sue, to the Volk Packaging 5-Year Club Party for their first date.

Greg was a devoted husband to Sue for an amazing 32 years, an outstanding father to Daniel, Joshua, and Kimberly, a wonderful father-in-law to Lori, Robyn, and RJ, and a loving grandfather to Megan, Drew, and Madison. He was excited for another granddaughter, Nora, who is coming in August. He was also a great brother to Brian and Cynthia, a caring brother-in-law to Stephanie and Raymond, and an amazing uncle, cousin, and friend to many more.

When Greg was not working he was spending time hunting, fishing, golfing, or traveling with family and/or friends. He was a true family man and the best friend anyone could ask for. He would give the shirt off his back and more. Greg was full of life and lit up a room wherever he went. No matter who it was he put a smile on their face. Greg will be greatly missed by so many.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Loyal Order of Moose located at 562 Broadway, Malden, Massachusetts 02148, on May 7th, 2022, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

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Michael Curtin 

Always Ready and Thinking
Water recoveries. Auto extractions. Cajoling deranged gunmen into straitjackets. Talking jilted lovers down from a ledge on the George Washington Bridge. As squad sergeant for Truck Company 2 of the Police Department's Emergency Service Unit, Michael Curtin never knew what kind of risky rescue operation he and his men might be asked to perform on any given day.

But he believed in being prepared. On Sundays or slow days, when New York residents managed to keep themselves out of mortal peril, Sergeant Curtin, 45, a former marine who served in the Gulf War, did not let his squad members just sit around. Instead, he would drill them on old skills and teach them new ones — like how to wire a police van by tapping into a telephone pole.

"If you wanted an epitome of an E cop, that would be Michael Curtin," said Robert Yaeger, an officer with Truck 2, using the police lingo for an Emergency Service Unit officer. "He was always thinking on his feet and wanted you to think on your feet, too."

Not that Sergeant Curtin was all work and no play. At the end of those Sunday morning training sessions, he would fry up an outsize Marine Corps breakfast for all: sloppy eggs, sausage and bacon seasoned with his favorite red, blue and green spices.

On Sept. 11, Sergeant Curtin, the father of three athletic teenage girls, was due back in the kitchen of his home in Medford, N.Y., again -- this time, to make a birthday dinner for his wife, Helga.

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Janice L. (Curtis) Nelson- Kroesser, 70, of Washington, passed away on May 14,2023. She is the daughter of James and Anita (Ames) Curtis.

Janice grew up in Waldoboro and graduated from Medomak Valley High School In 1970. She married her first husband Francis Nelson on February 5, 1971. They lived in Killeen, Texas and Rockport, Maine before settling down in Washington, Maine to raise their family. After 25 years of marriage they divorced.
Later in life Janice met Ken Kroesser who she loved deeply. They married on September 27, 2000.

Janice's purpose in life was to help others. Anyone who knew her, knew that she would gladly put the needs of others over her own. Her calling was to assist adults with mental disabilities. She was the administrator of Washington Manor for over 30 years. When Washington Manor was in danger of being shut down, Janice's concern for the welfare of the residence and employees led her to develop a nonprofit organization that would buy Washington Manor.

Janice was a member of Healing Light Spiritual Church in Etna, Maine. She was very devoted to her faith. Janice was a very gifted healer and medium. Whether it was her family, friends, work, or her church, Janice was full of love, compassion and devotion. She had a positive effect on everyone she met. Janice enjoyed spending time with her family as well as her weekend getaways to her camp in Etna.

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Exeter - Noel Charles Sirabella, 77, of Exeter, Maine, passed away unexpectedly April 27, 2023, while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his beloved wife Sandy at his side. He was born December 13, 1945, in Bangor, Maine, to Mario J. "Lee" and Stella (Higgins) Sirabella.

Noel enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1963, where he worked his way up through the ranks, eventually retiring as a Lt Colonel in 1992. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1964 and began working at Bangor Roofing & Sheet Metal Company while attending the University of Maine at Orono. Noel graduated from University of Maine, Orono in 1970 and was promoted to Vice President of Bangor Roofing soon thereafter. Noel worked at Bangor Roofing, (Hahnel Brothers), until his retirement in 2012. After his retirement, he worked as the Animal Control Officer for the towns of Dexter, Corinth, Levant, Exeter, Stetson and Corinna.

Noel was very community-minded and was a member of many civic organizations including the Lions Club of Bangor, where he served as President and the Kiwanis in Dexter. He was a Mason and a member of the Anah Temple Shrine Horse Patrol where he rode his black horse "Chelsey" during many parades, despite being told he had to ride a palomino. Noel also served many years on the board of selectmen for the town of Exeter.

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Randall Ewing

East Millinocket - Randall K. Ewing 95, passed away August 13th, 2023, at a Bangor hospital. He was born February 25, 1928, in West Enfield, Maine, the son of Kenneth B. Ewing and Alice (Messer) Ewing. His youth was spent in West Enfield, but he also spent time at his grandparent's farm on Vinegar Hill in Burlington, Maine. He was fond of saying his father slid down Vinegar Hill and his mother slid down Passadumkeag Mountain and they met in the middle. Randall was a veteran of WWII and a proud member of the U. S. Navy.


At 17 he enlisted and served two years. Much of this time was spent on the U. S. S. Collett one of only 200 destroyers called "tin cans" for having such thin hulls. The sailors on the boats were dubbed "tin can sailors" and Randy was a proud member of this group.


After his service he returned to Maine and on August 13th, 1949, he married Jean C. Morancy of French island in Old Town, Maine. After early struggles which included a brief move to Connecticut, they settled in East Millinocket, Maine and raised 4 children. Randall worked the next 17 years for the Great Northern Paper Company. He built a camp on Ambejejus Lake where many happy memories were made.


Randy was an avid fisherman, hunter, and forager. Luckily, he passed on the location of his best cranberry bog and where to find the best fiddle heads. He loved being at camp. When he was done for the day, you'd find him sitting on the beach watching the sunset. 

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Edward Cislak

Edward Joseph Cislak, 76, went home to be with the Lord on May 20th, 2023.  He was born on July 9, 1946, in Clinton, MA to John and Mary (Lemanski) Cislak.  Ed graduated from Clinton High School and shortly after joined the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam and earned his CIB badge. 

After serving in the U.S. Army, Ed worked for R.E. Chapman and later Lawrence Lord and Sons as a well-driller.  He also served as a part-time officer for the Clinton and Princeton Police Departments, both in Massachusetts.  Ed earned his pilot and commercial pilot licenses at the Sterling Airport, and eventually owned and operated his own R-22 helicopter named “Freeway”.  Ed and Marilyn briefly moved to Marathon, FL where he trained and became certified as a Detention Deputy for Monroe County. In 1990, they moved back to Maine, and started building their forever home.

Ed enjoyed flying helicopters, fishing and hunting, and exploring the back roads and woods of Maine.  He always enjoyed a good cup of coffee and spending endless hours chatting with friends and family. 

Ed is predeceased by both his parents, as well as his sister Ilona “Cookie” Moeckel, and his brother John Cislak, all of Massachusetts.  Ed is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (Holst) Cislak of Alexander; his son, Shaun Cislak of Massachusetts; his daughter, Stacey Decesare of Maine; his sister, Maryanne and husband Leonard Frost of Alexander.  Ed is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were all special to him, as well as a large extended family. 

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Robert Kennison

PLYMOUTH-Robert Chesley Kennison died September 28th in Plymouth, MA, from complications following stroke. He was 87. Born May 28, 1924 in Worcester, he was the son of the late Paul H. Kennison and Elizabeth R. (Williston), and sister of the late Carol A. Kennison (Whitney), all formerly of Westborough.
A 1942 Westborough High School graduate, Robert entered the US Army Air Corps as a glider pilot trainee, but cutbacks saw him enlist in the US Navy in mid-1943 for the naval aviation cadets program. Almost a year later he was still in basic training, so he transferred to the Navy Armed Guard - naval personnel assigned to merchant vessels in communications, signaling, and gunnery roles - hoping to see action by war’s end. And action he saw, in convoys across the North Atlantic as a gunner aboard the Liberty Ships SS Harriet Tubman, SS Elbridge Gerry, and a T2 Tanker, SS Prairie Grove, until his honorable discharge in 1946. Humble about his service, he would say, “We just did what we were asked to do,” and often recalled friends from Westborough Fred Fleming, Francis Tully, and Harold Thompson, all killed in action, and the late Jim Marple of Burnsville, WV, a navy friend from those days.
Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University after the war, and soon joined the Bell System with New England Telephone & Telegraph where for 32 years he worked mainly in managerial positions in business systems, sales, and marketing, including as account manager for Digital Equipment Corporation. While on loan to American Telephone & Telegraph, he was a talent assessor at the Management Assessment Program Center in Atlanta and a lecturer at the Data Communications Training Center in Cooperstown, NY. His time with “Ma Bell” saw the introduction of the Touch-Tone telephone, personal use phones and devices, advanced switching, and the rise of solid-state electronic components, computers, and technologies central to the telecommunications infrastructure we use today. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and, as a lifelong aviation enthusiast, the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Besides family, Robert loved golfing, playing clarinet and enjoying Dixieland jazz music, carpentry, watching ice hockey, and caring for the late “Lucky,” his cat.

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Jeff Gifford

Lincoln - Jeffery A. Gifford, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 12, 2022, and is now in the arms of Jesus. Jeff was born on August 4, 1946, the son of Phillip and Rita Gifford of Lincoln.
On February 27th, 1965, Jeff married the love of his life, Irene (Davis) Gifford. This upcoming October would make 60 years of them being together. His greatest passion though, was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would always be seen supporting his grandchildren at their sporting events, never missing a game. His family was happy to be able to share a piece of their "Pup" with everyone.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents; one sister, Valerie Gifford; and one grandchild, Shayna Pelkey. In addition to his wife Irene, Jeff is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Spencer Tracy of Glenburn; and sister, Doris Knox of Hermon. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lisa Gifford of Wellington, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Greg Page, and son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Nonie Gifford both of Lincoln; grandchildren, Alex and wife, Katrina, Stefan, Lauren, Brendan, Emily, Josh, and Jacob; and great-grandchildren; Camryn, Caleb, Olivia, Ashlynn, Olivia, Hazel, and Madeline. A very special Aunt Gloria Blake and sister-in-law, Linda Ludden.
Family and friends may join his celebration of life on August 13, 2022, at 5 p.m. at Barnes Brook Golf Course. If needed, rain date will be August 14 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Jeff and family would appreciate donations in his memory to the Lincoln Center Baptist Church at P.O. Box 305 - or, Gideon's International, P.O. Box 470, Lincoln, ME 04457.

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Scott Harriman

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Ken Dachsteiner

Kenneth L. Dachsteiner, 84 years old, passed away peacefully at his home on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.

He is survived by his wife Carole (Jereb) Dachsteiner his High School Sweetheart and the love of his life. They have been married for 61 years. Ken adored and enjoyed with all his heart his two (2) children, Son Mark and spouse Debra (Werth), two Grand Children, Breanna and Jacob, Daughter Barbara Stone and partner Paul Gerdes, Brother Paul and spouse Eva, and sister-in law Sandy Mack.

Ken was proceeded in death by his parents Leo and Josephine, and Brother Harold , God rest their souls.

Ken also served his country proudly in the United States Navy active duty and Reserves. He was also a member of the American Legion for over 50 years, employed by General Time (Westclox) and Caterpillar Inc. His interests included repairing clocks, watches, traveling, and taking care of the birds of which his favorites (Cardinals and Hummingbirds). He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox Fan and enjoyed watching the games.

A Ceremonial Mass will be held at Saint Patrick Parish, 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville, IL. 60560 on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Following the Mass there will be a Military Honors Service provided by the U.S. Navy and a luncheon will be served in the Church Hall.

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Esther Jones

Lee - Esther M. Jones, 96, died peacefully January 3, 2022, at her home with her family and her dog, Baby, by her side. Born in Old Town on March 3, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Florence Mishou.
She attended Old Town schools. Esther was a flag bearer for the VFW, and in 2005, she received the Real Heroes Award for saving a life.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Jones; a grandson, Steven Kozenieski; three brothers, Melvin, Elwin, and Herbert; and one sister, Phyllis. Esther is survived by one daughter, Dianne (Harvey) Kozenieski of FL; three sons, Harold Day and wife, Sally, of Bangor, Phillip Robertson and wife, Carole, of Lee, and John Robertson and wife, Bonnie, of Orrington; stepson, Brad Jones and wife, Heather, of Massachusetts; stepdaughter, Anna Jones of Bangor; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The family of Esther wishes to thank CHCS and hospice for the wonderful care from their staff.
A graveside service will be held at Lawndale Cemetery, Stillwater Ave, Old Town in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Penobscot Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 73 Lincoln, Maine 04457. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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Earl Libby

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Brandon Silk

ORONO—SSG Brandon M. Silk, 25, died serving our country on June 21, 2010 in Afghanistan. He was born on December 23, 1984, at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, the son of Mark A. and Lynn M. (Ronan) Silk.


From an early age, Brandon wanted to fly. His favorite movie was “Top Gun." Brandon was a 2003 graduate of Orono High School having transferred from Calais High School. At Orono, Brandon excelled in football and track. His classmates gave him the nickname "Silky Smooth." Following graduation, Brandon enlisted in the US Army. He was a Black Hawk Crew Chief and a member of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was on his fourth tour of duty having served in Korea, Iraq, and two tours in Afghanistan. Brandon loved hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. His favorite colors were “Mossy Oak” and “Blaze Orange”. He will be remembered for his big personality, self-determination, self-confidence and being so full of life. Brandon enjoyed music, playing the guitar, trivia, following the Red Sox and Patriots, and riding motorcycles. Brandon loved Maine, especially the family camp at Green Lake. Brandon especially appreciated Bob Marley's interpretations of life in Maine. He loved being the "Crazy Mainer" in his unit. Brandon loved his family, his friends, and fellow soldiers. He was proud to serve with the men and women of the 101st Airborne Division.


In addition to his parents Mark and Lynn of Orono, he is survived by two brothers David Silk and his wife Jaclyn of Old Town and Blaine Silk of Orono; maternal grandparents Nancy and Blaine Robinson of Orono; aunts and uncles Robert and Linda Ronan, Diane and Robert Harris, John and Tracy Ronan, Cheryl and Martin Reed, Peter and Connie Silk; cousins Michael Ronan, Katherine Ronan, Evan Harris, Bryan Harris, Katelynn Ronan, Taylor Ronan, Erika Stubbs, CJ Silk, Shaun Silk; the child of his heart, Brayden Browning; special friends Marlon and Carol Browning, Brian Tyne, Paul White, and Melissa Stevens.


He was predeceased by maternal grandfather Robert Ronan, and paternal grandparents Larry and Josie Silk, and an uncle Jon Silk.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to House in the Woods, Military and Family Retreat, In Memory of Brandon Silk, 2819 Lee Road, Lee, ME 04455


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Phil Robertson

Lee - Phillip Robertson, 70, gained his angel wings on March 14, 2023, with his loving wife, Carole, by his side, at their home, where he came to peace with a short battle with leukemia.
In addition to his wife, Phil is survived by daughter, Gina Richardson and husband, Tim, of Carmel; sister, Lynette Beal of Old Town; sister, Dianne Kozenieski of Florida; brothers, Harold Day of Bangor and Paul Robertson and wife, Bonnie, of Orrington; stepchildren, Darlene Smith of Old Town, Doreen Clark and husband, Bill, of Orono, Kim Mishou and husband, Tim, of Greenbush, Rick Howard and wife, Lori, of Kenduskeag, Shannon Hamlin of Old Town and James Ward and his wife, Robin, of Alton; several special nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with his many great friends that he enjoyed spending time with fishing and four-wheeling. He is our angel now watching over us. He was predeceased by his father, Harold Robertson of Bradley; his first wife, Gayle Robertson; stepfather, Fred Jones of Lee; and mother, Esther Jones of Lee. We would like to give thanks to the hospice caregivers that helped throughout this short time.
Service 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Carmel Full Gospel Church of Restoration, 961 Main Rd., Carmel.

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Terry Libby

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Johnnie Jeffers

Johnnie E. Jeffers, 74, of Waterboro, died at his home on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Johnnie was born on March 24, 1948 to Wallace and Alpha May (Gilkey) Jeffers in Columbus, Ohio where he grew up and attended local schools. Johnnie proudly served in the U.S Marine Corps during Vietnam. After completing his enlistment he relocated to Maine where he would stay for the rest of his life. He was employed by the City of Saco from 1971 to 1972 when he took a position at Volk Packaging where he was treated like family and was employed for 41 years until his retirement in 2013. In 1997 he married his wife Suzanne and together they shared 25 wonderful years of marriage. Johnnie was a proud member of the American Legion and the NRA. He loved hunting and fishing and was finally able to bag that big buck after four years hunting in Canada. His two passions in life were hunting and spending time with his wife Sue. Family was always very important to Johnnie. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and especially loved being around his grandchildren. Johnnie was predeceased by his parents and by three siblings, Grace Butterfield , Earl Jeffers and Fred Lee Jeffers. Surviving are his wife, Suzanne Jeffers; his children, Mondae Lizotte and her husband Joseph and their children, Hannah and Andrew, Erik Jeffers and his wife Dede and their sons Alex and Zackary and Brian Jeffers and his wife Chelsea, her daughter Zoe and his children Declan and Adalyn; his step-children, Shannin Woodward and her partner Shawn and their daughters Rose and Eva, Keith Woodward, Sean Woodward and his children Issiah and Autumn, Joel Woodward and his wife Kristal and their sons Cody and Bradyn and Steve Danis and his wife Patti and their daughter Samantha; two sisters, Molly Grubb and Patty Ruff and a brother, Larry Jeffers. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral home located at 580 Main Street in Springvale. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 12:00 Noon at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery located on Stanley Road in Springvale.

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Kenneth True

Kenneth D. ?Steamer? True, 53, of Mason City passed away peacefully on Monday (March 7, 2011) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, with his family by his side.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday (March 11, 2011) at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams, with the Rev. Michael J. Schueller and the Rev. Kenneth B. Gehling as Con-Celebrants. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday (March 10, 20110 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. N.E. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to the Mass at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Kenneth D. True memorial fund.

Kenneth Dean True was born July 31, 1957 to Carl and Clara (Boyle) True in Mason City. Kenneth was eighth of fourteen children. He attended Mason City High School and graduated amongst the class for 1977. On November 21, 1981 he was united in marriage to Jayna Lucille Angel.

For twenty one years Kenneth was employed at Minnesota Rubber in Mason City.

Steamer enjoyed watching Steeler?s football, cheering on the New York Yankees, fishing, playing softball, family reunions, and watching NASCAR, his favorite driver being Mark Martin. One of his favorite nightly activities was taking the dogs on their nightly walkabout.

Those grateful in sharing in his life are his wife, Jayna; children, Samantha (Brooke) True, Ben True, and Savannah (Kristopher) Cowell; grandchildren, Alex, Griffin, and Gavin, and an expected granddaughter; brothers, Richard (Sue) True, Thomas (Rhonda) True, Dennis (Lisa) True, David (Judy) True, Randy True, Donald (Ericka) True, and Robert (Bridgette) True; sisters, Debra True and her fiancé Roger Herman, Cynthia Stricker and her fiancé Brian Smith, Rebecca (Tony) Shannon, Jennifer (Lance) Nielson, and Karen Hendrickson; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

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Dexter C. Richer

EASTPORT and RICHMOND, VA. –Dexter Ricker passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at the age of 95 in Richmond, Va. He was born on September 15, 1925, in Perry, the son of Gibson and Thursea Leighton Ricker, later to be raised in Eastport by Nina Leighton Tabor and Claude Tabor on Kilby Street. He was a U.S. naval veteran, having served from 1942 to 1946 as boatswain mate second class on the USS Pinnacle and USS Prime minesweepers. He was awarded two World War Victory Medals, the American Area Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Medal. As a graduate of Shead Memorial High School, Class of 1941, and Ricker College, he had achieved a successful career as owner of a large commercial electrical contracting company in Trenton, N.J., which later afforded him a long retirement. With a lifelong love for the sea, he enjoyed sailing, cruising, traveling and spending time with family and friends, keeping homes in Hamilton, N.J., Hernando Beach, Fla., and returning every summer to Eastport to a home in South End. He was well read, well lived and shared endless stories on any topic – most notable were his stories of old Eastport. His later years were spent in Richmond, Va., with Jacqueline Smith and her children, Beth, Wayne, Barry, Les and their families, where he lived an active life surrounded by loving and faithful family and friends. He was a devoted man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather with an unwavering and unconditional love for his family. He will forever be in our hearts and is missed every day. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Frances Cook Ricker; and granddaughter, Lindsey Bernard. He is survived by his son, three daughters and their families, Scot and Cynthia Ricker, Janice Culver and Al DiDario, Julie and Daniel Smith and Joan and Ernie White; six grandchildren, Trevor, Brittany, Casie, Chris, Sara and Matt; and four greatgrandchildren, Ella, Colton, Parker and Paxton. A memorial service will be held, 11:00 am, Friday, August 13th at Bayside Cemetery in Eastport. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dexter's memory can be made to Washington County Honor Guard, c/o Andrew Pottle, 506 South Meadow Rd., Perry, ME 04667. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.

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William Saturno

Kingman – William J. “Bill” Saturno, 79, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 at his home in Kingman. Bill was born August 31, 1942 in Newburgh, New York to Anthony “Tony” and Katy Saturno.

He was a graduate of Washingtonville High School in Washingtonville, New York and Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. Bill worked at the family business, Saturno’s Hardware Store located in Washingtonville, New York with is brothers Anthony and Carl. In the 1990’s the business transitioned to Village Paint and Hardware. Bill and Bob Marcoux became partners in the restructured business. In 2015 Bill and Bob sold the business and retired. In 2021 Bill and his wife Mona moved permanently to their home in Kingman, Maine.

Bill is survived by his wife Mona of Kingman; a daughter, Stephanie of Friendswood, Texas; his late son’s partner, Jessica Grey of Waterbury, Connecticut; brothers Anthony, John and his wife Gertrude, and Carl and his wife Terry; siblings in law George and his wife Glenna, Jean Lewis, and Karen Price, all residing in New York. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his son, William D. Saturno, sister in law Carolyn Saturno, and brother in law J.W. “Bill” Price.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the CHCS Home Health and Hospice Services for their care and support of Bill and the family. The family would also like to thank all the churches and the people who kept us in their thoughts, prayers, and hearts.

Honoring Bill’s wishes, there will be no services. Gifts in memory of Bill may be sent to House In The Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Road, Lee, ME 04455. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Lincoln. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Bill’s Book of Memories at

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Noel Sirabella

Exeter - Noel Charles Sirabella, 77, of Exeter, Maine, passed away unexpectedly April 27, 2023, while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his beloved wife Sandy at his side. He was born December 13, 1945, in Bangor, Maine, to Mario J. "Lee" and Stella (Higgins) Sirabella.

Noel enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1963, where he worked his way up through the ranks, eventually retiring as a Lt Colonel in 1992. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1964 and began working at Bangor Roofing & Sheet Metal Company while attending the University of Maine at Orono. Noel graduated from University of Maine, Orono in 1970 and was promoted to Vice President of Bangor Roofing soon thereafter. Noel worked at Bangor Roofing, (Hahnel Brothers), until his retirement in 2012. After his retirement, he worked as the Animal Control Officer for the towns of Dexter, Corinth, Levant, Exeter, Stetson and Corinna.

Noel was very community-minded and was a member of many civic organizations including the Lions Club of Bangor, where he served as President and the Kiwanis in Dexter. He was a Mason and a member of the Anah Temple Shrine Horse Patrol where he rode his black horse "Chelsey" during many parades, despite being told he had to ride a palomino. Noel also served many years on the board of selectmen for the town of Exeter.

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Howard Chick

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Sally McLaughlin

Sally Anne McLaughlin, 90, of Limerick, Pennsylvania (and more recently Stuart, VA), died September 6, 2023 at the Northern Regional Hospital in Mount Airy.

Sally was born on August 29, 1933 to Sarah “Sadie” & Patrick Nolan in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. She married Roger P. McLaughlin on April 23, 1953. They had six children: Roger, Sallyanne, Joan, Francyne, and “the twins” Timothy & Thomas.

Sally was a master of many careers, from hospitality management to school administration. One of her most valued roles was mother and matriarch to a large family of 18, including children & grandchildren. Sally was passionate about volunteering and giving back to her community. She was a member of the Red Hats Society. She volunteered at the polls and community centers. Sally was a big part of her church family and earned the position of Eurchuarist Deacon in the Catholic Church, which she used to take communion to homebound community members.

She was an avid swimmer, reader, and card player. An excellent baker of Irish soda bread from a recipe that she learned at her mother’s side.

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Hector Marquez

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Charlies Dale Moody

MONROE — Charles Dale Moody, 86 of Monroe, passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at Nothernlight Hospital in Bangor. 

Dale as he preferred to be called, was born March 24, 1937, in Belfast Maine, the son of Henry and Charlene (Reed) Moody.

Dale graduated from Monroe High School and enlisted in the Air Force.

Dale met his wife, Neva Giggie, who lived on the other side of the river, as children. Neva knew Dale was going to be her husband from the start. They married April 1, 1955, in Monroe before he went overseas with the Air Force. After his enlistment, they moved to Washington State where they started their family. They then returned to Monroe where Dale worked as a delivery driver for the chicken industry. Dale then started working at the Maine Department of Transportation where he retired in 2004. He then enjoyed his retirement with his wife/family at their camp in Swanville and his hunting/fishing trips with his gang.

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Greg Fuller

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John Doyle

John Doyle 1938 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – John Doyle of Woolwich, died on Aug. 21, 2022 at Midcoast Hospital, two days before his 84th birthday. Born in Woolwich to John E. Doyle, Sr, and Ester (Lawrence) Doyle, John graduated from Morse High School in 1957, proud to have been known as one of the “best dancers” there.


Upon graduation, he went into the U.S. Navy submarine service, stationed at the Naval submarine base in Groton, Conn., and later transferred to Wisconsin, where he trained as an electrician. A few years into his service, he married Dorothy Robinson, with whom he had three children. He and his family eventually moved from Connecticut to Arrowsic, where he built a home.


After showing the American flag in countries all over the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, including Italy, Norway, France, and the UK, he earned a fifth Good Conduct Award Navy Achievement medal in 1974. 

Read John's full obituary at the link below.

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"Larry, herrrre!"

The greeting, with its slightly exaggerated Maine accent, is unmistakable and sends an instant smile to its intended recipient. The next 10 minutes to an hour or more are filled with detailed adventures about the life of their storyteller, Lawrence "Larry" Williams. Cancer took him away from us on March 1, 2023, in Oviedo, Florida. This remarkable 88-year-old man with the sharp wit will live on, however, in the stories he has told.

Larry was born in Lempster, New Hampshire, on April 2, 1934, to Hubert "Hubie" Williams (b.1905 - d.1995) and Margaret Olds (b.1912 - d.1934). He was raised by his Uncle Ellis and Aunt Beatrice "Bunny" Davis in the small northern Maine town of Mattawamkeag. He grew up during the depression, and his father sent him everything he needed each year: one shirt, one pair of pants, and one pair of shoes. After setting a few baseball records in high school, Larry graduated and turned his blue eyes to the seas.

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Larry Williams

Edward McCafferty – 96, of Scituate, formerly of Norwood, passed away on September 15, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Mazzola) McCafferty, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Donegal, Ireland he was the son of the late James and Ellen (McNeely) McCafferty. After emigrating from Ireland, Edward enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Korean War. He then went on to work as a supervisor for US Airways and retired after 35 years of employment. Edward love spending his free time golfing, bowling and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.

Father of Cheryl McCafferty of Imperial, Pennsylvania, Edward “Ted” McCafferty Jr. and his wife Barbara of Walpole and J. Kevin McCafferty and his wife Nancy of Mansfield.

Grandfather of Shannon, Patrick, Sean and Lucy.

Brother of Eunan McCafferty and Thomas Vincent McCafferty, both of Norwood, Kathleen Diaz of Houston, Texas. Predeceased by Maureen Folan of Norwood, James McCafferty, Sean McCafferty and Sadie McCafferty, all of Donegal, Ireland and Patrick and Hugh McCafferty of Chicago, Illinois.

Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 3-7 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral Mass on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate Harbor. Interment immediately following the funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Meeting House Lane, Scituate Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory can be made to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at

Martha Thurlow


Your life was a blessing,

Our memories we'll always treasure...

You are loved beyond words,

and missed beyond measure.

In Loving Memory of our beloved volunteer

Martha Thurlow. Martha gave Big Love,

without expecting anything in return.

Our sincerest condolences to Martha's friends

and family from the entire House in the Woods family.

Sending all our love at this difficult time.

Lee - Lester O. Delano, 102, went home to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Sept. 26, 2022, with family holding his hands. He was born in Lee, Maine on January 18, 1920, the son of Fred and Fern Delano of Lee, Maine.
He was the middle child with four siblings. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1939 and left college and enlisted in the U.S. Army-Air Corps on December 31, 1941. Lester served with the 12th Bomb Group, 82nd Squadron as a radio operator and waist gunner aboard a B-25 Mitchell. He flew 55 combat missions over North Africa and was awarded a number of honors including the Air Medal and a Presidential Citation.
Upon his discharge on September 15, 1945, he returned to his beloved hometown of Lee marrying Shirley Webster on June 6, 1945. They were parents of four children - Marie Kurtz of Pennsylvania, Darryl Delano of Waterboro, Sheila Leighton of Lincoln, and Fred Delano of Troy. He worked as a potato farmer but ultimately worked as a carpenter for the greater part of his life. He and his coworker, Wayne Bartlett, built or renovated many buildings in the Lee area including building the town post office as well as renovating Mallett Hall and the Lee Museum. He worked well into his eighties marking furniture and cutting boards. He was a selectman of Lee for a number of years serving also as first selectman. He lost the love of his life, Shirley Delano, on May 3, 2017, after nearly 72 years of marriage but kept himself busy visiting folks. He was known around the Lee area for his generous giving of Hershey Kisses, Reese's peanut butter cups, and bags of oranges. Serving others was very dear to his heart as he enjoyed his church family at Lee Baptist Church practicing his faith in and outside those beloved walls, part of which he built. Often, he said "Love God, love your family, love your country."
Lester left behind his four children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be missed, so his family is celebrating his life on Oct. 8, 2022, at Lee Baptist Church at 3 p.m. All are welcomed to join us. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lee Baptist Church and/or The House in the Woods. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Lester's Book of Memories at

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Alexander Nicholas Beichek was a loving, caring  Son, Husband, Father to 3 daughters, Grandfather, and Friend to so many. Born in New Jersey, the son of Russian Immigrants;  Alex was compassionate and he lived his life with passion, humor and integrity. He loved his country and it seemed fitting that his life would end on July 4th. At that time in 2000, my 9 year old daughter responded, “we’ll always remember Pop Pop with fireworks”. He believed in freedom and choices for every individual.


Alexander served in the Army Air Force as 2nd Navigator & Bombardier on a B29 Circle X tail code, in the 99th Bombardment Squadron flying  many missions over the Tinian Islands. He, along with each crew member, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, in honor of their successful mission of flying over a Japanese Prison camp and dropping supplies and food, (along with personal messages they attached) to the POW’s held there.


The messages said that they weren’t forgotten, the war is ending and  please let us know when you’re home safely. Eight months later he would receive a letter of thank you from that day;  and it would bring tears to his eyes whenever he read it to us, which was at least once a year.

Alexander Beichek

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Peter Henderson

WEST BATH - Peter Alan Henderson, 65, originally from the Bangor area passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2021, at the home he shared with his girlfriend, Karen Van Der Werf and her son, Zachary, in West Bath. Peter was born on August 3, 1956, to Dorothy and Sampson Henderson of Veazie.

He graduated from Bangor High School in 1975. Peter often spoke warmly about the relationships he had built with community members through his work at Jordan's Meats, Carl Smith Foods and most recently Sysco Northern New England. He had recently retired after working for Sysco with over 35 years of service. He spoke admirably of his co-workers and found their friendships invaluable. Peter was kind, loving and had a knack for making those around him feel special. His sense of humor and unfailing wit brought people together and joy to the most difficult of situations.

Peter is survived by his daughters, Jaime Henderson and Ashlie Henderson; son-in-law, David Garcia; grandchildren, Tyler, Kendra and Elliyana; brother, Dean Henderson; nephews and their loving wives, Josh and Michelle Henderson and Rich and Mandy Dickey. He was predeceased by his beloved nephew, Ian Henderson in 2018. Peter adored his family and was extremely proud of each of their personal accomplishments.

Marjorie Brooks

Marjorie J. (Smart) Brooks, 97, passed away Jan. 26, 2021. Marjorie was born in Knighton, S. Wales, UK, Feb. 3, 1923, the first child of Albert and Ethel Smart.

Marjorie married Earle in 1945. Together they lived in many places around the world from 1945 to 1963, when they moved to Sandy Point. Marjorie enjoyed gardening, collecting plates and baking Christmas cookies for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Earle, daughter Joan Lanpher, daughter-in-law Peggy, brothers Charles and John, and sister Betty.

Marjorie will be missed by her children, son Victor and wife Rainy, son Robert, son Clyde and wife Wendy, son David and wife Stacy, and son-in-law Charlie Lanpher. Marjorie is also survived by eight grandchildren, Heather, Matthew, Megan, Chelsea, Jordan, Colby, Jason and Alicen; three great-grandchildren, Bryan, Ashley and Maggie; two great-great-grandchildren, Fallon and Jade Wood; and many nieces and nephews.

Shawn Allen Richards

ORONO - Shawn Alan Richards, 46, died at his home on March 29, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Shawn was born on June 24, 1972, in Bangor, the son of Mark Richards and Paulette (Tidwell) Cunningham.
Shawn graduated from Old Town High School in 1991. He married his High School sweetheart, Nicole (Blanchard) Richards, and they settled with their family in Orono. Shawn and Nicole had two daughters, Jordan Marie Richards, and Katelyn Elizabeth Richards.

Jordan and Katelyn were Shawn's pride and joy. He often talked about his daughters being his greatest accomplishment. Shawn was an amazing father who enjoyed the company of "his girls". He coached their softball teams, kissed away their bumps and bruises, and was always there to make everything all better. The girls activities were very important to Shawn and he never missed a single event. Shawn enjoyed making dinners for his family and used the dinner table as a place to maintain the values they grew to share as a family. He took great pride in the longevity of his relationship and marriage with his one and only true love, Nicole.

SKOWHEGAN – On April 10, 1929, Alan B. Burke, was born on the Burke family farm in Robbinston, Maine overlooking the Passamoquoddy Bay. His life on earth ended at home on Dec. 9, 2021. He has gone to be with his Lord. Growing up on the farm, he learned to care for the animals, spent time with his grandfather, Fred Burke, in the blacksmith shop where his first job was to turn the fan crank on the forge and pass nails to the blacksmith when shoeing horses. He also spent time with his uncles, Percy and Leroy, in the carpenter shop playing with tools and learning how to use them.

Alan walked to the Robbinston Ridge one-room school for grades one to six. Before he went to school, he could read, knew the states and capitals, had a globe and maps. He skipped grade seven, had the same teacher in grade eight at the Robbinston Village two-room school. He graduated from Calais Academy in 1946. He said, “I had my diploma in one hand and draft papers in the other”. He spoke with a recruiter in Calais. After looking at his high school records, he was promised Army Air Corps schools, so he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for four years. 

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Sheila Lambert

HERMON - Sheila Gail (Lambert) Merrill of Hermon, passed away on November 2, 2015, after a brief but desperate battle with cancer.

She is survived by two children, four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and two sisters.

Born in Calais, Sheila lived her entire life in the state of Maine, and she enjoyed a very successful career as an office manager. A nature lover, world traveler and a strong supporter of numerous and varied volunteer efforts, Sheila spent her last days in peace, surrounded by her loving family and many friends.

A celebration of Sheila's life will be held in the spring, when the trees bud and the flowers bloom. The family requests that those who wish to remember Sheila in a special way may make gifts in her memory to House in the Woods, a military and family retreat, 217 Skunk Hill Road, Lee, ME 04455. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.

Gene Stevens

Here is Gene Stevens Sr.’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

We are sad to announce that on April 24, 2019 we had to say goodbye to Gene Stevens Sr. (North Berwick, Maine), born in York, Maine. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Gene Stevens Sr. or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his parents, Harold Stevens and Lillian Stevens (Kimball); his wife Joyce Stevens (Dryden) of Wells; his sons, Gene Stevens, Jr. of Lyman, Charles Stevens of Wells and Alex Stevens (Amy) of Sanford; his sisters, Rita Barr (Harvey) of South Berwick and Sherry Harriman (Richard) of Sanford; and his grandchildren, Amber, Taylor, Haley, Tiffany, Hannah, Kia, Madelyn and Phoebe.

Perry - Forrest G. Carter, 87, passed on Monday, June 20th, surrounded by his loving family.
Forrest was born in Pembroke to Wallace E Carter and Elisabeth K Carter on December 13, 1934.

Forrest attended Pembroke schools and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. When his service ended he returned home and did numerous jobs. He met his wife of 59 years, Juanita A Davis and they moved to Long Island, New York. In NY he worked as an arborist and after several years they returned to Pembroke. They went on to have three daughters. Forrest found his career at the paper mill in Baileyville, Me, where he worked as a stationery engineer and steam plant supervisor, retiring in 1993. Through his employment, he made many great friends. Forrest loved spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, gardening, and working in his garage.

Forrest was predeceased by his wife Juanita, his parents Wallace and Elisabeth, brother Francis Carter and sister Pauline Cantwell. Forrest is survived by his sister Helen (Leona) Redding and her husband William; three daughters, Elisabeth Beal, Juanita Carter and Mary Anne Spearin and husband Ronald; three grandchildren; Forrest Beal and wife Heidi, Tiffany Levasseur and husband Scott, and Ronald Spearin; eight great grandchildren Brice, Anthony, Casey, Ben, Peyton, Dalton, Trinity and Sierra; four great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Francis “Brother Benson” who visited and brought his homemade applesauce. Forrest also leaves behind his faithful companion beagle Babe.

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Karen Ruitto

Medway - Karen A. Ruitto, 64, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. For many years she struggled with health issues and on August 22, 2021 went home to her Lord and Savior. Karen was born December 24, 1956 at Millinocket Regional Hospital to Rosaire Deloge Sr. and Geneva Deloge (Theriault). She was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in East Millinocket. Karen was very proud, honest, and generous. She had an amazing set of skills in culinary arts that everyone enjoyed. Karen is survived by her husband Patrick Ruitto Sr. of Medway, sons Michael Deloge of Hubbardston Massachusetts, Patrick Ruitto Jr. and his wife Megan Ruitto of Gray, Joshua Ruitto and fiancé Jessica of New Gloucester, Joseph Ruitto and his wife Katee of Turner, sisters Judy Albert, Janice Deloge, Sandra LaCombe and brothers Nathan Deloge, Herman Deloge and Rick Deloge all of Medway. She was predeceased by her parents and three brothers, Dennis, Robert, and Rosaire Jr.. Additionally she is survived by so many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren and great grandchildren all of which she loved with all her heart.

Leeds- Russell Alden Bragdon, 62, a Vietnam veteran long known for his honesty and wit, died on June 19, 2012 in Leeds after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died at home surrounded by his love ones.

Russell was born in Lewiston on March 22, 1950, the son of Alden M. and Celia I (Russell) Bragdon.  He worked at various handy-man jobs and worked for several years in the employment of Joe Murphy.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, wood-working, spending time with family, his pets, and especially his dogs.

Russell was predeceased by his father.

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The Eastport Honor Guard presided over Hollis E Matthews

 burial service on May 5th at the Eastport breakwater. Hollis was a WWII D-Day survivor  


His last wish was to be put to rest in Passamaquoddy Bay.


In lieu of a donation to the Eastport Honor Guard.

Hollis Matthews

Frenchville/Fort Kent---Don Charette, 50, passed away suddenly on May 29, 2022, doing what he loved, riding motorcycle, and raising monies for charities.  He was born in Fort Kent on November 29, 1971, son of Clarence and Gladys (Hebert) Charette.  Don was a Junior Warden with the Fort Kent Masonic Lodge #209, Widows Sons Vice President with Temple Guard Northwoods Maine Chapter, and a Noble with Anah Shrine.  He loved spending time with family, working on and riding motorcycles, and raising monies for various charities.  He exemplified the meaning of Brotherhood.  Don created Pitched Halo Customs to share his passion for custom motorcycle parts.  Don always had a way of making new friends no matter where he went, all he had to do was make eye contact and people were drawn to him.  He always had a story to share no matter the situation.  He is survived by his loving wife Jennie LaRose Charette of Frenchville; his children, Cody Charette of Madawaska, Christopher Lehoux, Jr of Sanford, Chantel Charette of Farmington, and Paige Charette of Sanford and many other friends and family.  He was predeceased by his father Clarence Charette and brother-in-law Jim Bergeron.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Fort Kent Masonic Lodge #209 Masons Assisting Communities Fund, 291 West Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743.  

Don Charette

Eastport – Robin Oliver Zuckerman, 26, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022 as a result of an automobile accident. Rob was born in Jamestown, NY on November 3, 1995, son of Jonathan “Jay” and Kathleen (Chaffee) Zuckerman.

Rob attended school in Jamestown, NY and graduated from high school in Kenmore, NY, Class of 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly service in Intelligence. Following his service he remained in Maryland until relocating to Eastport in 2020 to be closer to his father. Rob was currently opening his own coffee shop, The Rose Café, in The Hub in Calais. He loved the outdoors and could often be found going for hikes with his best friend and canine companion, Sketch. He enjoyed playing golf and on the local men’s basketball and volleyball leagues.

Rob was predeceased by his mother Kathleen Zuckerman; paternal grandparents Dr. Gerald and Sue Zuckerman; and his maternal grandmother. Surviving are his father Jonathan “Jay” Zuckerman and companion Donna Parlin of Eastport; maternal grandfather Don Chaffee of Hatch Hollow, PA; sister Kimberly Danna of Buffalo, NY; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and numerous friends throughout the world.

A Celebration of Rob’s Life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in Hatch Hollow, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robin’s memory may be made to the Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Ave, Manchester, ME 04351, or online at Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.

Rob Zuckerman

Jeremy Badot

Nick was born Dec. 28, 1982, in Waterville, the son of Leonard Marin Jr. and Desiree (Harris) Marin of Benton.

Nick was a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering technology in 2005. Nick was pursuing his master's degree in engineering science.

He was employed by Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick as a manufacturing engineer, where he was well-loved by his coworkers.

When not hard at work, Nick could be found training his dog, Reese, proudly riding his Harley on the open road or staying in for a game night with Tasha, James and Amy. He enjoyed weekends at camp on Bennett Pond in Parkman with his family, four-wheeling and putting his personal touch to the camp.

All who knew Nick could see and feel his love for life, doing everything at 100 percent and with a smile on his face. His love and dedication to family and friends will set an example that will surely live on.

Nick Marin

Jeremy John Badot, Age 26, of Kingston, Massachusetts passed away on Sunday, March 13th 2022.