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Ames, Florence Adelaide (Harriman) - Bar Harbor  
BAR HARBOR - Florence Adelaide (Harriman) Ames, 98, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2015, with loving family members by her side in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born on October 29, 1916, the youngest of six children of LeRoy and Rebecca (Pray) Harriman, a descendent of the first family to settle in Pretty Marsh. All were born and brought up in Bar Harbor. She was proud to accept the Bar Harbor Historical Society Oldest Resident Cane in 2013. Florence graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1935 and worked as a night telephone operator for nearly 20 years until the Bar Harbor office closed. She was one of the key operators during the fire of 1947 and was among the local New England Telephone and Telegraph Company operators to receive the Theodore N. Vail medal in recognition for her skill, courage, fortitude, devotion to duty and performing acts of noteworthy public service during the Fire of 1947. She was employed at the Jackson Laboratory for 11 years. She retired from the Bar Harbor Water Company in 1981 as Bookkeeper and Office Manager. Florence was married to Fred F. Ames, Sr. for 65 years, and they had four children, Fred, Jr., Robert, Dorothy and Peter. They also raised Molly Frost and considered her their daughter. She grew up in a very close musical family. They loved to get together and harmonize, as a soprano, tenor and base, plus an orchestra consisting of the piano, banjo, violin, cello and saxophone. Her father (a local barber) played many instruments and her mother was musical as well. Florence also enjoyed dancing. She grew up to love and appreciate music. It has been stated that you could always hear music coming from the family home. Florence was a member of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, UCC for over 50 years and sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Irene Chapter, Y.W.C.A., Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxiliary, a Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader, Board Member, Treasurer and Honorary Director of the Bar Harbor Historical Society. She held Chairmanship and was Chaplin of the Mount Desert Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Florence and her sisters organized the Bar Harbor High School Reunion for many years and after her sisters passed away, she continued to organize it until the 50th class took over that responsibility. She was awarded the new BHHS banner in 1992 for her dedication and hard work to keep the reunion continuing for all of the graduates. Florence and Fred lost their home and all of their belongings in the Bar Harbor Fire of 1947. After starting over and buying another home in 1948, their doors were always open to extended family members and friends (providing a home for nine) plus any stray cat or dog that needed a home. She always found time to be involved in her children's activities such as dance recitals, sports events, school programs and projects, and to play all types of games with her children. There were many other activities that she enjoyed such as completing the daily crossword puzzles, knitting, sewing, reading, TV game shows and above all her weekly bridge and card games with her very special friends. She took several cruises and traveled to Europe, a cross country trip and visited almost all of the 50 states with her sisters, nieces and daughter. She always loved to attend the Wayback Balls, was an exercise instructor at The Malvern Belmont in her early 80s and took line dancing with her daughter. Florence enjoyed breakfast and/or lunch at Jordan's, dinner at Galyns, weekly lunches with her sisters and brother. She never forgot to send birthday cards, so we all knew we were thought of and loved. Florence was a devoted and proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her sons, Fred, Jr. and wife, Dorothy, of Bath, New York, Robert and wife, Judith of The Villages, Florida, a daughter, Dorothy Robins, of Bar Harbor and Molly Frost and husband, Donald of Bar Harbor. Grandchildren, Patricia Ames, of Phoenix AZ, Nadine Roseblum of Towson, MD, Amy Marien of Baltimore, MD, Paul Ames, Parkland, FL, Karen Johnson, Alhambra, CA and Seth Robins of Town Hill, ME. She had eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and husband Fred, Sr. in 2002, son, Peter in 1995, son-in-law Stan Robins, 1994, and four sisters Kathleen Higginbotham, 1989, Margaret Dyer, 1994, Mildred Allan, 2000, Mary Carroll, 2003 and her brother, John Harriman in 1993, her nephews, Major Richard S. Foster, Lieutenant Col. Donald E. Dyer, Jr., nieces, Geraldine Hodgkins Thurston, Marilyn Carroll LaHaye and Jeanne Foster Adams. Services will be announced at a later date in August. Contributions in Florence's memory may be made to the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and/or the S.P.C.A. of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Kind words, fond memories, and condolences may be shared at www.jordanfernald.com
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Published in BDN Maine on July 29, 2015
Bell, Wileta F. - Mars Hill  
MARS HILL - There will be a graveside service August 15 at 10 a.m. at the Marshall Cemetery, Route 1, Westfield. Rev. Gardner Smith will be officiating.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 31, 2015
Blanchard, Jan I. (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of JAN I. BLANCHARD Jul 29, 1946 - Oct 15, 2014 We love you unmeasurably, Love husband Bob and kids Donalyn, Bobby and Beau.
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Bonder, Helen Clara - Carmel & Howland  
CARMEL & HOWLAND - Helen Clara Bonder, 94, passed away July 26, 2015, at a Howland health care facility. She was born August 9, 1920, in Old Town the daughter of Leo and Gladys (Bouchard) St. Louis. Helen owned and operated for many years her own restaurant called Helens on Hammond Street in Bangor where she was known for award winning pastries and great food. She was predeceased by her husband Walter "Cappy" Bonder; two sons, Reggie Strout Jr. and Harold Strout. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sandra Strout; four grandchildren, Reggie Strout III, Scout Strout, Michele Phillips, and Stacey Strout. Funeral services will be held graveside, 10 AM, Thursday, July 30, at Highland Cemetery, Carmel. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on July 28, 2015
Bothen, Robert Wayne "Robbie" - Bar Harbor  
BAR HARBOR - Robert Wayne Bothen, or 'Robbie', as he is known in these parts, was born February 25, 1951 in Newton, Massachusetts and died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the young age of 64. Robbie lived in Waltham, MA; Bar Harbor and Portland, ME; and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotiabut he mostly liked to say he was from Eden, Maine! Robbie was a gifted student at the Bar Harbor High School where he made his first political statement as a non-conformist by refusing to cut his hair, appearing before the school board in 1969 with an agenda of personal and human rights. He was promptly expelled (much to his mother's chagrin!) and went to The Village School in New Gloucester, Maine and later to Franconia College in NH in 1971 as an art, and later a political science, major. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Thelma H. Bothen (Rourke); father, James Bothen; nephew, Jamie Myers; and half-brother Ronnie Bothen. He leaves behind a loving family: his sister Gayle Elizabeth Myers of Cape Elizabeth; brother Richard Bothen of Winthrop, Maine and Florida; children, Chelsea Rae Bothen of Mt. Desert; Ariel Lee Bothen of Mt. Desert; and Julian Andersen of Wisconsin; grandsons Jo'Van Smith of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jordan Huber of Mandan, North Dakota, and Donovan Scott of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews Shon, Genevieve, Heather (and husband Jeff Murad), Craig and Rebecca; and his dog Marley who will now be with Robbie's dear friend Jerome Goff, who was by Robbie's side always, since 1972! Robbie also leaves behind many faithful friends and a church family who loved him and will miss his fun loving and fervent ways! The most important thing in Robbie's life was always his children. Even though he accomplished much and traveled far, his greatest love was for them. This free spirited man considered himself to be a citizen of the world. Starting with his experiences as a young Sea Scout (a part of the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America) Robbie's love for the ocean, sailing, and fishing, was a constant in his life. He scared and intrigued many friends and family by traveling solo through South and Central America, making friends and playing music along the way. He always wanted to go to Cuba and rejoiced when it was opened to travelers. For those who didn't know Robbie too well, he spent his life advocating for many of the least among us. He was a man of courage and conviction, willing to stand up and speak out, something most people are afraid to do. He did so in the Maine Legislature (winning the passage of at least one bill); at universities; in the streets as a demonstrator; as a gifted writer; by forming 'Maine Dads'an organization to encourage and support the involvement of Dads in their children's lives; and in civil rights marches. He often gave of his meager savings to help young people in trouble and developed 'The Bail Project' in Portland to raise funds and awareness for inmate needs and families needing transportation to visit loved ones in prison. He also worked as a trained therapist for the mentally disabled. In early 1973, Robbie helped to form the Statewide Correctional Alliance for Reform (SCAR) in Portland, actively working for prison reform in Maine through legislation, litigation, community organizing, as well as promoting public discussion on the function of prisons in Maine and American society. Robbie was one of the founders and the first co-coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) as well as the editor/publisher of The CallMPAC's first newsletter to Maine prisoners. He was the primary organizer of solitary confinement legislation, and worked hard on many other urgent issues. Before MPAC, Robbie was involved in prisoner activism for several decades, always organizing, writing, protesting, and communicating through music. As a man who witnessed the suffering of the disenfranchised, Robbie had a deep sensitivity for injustice and human rights. He felt that statewide organization was necessary to fight for prisoner's rights, prison reform, and to address the underlying socio-economic conditions that precipitate crime. Robbie had a long history with Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, Maine beginning when he first brought his two little daughters to attend church there in the early 1990s. He loved his church family and contributed and participated in many Youth, Missions and Community Outreach programs, meetings and events over the past two decades, including a mission trip to Gulfport, Mississippi to help rebuild homes for those who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Always an advocate for prisoner's needs and being himself an ardent musician, Robbie recognized the need for entertainment to show inmates that they are not forgotten. To do this, Robbie took his band-'The Breakneck Boys,' to the Warren State Prison with support from Church of Our Father. An avid reader and eloquent speaker, Robbie had a beautiful mind that could recall incredible details of history and philosophya gift which made him a formidable Jeopardy opponent! As an environmentalist, Robbie admonished friends not to let their cars idle or buy water in plastic bottles. He believed that a citizen's greatest power was to cast their vote and at each new voting time he would eagerly vote early using the absentee ballot. Music was always a big part of Robbie's life. He often had a tune in his head, and drummed it out on any nearby surface. He was a proud veteran of Woodstock, August 1969. Robbie often gave his musical talents to charity and fundraising events. Robbie's musical talent carried him through many tragic and joyful events in his life. He was the drummer for the popular band "The Breakneck Boys" and for other bands and musical events as well. He is known to have organized all the music for the very popular Downeast Fair at Church of Our Father for a number of years. He recited poetry, read aloud, sang and played drums and guitar at many local open mic venues including the First Friday Coffee House at the Northeast Harbor Library and Little Anthony's. His classic rock n' roll and jazz tunes delighted many friends at private parties. Robbie did his best for the world and people cared deeply about him. He was often seen wearing his beret and neckerchief and toting his leather knapsack, followed by his dog Marley around this his long time island home and in Portland town. He touched the lives of many different people in many facets of life through his political activism, music, his writings and many selfless acts of kindness and love towards others. He was a fun loving, youthful person. He was an excellent pool player well known in Portland and Bar Harbor pool halls and bars where he taught his sister, daughters, and friends to play. The youth at Church of Our FatherAedan, Breaux, Liam, Valeria, Sam, Katie and Max will miss Robbie's tough love, encouragement, humor, and lessons in musical and life skills. Rockin' Robbie will not fade soon from the hearts of many family and friends who learned from him and loved him. To leave condolences and remembrances, please go to the Robert Wayne Bothen Facebook page. A celebration of Robbie's life will be at 7 pm the evening of Friday, July 31, 2015 at Church of Our Father, 91 State Highway 3, Hulls Cove, ME (207) 288-4849. Donations in Memory of Robbie can be made to the Prison Ministry Fund, Church of Our Father, P. O. Box 186, Hulls Cove, ME 04644.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 29, 2015
Brunk Sr., Michael Richard - Dexter  
DEXTER - Michael Richard Brunk, Sr., 65, died July 25, 2015. He was born August 9, 1949 in Saco a son of Richard and Phyllis (Bailey) Brunk. He graduated from Dexter Regional High School, Class of 1969. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea. Mike worked for 28 years at Dexter Shoe Company and 12 years for H. H. Brown Borne Shoe. Mike loved bowling and fishing. He is survived by his wife Joyce (Murray) Brunk; daughter Amy (Brunk) Haskell and husband Chris, all of Garland; son Michael Brunk, Jr. and wife Kim of Dexter; a brother Tom Brunk of Newport; half-brother Hartson Webber and wife Donna of West Susfield, CT; 7 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a half-brother William Webber. Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, July 31st, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street, Dexter, where friends may call from noon until the time of services. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Garland. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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Published in BDN Maine on July 30, 2015
Cain, Melvyn P. - Mount Desert  
MOUNT DESERT - Memorial Service for Melvyn P. Cain, Mount Desert, Sunrise, February 15, 1938 & Sunset, March 31, 2015. Come celebrate with food & memories! Saturday, August 1, 2015 3p.m. at The Pavilion Timberland Acres RV Park, Route 3, Trenton.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 30, 2015
Corliss, Ernest G. - Milbridge  
MILBRIDGE - Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Harrington Baptist Church followed by committal with military honors at Pine Grove Cemetery in Cherryfield.
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Cyr, David P. - Ashland  
ASHLAND - David P. Cyr, 48, died Thursday, July 23, 2015, peacefully in his sleep from natural causes. He was born October 24, 1966 in Bangor, the son of Donald and Lona (Bell) Cyr. Dave worked with Star Trucking and, with his good friend Joey Clark, Triple J Trucking, Garfield, for many years. He was also the owner and operator of former D&R Transport, Ashland, for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Maine Woods. He prided himself as a simple guy and lived his life one day at a time. He is survived by: his children, Ryan Cyr of Carmel and Erica Cyr of Ashland; his parents, Donald and Lona (Bell) Cyr of Fort Fairfield; a brother, Daniel Cyr and his wife Cathy of Presque Isle; nephews Lucas and Kyle Cyr; special friends, Kirk Voisine and Mark & Jen Howe; and many friends. David was predeceased by an infant brother, Michael. A graveside funeral service will be held at 1PM on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at St. Mark Cemetery, Sheridan Rd., Ashland, with Father Antony Doss officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow the committal at the VFW, Post #9699, Portage Rd., Ashland. Arrangements are a service of Lajoie Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St./PO Box 39, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist in offsetting expenses during such a difficult time. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com
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Daggett, Elizabeth C. - Washburn  
WASHBURN - Elizabeth C. Daggett, 92, passed peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 28, 2015. She was born on July 16, 1923 in Quincy, MA, the daughter of Dr. Edward and Helen Knowlton. Elizabeth, also known as Liz/Lib met her future husband "Bud" while coming to Maine on a hunting trip with her father, returning the following year to marry Bud. She and Bud lived their entire life between Washburn and the camp (Hewes Brook Lodge) on Fish River in Portage. Lib loved working as a nurse for 31 years at TAMC. She is survived by her children, Phil and Dana Daggett, Susan Adams, her two sisters Arliene and Ellie, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and daughter Elaine. Her daughter Susan, an RN, was able to live with and lovingly care for her since 2012. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com
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Published in BDN Maine on July 31, 2015
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