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Greenlaw, Robin Ellen - Hampden  
HAMPDEN - Robin Ellen Greenlaw, 56, passed away July 2, in her home in Hampden, ME. Surrounded by her family, after a very difficult fight, Robin lost her battle with cancer. Daughter of Richard Gibbs and Lenora Gibbs of Brewer, Robin worked as a Team Lead Secretary for PCHC/Penobscot Pediatrics for over 20 years. A graduate of Brewer High School and a proud "witch," Robin spent many of her early working years raising hell while working with her friends at Bangor Savings Bank, before moving on to Penobscot Peds. Robin was blessed over the past year and a half to feel so much love from all of her family and friends around her. The kindness exuded from friends and strangers alike humbled her on a daily basis. More than anything, she loved spending time with her friends and family, making them laugh and causing shenanigans. She was a light unlike no other, a rainbow burst of energy covered in "bling," and she will be missed deeply by all who knew her. Taken from us too early, there is no doubt she will continue to live on vividly in all of our memories and hearts. Robin was predeceased by two brothers and one sister, Dick Gibbs, Jimmy Gibbs and Evelyn Gibbs. Surviving are her daughter, Morgan Greenlaw, soon to be daughter in-law Hayley Morrow, Husband, Keith Greenlaw, Sister Theresa Wells and Husband Rodney Wells, Sister Pam Underhill and niece Julie Hill, Brothers Charlie Gibbs and Wife Debbie Gibbs, Brother Garvin Gibbs, Niece Jamie Perry and Husband Casey Perry, Niece Michelle Wells and Fiancé Mark Hagar, Niece Alyshia Manda and Husband Rick Manda, Great Nephew, Connor Perry and two very best friends, Nancy McEwen and Robin Bishop. And we must not forget the original "Grumpy Cat" Dusty. At Robin's request, there will be no formal services. An informal memorial will be held in her family home, 179 Monroe Rd, Hampden, ME 04444, Saturday, July 11th from 11am-5pm. We invite anyone who would like to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, Robin requests donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation of Maine. Please visit http://maine.wish.org/ and follow the instructions to donate.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 4, 2015
Hafford, Joseph Wilfred - Hampden  
HAMPDEN - Joseph Wilfred Hafford, 88, was received by our Lord on June 29, 2015, surrounded by generations of family love, laughter, and stories. Known to most as either Wilfred or Joe, he was born March 10, 1937 in Allagash, Maine, the son of John H. and Sarah Ann (Jackson) Hafford. Wilfred was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army, Army Air Force, and Air Force. He then retired from the Maine Central Railroad where he worked as a Switch Tender, Brakeman, and Yard Conductor He was married to Marie Germaine Hafford of Drummond, New Brunswick for the past 67 years and was a loving father, Grampy, and family patriarch who enjoyed fishing trips to the Allagash and keeping busy with family home projects. Encouraging us all to "live and let live," he was a man of amazing strength nurtured from his early years as a Maine lumberjack and known by all who loved him for his strong and embracing bear hugs. In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his son, John W. Hafford; granddaughter, Sarah A. Hafford-Reed; five sisters; four brothers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years; one sister, Albertine Brownell; five sons, Dale, Paul, Mark, Craig, Brent; one daughter, Louine; seventeen grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are welcome to call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave, Hampden. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Western Ave Hampden on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Rite of Committal at the Lakeview Cemetery, Hampden. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the church parish hall following the committal. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on July 4, 2015
Hanscom, Leslie Julian - Bangor  
BANGOR - Leslie J. Hanscom, 87, died July 3, 2015 at a Bangor hospital. He was born on Bean Ridge in Marshfield, November 2, 1927, son of William O. and Mabel (Bowker) Hanscom. For eight years he attended a one room school in Marshfield. Leslie graduated from Machias High School Class of 1945. During his high school years he was a member of the Maine State Guard and for one summer, worked in Princeton as a victory farm volunteer. After high school, he worked for Border Express Inc. Then he joined the US Navy and was aboard the U.S.S Albany CA 123, out of Norfolk, VA., working in the gunnery department. After his naval duties he worked in the Machias area several years before being involved in the poultry business for 20 years. Later he worked for St. Regis Paper Co., then R.H. Foster Inc. for a span of 30 years. He was very active in town affairs and assisted in organizing the Marshfield Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief for 20 years. He also worked for many years as dispatcher and driver for the Machias Volunteer Fire Department. Leslie was a 50 year member of Warren Lodge #2 AF&AM of East Machias, a 32 degree mason and member of the York and Scottish Rite bodies, Washington Chapter #16, a member and past commander of St. Elmo Commandery #18, both of Machias, Blanguefort Commandery #13, Ellsworth, and St. Croix Council #71, Calais. Leslie was a life member of Millwee Chapter #18 OES, a member of the East Orrington Congregational Church, and served as a deacon for 6 years. He loved to fish and hunt, especially out of Old Mill Campground on Moosehead Lake, Piper Pond and East Grand with special friends, Bob and Larry. He enjoyed many special trips with his sons and the rest of the gang. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Johnson Hanscom, three sons, Robert and Paul Hanscom and Peter Hanscom and his wife, Rose; two daughters, Brenda Vane and Sandra Hanscom and her significant other, David Emery; grandchildren, Jason Vane, William Clifton, Molly Hanscom, Amanda Hanscom, Kristy Hanscom, Samantha VanHorn and her husband, PJ; several great grandchildren; extended family, Deborah and Morey Hayes, Brenda and Joe DeRoche, Randall and Jennifer Johnson, Laura Johnson, Jonathan and Adele Thomas, Brandon Thomas and Melissa, Lydia and Clark Dhein, Mallory DeRoche, Dustin Jones, Grady Hayes, Kamrin, Kadin and Alexis Thomas and Alex Thomas; also special friend Dwayne, church family and camping family. He was predeceased by a grandson, Joel Vane. A service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday July 14, 2015 at the East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Rd., Orrington with the reverend Carl Schreiber, senior pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer. There will be a reception at the church immediately following the service. Donations in his memory may be made to EOCC, or the Shriners Hospital for Children, C/O Anah Shrine Center, 586 Main St., Bangor, ME. 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on July 4, 2015
Harris, Barbara Jean (Clark) - Bangor  
BANGOR - Barbara J. Harris, 72, died peacefully June 18, 2015. She was born October 24, 1942 in Bangor. She was a graduate of Old Town High School. Barbara enjoyed gardening and flowers, cooking and watching cooking shows, and was an avid crafter. She looked forward to her Girl's Night Out with her daughter Cheryl Harris, Sister-in-law Cindy Copeland, and friends Karen Rudge, Melissa Simpson, Linda Dauphinee and Reva Newey. She primarily worked in retail having been employed at Target, Twin City Coin, Riverview Motel, Columbia Market and also worked for the Bangor School System. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Harris and her companion Daryl Friedman; brother Arthur Weymouth and his companion Cindy Copeland, sister Donna Nelson and her husband Alan, nieces Lisa McComb and husband Matt and Virginia Oakes and her husband Gerald; honorary grandchildren Chance Rudge and Lacey Rudge. She was predeceased by her son Richard, her mother Florence Weymouth and step father Harvey Weymouth, and father Raymond Clark, and ex husband James Harris. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage P.O. Box 565 Orono, ME 04473
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Published in BDN Maine on July 4, 2015
Holland, James Leonard - Sherman  
SHERMAN - James Leonard Holland, age 61 of Sherman, ME, formally of Sanford, FL, passed away suddenly on June 17, 2015 while visiting family in Sparta, TN. Jim was born December 19, 1953 in Sanford, Florida, the son of the late Wilfred and Virginia (Hilliard) Holland. Jim served in the United States Army as a Communications Specialist. He then worked and retired from Sprint Telephone. Jim is survived by his loving wife of Sherman, Susan Unterreiner Holland; sons, James Leonard Holland II of Altamonte Springs, FL, Eric John Holland and his wife Melinda of Sanford, FL and Geoffrey Michael Holland also of Sanford, FL; sister Patricia Lavasseur of Denton, TX; brothers, Bill Holland and his wife Carolyn of Sparta, TN, Tom Holland and his wife Patti of Sparta, TN, Joe Holland and his wife Susan of Osteen, FL and many nieces, nephews and other family members who are going to miss him dearly. Funeral services were previously held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta, Tennessee on June 20, 2015. There will be a time of remembrance at the Sherman Gym on July 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 for all those who would like to say goodbye and share memories of Jim.
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Published in BDN Maine on June 30, 2015
Hopkins, Frances May (Levensailor) - Bangor  
BANGOR - Frances (Fran) M. Hopkins, 93, passed away on June 29, 2015. She was born March 30, 1922 in St. John N.B. Canada, the daughter of Archie and Mabel Levensailor. Fran received her early education in Houlton and graduated from Houlton High School in 1940. She moved with her family to the Bangor area in 1948. While raising her five children, she was a stay-at-home mom for many years. Much later she worked as a nursing assistant for four and-a-half years, after which she enrolled in the LPN nursing program at St. Joseph's Hospital, and worked in her profession until health problems forced her to retire in 1999. Besides her home and family, she found great pleasure in her vegetable and flower gardens, birds and other small creatures that were often found in her backyard, good books, cooking and canning, good friends, walking, music, her church, visits with her family, and her cats. Surviving are four sons, Phillip and his wife Brenda, Terry and his wife Betty Lou, James and his wife Beth, and Jeffrey and his wife Sarah; two grandsons, David and Justin; six granddaughters, Jennifer and husband David, Dedra and her husband Jean Noel, Karen, Nichole and her husband Shannon, Jessica, Sarah, and a step-granddaughter April and her husband Anthony; three great-grandsons, Stephen, Kevin, and Hunter; seven great-granddaughters, Michelle, Taylor, Sophie, Oceana, Seaira, Khloe, and Kenna, plus her step-great-granddaughter Arabella. Other surviving family members are: her sister Pamela, sister-in-law Rose Marie, sister-in-law Linda, brother-in-law Arlo; many special nieces and nephews; and many close friends. She was predeceased by her husband Ernest; her daughter Beverly; grandson Kevin; sisters, Daisy, Jean, and Gloria; brothers, George and Hudson; brother-in-law Mervel; and nieces Mary-Ann and Linda. At her request, committal will be private for immediate family. She also asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to someone in need. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on June 30, 2015
Hughes II, Robert A. - Belfast  
BELFAST - Robert A. Hughes II was born January 10, 1948. After a long battle with cancer he went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2015. Robert was the son of Robert A. Hughes I and Virginia Burgin Hughes. Robert graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1966. He then served his country by joining the Marine Corps. Robert was a wounded Vietnam Veteran. Many thanks and appreciation for his part keeping our country free. Robert enjoyed going on moose, deer and bear hunts with his son Bob, friends and other family. He loved fishing adventures, holidays with his family, camping, watching his grandchildren play sports and cookouts in his backyard. In addition, he spent countless hours in his flower gardens and hopping in his truck with his wife, "Alice", simply to enjoy the beauty of Maine. Robert was predeceased by his father Robert and mother Virginia, baby sister Adeline and step-mother, Rose Kimble Hughes. He is survived by Marion Ward Hughes, his wife of 47 years; children: Melissa Wallace and partner Bill of Belfast, Melanie Hughes and husband Eric Miller of Searsport, and Robert Hughes III and wife Erica of Waldo; sisters Margaret Bonney of Belmont and Iris Hooper and husband Dennis of Belfast. Robert also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Jerica, Lakin, Helene and Alia Wallace, Kali and Dagan Berenyi and Jason, Nicole and Grace Hughes; one great-grandchild, Ezyce (Papa's buddy); nine nieces and nephews: Lisa Sambrook, Jennifer Selendy, Benjamin Hooper, Sherry, Michelle, Harry, Amy, Lisa and Rusty Ward; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral service will be held on July 3, 2015 at the V.F.W. in Belfast at 1:00 p.m. with a graveside service at Grove Cemetery in Belfast at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast; memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ripostafh.com
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Published in BDN Maine on July 3, 2015
Jaffray, James Freeman - Blue Hill  
BLUE HILL - James Freeman Jaffray (our Gumpy) died peacefully in his sleep on June 23, 2015 at his home in Blue Hill. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 1, 1919 and had a great run in life. Jim was a graduate of Shattuck School and Yale University (1941). He served as a U.S. Army Major during World War II in the North African and Italian campaigns. After the war, he joined the National City Bank of New York (now Citigroup) and, from 1968 to 1974, was Senior Vice President and Financial Officer. His board affiliations included the Metropolitan Opera, Boy Scouts of America (NY) and Christ's Church in Rye, NY. In 1976 Jim retired to Maine and subsequently served as Financial Vice President of Husson College (now University) from 1977 to 1984. He also served on the boards of the Bangor Savings Bank, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Northern New England School of Banking, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. In 1946 he married Margaret Sterling Lambie, who died in 1992. The following year Jim married Helen Zabriskie Lippincott, who passed away in 2010. He was fortunate to have all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren living in the Blue Hill area. He is survived by his children: Jim Jaffray Jr. (and wife, Barbara), Lucy Jaffray and Kate Tapley (with family friend, Bob Tapley); step-children: Helene Peterson of Tybee Island, GA, Suzanne Crase (and husband, Steve) of Denver, CO, William Lippincott (and wife, Dorothy) of Hampden, ME and John Lippincott of Wesley Hills, NY; grandchildren: Sarah King (and husband, Wilson), Anna Tapley, Noah Tapley (and wife, Sarah), Curtis Jaffray (and wife, Nikki) and step grandchild Lindsay Peterson; great grandchildren Lily Jaffray, Grace Jaffray, Aubrey King, Hannah King and Finley Picton, plus a sixth great grandchild (Noah & Sarah) who has yet to arrive; and his sister, Harriet Pratt (and husband, Walter) of Minneapolis, MN. He was predeceased by his brother, Clive Jaffray; sister, Monie Jaffray; and his granddaughter, Hannah Jaffray. Jim requested a private family service, which will be held later this summer. Contributions in his memory can be made to the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, PO Box 444, Blue Hill ME 04614; The Tree of Life, PO Box 1329, Blue Hill, ME 04614; or Yesterday's Children, Inc., PO Box 829, Ellsworth, ME 04605, an organization for the developmentally disabled that provided wonderful care for his granddaughter, Hannah. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
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Published in BDN Maine on June 30, 2015
Jandreau Plourde, Bella Aurore - Fort Kent  
FORT KENT - Bella Aurore Jandreau Plourde, a resident of Forest Hill, died at the age of 92, on July 1, 2015. Bella was born on April 27, 1923, in St. Francis, Maine, the daughter of Victor and Isabelle (Gagnon) Jandreau. Being the eldest of a family of 14 children and living through the Great Depression, Bella had to quit school her sophomore year of high school and began to work to help the family. In 1953 Bella married the love of her life, Gerard Plourde, and moved to Fort Kent, Maine, and raised a family of four. She then became a stay-at-home mom and taught her children many values. Bella was an excellent cook, gardener, seamstress and had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne, the Columbiettes and the Fort Kent Hospital Guild. Bella was predeceased by her husband, Gerard; her son-in-law, Gerard St. Jean; her sister, Verna Jandreau; and brother, Marvin Jandreau. She is survived by her four children, Ina St. Jean, Dean Plourde (Karen), Vickie Boucher (Bert) and Dale Plourde (Lynn), all of Fort Kent. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Merya Schleife and Jessica St. Jean, Bradley, Barton, Alexander and Derick Plourde, Casey, Jared and Taylor Boucher, Chelsey, Cody, Austin Plourde and Jarod McBreairty; and her great-grandchildren, Annabel, Russell, Catherine and Nathin Schleife, Addison, Abram and Ayden Plourde and Lucas McBreairty; and 11 siblings, Alphondore Jandreau, Winnefred Jandreau, Vina Ouellette, Irene Martin, Hansley Jandreau (Linda), Marybelle Jandreau (Medric), Nadine Taggett (Roy), Margie Taggett (Clyde), Angy Taggett (Carol), Nelson Jandreau (Gene) and Calvin Jandreau (Gin). She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Joel Plourde (Claudette); and sisters-in-law, Venette King, Burnette Bowker (David) and Luciene Plourde. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Friends may call Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, July 3, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Committal services will follow in the Parish Cemetery. In Bella's memory, those who wish may donate to the Memorial Fund, Northern Maine Medical Center Guild, care of Claire Moss, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 2, 2015
Lewis, Roberta "Pippi" (Dean) - Brownville  
BROWNVILLE - Roberta "Pippi" (Dean) Lewis, 96, died peacefully June 20, 2015 in Dover-Foxcroft. She was born March 2, 1919, in Brownville, a daughter of Walter and Mabel (Stubbs) Dean. Roberta was educated in Maine and Michigan. In 1942, she married Liston F. Lewis. They lived in Milo, Bangor, and Brownville. Roberta was a longtime Bangor and Aroostook Railroad clerk. For some years, when dispatching pickup and delivery vehicles, she was, for many, the personable and cheerful voice of the B&A. Roberta's interests were remarkably broad and her Bible reading was extensive. She cared deeply for family and home. In addition to her parents, Roberta was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Liston; infant daughter, Linda; son, Gary; and sisters Vesta, Marjory, and Doris. Roberta is survived by her son, Alan of Brattleboro, VT; granddaughter, Shari of Florida; grandsons, Stephen of Brattleboro, VT, Christopher of Brooklyn, NY, and their mother, Christine of Brattleboro, VT. Many thanks to Tanya Bennett and the caring staff of the Hibbard Skilled Nursing Center; niece, Sandra Genthner who was always there for Liston and Roberta; and nephew, Larry Morrill and his wife, Donna, who willingly shared their time helping in all ways. A memorial service will be held, for both Liston and Roberta, at Milo's Evergreen Cemetery, Friday, July 3, 2015, at 2 p.m. Memorial gifts in Roberta's memory may be made to Danforth Baptist Church, P.O. Box 88, Danforth, ME 04424, or Hibbard Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1037 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426.
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Published in BDN Maine on June 29, 2015
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