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Durkovich, John Andrew - Hermon  
HERMON - It is with great sadness that the family of John Andrew Durkovich, announces his passing at his home in Hermon, Maine, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the age of 57. Andy was born on September 2, 1957. After graduation from high school, Andy worked 22 years for Hartz and Company, where he was part owner and Chief Executive Officer. Then, in the summer of 1996, Andy and his family moved to Maine to be closer to their family, and he became the Chief Operation Officer at Vision Care of Maine, which broke ground in 1999. Andy enjoyed photography, scuba diving, sailing, gardening, fishing, being at camp, grilling/cooking, music, and spending time with his family and friends. Those who knew Andy knew he was one of a kind. He was not only a tenacious businessman, but a tender father and loving husband. He always lived life to the fullest! His recent business venture was the creation of "Paperless Maine," which developed new software to eliminate the need for paper in businesses of all types. Andy wasn't only a father, husband, uncle and friend, but a mentor to anyone that did (or didn't), want to listen. He was passionate about his family and friends. Andy will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Joanne; daughter, Dr. Tracey Durkovich Clark, her husband, Scott, and girls, Makayla and Emma, of Brewer; sister Mary Canter and her husband, Glenn, and girls, Taylor and Emily, of Williamsburg, VA; his mother, Betty Durkovich, of Matthews, VA; his loving nieces and nephews: Brad Young, Dr. Curt Young, Corrie Young, and Cameron Young; his friend and sister-in-law, Marcia Young; his cousin Horst Rauck; and his two dogs, Waffles and Mr. Jack. Andy was predeceased by his father, the Rev. John Durkovich, and his friend and brother-in-law, Dr. Craig W. Young. A great man was lost, and he is very much missed. He cannot be replaced, and there will be no other like him. A service honoring Andy's life will be held 6 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor, in which friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite story and/or memories of Andy. Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 21, 2015
Esancy, William Bradley - Jefferson  
JEFFERSON - William Bradley Esancy, 84 of Jefferson, died peacefully at his home on Friday morning, February 20, 2015. He was born January 12, 1931 in Augusta a son of the late Walter and Verna (Troop) Esancy. He was a graduate of Cony High School a member of the class of 1949 and a graduate of Springfield College a member of the class of 1955. On July 28, 1951, he married Joanne Chaples in Bangor, Maine and together they made their home in New Bedford, Massachusetts, moved to Mattapoiset, Massachusetts, before returning to Maine in 1999. Mr. Esancy taught Physical Education for many years at the New Bedford High School, where he served as the schools athletic trainer and coach of the Girls Tennis Team. He was the recipient of the Boston Globe Coach of the Year Award for Girls Tennis. In addition to his parents, He is preceded in death by his three sons, Christopher William, Brent Walter and Andrew David. Mr. Esancy is survived by his loving wife of more than sixty-three years of Jefferson; a son Dr. James Frank Esancy and his wife Dr. Michelle Esancy of Huntersville, North Carolina; three daughters-in-law: Laurie, Shelly and Jane; grandchildren: Andrew, Charlotte, Benjamin, Rachel, Samuel, Sheena, Caitlyn, Jackie, Robert, Amanda, Dominic, Kara, Kerrie, Joshua, Cheryl, Kylie, Kali and Camdon; great-grandchildren: Emily, William, Halle, Daxton, Lincoln and Levi. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a time of visitation 4-6PM on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. A funeral will be conducted to celebrate his life at 2 o'clock PM on Tuesday afternoon, February 24, 2015 at the Second Congregational Church, 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine. Should friends so desire, donations may be made in Mr. Esancy's memory to the Miles and St. Andrew's Home Health and Hospice, c/o LCH Development Office, 35 Miles Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta, ME. Messages, and condolences for the family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 23, 2015
Farnsworth, Gerald Paul "Jerry" - Scarborough  
SCARBOROUGH - Gerald "Jerry" Paul Farnsworth, of Westbrook, son of the late Edgar and Evelyn (Platts) Farnsworth, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at age 68, surrounded by his immediate family and many of his friends. Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura Jones Farnsworth and their sons, Adam and Mark Farnsworth, both of Westbrook. Mark and his wife, Nichole, have two young children, Abigail and James. He also leaves his brother, Donald Farnsworth and his wife, Barbara of Florida; his niece, Nancy Farnsworth and her wife, Stacey of Colorado and his nephew, David Farnsworth of Florida. He will be fondly remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Reneva Smith of Island Falls. Jerry left high school to enter the Air Force; there he attended medical tech schools and served his enlistment as a veterinary specialist in a primate lab. He gathered data for the Apollo Project and other government research projects at Wright Patterson AFB. Jerry achieved 40 years of sobriety through participation in 12 step programs and from the continuity of many friendships that grew from that time in his life. He served as an officer of the Island Falls Fish and Game Club for many years. He enjoyed participation in snowmobile clubs, deep sea fishing tourneys and Island Falls Free Wheelers. He coached successful recreational basketball teams, assisted with Westbrook Little League and Senior League Baseball and enthusiastically supported his boys, neighborhood children and other kids who worked to develop skills in their athletic endeavors from soccer to wrestling. Jerry planned and built a camp in an out of the way spot in the Maine woods. He rebuilt several houses and enjoyed creating and maintaining landscapes. Most recently he acquired antique snowmobiles and ATV's to rebuild and restore. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jerry's guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family. A celebration of life will be held in each of two locations, Westbrook and Island Falls, with details to follow through social media. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or money to your local animal rescue shelter.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 25, 2015
Fernald, Thomas W. "Papa" - East Millinocket  
EAST MILLINOCKET - Thomas W. Fernald, 81, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at his home in East Millinocket. He was born June 6, 1933, in East Millinocket, the son of Wendell and Margaret (Young) Fernald. Tom grew up in East Millinocket and was a graduate of Schenck High School, class of 1952. He worked at the Great Northern Paper Company in East Millinocket for 43 years, retiring in 1994. In earlier years, Tom was involved in town activities, serving on the school board and was actively involved with the Recreation Department, coaching Little League and leading the Recreation Department for a period of time. He was Assistant Chief of the East Millinocket Fire Department for many years. Tom was a member of the Elks Lodge #1521 in Millinocket. He loved spending time near the ocean, as well as fresh water fishing in the lakes and streams within the Katahdin Region. Tom is survived by four children, Thomas Fernald Jr. and his children, Taylor, and Trevor, and Kirk "Kip" Fernald and his son, Kurt, Tom Bishop and his children, Joyce, Derric and Tawni, and Brad Bishop and his children, Breanne and Koby; two siblings, Wendella TenEyck and Bruce Fernald and his wife, Judy; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by two sisters, Caroline Griffin and Joyce Hersey. Friends are invited to visit with the family 1-3 p.m. Monday, February 23, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a Service of Remembrance will be held at 3 P.M. Spring interment will be at the East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Tom may be sent to the East Millinocket Recreation Department, 53 Main St., East Millinocket, ME 04430. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 20, 2015
Ferriday, Gertrude Simmons "Nonny" - Sedgwick  
SEDGWICK - Gertrude "Nonny" Simmons Ferriday, 82, of Sedgwick, ME, passed away on February 10, 2015, in Deer Isle, ME. She was previously of Mashpee (Cape Cod), MA and Chatham Township, NJ. She was born, April 28, 1932, in Red Bank, NJ, the daughter of George Nicholas and Gertrude (Goodspeed) Wagner. After graduating college with a BS in Medical Technology, Nonny worked at Johnson & Johnson in their research department. She was an integral part of the team that developed a patented replacement artery. Nonny's biggest love was her family. When her two children were young, she and her husband created the Chatham Township Athletic Association providing a hometown sports program for both boys and girls. Her devotion was ever evident with the hours she spent either on the fields or behind the scenes organizing teams, equipment or creating schedules. Summers were spent with her family on Cape Cod, developing a love for the ocean and nature, enjoying sailing and tennis with her family and friends. Nonny was an avid gardener spending most of her time outdoors. She adored her pets, raising a number of show dogs and even learning how to herd sheep. She was also an exceptional painter, producing numerous beautiful oil pieces. For the past two decades Nonny devoted a large portion of her time to environmental and conservational organizations and efforts. She was a member and served as Chairman of the Mashpee Conservation Commission on Cape Cod and when she moved to Maine she became actively involved with the Bagaduce Watershed Association. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, John Ferriday of Sedgwick, ME; her children, Gerald Simmons of Rockaway, NJ, and daughter, Lesley Simmons Guido and husband Tom of Lake Bluff, IL; and her six beloved grandchildren, Laurel Guido, Zachary Simmons, Colin Guido, Tucker Simmons, Tyler Simmons and Grace Guido. An intimate family service is planned for late spring or early summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nonny's memory may be made to The Ark, a no-kill animal shelter in Maine, PO Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Arrangement by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St., Blue Hill, ME Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 25, 2015
Ferris Jr., Norman Earl - Holden  
HOLDEN - Norman Earl Ferris Jr., 71, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at a Bangor hospital. He was born January 1, 1944, in Newport, the son of Norman and Gail (Stuart) Ferris. Known to his family as Mickey, Norman grew up in Newport, and also spent time in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Bar Harbor. He attended Brattleboro High School, and the Culinary Arts School in Providence, Rhode Island. Norman was employed at Pilots Grill Restaurant for 37 years, becoming head Chef in 1985. It was a position he held for 17 years. Norman created many of the signature dishes on the menu. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved being at his camp at Branch Lake. Mickey also enjoyed spending time at Punk Seavey's camp on Sebec Lake. Norman felt very fortunate to have been able to spend the last few years with his brother, Brent. He was a life member of the BPOE #244 Elks, Bangor. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years, Beverly (Kittredge) Ferris; his sister, Nancy Savage; and close family friend, Kathy Arnold. Norman is survived by his brother, Brent Ferris of Holden; brother-in-law, Nelson Savage of Bangor; sister-in-law, Judy Hawkes; nephews, Jeff Savage of Bangor and Steve Ferris of Brownville; niece, Kathy (Savage) Anderson of Bourne, Massachusetts; many cousins in Brattleboro, VT; and special friends, Larry and Connie Seavey and family, Terry Duran and his wife, Pam, Eddie Arnold, and Bill Zoidis and his family. A memorial reception to celebrate Norman's life will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Family Reception Rooms of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. Those who wish to remember Norman in a special way, may make gifts in his memory to the Bangor Humane Society 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2015
Foley, Karen Marie (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of KAREN MARIE FOLEY Feb. 26, 1979 - Dec. 24, 2004 There will never be a day that goes by when when we will not think of our beloved daughter. Never! Forever remembered, forever loved. Mom and Dad
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 26, 2015
Fournier, Patricia Ellen - Brewer  
BREWER - Patricia Beatham (Grass) Fournier, 89, passed away peacefully February 21, 2015, at a Brewer health care center. She was born January 10, 1926, in Bangor, daughter of Leroy K. and Clara B. (Downes) Beatham. She grew up in Brewer and graduated from Brewer High School, Class of 1943. She was a homemaker and a loving, devoted, and caring mother to her four children. She married Roland J. Fournier on June 25, 1977. They enjoyed thirty-two happy years together and traveled to many of Roland's annual Army reunions. For many years she loved playing weekly poker games with her friends. She will be remembered for her happy spirit, joyful laugh and sweet smile. Patricia is survived by daughter, Carol Ann Pheil (Joe) of San Antonio, TX; son Ronald Grass and Debbie of Bangor; and son Kenneth Grass and Patty of Gardiner; six grandchildren, Michelle Jordan and husband Darryl and Melanie Garansuay of San Antonio, TX, Tracy Pinkham and husband Patrick of Orrington, Jaime Grass of Ocala, FL, and Kimberly Grass and Mickey Mitton of Brewer; eleven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Roland J. Fournier; beloved son, Roger L. Grass; sister-in-law Barbara J. Hewes, who gave special attention to her during her lengthy stay at the health care center. A private interment will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor, at a later time. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's & Dementia Association, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074, and online at www.alz.org . Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 25, 2015
Fretschl, Leroy T. - Pinellas Park, Fl., And St. Albans  
PINELLAS PARK, FL., AND ST. ALBANS - Leroy Fretschl, 80, died February 24, 2015, at a Florida hospice center surrounded by loving family. He was born July 23, 1934, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and graduated from high school in 1953.  He retired as a communications specialist in the U.S. Air Force, having served in Korea and Vietnam. He was a communicant of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Palmyra.    He is survived by his wife, Helen Y. (Paek) Fretschl of Pinellas Park, FL; 4 sons, James and wife, Lisa, Timothy and wife, Donna, all of Buzzard's Bay, MA, Keith and wife, Karen, of Largo, FL, and Eugene of Hyannis, MA;  2 grandsons, William and Benjamin; and 3 granddaughters, Tressie, Elizabeth and Heather. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Interment will be in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Memorial donations may be made to St. Martin's Church, P.O. Box 107, Palmyra, ME 04965. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 26, 2015
Furth, Tim - Surry  
SURRY - Tim Furth passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the age of 60, at his home in Surry. A graduate of Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey, as well as the University of Maine at Orono, Tim was a mechanical engineer who worked on major construction and petrochemical projects throughout Europe and the Middle East. Tim's first love, however, was the Maine outdoor life. He spent as much time as he could boating, water-skiing and ice fishing on his beloved Toddy Pond. He is survived by his three sisters, Sarah Green and her husband, Robert, of Scottsville, New York, Susan Solomon and her husband, Russell, of Santa Maria, California, and Sandra Cederroth and her husband, Charles, of Westfield, New Jersey; as well as his 6 nieces and nephews, Joanne, Jason and Steven Jackowiec, Sam Green, and Julia and Jane Cederroth. Tim was predeceased by his parents, James and Winifred Furth of Surry. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Jordan Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Those wishing to honor Tim are requested to make donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by visiting www.Nationalmssocietv.org/Donate . Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 21, 2015
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