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ISLAND FALLS - Helen Mitchell Sherman, 101, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 5, 2016. She was born June 12, 1914, in Patten, the daughter of Ferdie and Grace (Wilkins) Mitchell. Helen was the second oldest of 11 children. At 101 years, 7 months, 24 days, she outlived her other ten siblings. Helen was married to Clair Sherman from Oakfield on her birthday, June 12, 1934. Clair predeceased her on August 30, 1991. She is survived by her daughter, Merrilee Sherman Kirby of Glenburn, Maine. At the age of 2, her family moved to Island Falls, where she resided for 100 years. She attended local schools and graduated from Island Falls High School in 1932. During her high school years she participated in numerous plays and musicals, and also played on the basketball team for 3 years. After being a homemaker for several years she decided to return to school and attended the nursing program in Presque Isle the same year her daughter graduated from Aroostook State Teachers College. Helen began her professional career at Madigan Memorial Hospital in Houlton and continued her nursing at Milliken Memorial Hospital in Island Falls. While employed in Island Falls, she took a two-year course in medical records. Upon completion she became a medical records technician. When the Island Falls Hospital closed, she transferred to Houlton Regional Hospital where she continued her work in the medical records division. She also became a consultant at the hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. After 5 years she retired from her nursing profession. Helen had a strong Christian faith and has been a member of the United Baptist Church in Island Falls for 75 years. She was a member of the choir for many years and also sang in a trio with 2 of her best friends, Esther Pettingill and Mildred Edwards. Beyond singing in church the trio performed at various local events. The group's biggest claim to fame was singing on the radio at the Houlton WHOU station during its daily devotional time slot. Her other contributions to the church were playing the organ and piano for services for many years. During her retirement years, Helen and Clair enjoyed traveling throughout Maine and the eastern Canadian provinces. Together they enjoyed many Maine County Fairs with a special interest in watching horse pulling events. In recent years she has enjoyed participating in activities with the local Seniors group. In 2014, at her 100th birthday party, she was presented with Island Falls' Boston Post Cane as the town's eldest citizen. She also received congratulatory notes from the former President George H. W. Bush (who shares the same birthday), Sen. Susan Collins, former Rep. Mike Michaud and the Maine Legislature. At Helen's request, there will be a graveside service announced in the Spring officiated by the Reverend Ben Greene. Those who wish to remember Helen in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the United Baptist Church Building Fund. For online condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
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CARIBOU - Philip W. Tomlinson, 94, passed away February 10, 2016, peacefully at a Caribou hospital with his family. He was born in Caribou on May 4, 1921, the son of Wallace and Jane Tomlinson. Phil served for thirty years in the United States Navy, including active duty in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was proud to be an original crew member and the last survivor of the USS Essex. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, and was also a Northern Maine Guide. Phil is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy (Holmquist) Tomlinson of Caribou; his sons, David and his wife, Theresa, of Elliot and Robert of Madawaska Lake; and his daughters, Phyllis Robbins and her husband, Elwood, of Holly Hill, FL, and Susan Pellizzer and her husband, Jerry, of Redwood City, CA. He will also be missed by 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by his brothers, Roland and Sterling. Friends and family may call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover Street, Caribou, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. T. Dan Clayborne officiating. Donations in Phil's memory may be made to the New Sweden Covenant Church, 40 Westmanland Road, New Sweden, ME 04762. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.lancastermorgan.com .
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THOMASTON - Warren Williams, 97, passed away peacefully, February 9, 2016, in Camden, with his loving family at his side.   Warren was born on October 17, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the Reverend Anson R. and Margaret Lister Williams. He graduated from Norridgewock High School in 1934, attended Colburn Classical Institute, and Bates College which he left to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served on a mine sweep in Italy and the Great Lakes during World War II. He met Harriet, his beloved wife of 69 years, while his ship was docked in Duluth, Minnesota. Warren graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with honors in 1948. His career was spent primarily in the food processing industry in Maine. He was a county agent for the Farmer's Home Administration. Warren and Harriet spent two years in Cebu in the Philippines as Peace Corp volunteers. They retired to Matinicus Island, where Warren very much enjoyed working as a stern man on a lobster boat and serving as the tax collector and Notary Public. Warren and Harriet traveled frequently during their retirement often to Elderhostel programs. In addition to Harriet, Warren is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Williams Wright of Freeport; his adored granddaughter, Margaret (Emmie) Wright Carrigan and her husband, Ryan Carrigan, of Durham; and a cousin, Lucy Williams DeRoche of Yarmouth. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kay Williams; and his brother Paul. Warren's family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the excellent and compassionate care he received from the staff in the Gardens at Quarry Hill. An hour of visiting will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, where a funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. The Reverend Susan Stonestreet will officiate. Interment will be in spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider gifts in Warren's memory to the Employee Recognition Fund of Quarry Hill, c/o PenBay Healthcare Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or story with Warren's family, please visit his Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com .
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LIMESTONE - Martha L. "Louise" Moomey, 72, wife of the late Morris W. Moomey, passed away Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016, at Gosnell Hospice House, Scarborough, following an extended illness. She was born December 21, 1943, in Limestone, the daughter of Ambrose and Elsie (Bell) Brooker. Louise attended Limestone schools and was married to Morris W. Moomey on April 17, 1971. She had been employed as a waitress in the early 1970s at the Gateway Truck Stop and Restaurant in Newport, and while residing in Limestone, Louise cleaned houses at Loring Air Force Base, as well as seasonally assisting local potato farmers. She also collected and distributed toys during the Christmas season for less fortunate children in the Limestone area, greatly enjoyed country music, loved to fish and was a lifelong communicant of the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Louis Catholic Church, Limestone. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moomey was predeceased by her husband, Morris, on September 7, 2010; two sons, Martin and Stephen Holton; one brother, Carvel "Sonny" Brooker; and two sisters, Gloria Gray and Elnor Gray. She is survived by one son, Robert W. Moomey of Presque Isle; two daughters, Wanda L. Howie and her husband, Tim, and Roxane L. Bisson, all of Windham; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale "Porky" and Helen Brooker, Vincent "Bimp" Brooker, Stephen "Cappy" and Diane Brooker, all of Limestone; four sisters, Francis "Mickey" Saucier of Wallagrass, Bernadette "Rosie" McLaughlin of Linneus, Dianne Thomas and Brenda Seward and her husband, Gerry, all of Texas; ten grandchildren, Danielle Howie of Gray, Aimee Howie of Windham, Jessica Howie of Auburn, Brittany Mancini of Naugatuck, CT, Rebecca Bisson of Beacon Falls, CT, Kilee Merchant of Bangor, Meagan and Kevin Holton, both of Milford, CT, Andrew Moomey of Caribou and Zakk Moomey of Presque Isle; nine great-grandchildren, Gianna, Gavin and Ava Howie, Payton Strattard, all of Gray, Miley and Michael Petty, both of Windham, Zoe, Annelise and Karter Poisson, all of Bangor; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, February 15, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Louis Catholic Church, 100 Main Street, Limestone, with Fr. Jean-Paul Labrie, celebrant. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held after the Mass in the church reception area. Interment will take place at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Limestone, later in the spring. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Moomey to the St. Louis Ecumenical Food Pantry, care of the Parish of the Precious Blood, P.O. Box 625, Caribou, ME 04736. Envelopes will be available at both the funeral home and church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com .
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BREWER - Nancy Ann Connick, 85, returned into the arms of Jesus on February 10, 2016. She was born September 3, 1930, in Massachusetts, to Margaret and Royal Armstrong. In addition to her husband, Nancy was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Armstrong and David Armstrong; and a special niece Susan Connick. She met the love of her life, John Connick, when she was a young woman of 14 working as a soda jerk at Woolworth's. Although it took a few askings, Nancy agreed to let him walk her home, and together they journeyed into a beautiful and long future of family and memories. She cashiered for years at Sampson's and Doug's Shop 'n Save, leaving a lasting memory of service that carried beyond years of her retirement. She was an avid lover of gardening, nature and spending summers camping in the North Maine Woods at Caucomgomoc Lake. She and John would bring their children and then their grandchildren "up to camp" for adventurous summers of authentic Maine experiences. The simple life of camping, fishing, board games and canoeing the still lakes of Maine will forever be ingrained in her family. You could delight her with a challenging jigsaw puzzle or a good Agatha Christie mystery. Upon knocking on her front door, she greeted you with a heartfelt embraced. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: feeding her birds, watching her great-grandchildren play in the backyard and card games with her special friends. She made time for her family and reminded us all to slow down, make a memory and love one another. Her love was a gift, she made all she knew feel like family and to say she will be missed is truly understated - there will always be a small piece of us not fully whole because she is not here. We all rest peacefully in the knowledge that she's in Jesus's embrace and dancing in Heaven with John. Nancy is survived by her brother, Royal Armstrong and his family; her three daughters, Christine "Tina" Payne and her husband, Ralph, Roseann "Rosie" Davis and her husband, Steven, and Denise DeBeck and her husband, Garth. Her legacy continues with 8 grandchildren, Nathan, Eric, Mandy, Harrison, Arielle, Shane, Jennifer and Nicole; 14 great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Logan, Morgan, Annissa, Sierra, Reice, Gabriel, Iesha, Autumn, Joseph, Travia, Kaydence, Zachary and Isaac; and three great-great-grandchildren, Sophia, Addison and Harley. Nancy is survived by a special sister-in-law, Marilyn Curtis, and her daughters, Donna, Sharon and Teresa. Special thanks to Paul and Greg, who have been kind and caring neighbors and friends. Please join us in celebrating the life of our dear mother, grandmother and friend, 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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BRADLEY - Our loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, Joseph Nelson Pelletier, 87, left this world to be with his daughter, Brenda, on February 10, 2016. He left us too soon, but will spend his eternity with all his loved ones in heaven. He was the son of Benoit and Maude (Dube) Pelletier from Canada, who settled on Treat & Webster Island in Old Town, in 1920. Joseph was born in Old Town, Maine, on September 5, 1928, and attended St. Joseph School and belonged to St. Joseph's Parish in Old Town. He entered the Army in 1950 -1952, and was stationed in Germany. Dad was very proud serving his country and has several medals of service. He is a lifelong member the VFW and the Knights of Columbus, where he was 4th degree. After the service he went to work at Penobscot Shoe / Kagan-Lown and retired from Wolverine International as a machinist in Old Town. He traveled cross country after his retirement, visiting many states with his wife and brother, Bob and his wife, Ellen. For almost 50 decades, he and his family shared Christmas Eve at his sister, Florine and Harold Crocker's home, with all the Pelletier and Crocker clan. A tradition that still takes place. His passions were his family, photography and golfing. He was an avid golfer and he played for most of his adult life. He looked forward every year to his golfing trip with his "golf buddies," who would play in Canada and Northern Maine. It truly was a joy for him to take a week off with all of them and he took many, many pictures. He was featured in the Bangor Daily News for his hole-in-one at Hermon Meadows Golf Club. He loved taking pictures of all of his family at our family events. For many years he used to develop his own pictures in a dark room he had built. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren. They brought him much joy. Through all of Joseph's Health Issues, his wife Catherine, was by his side as caregiver and loving companion for 63 years. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Catherine (Boucher); his sister, Florine Crocker; his brother, Robert Pelletier and wife, Ellen; his daughter, Michelle and her husband, Gregory; sons, Alan and Mark; grandchildren, Jodi and husband, Andy, Todd and partner, Kacey, Sarah and partner, Anthony, and Josh; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Aiden, Peyton, Kameron, Brooklynn and Addisyn; many Boucher relatives; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Brenda Grant; brothers, Alphie, Euclid, Guy and Patrick; and sister, Sr. Edwina Pelletier. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where members of the Knights of Columbus will recite prayers at 3:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Immediately following the service, all are invited to the Parish Hall for a light luncheon. In lieu of flowers, please a donation to made be made to the Maine Veteran's Home Activities Fund, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401.
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MEDWAY - Cynthia A. (Barnes) Darling, 59, died at home, February 7, 2016, surrounded by her family after a brief but devastating battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was born on June 11, 1956, in Millinocket, ME, to Gerald and Ada Barnes. Her greatest passion was doting on and caring for her family; she was the best wife, mother and "maw" anyone could ask for.  Cindy was an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying time at camp, as well as hunting and fishing with her husband, Bill, and their lifelong friends, Tim and Nola.  For much of her life, Cindy worked in customer service throughout the community, most recently at Hannaford in Millinocket for nearly 20 years, where she greeted everyone with a friendly smile and a helping hand.  Cindy is survived by her husband, best friend and soul mate of 43 years, William "Bill" Darling of Medway; 3 loving and devoted children and their spouses, Tracy and Troy Goodrich of Holden, ME, Tammy Darling and Dan Needham of Salem, VA, and William "Will" Darling Jr. of Hancock, ME; and her 4 wonderful grandchildren, who were the center of her world, Daniel, Brianna, Jordan and Kyle. Cindy is also survived by her mother, Ada A. (Ewings) Barnes of Millinocket, ME; 9 brothers and sisters and their spouses, Judy and Corad St. Thomas, Joyce and Pete Kelly, Jonnie and Rick Johnson, Slugger and Val Barnes, Charity and Dean Levasseur, Robin and Terry Baker, Chuck Barnes, Karla and Paul Miller, and Ed and Kim Barnes, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her.  She was predeceased by her father, Gerald A. "Shorty" Barnes. If friends wish, memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to CancerCare of Maine, Visiting Nurses of Aroostook County or Katahdin Area Support Group.  Per Cindy's wishes, no funeral or memorial services will be held at this time. There will be a celebration of Cindy's life at a later date. For online condolences. please visit www.bowersfuneral.com .
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BANGOR AND MACWAHOC - Marian J. Parent passed away February 8, 2016, surrounded by loving family and friends at a local Bangor hospital. She was born in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of William and Margaret (Diener) Ingram. She grew up in Clifton, New Jersey and attended Clifton High School. Marian enjoyed writing and when she was a senior in high school she was hired to write for the local newspaper, The Clifton Leader. She did interviews with various stars on and off Broadway in New York City. Her family moved to Maine after she and her mother worked the summer at Lake Molunkus Sporting Camps. Her parents purchased Brookdale Farm in Macwahoc which was a Bed and Breakfast. Marian continued writing and wrote the lyrics for a recording on The Starcrest label out of Hollywood, California. She was a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public for over 40 years. Her interests were singing at St. James Catholic Church in Kingman, dancing, traveling, crossword puzzles, reading novels, and writing. Anyone who knew Marian could count on receiving a hand-picked card just for them on special occasions. She married Edgar Parent and enjoyed living on a farm in Macwahoc. That union brought three sons into the world. After many years, when their marriage ended, Marian moved to Bangor. She supported herself by being a Caregiver and a Nanny until 1981 when she was hired at Northeast COMBAT as a Consumer Caseworker. That led to a 27 year career as one of the best consumer advocates in Maine and she moved up through the ranks to Assistant Director of Northeast COMBAT, running the office and the many volunteers and clients who walked through the doors. During her career at COMBAT many will remember her as helping them with their consumer issues and her lengthy career writing the weekly "Consumer Forum" column for the Bangor Daily News. In 1991 she and her best friend, Marcia Bond, went on their first cruise to the Caribbean and from that moment on Marian was bitten by the cruise bug. In 1993, while on a cruise, she met an officer on board named Sukanda and they traveled to many countries and islands, such as Gibraltar, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and in the US - Hawaii and Alaska. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her fiancé Harry "Sandy" Balmforth Jr., Winterport, ME. She is survived by three sons, Edgar and wife Vera of Peru, Ronald and wife Wendy of Mariaville, and James and wife Blanche of Macwahoc. She was blessed with seven grandchildren and their families - Sean, Heather, Trevor, Travis, Brandy, Jaime and Jason and further blessed with eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her dear friends, Marcia Bond Gurney, Ellie King, Joanne Zimmerman, D.J. Sawyer, Arlene Morin and the many residents and staff at Phillips-Strickland House. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Marian in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Phillips-Strickland House, 21 Boyd Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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ELLSWORTH - Judith Lovern Williams (Andrews) Guildford passed away on February 6, 2016, in Augusta, Maine, from Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on November 16, 1933, in Brockton, Massachusetts, to Beatrice (Congdon) and Ozwald Williams. After her parents decided they were better friends than spouses, Judy gained a dad, Gordon Andrews, and a wonderful stepmom, Janet. She always said she felt so blessed to have 2 such wonderful dads! She married Warren (Gill) Gale Guildford on June 25, 1954, and they settled in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where they had 8 children. In 1968 they moved the whole family to Ellsworth, Maine, where they raised their family and spent the rest of their lives together. Judy's whole life revolved around her family. Her favorite jobs, besides that, were floral designer for M. A. Clark's Florists and manager of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth. Judy was predeceased by all her parents; a baby brother; her beloved husband of 53 years; her brother, Laverne (Bud) Andrews; her sister, Marilyn Ferreira; her sister, CarolJean Phillips; and her great-granddaughter, Navaeh. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Kerry and Kim Guildford, Stephanie Cote, Guy Guildford and Vivian Bartlett, Joel Guildford, Leigh and Kerry Guildford, Adam Guildford and Jessie, Todd Guildford and Dawn Spohrer, Meredith and JeanMarie Mathieu, and the grandson they raised as a son, Todd Guildford, Jr. She is also survived by her brother and his wife, John and Margaret Andrews; brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas and Lucille Anagnos as well as her daughters-in-law, Betty Curtis, Debra Guildford, Joan Higgins and Dinah Guildford; and son-in-law Albert Cote. She will also be missed by 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, at 12 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Farmingdale, Maine. Burial will be in the spring at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery in Augusta, Maine. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth, Maine, or the Alzheimers' Care Center, Dresden Ave., Gardiner, Maine. Arrangements are being handled by Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, Maine.
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PRESQUE ISLE - Cluny B. McPherson, 85, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at his home. He was born June 10, 1930, in Presque Isle, the son of James Cluny and Amy (Beckwith) McPherson. A graduate of Presque Isle High School, Cluny was the valedictorian of the class of 1947. He continued his education at the University of Maine at Orono and graduated in 1951 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Economics and Farm Management. On June 27, 1952, Cluny married Effie Watson and two weeks later left to serve in the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He returned from the war to farm for 12 years with his father and brother. Cluny was a member of the Central Aroostook Young Farmers Association and was president in 1963. Leaving farming he went to work for Farmers Home Administration where he worked in the Fort Fairfield, Caribou, and Presque Isle offices. At his retirement he was the County Supervisor and had worked for FmHA for 23 years. Cluny was active in local government. He was elected in 1963 and served eight years on the SAD#1 School Board and was chairman of the board from 1970-1971. During that time he was presented a national "Distinctive Award of Merit" recognizing the school directors in the construction of a regional technical addition to Presque Isle High School. In 1972 Cluny was elected to serve on the City Council. In 2000 he was elected again after winning as a write-in candidate. Cluny served on the Presque Isle Water District as a trustee from 1991-1997. He was a past member of the Presque Isle Rotary Club and Presque Isle Historical Society. As an avid golfer he served on the Presque Isle Country Club Board of Directors and was a past president. He volunteered time on the construction of the new maintenance building and was recognized and honored with a plaque that hangs on the building. He enjoyed playing golf with his children and especially his golf partner, Ed Hews. As much as he left farming he never lost his love of the farm. He loved to grow vegetables and distribute them to family and friends. His pumpkin harvest was his favorite and well known to neighbors and those that followed Facebook. Cluny loved his family and was proud of the adults they had become. He enjoyed all the card games, cookouts, and activities with family, friends and neighbors. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Effie (Watson) McPherson of Presque Isle; two sons, James and his wife, Cathy, of Windham and Robert of Seabrook, NH; two daughters, Kathy Maynard and her husband, Edward, of Presque Isle and Dolly Jo McPherson of Exeter, NH; two grandchildren, Kate and Scott McPherson of Windham; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Sharon Watson, George and Sue Watson, Carolyn Watson, Joyce Watson and Doreen Hussey McPherson; special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Stanley and infant son, Scott; his parents; a brother, Steve McPherson; brother-in-law, Norman Watson; and sister-in-law, Marion Neuhardt. The family would like to thank Hospice of Aroostook for being wonderful, special people. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Grant Memorial Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Dare officiating. Friends may call noon until time of service at the church. Spring interment with military honors will be at Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to C-A-N-C-E-R P.O. Box 811, Presque Isle, ME 04769 or to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com .
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PRESQUE ISLE AND LIMERICK - Gerald L. Oakes, 63, formerly of Presque Isle and Limerick, died suddenly on February 6, 2016, at his mother-in-law's home in North Waterboro. Gerald was born on January 28, 1953, in Presque Isle, the son of Warren H. and Catherine M. (Curtis) Oakes. For many years Gerald worked in a variety of positions with the Levesque Lumber Company in Ashland. While attending classes, Gerald met his future wife and soulmate, Karen Iovine. They have shared 24 years of marriage, raised four children and opened their hearts and home to many throughout the years. Gerald became a "stay-at-home" dad so Karen could pursue her nursing career. The kids were more than happy with Dad being in their lives on a daily basis. He provided transportation back and forth for school events, was a great cook in his own right, and kept the house neat and tidy. You could always find his smiling face in the stands on the many soccer games he attended. Gerald is survived by his wife, Karen Oakes; his children, Danny Jasper, Toni Berube, Debra Berube and Scott Berube Jr.; his sister, Charlotte Oakes; his four brothers, Warren, Neil, Carlton and Peter Oakes; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Albert and Angela Robichaud and Elaine Dongan; one niece and seven nephews. Gerald was predeceased by his parents. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., Alfred. Following the service, you are invited to visit with Gerald's family and enjoy light refreshments until 4:00 p.m. Committal prayers and burial will be later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094. The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements. To leave a message of condolence and to read a complete obituary, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com .
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ISLESBORO - Eileen Anne Shea Boardman, Holder of The Boston Cane, passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2016. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 26, 1921, to Alice Goode Shea and John F. Shea. She went to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, where she met the love of her life, Paul Boardman, whom she married on October 14, 1943. Her first visit to meet the in-laws on Islesboro was by way of the mail boat. She and Paul raised their five children in Coventry, Connecticut. In 1978 they retired to the Boardman ancestral home, where Paul was born and died in 2002. On Islesboro, Eileen and Paul became active community members. Eileen served as town clerk for 14 years. One could find her helping out at blood drives, doing Historical Society Docent work. Eileen's graciousness and her beautiful, award winning Palmer Method penmanship made her the natural choice for writing thank you notes for town organizations. Dearest to her heart, though, was the time she spent reading to youngsters at Islesboro Central School. Eileen loved music and she really loved to dance, especially to the tunes of Islesboro's own Charlie Pendleton Band. She danced her way into and out of any event with music -- and some without music! She sang in Community Chorus well into her 80s, and participated in Zumba class until she was 90. Eileen was known as a faithful fan at all Islesboro Eagles sporting events-- especially basketball games. For decades she was known as "Ma," "Gram" or "Ms. Eileen." Her smiling eyes, her quick wit and her acceptance of people "just as they are" made for easy friendships which she had in abundance from pre-school to "old school." Eileen often remarked that she could not have imagined the richness and possibility of her new life on Islesboro. Eileen was predeceased by husband, Paul Boardman; infant brother, John; brothers, William and Gerald; and by her sister, Alice Kingsley. She leaves a large and loving family: four sons, Richard and wife, Carol, John and wife, Linda, Michael Paul, and William and wife, Lisa Satchfield; a daughter, Eileen Marie and husband, Charles Baker; six grandchildren, Thomas and wife, Laura, Lauren and husband, Shawn Murphy, Tracy and husband, Adam Way, Carrie and husband, Scott Generous, and Heather and husband, Greg Kennedy; and island granddaughter, Davis Boardman. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren, who adored Nana and made life exciting and new in her eyes: Thomas, Jenna and Jonathon Boardman, Madison and Bennett Murphy, Marin and Madeline Kennedy. A service will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at noon at Islesboro Second Baptist Church with a celebration following at the Islesboro Community Center. There will also be a Memorial Mass at Church of Saint Brigid, West Hartford, on February 20, 2016. In lieu of flowers, Eileen requested that donations be made to The Beacon Project or Islesboro Ambulance Association. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast.
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BANGOR - James E. "Reggie" Proctor, beloved son of Ann M. Marston and Stephen J. Proctor, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 6, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio. He was born in Bangor on January 12, 1982. James, "Reggie" grew up in Bangor. He graduated from Bangor High School in 2000. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Maine in 2005 and a B.S. in Marine Engineering Operations from Maine Maritime Academy in 2010. He spent several years working for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on the Research Vessel KNORR which mapped undersea geological formations throughout the North and South Atlantic Oceans. His time on the KNORR allowed him to explore Iceland, Greenland, S. Africa, and the Azores. Most recently he worked as a marine engineer for Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes. Reggie enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Holbrook Pond and many years skiing at Sugarloaf. He enjoyed skiing since he could stand and served alongside his grandfather as a member of the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol from 1998-1999. Reggie would read everything he could get his hands on and was especially fond of National Geographic, which he would read cover to cover from a very young age. He enjoyed sharing what he learned and could recall facts on just about any topic. Reggie was a proud, adoring father to his 'very advanced' son, Arlo James, who will be 2 years old in March. Some of their favorite things to do together included going for bike rides and playing in Daddy's truck. They both saw something in that old truck that no one else could. There is a hole in our hearts and lives where Reggie should be. We will forever love and treasure his memory. In addition to his parents, Reggie is survived by his wife, Kate MacLellan Proctor; son, Arlo James Proctor; his brother and best friend, Kevin M. Proctor; his special grandmother, Elizabeth "Betty" Marston; his uncle, Chuck; aunts, Cindy, Carla, Molly, Pam, Heidi and Laurie; and many treasured friends. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Charles F. Marston; and his uncle, James Proctor. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, February 15, at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center Street, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to gather at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, immediately following the service Monday. Those who wish to remember Reggie in a special way may make gifts in his name to the Arlo J. Proctor Education Fund, care of Bangor Savings Bank, P.O. Box 930, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences and stories may be shared at www.BrookingsSmith.com or on Reggie's Facebook page. A memory book will be created for Arlo.
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WINTERPORT - Carolyn Joyce Dorrity was born on Nov. 30, 1956, and passed away on Feb. 4, 2016, surrounded by family after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Carolyn lived life to the fullest. She relished time traveling the world and on her boat the "Sea Jay." Carolyn was in her element hosting gatherings, always making sure that everyone was having a good time. She held many interests drawing, dancing and rehabbing buildings. Although Carolyn had many careers her last job was at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Carolyn was predeceased by her father, Arthur Wilson; and a sister Susan. She is survived by her daughter, Danielle Wilson of Seattle, Washington; mother, Barbara Wilson of Veazie; husband, Bill Dorrity of Winterport; brothers, Ed Wilson and wife, Linda, Paul Wilson and wife, Gail, of New Jersey, John Wilson and wife, Bev, of Hampden and David Wilson of Orono; and many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 1053 North Main Street, Winterport, Maine. 1:00 - 4:30 visiting hours with family and friends, all welcome. 4:30 - Ceremony with Pastor David Fox. 5:00 - 7:00 Celebration of life bonfire and fireworks. Parking available at Mid Coast Marine. Ceremony will be outside, weather permitting. Potluck. Come for some, part, or all of this celebration. Much is outside dress casual boots are a good idea. "Life may not be playing the song we want but while we are here we should dance!"
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ST. GEORGE - Wahneta June (Dressler) Smith, 81, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at Woodlands Assisted Living in Rockland. Born and raised in Iowa, June came to Jonesport, Maine, in 1952, to visit her sister. While there, she met and married her husband of 61 years, Larry W. Smith. While raising her four children, June worked at the post office and Merrill Trust Bank, both in Jonesport. In June of 1970, June and Larry moved their family to St. George, where she worked as secretary to the town manager for many years. She later worked several years at PenBay Medical Center in Rockport. June was an active member of the First Baptist Church of St. George at Wiley's Corner, and was organist and choir member not only in that church, but several other local churches as well. For more than 53 years, she was very active in the Eastern Star at Jonesport, St. George, and in that order's State organizations. June liked to camp and fish with her husband, and spent many years camping at MicMac Campground. She loved gardening and kept several gardens in her yard. Her favorite flowers were anything yellow, especially roses. In addition to her beloved husband, Larry Sr., June is survived her four children, Crystal Hunter, Bonnie and Tom Dean, Larry Jr. and Alice Smith, and Daren Smith; her grandchildren, Jacob and Jessica Hunter, Martin Hunter, Courtney and Dan Lattanzi, Kristen Dean, Travis Dean, Brandon and Hannah Dean, Amanda Smith and April Smith; two great-granddaughters, Angelina Hunter, Isla Lattanzi; her surviving siblings, Muriel and Jerry Kelleher, Derald and Jean Dresslera, as well as many nieces and nephews. Private services are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Memorial donations may be made to the Permanent ESTARL Fund, care of Jerri Holt, P.O. Box 389, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or St. George Firefighters and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860. To share a memory or condolence with June's family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com .
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