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SCARBOROUGH AND HANCOCK - Retired Ambassador Oliver Sexsmith "Mike" Crosby died of heart failure on Saturday, October 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. The son of Henry Lamar Crosby and Olive Williams Crosby, Oliver was born on April 27, 1920, in Philadelphia, PA. After attending Penn Charter School, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master's Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Oliver served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942-46, with 19 months of duty on a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic before being transferred to a cruiser in the Pacific in 1945, ending his tour as a Lieutenant. Oliver joined the Foreign Service as a Career Officer in 1947, first serving in Athens, where he married his first wife of 52 years, Eleanor S. Crosby. Subsequently he served in Tel Aviv, and then Iran, where he was stationed in the American consulate in Tabriz, during which time he climbed Mt. Ararat. After a four-year assignment in Berlin, he became United States Government Observer with the Belgian Antarctic Expedition in 1958-59. Following an assignment in Washington, DC, he served in Nicosia, Cyprus; Bamako, Mali; and Lagos, Nigeria, later becoming the United States Ambassador to the People's Revolutionary Republic of Guinea from 1977-80 under President Jimmy Carter. Retiring from the Foreign Service in 1980, Oliver and Eleanor settled in Hancock Point in the home where he had been a summer resident since age 2. He was a co-founder of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy and served on its board for many years. He worked energetically for the purchase of Tidal Falls, now a public park in the town of Hancock. Oliver founded a summer school scholarship program for local children to encourage them to consider pursuing a college education, and helped set up a club where teenagers could meet in a supervised environment. At the time of his death Oliver was a resident of Piper Shores in Scarborough. He was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor, and his younger son, Hunter. He is survived by his second wife of 10 years, Beryl; son Michael Crosby and wife Carol; daughter Jane Giles and husband David; daughter-in-law Linda Crosby McDowell; grandchildren Julie, Sarah, Gareth, Nicki, and Mackenzie; and great-grandson Noah. A memorial service will be held in the Hancock Point Chapel next summer. Memorial gifts may be sent to Frenchman Bay Conservancy, P.O. Box 150, Hancock, ME 04640.
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ALFRED - Joyce Hilda Pfuhl Morin, 77, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Joyce was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1937, to John and Frances (Slowik) Pfuhl. She met the love of her life, Roger Morin, while he was in the Navy and they were married on February 24, 1958. Joyce and Roger moved back to his hometown of Madawaska, Maine and together they raised six children. They moved to Alfred, Maine in 2012 to be closer to their children, 13 grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Joyce's pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchild whom she loved so very much. She took the time to encourage and support them at every opportunity. Grandchildren Jesse, Ali, Paige, Nathaniel, Ethan, Lilly, Jenna, Malia, Emma, Lucas, Isaac, John, Julia and Thomas were truly her light and her life. Joyce is survived by her husband of 56 years, Roger Morin; her children: Michael and his wife Robin, Terry and her husband P.J. O'Reilley, Dwayne and his wife Shannon; daughters Gail Pickren, Lynelle and her husband Chris Towers and Jennifer and her husband Michael Bryant along with her 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother John Pfuhl and his wife Pearl; sisters Ginny Schroeder and husband Dick Schroeder and Elizabeth and her husband Jerry Cunningham and beloved sisters-in-law Shirley Roy and Jean Howard. The family extends a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at York Hospital and York Home Care, especially Carol and Mary, for the compassionate care they provided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be sent to the York Hospital Home Care Program, 127 Long Sands Road, York, Maine 03909. A Mass will be held at St. Martha's in Kennebunk, Maine on Saturday, November 1st, at noon. There will be no viewing hours. A private interment will be at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Madawaska, Maine in the Spring of 2015. Joyce is now in heaven with her grandchild Isaac and her mom Frances, playing cards with her brother-in-law, Al Roy. Arrangements are in the care of the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME. Condolences may be made at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com
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BREWER - Patricia "Patsy" A. Augustus, 80, passed away peacefully in her husband arms October 23, 2014, at a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born January 5, 1934, in Brewer the daughter of James and Helinor (Jordan) Gallagher. Patsy attended John Bapst High School. In her younger days she loved to dance and did a lot of tap dancing and ballet. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. For 28 years Patsy enjoyed being in the military with her husband, meeting new friends, discovering new places, and redecorating their home. She worked for Davenport Plumbing and for the City of Bangor, as a clerk. She will be remembered for her baking of delicious chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter fudge, and her especially wonderful fruit cakes she made for her family and friends. Her family was her life, and was very special to her children and grandchildren, and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, John Augustus, of Brewer; sons, Michael Augustus and wife Sue of Gouldsboro, NC, Douglas Augustus and wife Kathy of Lebanon, ME, John Augustus Jr. and wife, Tammy of Dover, DE; a daughter, Karen Libersky and husband Dean of Rochester, NH; a brother, James Gallagher of Barrington, NH; a sister, Carlene Clarke of Concord, NH; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Friends may call from 6-8 PM, Monday, Oct. 27, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 S. Main Street, Brewer. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 531 N. Main Street, Brewer, 11 AM, Tuesday, Oct. 28, followed by the Rite of Committal at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. Following Committal Prayers relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Hall. Gifts in Patsy's memory may be made to the Activities Fund, Maine Veteran's Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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STOCKHOLM - Richard "Dick" Callison, 79, died at Northern Maine Medical Center on October 23. Dick was born on October 21, 1935 in Rupert, West Virginia, the son of Leslie John Callison and Maye L. (Surbaugh) Callison Harding. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955, met and married Linda Gunnerson on May 30, 1959 while stationed at Loring AFB. Dick and Linda had three children, twins Rick and Vicki, and daughter Cheryl, who died in 1982. They lived in Caribou and Stockholm, Lakenheath AFB in England, Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, and Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He served during the Vietnam War with deployments to Ubon Airfield, Thailand in 1971, Takhli, Thailand in 1972, and was Honorably Discharged in 1977. Dick earned his commercial pilot license, while stationed at Holloman in 1974, was handy at many trades from carpentry to auto mechanics. Following his retirement from the US Air Force, his family relocated to Clovis, New Mexico, where he owned and operated his own plumbing supply business. In 1980 Dick and Linda moved back to Stockholm, Maine where he worked as a carpenter, and on road/lawn crews at Loring AFB. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, and member of the American Legion Post 136 in Stockholm for thirty-one years. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are son Rick and wife Nettie Callison of Clovis, New Mexico, daughter Vicki King and husband Vaughn McLaughlin of Fort Fairfield, grandchildren, Sunshyne and husband Lupe Ruiz of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kellas and wife Kristi Callison of Clovis, New Mexico, Christi Rosado of Fort Fairfield, Randy King of Stockholm, great-grandchildren Cammi, Graedon, and Jameson of Fort Fairfield, Anthony, Jonathan and Matthew of Hawaii, Joshua and Lundynn of New Mexico. Dick is also survived by a sister, Shelby Lisby of Austin, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his parents and daughter Cheryl Lynn Callison. A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Caribou, Maine, Rev. Robert Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stockholm Historical Society, and the Maine Veterans Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com
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FORT KENT - Dora Jean Michaud, 64, died peacefully, October 22, 2014 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility. She was born in Fort Kent, September 22, 1950, the daughter of Omer and Mable (Pelletier) Dionne. Dora Jean enjoyed the outdoors snowmobiling and ATV riding. She was very active in the Westget Sipu Tribe serving as Treasurer for many years. Dora Jean was also a member of the Fort Kent Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Maurice Michaud of Fort Kent; daughter Stephanie and husband Michael Bresett II of Van Buren; two sons Robert Albert and fiancee Robyn Gagnon, Christopher Albert and fiancee Sierra Babin all of Fort Kent; grandchildren, Brody, Vance, and Taylor Albert, MyKayla Bresett, Rebecca Albert, Logan, Trenton and Dakota Albert; one step-granddaughter, Abigail Pelletier; two brothers Joseph and wife Lorraine Dionne, Nelson R. and wife Jeannie Dionne; one sister, Dora Mae Voisine all of MA. In addition to her parents Dora Jean was predeceased by 2 sisters, Rinette Deschaine, Joela Deprey and by one granddaughter Madison Grace Albert in 2014. Friends may call Tuesday October 28, 9am to 11am at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 11am at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Memorial services will follow in the parish cemetery. In Lieu of flowers those who wish in Dora Jean's memory may donate to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, Me. 04743. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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