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BLUE HILL - Virginia Biddle, MD, of Blue Hill, formerly of Woods Hole, Mass., died peacefully March 28, 2014, after a long illness. She was born July 4, 1929, in Milton, Mass., daughter of Virginia Morris Biddle and Nicholas Biddle. Virginia became a medical technician and went to Nagasaki as medical director of a research lab for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. At age 31, she was accepted by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1967, she opened her own practice in Woods Hole, Mass., and became medical director of the Falmouth Nursing Home and director of continuing medical education at Falmouth Hospital. In 1991, Virginia moved to Blue Hill. She practiced in Ellsworth and retired in 2006. Virginia, "Ginny," had numerous, widely varying interests. She was an expert equestrian, skier, sailor and a lifelong devotee of wooden boats. An avid reader, Ginny also loved gardening, lobster fishing, photography, creative writing, birds and animals...a true Renaissance woman. She was an extremely competent physician, and her priority was always her patients. Virginia is survived by sisters, Katharine More of Sharon, Vt., Elizabeth Barrett of Dover, Mass.; brother, Nicholas Biddle Jr., of Temecula, Calif.; and eight nieces and nephews. For years, family flocked to Blue Hill to share the adventures of this beloved sister/aunt/cousin for whom we grieve. A service will be held 3 p.m. May 9, 2014, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Donations may be made to the Peninsula Ambulance Corps of Blue Hill or the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, P.O. Box 829, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Read Obituary
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MILLINOCKET AND GETTYSBURG, PA - James B. Bouchard, 70, died April 11, 2014 at the Gettysburg Golden Living Center. He passed peacefully on to eternal life with his best friend and loving wife, Marian, at his side. Born Oct. 12, 1943 in Bangor, Jim was the son of the late Henry and Ida (Soucy) Bouchard. He grew up in Millinocket, graduated in 1963 from St. Martin of Tours High School, and attended Northern Community College in Presque Isle. He was a 6-year member of the Maine National Guard. Jim worked for the Great Northern Paper Company for 35 years, retiring in November 1998. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and most of all the solitude of his beloved camp on Millinocket Lake. He was a member of the Maine Fin and Feather Club, Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club, and the Mummasburg Sportsmen's Club. Also a history buff, Jim thoroughly enjoyed his part-time residence in Gettysburg for the past seven years. In addition to his wife of 23 years, he is survived by a daughter, Paula Gendreau, her husband, Mark, and grandchildren, Kara and Kurt, all of Madawaska; sisters, Lois Pelletier and husband, Joseph of Millinocket and Elaine Malloch and husband, Dennis of Buxton. Jim will also be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and special friends. In addition to his parents, brothers, Henry Jr. and Paul, and a number of aunts and uncles predeceased him. Jim was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 25 West High Street in Gettysburg. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated there 11 a.m. April 23. Family and friends will be received at the church from 10-11. Committal services will be held later at the family's convenience in Millinocket. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jim Bouchard may be made to The Canner Educational Fund, c/o Mike Lawrence, Upper Adams School District, Administrative Offices, 161 N. Main St., Biglerville, PA 17303 or to a preferred charity. Online obituary and condolences available at monahanfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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HALL QUARRY, MT. DESERT - Harry E. Brawley Jr., 79, died at home April 5th, 2014 after a two year battle with cancer. He was born in Hagerstown, MD April 22, 1934, the son of Harry E. Brawley Sr. and Mary Paige (Plumley) Brawley. Harry graduated from McDonogh School and Harvard University. He worked for a number of years as an electrical engineer. His entrepreneurial efforts included a company that manufactured smoke monitors, and (with his wife and business partner of 32 years) Sigea Systems, a software company. After moving to Maine they advised local small businesses on a wide spectrum of issues. Harry was introduced to Uechi-Ryu Karate when the Okinawan style was first brought to this country. He continued to practice daily on his own for over 50 years. He always encouraged fitness and health in family, friends and others. He believed his fitness proved invaluable in his final months. He worked out daily until 2 months before his death. His interest in cooking began as a boy scout. He would collect whatever the other scouts brought to the cookout, and concoct something delicious. For the rest of his life he eagerly shared delicious dinners, tips, discoveries and recipes with anyone who was interested, or even others who soon became interested. Not only did he leave people with happy stomachs after each meal, but also with inspiration. Two of his sons were inspired to enter the professional cooking field. A lifetime love of classical music started with a crystal set radio he built as a small boy, and led to homes always full of good music. He loved sailing with his wife, and sailing in Maine inspired their move to Mount Desert in 1994. He will especially miss his Thursday lunches, tackling challenges of any kind, Wagner Operas, interesting books on all subjects and, of course, cooking. Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen (Thorndike); his sons, Harry Brawley III and his wife, Christen of VT, Richard W. Brawley and his wife, Margaret of MA and Daniel U. Brawley and his wife, Stacey of PA, stepchildren, Margaret Rice Jay and her husband, David of MA, Jonathan E. Rice and his wife, Lindsley of MA; his brother, Richard B. Brawley and his wife, JoAnn of NC; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; "local daughter" MJ Penn; special friend, Benjamin Sawyer; and the mother of his children, Barbara Barry. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to Hancock County Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com Read Obituary
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BANGOR - Louise Emily Whitney Briggs, 89, died April 11, 2014 at Winterberry Heights Memory Care in Bangor. Louise was surrounded by her husband and four children. From her birth to her passing on Louise touched countless lives in her lifetime with her unselfish acts of kindness, endless love. She will be forever remembered by all those who were blessed to have known her. She had a smile that would light up the room and would set you at ease the moment you spoke with her. She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Lincoln, to Harry and Della (Brown) Whitney. Louise grew up in Lincoln and was a tremendous help to her family's business (Whitney Energy) during WWII. On September 20, 1947, she married Allison Joseph Briggs. Together, they had four children: three sons and one daughter. They re-located to Brewer to raise a family. Louise and Allison enjoyed traveling to other countries as well as the many memorable family and friends picnics in Maine for which Louise was known for delicious desserts, her irresistible, unmistakable cookies and sandwiches and her genuine warm embrace sweets, sandwiches and Jungle Juice. Louise was devoted to her family. She was very supportive of her children's activities over the years and held active roles: Boy Scout and Girl Scout Den Leader, Rainbow Girls. Louise served on numerous Committees at All Souls Congregational Church; Nominating Committee 1967; Coordinating Committee 1971, 1978, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1996; Chancel Guild 1975; Holiday Bazaar and Gardeners for many years, and helped out with many mass mailings. Louise was quite humbled in April 2006 when she and her husband Allison received The Mandatum Dignitatis Recognition Award for service to Church and Community. Louise's special interests included tennis and bridge with her husband Allison and spending quality time with friends. Her delight came though when she was able to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren excel at their activities; from orchestra to football, baseball, cheerleading and swimming; their triumphs were her cherished moments. Left to honor Louise and remember her love and hugs as a wife, mother and grandmother and great-grandmother are: her beloved husband of 66 years, Allison, son, Daryl (Pam) Briggs of Brewer, daughter, Gayle (Joseph Sukaskas) Briggs of Portland, son, Bryan (Debbie Walls) Briggs of Cumberland, and son, Gary (Tammy Ruuk) Briggs of Brewer. Eight grandchildren: Erik (Rena) Briggs of Arlington, MA, Nathan (Molly) Briggs, of Hampden, Wilson, Brandon and Alyson Briggs of Brewer; Zachary, Alexander and Catherine Briggs of Cumberland. Two great-grandchildren: Addison Briggs of Hampden and Makenzie Briggs of Arlington MA and many nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Eugene and Roland and her sister, Ruth. A celebration of Louise's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher and Rev. Renee U. Garrett/M. Div., Minister of Christian Nurture, officiating. The Family will greet friends at the Church following the service. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. The Family of Louise would like to extend gratitude to all the staff at Winterberry Heights, Loving Touch, Beacon Hospice, Dr. Penny Lamhut, Dr. Angel Merchant and All Souls Church, for their compassion and attentiveness during this time. Those who wish to remember Louise in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the memorial fund of All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com . Read Obituary
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HAMPDEN - Carolyn A. Burnham died peacefully at home on April 14, 2014. She was also known as Mum, Kay, Carolyn Alice, Gammer, Sweetie and Ant B. She was born Nov. 23, 1933, the only child of Walter and Winifred Worthing. She graduated from Cony High School Class of 1951 and went on to attend Eastern Maine General Hospital Nursing School and graduated in 1954. Mum married Richard A. Burnham in July of 1958 and they made their home at Westbrook Terrace in Hampden. This is where they raised their 2 daughters and made many lifelong friends. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading, crewel work, raising her family and traveling with Dad in later years. Most of all, Mum enjoyed spending time with her family, sharing the love and laughter that filled the room up to the moment she passed. Kay is survived by her daughters, Dawn Louise and Deborah Lynn and their husbands, Perry Antone and Michael Pickering, whom she loved as her own; and grandsons, Cooper and Brent Antone. Cooper shared a unique bond with Gammer and was always able to bring a smile to her face or a crooked thumbs up for a job well done. She is also survived by many other extended family members and lifelong friends. Kay was predeceased by her husband, Richard A. Burnham, in 2000. During Kay's illness, she was very grateful to be able to stay in her own home due to the compassionate caregivers that gave her loving care. Thank you to Cathi, Kathleen, Jo, Lynn, Karen, and special thanks to Jerry for Mum's weekly hair appointment. Family and friends are invited to visit 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014. Interment will be immediately after the funeral next to Richard at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Memorial contributions in Kay's honor may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children/Boston, C/O Anah Shriners, 586 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com . Read Obituary
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FORT KENT - Ernest P. Charette, 97, died peacefully April 11, 2014, at a Frenchville Health Care Facility. He was born May 6, 1916, in Fort Kent, the son of Pea and Catherine Charette. Ernest owned and operated Charette Building Materials Inc. for many years until his retirement in 2007. Ernest was a lifetime member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 0352 in Fort Kent and also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Funeral Choir for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, ice skating, fishing, bowling and dancing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Ernest is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Egline (Voisine) Charette of Fort Kent; two sons, Roland and wife, Paula Charette, of Fort Kent and Bob and wife, Pauline Charette, of Fort Kent; three daughterss Sandra and husband, Brent Beaulieu, of Fort Kent, Gloria and husband, Gilles Daigle, of Eagle Lake and Rachel Charette and husband, Bill Gallagher, of Fort Kent; 20 grandchildren, Karen, Mark, Kathy, Steve, Stacy, Carson, Heather, Jacob, Laynie, Romain, Jeremy, Jay, Samuel, Justin, Mathew, Don, Patrick, Michael, Macie and Danielle; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Edgar Charette. A Mass of Christian burial with full Fourth Degree Honors will be celebrated Monday, April 21, 10 a.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Spring burial will be held May 6, 2014, in the parish cemetery. Those who wish in Ernie's memory may donate to the Fort Kent Ice Skating Rink, care of Ann Beaulieu, 416 West Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or to St. Joseph's Nursing Home, 426 U.S. Route 1, Frenchville, ME 04745. Services are being conducted by Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743. Read Obituary
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Douglas L. Coleman, 82, died April 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by family and friends following a long struggle with cancer. Doug was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the son of Leonard J. and Kathleen A. (Martin) Coleman. After attending elementary and secondary school in Stratford, he received a BS in chemistry in 1954 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. At McMaster, he met the love of his life and future wife, Beverly J. Benallick. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and received a MS and PhD in 1956 and 1958, respectively. Doug joined the Jackson Laboratory in 1958 as an Associate Staff Scientist with the intention of staying just long enough to learn some genetics and immunology, but soon became devoted to Mount Desert Island and remained at the Jackson Laboratory for his entire career. In both his vocation and avocation, Doug endeavored to leave things better than he found them. Doug's scientific career explored the biochemical pathways through which genes control phenotypic traits. These studies were characterized by the use of simple techniques to answer complex biological problems. Doug identified genes that control enzyme synthesis and degradation and demonstrated that gene dosage can control enzyme quantity and structure. Doug is best known for his studies in obesity and diabetes, which utilized genetic mouse strains developed at the Jackson Laboratory. Through careful cross-circulation studies, he established that a blood-born factor (now known as the hormone leptin) was a critical player the identical phenotypes observed in obese and diabetic mouse mutants. He further hypothesized that the leptin originated in fat cells. These surprising findings - that genes (not behavior) can control obesity and adipose tissue secretes hormones and is an endocrine organ (not a mere storage depot) - were heretical at the time, but are now well-established facts. In recognition of his pioneering research, Doug was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and received a number of prestigious scientific awards. In 1991, Doug entered retirement with the same enthusiasm that he had for his scientific work. With his wife, Bev, who shared his love of the outdoors and concern for the environment, he become active in conservation issues such as open space preservation, forest management and water quality protection. Doug and Bev placed a conservation easement on their 96-acre property in Lamoine, planted trees, constructed nature trails and welcomed the public to share their land. Doug volunteered for many years on both the Board of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (as member, treasurer and president) and the Lamoine planning board (as a member and chairman). In recognition of their conservation efforts, Doug and Bev received a number of stewardship awards from the State of Maine and the Town of Lamoine. Doug Coleman is survived by a son, David of Kingston, Ontario, a son, Thomas, his wife, Sarah Fashena and their son, Benjamin, all of Mount Kisco, New York. Doug's wife, Bev and a third son, John, predeceased him. Donations in his memory may be made to the Beverly Coleman Memorial Scholarship at the Northeast Harbor Library or the Beverly Coleman Bursary Fund, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com Read Obituary
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WESTFIELD - Michael Frank Joseph Collins Sr., 60, passed away April 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Presque Isle, May 18, 1953, the son of Fernand and Edith (Dufour) Collins. Mike graduated from Presque Isle High School, class of 1972 where he was very active in the Future Farmer of America, and played on the FFA basketball team. He worked for Maine Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring as a foreman. He truly loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mike and his wife Linda enjoyed camping at Birch Point Campground in Island Falls, where they met many close friends. He took great pleasure spending time with the kids, including his several nieces, nephews, grandson and many young fishermen he would share secrets with. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Putnam) Collins of Westfield, a daughter, Stacey Brooker and her husband, Terry of Westfield, a son, Michael Jr. and his wife, Ashley of Presque Isle, a grandson, Patrick Michael and Ethan due in June, two brothers, Jerry and his wife, Jackie of Terryville, CT, James and his friend, Susan of Manchester, CT; four sisters, Cecile Wood and her husband, Arthur of Presque Isle, Sister Lena Collins O. Carm of Lacombe, LA, Lisa Collins and her husband, Stephen Ives of Hampstead, NH, Tina Wood and her husband, Curtis of Vassalboro; several nieces and nephews, including a special hunting companion, nephew, Chris. He was predeceased by his parents. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Ruth Collins for her loving care these past few months. Relatives and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle, where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 with Rev. Raymond Morency officiating. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle, later this spring. Donations may be made in his memory to Sisters of Mount Carmel, PO Box 130, Lacombe, LA 70445. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com . Read Obituary
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BANGOR - Surrounded by family, Dr. Roy Barry Corbin peacefully lost his fight against pancreatic cancer on April 10, 2014. Born on July 8, 1950, Roy grew up in the Bronx, New York and moved to Maine on June 7, 1977, bringing his kindness and genuine sense of humor to a podiatry practice like no other. Regularly seeing ailing patients in the hospital imbued Roy with a deep sense of empathy and ceaseless appreciation for the simple gifts of everyday life that remained right until the end. Aside from continuing to root for the NY Giants and Yankees, many would be surprised Roy was not a native Mainer. He spent the little free time he had trawling around Green Lake or off the coast, ice fishing at Rockwood or camping, snowmobiling, skiing, biking and hiking throughout the state. His city roots did show when he picked up a harmonica, and those who had a chance to see "Orrington Slim" play know his skills were something special. A graduate of Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts, of "Fame" fame, he also could be quite a showman, never forgetting the lyrics to famous show tunes or resisting the temptation to share them with those around him. Roy was known for whistling those tunes while he worked, whether in his office, performing surgery, on a house call (a rarity for modern doctors), or at the nursing homes that welcomed him when he began practicing - despite seeing an average of 50 patients per day and performing up to a dozen surgeries per week, until last year Roy still made monthly visits to Katahdin Nursing Home in Millinocket because it was the first nursing home to give him business. As a foot and ankle surgeon specializing in diabetic wound care, Roy saved literally thousands of legs. He was also very proud of his sports medicine practice and served as the University of Maine basketball team podiatrist. Roy's skills were recognized nationally as well, as the past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and President-Elect of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. He was also a devoted member of Bangor's Jewish community and a proud former board member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Project. Dr. Corbin is survived by his parents, Albert and Hope (Gittleman) Corbin; his loving sons, Brandon and Garrett; daughter-in-law, Katie; sister, Lorayne; and wife, Susan Reisman and her children, Nicholas and Lindsay; and countless members of the community he helped. To say he was an exceptional man who will be deeply missed is a vast understatement. May we all follow his selfless, grateful, cup half-full example. Funeral services will be held noon, Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be in Beth Abraham Cemetery, Mount Hope Avenue. A memorial visitation will be held at the home of Dr. Corbin and Susan Reisman, 223 Kenduskeag Ave., in Bangor, following the interment until 6 pm and Monday 2 to 4 pm. Those who wish to remember Dr. Corbin in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Beth Abraham Synagogue, 145 York St. Bangor, ME 04401 or to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com . Read Obituary
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BANGOR - Walter "Mickey" L. Crawford Jr., 85, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at a Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Bangor, the son of Walter L. and Gertrude (Boutreau) Crawford Sr. Mickey grew up in Bangor and attended Bangor schools. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and served until 1952. He married Joanne Eagers and together they would raise three children, Walter III, Susan, and Douglas. Mickey and Joanne would often play beano and they had many wonderful times together. He worked as a firefighter for Bangor Fire and retired after 20 years of dedicated service and then went to work for Dead River delivering oil and in dispatch. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Howland. He is survived by two children, Walter L. Crawford III of Bangor, Susan Nealey and her husband, Nathan of Palmetto, FL; four grandchildren, Gabrielle and Dylan Nealey, both of Palmetto, Justin "J.T." Crawford of Bangor, Jessalyn Crawford of Ellsworth; great-grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Laura Crawford, and a very special niece, Ann Fitz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Joanne, and a son, Douglas Crawford. Friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the funeral home. Military honors will be held. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass. Those who wish to remember "Mickey" in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com Read Obituary
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MERCER - Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) Crowley, 51, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Redington Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan. He was born March 29, 1963, in Boynton Beach, Fla., the son of Henry D. and Elisabeth (Fuchs) Crowley. Bob matriculated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he had an illustrious Division I career as a four year Varsity letterman for the University of Maine Black Bears football team. He graduated from St. Thomas University with a Juris Doctor of Law degree. He was a member of the Maine Bar Association. Bob practiced law for four years before obtaining his dream of becoming a Judge Advocate General for the Maine Air National Guard. He founded the Maine Wounded Warriors Project and dedicated his life to helping Maine soldiers. Bob touched the lives of many people including, but not limited to his family. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 23 years Susan Crowley, his two sons who were the joy of his life Senior Airman Benjamin Crowley and Patrick Crowley, his parents, Henry and Elisabeth Crowley, his brothers Dr. Henry (Hank) Crowley Jr. and family, Michael Crowley and daughters, sisters Dr. Kate Crowley and spouse and Eileen Crowley, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues and especially his cherished and honored military brethren. Bob was a dedicated member of St Sebastian Catholic Church in Madison, where he taught catechesis to Junior High and High School students for many years sharing his faith with them as well as those whom he came in contact with. He fought a long and courageous battle with a lengthy illness. A mass of christian burial will be held on April 24, 2014, 9:00 am at St. Sebastian Catholic Church Madison. Bob will be laid to rest at The Maine Veterans Cemetary at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Annual Wounded Warriors Shoot Out, a program created by Lt Col Bob Crowley to honor those wounded veterans who served our country. Contributions should be payable to the Williams Gun Range and forwarded c/o Andy Williams 636 River Road North Anson, Maine 04958. Arrangements by Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison. Read Obituary
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BANGOR - William Charles "Chuck" Dixon, 58, died unexpectedly April 8, 2014 at a Bangor hospital. He was born Jan. 28, 1956, in Dallas, Texas, the son of William Theron and Marie Austin Dixon. Chuck graduated from Hampden Academy. Following high school, he attended the University of Maine and New York University where he obtained a Bachelor's of Science and Nursing. A lifelong student, he never stopped pursuing further education in the nursing field. An RN at EMMC and Lee Memorial Hospital (Fort Myers, FL), Chuck worked passionately for thirty years in ICU Open Heart. He proudly referred to his coworkers as the A-Team. On July 21st, 1979, Chuck married the love of his life and soul mate, Carrie, whom he fondly referred to as "Little Bit". The beautiful couple celebrated 34 years of marriage last summer by camping in the coastal Maine woods, one of Chuck's favorite places. Sensei Dixon earned a 4th Don black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate. Chuck learned the art of riding dressage under Captain Alex Solarzano at Trapho Farms. His love of horses led him to complete in dressage studying under Scott Hassler. He celebrated his Celtic heritage through the Spirit of the Dance. Fervently mastering many interests, Chuck invited his friends, family and especially his son, Patrick, to join him in all of his pursuits. He was undoubtedly a teacher by nature and led by example in all things. He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carrie (Lynch) Dixon; his children: Patrick Dixon, Mark Richardson, Kelly Richardson, and Tavia DeSalvo; 13 grandchildren, Katy and her husband, Alain, Mikey and his wife, Michelle, Dominic and his wife, Becka, Casey, Samantha and her husband, Jonathon, Tabitha and her husband, Eddie, Sam, Maddie, Eli, Jake, Jared, Jason, and Jana and her husband, Brad; 13 great-grandchildren, Aryus, Alaric, Tristan, Ramiel, Gracelynn, Riley, Izaiha, Samarra, Xzavian, Selena, Mathias, Ruth and Kaydance; a brother, Jim Dixon; a niece, Sarah; and nephews, Ben and Danny. He is also survived by many friends, especially Pat and David Blethen, Janice Bruno, and Michelle Markie and family. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 S. Main St., Brewer. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke St., Brewer, with the Rev. Canon Mary Ann Taylor, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at St. Patrick's following the interment. Those who wish to remember Chuck in a special way may make gifts in his memory to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke St., Brewer, ME 04412, where Chuck attended. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com . Read Obituary
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LINCOLN - Elwood Herbert Downs (Pop) passed away on April 14, 2014, in a Bangor Hospital. He was the son of Vinal and Clara Martin Downs and was born in Lincoln on Oct. 4, 1933. In 1951, he bought a dump truck and thus began the start of his business. In 1963, he built his garage. The business has grown into what it is today with Pop at the helm for 63 years. Elwood H. Downs Inc. will continue on just as he would have expected but with a huge void. Pop loved his gravel pit. He spent many happy hours there working hard and doing what he loved, screening gravel and then last summer he began a new adventure, which he was especially excited about. He acquired a rock crusher and began crushing rocks. He was looking forward to doing that again this summer. For fifteen years, he and his wife, Diana, spent winters in Florida where they enjoyed warm weather and wonderful friends. In addition to working outdoors, Pop also enjoyed playing outdoors, many great tales have been shared of trips to the Baskahegan hunting camp or flying to Rainbow lake to go fishing with his best friend, Ronald Thornton. He loved gardening. He grew wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers. People enjoyed picking his raspberries and strawberries. He loved sharing all he had grown. Pop loved his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Diana Davis Downs and their three children, Daniel Elwood Downs, his wife, Cindy and Danny's children, Traci, her husband, Danny, and her children, Laurie and Drew; his daughter, Danielle and her fiancee, Joe, his son, Dakota and his fiancee, Nicole, his daughter, Jane Downs Clifford and her husband, Greg and Jane's children, Kristopher, Suzanne, Kelly, Ashlee and her boyfriend, PJ, his daughter, Ann Downs Burniece, her husband, Bruce and Ann's children, Garrett, Johnathan, Caroline and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Drew, Laurie, Landyn and Georgia; one sister-in-law, Barbetta Davis Hardy and her husband, Spencer; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Chico. In addition to his parents, Pop was predeceased by a son, David, and five sisters, Lorraine, Maxine, Marjorie, Diane and Dorothy. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Michael Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery later on. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Cancer Care of Maine. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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