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Ambrose, Carl E. - Veazie  
VEAZIE - Carl Ellis Ambrose, 89, of Veazie, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, July 25, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born October 20, 1925 in Orono, the son of Richard F. and Olive (Ellis) Ambrose. Carl graduated early from Orono High School in January, 1944, to enlist in the US Army during World War II. He achieved the rank of Corporal in Company B of the 29th Infantry Regiment 7, and was honorably discharged in October, 1946. In 1952, Carl went to work for Nickerson & O'Day Contractors as a Superintendent of Building Construction, working for them until retirement in 1988. Carl oversaw the construction or renovation of numerous buildings in the area including: Jenness Hall, Fernald Hall, Aubert Hall, Nutting Hall, Fogler Library, the Newman Center, and Theta Chi Fraternity, all at the University of Maine, Orono; Merchants Plaza; the YMCA; Bangor Civic Center; and the Church of Latter Day Saints in Bangor; amongst many others. In 1958, Carl married Ida Beaulieu of Calais, his former nurse at Eastern Maine General Hospital. They settled in Veazie where they lived the rest of their lives. Carl was a long time communicant of St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor. He was a lifetime member of the Veazie Salmon Club and took seven trips to Alaska with some of his fishing buddies to catch salmon on the Kenai River. He tied many of his own flies and also enjoyed trout fishing on small brooks around Maine. Tom Hennesey of the Bangor Daily News wrote in May of 1990: "At daybreak last Tuesday, Ed Taylor and Carl Ambrose were giving the Penobscot's Beach Pool a whipping. They hadn't gotten so much as a whimper from the water, that is until Carl tossed a fly of his own design into the slick flow. It drifted only a few feet before a bulging swirl appeared on the surface. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Ed. "I never saw a finned critter that big." During the next rod-bending, reel-buzzing half hour, the salmon put on a performance that neither of the fishermen will forget. The morning wasn't six hours old when the salmon, which was estimated to weigh more than 20 pounds, was landed in a deadwater below Beach Pool. Thanks to Carl Ambrose, that heavyweight brawler is still occupying a pool somewhere below Veazie Dam. It swam away after being released. "What a fish!" said Ed Taylor. Carl was an avid gardener, specializing in cucumbers and tomatoes. One of his favorite year-round hobbies was feeding the birds and a select few squirrels. He was a very talented woodworker, especially liking to work with Birds Eye Maple, and being equally good at either refinishing or designing and building. Oh yes, there's also sports: watching Notre Dame and Patriot football, NY Yankee baseball and just about any boxing match. Carl is survived by his daughter, Catherine Knudsen and husband, Dennis of Naples; his son, Shawn Ambrose of Veazie; daughter, Suzanne Ambrose and husband, Glenn Thomas of Orono; grandsons, Dylan Thomas of Bangor and Keegan Thomas of Orono; nephews, Richard of Glenburn and Mike of Orono; his sister-in-law, Phyllis Ambrose of Turner; and his special little fella, Richie. He was predeceased by his wife of 27 years, Ida (Beaulieu) Ambrose; his brothers George F. Ambrose and Edwin F. Ambrose, and his wife, Mary; niece Theresa (Ambrose) Bowen; and nephews, Carl Ambrose and John Ambrose. The family would like to extend their thanks to Hospice of Eastern Maine for their care. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Memorial-Alternatives.com . Fisherman's Prayer I pray that I may fish Until my dying day And when it comes time For my last cast, I then must humbly pray, When in the Lord's great Landing net I'm peacefully Asleep That in his mercy I Be judged "Big enough to keep" Tight lines, Dad.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 27, 2015
Ames, Florence Adelaide (Harriman) - Bar Harbor  
BAR HARBOR - Florence Adelaide (Harriman) Ames, 98, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2015, with loving family members by her side in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born on October 29, 1916, the youngest of six children of LeRoy and Rebecca (Pray) Harriman, a descendent of the first family to settle in Pretty Marsh. All were born and brought up in Bar Harbor. She was proud to accept the Bar Harbor Historical Society Oldest Resident Cane in 2013. Florence graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1935 and worked as a night telephone operator for nearly 20 years until the Bar Harbor office closed. She was one of the key operators during the fire of 1947 and was among the local New England Telephone and Telegraph Company operators to receive the Theodore N. Vail medal in recognition for her skill, courage, fortitude, devotion to duty and performing acts of noteworthy public service during the Fire of 1947. She was employed at the Jackson Laboratory for 11 years. She retired from the Bar Harbor Water Company in 1981 as Bookkeeper and Office Manager. Florence was married to Fred F. Ames, Sr. for 65 years, and they had four children, Fred, Jr., Robert, Dorothy and Peter. They also raised Molly Frost and considered her their daughter. She grew up in a very close musical family. They loved to get together and harmonize, as a soprano, tenor and base, plus an orchestra consisting of the piano, banjo, violin, cello and saxophone. Her father (a local barber) played many instruments and her mother was musical as well. Florence also enjoyed dancing. She grew up to love and appreciate music. It has been stated that you could always hear music coming from the family home. Florence was a member of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, UCC for over 50 years and sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Irene Chapter, Y.W.C.A., Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxiliary, a Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader, Board Member, Treasurer and Honorary Director of the Bar Harbor Historical Society. She held Chairmanship and was Chaplin of the Mount Desert Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Florence and her sisters organized the Bar Harbor High School Reunion for many years and after her sisters passed away, she continued to organize it until the 50th class took over that responsibility. She was awarded the new BHHS banner in 1992 for her dedication and hard work to keep the reunion continuing for all of the graduates. Florence and Fred lost their home and all of their belongings in the Bar Harbor Fire of 1947. After starting over and buying another home in 1948, their doors were always open to extended family members and friends (providing a home for nine) plus any stray cat or dog that needed a home. She always found time to be involved in her children's activities such as dance recitals, sports events, school programs and projects, and to play all types of games with her children. There were many other activities that she enjoyed such as completing the daily crossword puzzles, knitting, sewing, reading, TV game shows and above all her weekly bridge and card games with her very special friends. She took several cruises and traveled to Europe, a cross country trip and visited almost all of the 50 states with her sisters, nieces and daughter. She always loved to attend the Wayback Balls, was an exercise instructor at The Malvern Belmont in her early 80s and took line dancing with her daughter. Florence enjoyed breakfast and/or lunch at Jordan's, dinner at Galyns, weekly lunches with her sisters and brother. She never forgot to send birthday cards, so we all knew we were thought of and loved. Florence was a devoted and proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her sons, Fred, Jr. and wife, Dorothy, of Bath, New York, Robert and wife, Judith of The Villages, Florida, a daughter, Dorothy Robins, of Bar Harbor and Molly Frost and husband, Donald of Bar Harbor. Grandchildren, Patricia Ames, of Phoenix AZ, Nadine Roseblum of Towson, MD, Amy Marien of Baltimore, MD, Paul Ames, Parkland, FL, Karen Johnson, Alhambra, CA and Seth Robins of Town Hill, ME. She had eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and husband Fred, Sr. in 2002, son, Peter in 1995, son-in-law Stan Robins, 1994, and four sisters Kathleen Higginbotham, 1989, Margaret Dyer, 1994, Mildred Allan, 2000, Mary Carroll, 2003 and her brother, John Harriman in 1993, her nephews, Major Richard S. Foster, Lieutenant Col. Donald E. Dyer, Jr., nieces, Geraldine Hodgkins Thurston, Marilyn Carroll LaHaye and Jeanne Foster Adams. Services will be announced at a later date in August. Contributions in Florence's memory may be made to the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and/or the S.P.C.A. of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Kind words, fond memories, and condolences may be shared at www.jordanfernald.com
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Published in BDN Maine on July 29, 2015
Anderson Sr., Vincent Thomas - Woodland  
WOODLAND - Vincent Thomas Anderson, Sr., 81, joined the love of his life, Anna (Jandreau) Anderson in heaven July 24, 2015 at Presque Isle surrounded by his family. He was born in Woodland, September 7, 1933 the son of the late Marvin and Dolly (Brown) Anderson. Vincent and Anna spent their life on the family farm in Woodland. Farming brought great joy to both of them and they loved growing potatoes, raising many farm animals and growing a very large garden. His love of nature and the land brought him great happiness. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, long country rides and story-telling with his witty sense of humor. His knowledge of nature was shared with many. Being a lifelong resident of Woodland, Vincent was well known in the community and was always willing to lend a hand. He spent many hours sitting on his front porch with his family, tapping his feet to country music. Some of his happiest moments were when children were in the room. He especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Of all of his accomplishments however, he was most proud of his marriage and his family. He is survived by his children, Cindy Anderson and her husband Jim McManus of Bath, PA, Bonnie Ouellette and husband Donald and Tina Anderson and husband Peter Deveau all of Woodland, Della Anderson of Old Orchard Beach, Vince Anderson and wife Karen of Woodland, and Marcy Anderson of Old Orchard Beach, brothers and sisters, Malachi Anderson and wife Sherill of Woodland, Bessie Vicarillo of NH, Thomas Anderson of Woodland, Leta Pelletier and husband Herman, Lu Gagnon and husband Michael all of Caribou, Bruce Anderson and wife Coleen of Littleton, seven grandchildren, Joey and Anna Ouellette, Ben Barnes, Erica Therrien, Vin and Jake Anderson and Mackenzie Deveau, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Anderson was predeceased by his wife Anna, June 7, 2010, three sisters, Hattie Thorne, Loretta Judkins and Lorraine Rossignol, one brother, Joe Anderson. Friends may visit with the family from 1 to 2pm Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou where funeral services will be held at 2pm with Rev. Ron Rosser officiating. Following the interment at Woodland Cemetery, all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the Woodland School. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Anderson may do so through the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, 1B Edgemont Dr., Presque Isle, ME 04769.www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
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Published in BDN Maine from July 25 to July 27, 2015
Appleby, Lawrence A. (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of LAWRENCE A. APPLEBY Mar 26, 1944 - Jul 24, 2013 The spirit of love is timeless. Love, wife, Erlene; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
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Published in BDN Maine on July 25, 2015
Austin, Robert J. - Seminole, Al  
SEMINOLE, AL - SMSGT Robert J. Austin, age 86, of Seminole, AL and formerly of Selma, AL, passed away July 4, 2015 in the company of his loving family. He was born in Old Town, ME and raised in Milford, ME where he graduated from Old Town High School in 1947. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Wallace Community College in Selma, AL, where he worked for the U. S. Postal Service for 10 years. Robert was a twenty-six year veteran with the U. S. Air Force with service in Korea and Viet Nam. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was a member of the VFW, The American Legion, Elks #167 of Selma, Air Force Sergeants Association, Masonic Lodge of Selma #926 and Alcazar Shrine in Montgomery, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Doll Rugan Austin; brothers, George M. Austin, Jr. and Phillip Austin and sons-in-law, Philip Dow and Gary Cox. Surviving are his wife of sixty-four years, Doris L. Austin; children, Cathy Dow, Leah Austin, Zeke (Cindy) Austin, Sue Cox and Bruce Austin; sister, Ann Marie Severance; grandchildren, Josh Austin, Loren Austin and Jason (Summer) Cox; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At Robert's request, there will be no services. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at http://www.selmafuneralhome.com/ .
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Published in BDN Maine on July 25, 2015
Bates-Jackson, Jesse L. - Sacramento  
SACRAMENTO - Jesse L. Bates-Jackson died July 20, 2015, in Sacramento, Ca., after a two-year fight with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 41. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on Dec. 30, 1973. He attended schools in Oregon City, Oregon, and Winters, Ca. Upon graduation he attended California State University at Chico from 1992 to 1997, studying creative writing and journalism. A strong union man he was a Driver/Operator for Sacramento Regional Transit from 2003 to the present. He married Connie Stephens of Sacramento in 2003. In 2012 he was published in the anthology "Spells and Swashbucklers" under the pen name "Jesse L. Cairns," taking the maiden name of his great-great-grandmother, Anna Chandler Cairns. In 2015 his novel on his beloved Oakland A's baseball team, "The Final Nine," was published under that name. His great joy since 2011 was as a referee for Roller Derby. He reffed under the name "Zombiegoat" for the Sac City Rollers organization. His wife, Connie, skated under the name "Wrath of Connie." The two of them traveled for many bouts with that large-hearted community. He is survived by his wife, Connie; and his parents, Patty Bates (Lucerne) and James E. Jackson (Orono) of Brentwood, Ca. Services will be handled by Morgan Jones Funeral Home, 4200 Broadway, Sacramento, Ca.. at 5 p.m. Friday.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 23, 2015
BIRT, PAULINE (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of PAULINE BIRT Mar 14, 1930 - Jul 26, 2011 In all the world we shall not find a heart so wonderfully kind. So soft a voice, so sweet a smile, an inspiration so worthwhile, a sympathy so sure, so deep, a love so beautiful to keep. Love, your family
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Published in BDN Maine on July 25, 2015
Blanchard, Jan I. (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of JAN I. BLANCHARD Jul 29, 1946 - Oct 15, 2014 We love you unmeasurably, Love husband Bob and kids Donalyn, Bobby and Beau.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 29, 2015
Bonder, Helen Clara - Carmel & Howland  
CARMEL & HOWLAND - Helen Clara Bonder, 94, passed away July 26, 2015, at a Howland health care facility. She was born August 9, 1920, in Old Town the daughter of Leo and Gladys (Bouchard) St. Louis. Helen owned and operated for many years her own restaurant called Helens on Hammond Street in Bangor where she was known for award winning pastries and great food. She was predeceased by her husband Walter "Cappy" Bonder; two sons, Reggie Strout Jr. and Harold Strout. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sandra Strout; four grandchildren, Reggie Strout III, Scout Strout, Michele Phillips, and Stacey Strout. Funeral services will be held graveside, 10 AM, Thursday, July 30, at Highland Cemetery, Carmel. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on July 28, 2015
Bothen, Robert Wayne "Robbie" - Bar Harbor  
BAR HARBOR - Robert Wayne Bothen, or 'Robbie', as he is known in these parts, was born February 25, 1951 in Newton, Massachusetts and died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the young age of 64. Robbie lived in Waltham, MA; Bar Harbor and Portland, ME; and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotiabut he mostly liked to say he was from Eden, Maine! Robbie was a gifted student at the Bar Harbor High School where he made his first political statement as a non-conformist by refusing to cut his hair, appearing before the school board in 1969 with an agenda of personal and human rights. He was promptly expelled (much to his mother's chagrin!) and went to The Village School in New Gloucester, Maine and later to Franconia College in NH in 1971 as an art, and later a political science, major. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Thelma H. Bothen (Rourke); father, James Bothen; nephew, Jamie Myers; and half-brother Ronnie Bothen. He leaves behind a loving family: his sister Gayle Elizabeth Myers of Cape Elizabeth; brother Richard Bothen of Winthrop, Maine and Florida; children, Chelsea Rae Bothen of Mt. Desert; Ariel Lee Bothen of Mt. Desert; and Julian Andersen of Wisconsin; grandsons Jo'Van Smith of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jordan Huber of Mandan, North Dakota, and Donovan Scott of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews Shon, Genevieve, Heather (and husband Jeff Murad), Craig and Rebecca; and his dog Marley who will now be with Robbie's dear friend Jerome Goff, who was by Robbie's side always, since 1972! Robbie also leaves behind many faithful friends and a church family who loved him and will miss his fun loving and fervent ways! The most important thing in Robbie's life was always his children. Even though he accomplished much and traveled far, his greatest love was for them. This free spirited man considered himself to be a citizen of the world. Starting with his experiences as a young Sea Scout (a part of the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America) Robbie's love for the ocean, sailing, and fishing, was a constant in his life. He scared and intrigued many friends and family by traveling solo through South and Central America, making friends and playing music along the way. He always wanted to go to Cuba and rejoiced when it was opened to travelers. For those who didn't know Robbie too well, he spent his life advocating for many of the least among us. He was a man of courage and conviction, willing to stand up and speak out, something most people are afraid to do. He did so in the Maine Legislature (winning the passage of at least one bill); at universities; in the streets as a demonstrator; as a gifted writer; by forming 'Maine Dads'an organization to encourage and support the involvement of Dads in their children's lives; and in civil rights marches. He often gave of his meager savings to help young people in trouble and developed 'The Bail Project' in Portland to raise funds and awareness for inmate needs and families needing transportation to visit loved ones in prison. He also worked as a trained therapist for the mentally disabled. In early 1973, Robbie helped to form the Statewide Correctional Alliance for Reform (SCAR) in Portland, actively working for prison reform in Maine through legislation, litigation, community organizing, as well as promoting public discussion on the function of prisons in Maine and American society. Robbie was one of the founders and the first co-coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) as well as the editor/publisher of The CallMPAC's first newsletter to Maine prisoners. He was the primary organizer of solitary confinement legislation, and worked hard on many other urgent issues. Before MPAC, Robbie was involved in prisoner activism for several decades, always organizing, writing, protesting, and communicating through music. As a man who witnessed the suffering of the disenfranchised, Robbie had a deep sensitivity for injustice and human rights. He felt that statewide organization was necessary to fight for prisoner's rights, prison reform, and to address the underlying socio-economic conditions that precipitate crime. Robbie had a long history with Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, Maine beginning when he first brought his two little daughters to attend church there in the early 1990s. He loved his church family and contributed and participated in many Youth, Missions and Community Outreach programs, meetings and events over the past two decades, including a mission trip to Gulfport, Mississippi to help rebuild homes for those who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Always an advocate for prisoner's needs and being himself an ardent musician, Robbie recognized the need for entertainment to show inmates that they are not forgotten. To do this, Robbie took his band-'The Breakneck Boys,' to the Warren State Prison with support from Church of Our Father. An avid reader and eloquent speaker, Robbie had a beautiful mind that could recall incredible details of history and philosophya gift which made him a formidable Jeopardy opponent! As an environmentalist, Robbie admonished friends not to let their cars idle or buy water in plastic bottles. He believed that a citizen's greatest power was to cast their vote and at each new voting time he would eagerly vote early using the absentee ballot. Music was always a big part of Robbie's life. He often had a tune in his head, and drummed it out on any nearby surface. He was a proud veteran of Woodstock, August 1969. Robbie often gave his musical talents to charity and fundraising events. Robbie's musical talent carried him through many tragic and joyful events in his life. He was the drummer for the popular band "The Breakneck Boys" and for other bands and musical events as well. He is known to have organized all the music for the very popular Downeast Fair at Church of Our Father for a number of years. He recited poetry, read aloud, sang and played drums and guitar at many local open mic venues including the First Friday Coffee House at the Northeast Harbor Library and Little Anthony's. His classic rock n' roll and jazz tunes delighted many friends at private parties. Robbie did his best for the world and people cared deeply about him. He was often seen wearing his beret and neckerchief and toting his leather knapsack, followed by his dog Marley around this his long time island home and in Portland town. He touched the lives of many different people in many facets of life through his political activism, music, his writings and many selfless acts of kindness and love towards others. He was a fun loving, youthful person. He was an excellent pool player well known in Portland and Bar Harbor pool halls and bars where he taught his sister, daughters, and friends to play. The youth at Church of Our FatherAedan, Breaux, Liam, Valeria, Sam, Katie and Max will miss Robbie's tough love, encouragement, humor, and lessons in musical and life skills. Rockin' Robbie will not fade soon from the hearts of many family and friends who learned from him and loved him. To leave condolences and remembrances, please go to the Robert Wayne Bothen Facebook page. A celebration of Robbie's life will be at 7 pm the evening of Friday, July 31, 2015 at Church of Our Father, 91 State Highway 3, Hulls Cove, ME (207) 288-4849. Donations in Memory of Robbie can be made to the Prison Ministry Fund, Church of Our Father, P. O. Box 186, Hulls Cove, ME 04644.
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Published in BDN Maine on July 29, 2015
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