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2021 Obituaries

Robert F. Evans

EvansPhippsburg-Robert (Bob) F. Evans, 76, passed away peacefully at home with family, Sunday morning, February 21, 2021, after an extended illness. 

Bob was born on February 25, 1944, in Augusta, the son of Harold and Ada Evans.  He grew up in Farmingdale with his eight siblings.

In 1979 Bob married Colleen (Owen) Ambrose and began his next chapter.  Together they built a home in Phippsburg, while working full time jobs and raising children.  They lived in this house for 42 years, welcoming friends and family, hosting holiday meals, birthday celebrations and many rescued animals. 

Bob worked in sales as a food vendor and traveling salesman for 45 years.  He made friends all across the state.  At age 66 he retired but soon found himself ready to take on a part time job at Shaws in Bath, where he was fondly known by many customers as “the yogurt man”.  His lifelong strong work ethic and upbeat attitude made him a most valuable employee.  Everyone celebrated with him when one day he won big with a lottery scratch ticket while sitting in the store’s break room.  

When not working, Bob enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing with his friend Ralph Newton and doing home projects.  He tended his garden, birds and property with the same care and attention he showed to his family and friends.   Bob and Colleen discovered the joys of cruising the Caribbean and their yearly Royal Caribbean cruise became a tradition, often shared with friends or family.  On a Saturday night you could find Bob and Colleen enjoying dinner at Maxwell’s Restaurant, where they enjoyed the food and staff and were well known and welcomed.   

Bob especially enjoyed his role as Grampy to 8 grandchildren, all of whom he loved very much.  He and Colleen regularly babysat and thoroughly spoiled them.  As they grew older he was there for school sporting events, concerts, award ceremonies and graduations.

Bob will be remembered for his wonderful laugh, the twinkle in his eyes, his kindness and generosity.  He preferred to see the good in everyone, to always try and see the bright side of any situation.  A man who appreciated and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, he never complained even as his health issues began to limit those pleasures. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Colleen, children Julie Gray and her husband Ben of Freeport, Lisa Hayden of Durango Colorado,  Bill Ambrose and his wife Christina of Woolwich and Rob Evans of Randolph; sisters Janice Pushard, Nancy Pare, Judy LaBrie and Rhona O’Mara, as well as brother Buddy Evans.  He will be dearly missed by grandchildren Abigail Gray, Jessica Gray, Sarah Gray, Tim Ambrose, Cassidy Hayden, Brett Hayden, Bradley Ambrose and Jackson Ambrose. 

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Greg Evans and sisters Patty Tuttle and Shirley Sinclair.

There will be a small family gathering in the summer at Oak Grove Cemetery for his internment. 

The family would like to thank the office of Dr. Paul LaPrad and the Phippsburg ambulance staff for their attentive, kind care as Bob’s health declined. 

In remembrance of Bob, to honor his memory, please enjoy an extra-large helping of dessert, share a smile with a stranger, tell someone you love them or snuggle up with a furry friend.   

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program or Mid Coast Humane Society. 

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Phyllis Lemont Crosby

Richmond-Phyllis Lemont Crosby, 91, passed peacefully at home on Feb. 16, 2021 with family be her side.

She was the daughter of Gordon and Bea Lemont, and married the love of her life Edward Crosby in 1951 and together raised a son Edward and a daughter Diane. She worked at the Etonic shop and as a door greater at Walmart, retiring at the young age of 80. She loved laughter and was consistently reminding us to live life to the fullest.

She made many enjoyable memories for her son, daughter, grandsons, and great grandsons. She will be sadly missed by many. The family would like to thank the fabulous Healthcare team that made it possible for her to stay at home during her illness.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Bea Lemont, a sister Leona, and most importantly the love of her life Edward Crosby Sr. Her surviving family members include son Edward Jr., daughter Diane, grandsons Edward III, Ryan and great grandsons Shane, and Lucas Crosby.

At Phyllis’ request there will be a graveside service on Saturday, May 15th at 10am at Cotton Cemetery, Richmond.  Also, at her request "nothing fancy and laugh a lot".

In Phyllis' memory donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

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Neal E. Brown

BrownBowdoinham-Neal E. Brown passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2021 at the age of 84.  He will be remembered most for his kind heart and ability to make those around him laugh.

Neal was born in Mexico, ME on September 14, 1936 to Alfred and Nona (Fogg) Brown.  He was one of 15 children raised on a farm in Richmond, ME.  Neal graduated from Richmond High School in 1955 and enlisted in the Air Force soon after.  Upon returning from the military he met and married his wife, Priscilla and started a family.  His first job after his time in the military was working for Armour Meat Co. with his life long friend, Fulton Curtis. Later he began a career in civil service at the Brunswick Naval Air Station, beginning in telecommunications and moving on to work for OSHA, which brought him to the Naval Air Station Bermuda after his children finished school.  Neal also proudly served on the Richmond board of selectman for 15 years and as a volunteer firefighter on the Richmond Fire Department. After retirement, he started what might have been his most loved career, working as a bus driver for Mt. Ararat And Richmond HS.  When he finally retired he loved spending his days driving his pick up around “his” town, meeting friends for coffee, sitting outside in the sun with his adored wife and taking trips to NH and MA to see his beloved grandchildren.

Neal is survived by his wife, Priscilla of 61 years, his two sons Troy (Sarah), Shawn (Carrie), daughter, Lisa and 6 grandchildren, twins Chandler and Zachary Huff, Brittaney and Jasmine Brown and Nathan and Samantha Brown.

In light of the current pandemic, a delayed graveside service will be held at the Veterans cemetery in Augusta.  Further details will be provided closer to the date.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Neal’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at St Jude.org

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Marian Blake Bagley

BagleyBowdoinham-Marian Blake Bagley, was born on January 21, 1928 and at the age of 93 passed on February 6, 2021 at her home with her beloved family by her side.

Marian was an active member of the Second Baptist Church in Bowdoinham and a Life Member of the Grace Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Marian loved watching her backyard birds, cooking and preserving, knitting, sewing, running the Bowdoinham Country Store and being with her family and friends. She was a true caregiver to all she knew. Marian was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane in 2019 as the oldest resident of the town of Bowdoinham. Prior to moving to Bowdoinham in 1959, Marian and her first husband, Robert Blake owned 3 restaurants in the Rockland area. They were the proprietors of R.H. Blake General Store/Bowdoinham Country Store until 1976 due to Bob’s failing health. Marian purchased the store back in 1979 with her second husband Ronald Bagley and ran it until 1998.

Marian was predeceased by both of her husbands, her parents Arietta and Luke Cheney, sister Jessie Quinley, brother Luke Cheney, Jr., stepson Robert Bagley and daughter-in-law Harriet Bagley.

Marian is survived by her sister Lucille Chadwick of Sutton, New Hampshire, her children Bruce Blake and wife Ruth of Embden, Susan Blake of Bowdoinham, Patricia Williams and husband Robert of Lamoine, Holly Blake of Belgrade, Greg Bagley of Lyndhurst, Ohio and Cynthia Bagley of Raymond, grandchildren Amy Blake, Luke Blake, Nathan Bernier, Michael Bernier, Emily Williams, Benjamin Williams, Beth Shiff, Rebecca Bagley, Ryan Bagley, Aaron Bagley, Jody Bagley, Jamie Brown, Jeremy Brown, and Justin Brown as well as 14 great grandchildren.  Marian is also survived by nieces Debbie Six, Jeanne Quinley and nephews Edward Chadwick and Jonathan Quinley.

A Celebration of Marian’s life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Marian Blake Bagley’s name to the Second Baptist Church, 1 Church Street, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008.

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Jean A. Thompson

Jean A. Thompson, 91, of Litchfield, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 5, 2021.

Jean was born on May 2, 1929, the daughter of Mayford A. and Doris Hersey Morris of Richmond. She attended Richmond schools and graduated from Richmond High School. After graduation she took courses at Gorham Normal School and her first teaching position was at Longfellow School, West Gardiner. It was at the school Christmas party that she met Maxwell Eugene Thompson of West Gardiner. Jean and Gene were married on September 12, 1948 in Richmond where they made their home for three years before moving to Litchfield, first to a log cabin on the western shore of Pleasant Pond and then to their current home on Jungle Lane.

Jean was a woman of many talents and interests and pursued a wide variety of occupations throughout her life. She was a telephone operator at the State Hospital in Augusta. She was a salesperson at Herricks in Augusta and sold Avon and World Book Encylcopedia door-to-door. She coordinated and taught hunter safety courses throughout Maine for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. She formed a women’s rifle and pistol club and shot competitively. In the 1960s she started Jean’s Jungle, selling houseplants from her greenhouse.  She was also a permanent substitute teacher in Wales and Litchfield for many years. After Gene retired, they were foster parents for infants waiting for adoption placement through The Home for Little Wanderers, Waterville. Then, for over twenty-five years, they cared for wounded, orphaned, and abandoned wild animals and birds at Jean’s Jungle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This volunteer job brought her much joy and satisfaction, particularly caring for the fawns. She recorded her adventures in her book JEAN’S JUNGLE, TRUE MAINE WILD ANIMAL STORIES, published in 1998. There were numerous photographs and articles about Jean and Gene in the local newspapers and on Maine’s television stations as well as feature stories on CNN and ABC’s 20/20.

Jean was a talented artist, sewist, maker of jewelry, and she hooked rugs of her own designs. She and Gene crafted many dollhouses and she filled them with items she made. She was an excellent swimmer, hunter, and fisherman.  She loved being in the woods, canoeing, bird watching, and gardening. She had musical talent as well, playing the piano and autoharp and singing in the Plains Baptist Church Choir and solos at weddings.

In January 2000 Jean suffered a massive stroke which left her in a wheelchair with little use of her right side and severely limited speech. She learned to write and draw with her left hand and worked hard to communicate her thoughts. She enjoyed watching the birds and visiting with friends.

Jean was pre-deceased by her daughter Gail Thompson Hulsey, and by her only sibling Mildred Hart Stengl.

Jean is survived by Gene, her husband of seventy-two years; her daughters Anne Thompson of Litchfield and Barbara Thompson (her husband Wayne Thompson) of Lisbon; her grandson Andrew Clemons (his wife Jamie and their sons Clark and Dean) of New Albany, Ohio; her grandson Samuel Rothman of Scarborough; and her nieces Marcia Hart Quinby of Sedgwick and Michele Dooling of Winthrop.

There will be no services at this time. Burial and a graveside service will take place in the spring at the Litchfield Plains Cemetery.


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Dana Sherwood Sullivan

DADpicDana Sherwood Sullivan, 83, of Richmond, Maine, passed in peace on February 4, 2021 surrounded by his beloved family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte Hinkley Sullivan, of Richmond; children: Kimberly Russell and husband, Jim, Dana Sullivan and fiance, Dagmar Jenison, Kristin Sullivan Lorbeski and husband, Michael, and Susan Sullivan Carver and husband, Paul; grandchildren: Justin Ramsey and wife, Taylor, Erinn Caraway and husband, Mike, Chelsea Lathrop and husband, Jake, Peter Lorbeski and wife, Kayla, Samuel Lorbeski, Joshua Rogers and wife Nicole, Dustin Sullivan and fiance, Gabi Napolitan, Emily Frost and husband, Garrett, Jennifer Lorbeski, Kristy Sullivan, Matthew Lorbeski, and Macy Carver; great grandchildren: Ava and Alia Ramsey and Roscoe Moulton, Mackenzie, Bailey, Alex, Drew, and Colby Caraway, Harper Lathrop, and Eliana Lorbeski; niece/bonus daughter, Alicia May Downing, and several other nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Freda Marriner Sullivan and father, William Sullivan. Dana, born March 7, 1937, graduated from Richmond High School in 1955. He attended Southern Maine Technical College, graduating in 1957 with an associates degree in electrical technology. He worked at Central Maine Power for more than 42 years, and continued for 5 years for Florida Power and Light, working in electrical production and hydroelectric supervisor roles. Upon retirement, he continued to work for a few years with FPL as a consultant. Active in the community, Dana was a member of the Richmond Enterprise Grange, holding offices in his active years. He was a member of Village Lodge #26, holding the position of Master of Richmond Lodge in 1980. Dana joined the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department as a teenager, holding the position of Fire Chief from 1980-1987, then remaining on the Department for a number of years. He was a member of the Richmond Days Committee, the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration Committee, and the Town of Richmond Board of Appeals. He was a valued member of Dresden-Richmond United Methodist Church, often volunteering his time and resources to help with various projects and events. Dana’s friendly smile and willingness to help was noted throughout his life and his community. Richmond was a better place at the hands of his devoted work. Dana had a love for trains. He was a member of the Maine 3-Railers train club, holding officer positions until recently. Dana found joy in sharing intricate model train village designs with the public. He welcomed the community into his “train building” in his backyard to share his love and knowledge of locomotives. Dana also enjoyed participating in a ham radio club for many years, traveling all over New England with his wife and fellow club members. One of Dana’s favorite pastimes was camping throughout Maine and New Hampshire with family and friends every summer and taking in the surrounding tourist attractions. He was fond of shopping sprees with his wife and daughters, as well as regular outings with his wife and her sisters, when he would happily play chauffeur and quietly watch them enjoy time with one another. He loved Sunday dinners with his wife, children, and their families as a cherished tradition for many years. Dana married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Hinkley Sullivan on June 28, 1958. Although he is noted as an active community member and a hard worker, he was happiest when he was spending time with his large family that he and Charlotte created. You would often find him as a silent observer, happy to sit back and watch as his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gathered at their home. To Dana, this was his greatest accomplishment. Anyone who knew him would recognize his love for his wife and family above all else. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Jon R. Doyle

Jon DoyleRichmond-Jon R. Doyle passed away at home, on January 30, 2021 as a result of declining health.

Aged 82, Jon was born in Augusta, Maine on February 9, 1938, son of the late Capt. Roger C. and Laura C. Doyle. After graduating from Winthrop High School, he entered the Marine Corps Reserve, which became a very influential part of his life.  Jon and graduated from Portland University with his Law degree in 1961 (now the University of Maine), while spending his summers working in heavy construction for H. E. Sargent, driving a dump truck and blasting on the dynamite crew.

Jon’s 60-year career in the practice of law reflected his love for the people of the State of Maine.  He could communicate with people from all walks of life. His practice started in the Maine Attorney General’s office in 1961. Before he left the AG’s Office, he became Deputy Attorney General and ultimately represented almost every department of State government, including the Legislature.  He then entered private practice at 99 Western Ave, in Augusta Maine.  His solo firm later evolved to a partnership, and ultimately resulted in the well-known law firm Doyle & Nelson.  He was a familiar face in the State House where he represented numerous state and national clients. Jon’s career brought out the best of him, and he continued to practice through the last year of his life.

Jon brought his zest, warmth, and humor to his family, friends and clients.  We were all the richer for it.  He was not perfect but he was the perfect life companion.

He loved people and always had a way of lighting up a room when he entered. He contributed time and resources to many organizations over his lifetime, including serving on the boards of Jobs for Maine Graduates, the Maine State Museum, the Family Violence Project, Chair of the KV United Way, and the Maine State Troopers Foundation.  He could be seen repairing bikes on the Trek Across Maine, supported cats at the PALS No-Kill Shelter, and provided flowers and funds for the Richmond Food Bank.  And he worked many hours of pro bono legal services for clients throughout the State of Maine.

Jon loved the sea, cruising and navigating much of the coast of Maine.  Thick fog only made him love it more.  He and Terry even received a Coast Guard commendation for night fog rescue off Isle au Haut.

Jon was not afraid to learn new skills in life.  He learned to ski when he was in his 50’s, becoming a regular at Sugarloaf.  He is remembered for his re-invention of the use of ski poles as battering rams to give himself space. It was always safest to ski behind Jon.

Jon is survived by and will be truly missed by his partner and best friend Terry Arford, sons Steven Doyle and Brendan Doyle, his stepson Sheldon Arford, and his grandchildren of Steve and his wife Roberta: Nathan Doyle, Hunter Doyle and Erica James; also two great-grandchildren, August and Aria. While Jon and his family would have preferred a celebration now, for safety reasons we will sadly miss this opportunity with his friends and loved ones until later this year when we can have a burial of his ashes at sea and a proper send-off and toast to a life well-lived. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to: Jobs For Maine’s Graduates - Jon R. Doyle Scholarship (65 Stone St., Augusta, ME 04330); the Richmond Area Food Pantry (15 Spruce St., Richmond ME 04357), or PALS No-Kill Cat Shelter (188 Case Rd., Winthrop ME 04364).

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, Me 04357

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Brandon Gardner Bibber

picBibberBrandon Gardner Bibber, 33, passed away unexpectedly January 29, 2021.  Brandon was born June 27, 1987,  in Brunswick, Maine; second son to Linwood and Kimberly (Pitcher) Bibber. 

Brandon graduated from Richmond Area High School in 2006.  While in school he also attended CATC for auto-body, learning the trade he would make a career out of.  Brandon took on many roles in his life.  He was the baseball player, the outdoorsman, the car guy, the comedian, the giver, the gossip girl, the stirrer of the pot.  He was a son, a brother and a friend.  Of all of the things Brandon was in life, his most important role, the one he took most pride in, was being the head of his own family.  He was a husband and father above all else . He took such pride in providing a beautiful life for his wife and children and he did it well.  Brandon was a good man.

Brandon is survived by his loving wife, Merceydes (Griatzky) Bibber, daughter Madison and sons, Ezra and Lincoln Bibber; parents Linwood and Kimberly Bibber; Brother Randy and wife Michelle Bibber; Maternal Grandparents Ann Leonard and Jay Merry ; Paternal Grandmother Diane Bibber; In-Laws Victor Griatzy, Tom and Ellen Gammon, Scott and Elizabeth Gregoire, Gregory Griatzky and Kristina Giroux; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.  He will be remembered by all who knew him with love and he will be missed immensely.

Brandon is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Ken Leonard, paternal grandfathers Richard Bibber and Harold Skelton, cousins Richard Hills and Michael Myrick. 

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, February 5th from 5pm to 7pm at Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St. in Richmond.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

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Francis "Frank" M. Huston

FB IMG 1611694916007Francis M Huston "Frank", 49, of Richmond passed away unexpectedly on January 26th, 2021at his home.
He was born in Lewiston on September 23, 1971 to Elizabeth and Joseph Huston.
Frank enjoyed his favorite country singer Alan Jackson, fishing, working on cars and spending time with his children and family. Frank attended Richmond schools, then later went on to perform foundation work, as well as worked a lot of odd jobs, mainly digging worms.
He is predeceased by a father Joseph Huston Sr., a brother Joseph Huston Jr., stepson Mikey Kunze. Frank is survived by a daughter Mackenzie Huston and companion Ryan Murray of Bath, son Connor Huston of Wiscasset, mother Elizabeth Huston of Richmond, two brothers David Smith and wife Lynne of Sabattus, Dean Smith and wife Trish of Virginia, a sister Marsha Pratt and her husband Michael of Waterville, stepson Stevie Kunze of Monmouth, a special dog "Molly B", a sister in-law Pam Huston of Bowdoinham, several nieces, nephews, aunts, an uncle and very special friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the 4 corner Baptist church in Richmond on February 6th 2021 at 1 PM. Burial will be held at a later date.

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Theresa R. Parlin


Norway-Theresa R. Parlin, 76, formerly of Richmond, died on January 6, 2021 at Stevens Memorial Hospital, Norway.
She was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on November 30, 1944 the daughter of George and Rita Garneau.
Terry previously worked for Cornwall industries in Norway, Health Tex in Brunswick and Shaw's in Bath.
Terry was a auxiliary member of the Norway, Dresden and Richmond fire departments, life member of the Richmond and South Paris Women's Auxiliary, the South Paris VFW Auxiliary, 40 and 8, and past president of post 72 South Paris Women's Auxiliary. Also, past member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Richmond and current member of St. Catherine's in Norway. One Terry's favorite pastimes was playing bingo at the post.
She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Theresa Parlin, sister Rose Delage, brothers Gerard Garneau and Bill Garneau. Terry is survived by her husband of 58 years Silas W. Parlin of Norway, son's Bill Parlin and fiance' Patti Belanger of Sabattus, David Parlin and wife Shanda of Charleston, and daughter Lisa Parlin Veniot and husband Ken of Pittston, sister Helen Jacob of Rhode Island, 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, January 21st from 4 to 7pm at Kincer Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place in the spring, date and time TBA.
In Terry's memory donations may be made to the American Heart Association/
American Stroke Association
300 5th Avenue, Suite 6

Waltham, MA 02451

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