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2022 Obituaries

Robert R. Bernier

Bernier.jpgAugusta, Maine-Robert R. Bernier, 78, passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 16, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Louise, daughter Karyn Demmons of Alexander, Maine and her Partner Weibley, son Jeffrey Bernier and wife Annie of Severn, Maryland and daughter Barbara Bernier-Crocker of Augusta, Maine and her partner Ron. He is also survived by his grandchildren to whom he was affectionately called “Grampy Bobby”, Anthony Demmons, Bradley Demmons, Justin Bernier, Aaryn Bernier, Jerry Bernier, Maranda Mendez, Hayden Crocker, Marissa Crocker, Tessa Crocker and Benjamyn Crocker along with six great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Robert was born in Lewiston, Maine, attending Lewiston and Auburn schools, graduating in 1961 from Edward Little High School. He went on to attend Husson College for a degree in Business. He spent much of his career in retail management, most recently managing Ames Department store and also working at Burlington Coat Factory and Rite Aid, but professed his best profession was being a father.
Robert had a sharp sense of humor, loved to play jokes on unsuspecting friends and family. A regular at the local library, you could always find him behind a book on a bench in the park. We were all lucky enough to hear him pour out stories on Egyptian mythology, Native American and Viking history with such life and vibrancy. He sometimes put his thoughts to pen and wrote several short stories and novels. He was also a self-proclaimed gemologist and geologist, spending many Sunday afternoons at different rock beds, sometimes locating geodes and rocks that contained fossils. In his down time he played chess, cribbage and any card game he could wager a bet.
Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He cared very much for those around him and would never pass up the opportunity to share in a good story. We will all miss his big smile and his warm hugs. He would never end a telephone conversation with goodbye-it was always “later”. So until we can meet again on the other side...later.

Please join us in celebrating his life on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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William B. Holmes

HolmesWilliam B. Holmes, 66, of Richmond, passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2022.

Bill was born August 2, 1955 in Plymouth, MA to parents Diane Gould and William B. Holmes. Bill attended Plymouth schools where he graduated in 1974.

In 1976 Bill joined the US Navy. He retired after 20 years ranking EOC in the Seabees. Bill went on to work as a heavy equipment operator for 10 years until his retirement.

Bill loved to hunt with his brothers, Paul and Jeff, and his cousin, Brian. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially loved Football Sundays with friends. Bill had a great sense of humor and never missed an opportunity to share a joke or tease his friends.

He is predeceased by both parents, as well as his brothers, Russell Holmes and Ralph Holmes, and his son-in-law, Will Keating.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Ellen Holmes of Richmond; daughter, Melissa Keating of Richmond; grandson, Dempsey Keating of Richmond; sister-in-law, Theresa and husband Ed Sleight of Greenville, IN; sister-in-law, Kathleen Sousa of Florida; brother, Paul Holmes and partner Donna of Plymouth, MA, and brother, Jeffery Holmes of Plymouth, MA.


The family would like to recognize the VA and Chans Hospice for providing Bill with wonderful care. Also, a special thanks to friends Tommy and Donna Sullivan, Norman and Kathy Knight, Dave and Pat Thompson and Josh Watson.

A service will be held August 2, 2022 at 10 am at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine. A Celebration of Life will follow at 45 Dingley Road, Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to DAV or the American Legion, organizations whom Bill supported throughout his life.

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Steven M. Cherkis

Dresden- Steven M. Cherkis, 57, of Dresden, passed at his home on January 22, 2022

Steven was born in Chula Vista, California on December 3, 1964, the son of Allen M. and Marina A. (Stacey) Cherkis.

Throughout Steven’s life he was an avid reader and loved history and science.  He worked for himself and enjoyed doing yardwork and working on vehicles.  He was a member of the Salvation Army.

Steven was predeceased by his father.

He is survived by his wife Melinda Cherkis, his mother, his sons Allen B. Cherkis, and Andrew Cherkis, and his brothers Allen, Richard, John, and David.

There will be a graveside service in the Spring; to be announced.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the ALS association @ donat.als.org

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

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Boris Rusak

RusakRichmond - Boris Rusak, 86, died unexpectedly, January 18, 2022 at Maine General
Hospital in Augusta. He was born August 4, 1935 to Peter Rusak and Alexandra
(Noryk) Rusak in Novogrudok, Belarus.

After marrying his loving wife, Taisa, in 1966, the two settled in Richmond where
they raised their two children and he resided until his passing. This past spring the
two celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Boris was employed by the MDOT, Right of Way Division, as a real estate appraiser,
for over 30 years. He oversaw many road projects throughout the state, with his
most notable being the 1-295 highway development. Boris was socially curious and
held a gift of gab and loved to share his life and work stories with all he met.

His parents and an older brother, Leo, predeceased Boris. Surviving in addition to
his wife, Taisa (Grizkewitsch) Rusak are his son, George Rusak and wife Stacy of
Scarborough; daughter Irene Adams and husband Tim of Richmond; grandchildren,
Sam Rusak, Sydney Rusak and Nicholas Adams, Brother-in-law, Michail
Grizkewitsch Sr., and partner Gail Theberge, Sister-in-law, Ann Fabrizio and
husband Bob Sr. of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews.

A family funeral mass will be held at 11 am, January 20th at the St. Alexander Nevsky

Church in Richmond with a graveside burial service occurring in the spring.

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Beverly A. Lilly

Boothbay-Beverly A. Rogers Lilly, 93, formerly of Dresden, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at St. Andrews VillageLilly.jpg, Boothbay Harbor.

She was born in Waterville on September 2, 1928 the daughter Milton and Amber Rogers.

After working at her father in-law's store in Dresden for many years, she went on to work for the State House as a switchboard operator.  Later, Beverly and her husband Cecil bought property in Boothbay and opened Lilly's Market.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Murray and husband Jody of Boothbay, son Bruce Lilly  and wife Debbie of Damariscotta, grandchildren Chad and Daniel Murray, and great grandchild Oliver C. Murray.

Per Beverly's request there will be a family gathering in the summer of 2022.

In Beverly's memory donations may be made to the Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund P.O. Box 293 Boothbay Harbor, Me 04538.

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Earl C. Dyer

DyerAUGUSTA- Earl C Dyer passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022. He was born in Augusta to Archie (Sr.) and Bertha (Beaulieu) on October 14, 1933.
He attended Augusta schools, Earl joined the U.S Air Force in January 1956. He was stationed at Carswells AFB in Texas where he was a mechanic on B52 bombers. He received an honorable discharge in January of 1960.
His longest and latest work career was with the Togus Veterans Administration in housekeeping. He was a hard and dedicated employee, liked and respected by both staff and patients. He received many awards for his work ethic and he retired in 1996.
Earl met his dedicated and loving wife Jeannie at the VA, they were married 1980. They just celebrated their 41st anniversary this past November.
Earl is predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers, Archie (Jr.), Grover, Roland and Bruce as well as a sister Virginia.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannie of Augusta, a daughter Rhonda (John), a son Craig, 3 grandsons Jason (Holly), Jeremy (Sherye) and Christopher (Cassie), 2 great-grandsons, Dayton and Jaxson and 2 great-granddaughters Sophia abd Bailey. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Jeannie would like to thank the Togus VA, Maine General Hospice and her family and friends for the outstanding care and kindness they gave to Earl as well as the support given to her.

Per Earl's request there will be no visitation or funeral services. He will be cremated and laid to rest at the Maine Veterans Cemetery.

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