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2022 Obituaries

Thomas E. Cochrane


Thomas E. Cochrane, 54, of Bowdoinham, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 15th, 2022, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. Born in 1967 to Harold and Lorraine Cochrane of Cape Elizabeth, Tom graduated Brunswick high school then obtained his degree from Central Maine Technical College in Architectural Drafting. He married the love of his life, Kathryn Jasper of Bowdoinham, in 1986. They resided in the Freeport and Durham area for several years before settling in Bowdoinham to raise their family. Tom worked as a Construction Project Manager throughout the United States for the majority of his career. For his personal time, he enjoyed being on the ocean and fishing, going on motorcycle and boat rides, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Tom was a loving husband to his wife Kathryn for 35 years, and a devoted father to his children Curtis, Annie, and Abrielle. He was blessed with a large family and many close friends. Tom is survived by his wife Kathryn Cochrane; his son Curtis Cochrane of Bowdoinham and wife Dana and their two children, Ethan and John; his daughter Annie McCluskey of Richmond and husband Joey and their daughter Maeve; his daughter Abrielle Cochrane; and his brother Paul Cochrane of Raymond. Tom is predeceased by his parents Harold Cochrane and Lorraine LaBerge Cochrane. A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday June 4, 2022, at the Mailly Waterfront Park in Bowdoinham. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations by check be made to Region 10 Technical High School. RE: On behalf of Thomas Cochrane.image3

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Esther E. Dean

Website DeanBowdoinham- Esther E. Dean passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022, at the age of 92.

She was born in Lynn, MA on August 3, 1929, the daughter of Edward B. and Elizabeth T. Higgins-Carlson.  She attended the Saugus, MA school system graduating high school in 1947; she also attended New Hampshire College in Brunswick, ME.

Esther worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Boston, MA for 13 years as a supervisor in the Motor Transport Dept.  Upon moving to ME in 1960, she worked for M. Grumbacher Co. for 27 years as payroll and personnel administrator, retiring in 1991.  Esther was a member of the Bowdoinham Fire/Rescue Dept. Auxiliary.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband Chester (Bing) Dean.

She is survived by two daughters Jewel A. and husband Calvin W. Temple of Bowdoinham, Melody E. and husband Bruce A. Hanson of Harpswell, a stepson Kenneth W. and wife Susan Dean of Auburn, NH, grandchildren Adam Temple, Aaron Temple, Jennifer Hanson, Matthew Hanson, as well as several great grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held at Bay View Cemetery in Bowdoinham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bowdoinham Fire / Rescue Association.

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

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Mary Haven

pic Haven MaryDresden- Our beloved Mary Haven passed away peacefully in her home in Dresden at the age of 87 on May 4th, 2022, after a beautiful, long, and full life.

Mary was predeceased by her devoted husband of 43 years, Robert Haven, and leaves behind two children, Dana Haven and Lauren Haven as well as countless other family members and friends who were loved like family.

A joyful celebration of life is planned at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond, Maine. A Facebook live stream of the ceremony will be available online and the link with the date and time will be posted on Mary's website https://VisitingMary.com.

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

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Bryan Charles Pratt

pic PrattLawrence, MS- Bryan Charles Pratt, 58, died unexpectedly at his home on March 4, 2022. He was born July 15, 1963, in Brunswick, Maine. Son of Bradley and Evelyn (Small) Young Sr. He attended Mt Ararat High School and graduated in 1982.

Bryan started at Bath Iron Works in the summer of 1982 where he was a tinsmith and worked for 37 years before retiring in 2019. He married his wife Diane (Belisle) who was the love of his life in August 1984 and made their home in Bowdoin, Maine where he lived all of his life. They moved to Lake, MS to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren whom he adored. He started working for Mississippi Department of Transportation in December of 2019 where he was a Maintenance Technician.

Bryan was a member of the Augusta Elks #964: Masonic Lodges: Morning Star Lodge #41 Litchfield, ME and George D Riley #605 Lake, MS. and Good Ol' 'Boys Club Lake, MS. He enjoyed hunting, camping, spending time with family, playing with his grandchildren and traveling with his camp family. He was always ready for a good time. Everyone he met became a friend and a part of his family.

Bryan was predeceased by his father Bradley Young Sr March 2021 and brother-in-law Dean Cornish.

He is survived by his wife Diane of Lawrence, MS~ mother Evelyn Young of Lawrence, MS; daughter Danielle (Jeff) Parks of Lake, MS~ brothers, Larry (Rose) Young of Bowdoin, ME, Bradley Young Jr of Lake, MS; sister, Holly Fournier of Topsham, ME~ Grand children: Kayleigh Parks, Bri Parks, Cheyanne Parks, Ava Parks, Damien Collins and Lauralie Parks all of Lake, MS; sister-in-law Louise (Jim) Wallingford of Minot, ME.: many nieces and nephews; extra "grand children" who called him Papa as well as his extra daughters and sons from Lake, MS.

A memorial visitation will be held at Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant ST, Richmond, ME from 6-8 pm on Friday May 13. Graveside service will be held Saturday May 14 at 11 :00 am at West Bowdoin Cemetery in Bowdoin.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home.  Kincerfuneralhome.com

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Francis Eugene "Gene" Reed

pic Reed WebsiteBrunswick- Francis Eugene “Gene” Reed, 89, of Dresden, died on April 12, 2022, at Coastal Shores in Brunswick.

Gene was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Wiscasset, the son of Frank and Bernice (Barnes) Reed. 

When he was younger, Gene worked as a worm digger and cutting wood until he started working at Bath Iron Works.  Within a couple of years, he was drafted into the US Army, where he fought in the Korean War.  After the Army he went back to B.I.W. and worked there until his retirement at age 63.

Gene was a member the Snowmobile Club, American Legion, and attended the Richmond Nazarene Church for many years.  He enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling up to camp.  Gene had a big personality that caused people to be drawn to him for his friendliness and sense of humor.

Gene was predeceased by his parents, wife Yvonne, youngest son Rodney, brother Earl, and sisters Bertha, Virginia, and Ruth.

He is survived by his son Francis, Jr. and wife Rebecca, daughter Wanda Brown and husband Richard, son Richard, son Frank and wife Mary, brothers Danny and wife Mary, and Charlie, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Coastal Shores for the care and love that they showed to Gene.

There will be a memorial service for Gene at Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St in Richmond on Sunday, April 24 at 2pm.  There will be a gathering after the service at the Richmond Nazarene Church on the Alexander Reed Rd.

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

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Donald J. Simpson

SimpsonDresden-Donald J. Simpson, 68, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home in Dresden on Tuesday April 12th. He was born in Allentown, PA on December 10th, 1953 to Donald L. Simpson and Patricia A. Ehrig-Simpson.
After 8 years serving in Germany as a US Army medic, he graduated from USM with a nursing degree to continue his life-long journey of caring for others. His two-decades in healthcare led him to his true calling at VBA (Veterans’ Benefits Administration) Togus, where he spent another 20 years determinedly advocating for countless veterans to receive the full benefits they deserved. During that time he spent three years at the VA-US Embassy Manilla,
Philippines, where he worked with expatriated Americans. Don retired in 2020 during the pandemic yet couldn’t stay away from helping others and went back to volunteer at the hospital. His family is immensely proud of his work.
He is predeceased by his parents and survived by his wife Julia Fleming Simpson, her children Brandon Jellison and wife Ugne Aleknaite-Jellison and their children Vytautas and Saule; Lucas Jellison and partner Hannah Corkum; Kyle Jellison and wife Moriah Jellison and their children William and Hannah; as well as his siblings Gary Simpson and wife Jan Reichert, sister Samantha Cambron, sister Stacy Frizzle-Edgerton and husband Jonathan Edgerton and Stacy’s daughters
Daphne Frizzle, Juliet Frizzle and Violet Frizzle and his niece Mia Clark and her husband Neil Genel.
Don was a family man through and through and enjoyed cooking, gatherings, working in the yard, running the geese off his pond and sharing his farm, food and good cheer with others. He was an extremely loving and generous man who gave unconditionally and hosted constantly.  He was a mainstay of an extensive social group, “The Dresden Elders” and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday April 15th from 2-4pm.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society or the Maine Veterans’ Home, (mainevets.org)
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Annie L. Hart

pic Hart websiteRichmond- Annie L. Hart, died on 4/11/2022 from Parkinson’s with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.
She was born 3/31/1948 to Arthur and Gilberte Apt in Portland Maine, at the old Portland General Hospital and grew up in South Portland.

She worked in various capacities at local shoe shops in both Freeport and Brunswick. She also did at-home work, processing clams, scallops and oysters.

Annie was a 44 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where on the unit level, she held the offices of President, first and second Vice President, and Chaplin. She was active in America Legion Auxiliary, Kennebec County, serving as President twice. In years gone past, she spent numerous hours volunteering at TOGUS, at one point completing over 200 hours of volunteer service. She spent many years volunteering at the MVHA, at their Christmas Gift Shop, along with adopting two veterans for Christmas every year. For many years she knit mittens for the children of Richmond. To many, she was known as the cookie lady, as she would bake dozens of her chocolate chip cookies for the Red Cross blood drives, held at Emerson Lane, Post 132 in Richmond.  Over the years, she donated to Camp Tall Pines as well as Special Olympics of Maine, as she always believed that its attendees were out here as Gods special angels. She valued her Legion family and the time spent with them deeply.

Annie was predeceased by her husband Bernard Hart, her parents, her sister Marion and her brother John, her son Jason Jewett, step-sons Bernard “Brud” Hart Jr., John Hart, and step-daughter Marlene Hart.

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Keith A. Hall

pic HallRichmond- Keith Hall was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, husband and friend who impacted every person he met. Whether just in passing or people he knew and loved well. Keith rose up to meet God's loving embrace on 06April2022 at the age of 68. Keith was a man who wanted nothing more than to display the love of Jesus in all of his interactions. His ability to listen, love, and show compassion were truly the greatest gifts that God bestowed on him.

Keith worked most of his adult life as a leather cutter for L.L. Bean, he also was an accomplished and very talented carpenter and handyman that never hesitated to help a neighbor, friend, or family member with home repairs and or improvements. Later in life Keith worked as a Driver's ED Instructor where he impacted the lives of hundreds if not thousands of teenagers, young adults, parents, and fellow instructors.

Keith's family and church family were his heart. He enjoyed cooking breakfast, a good cup of coffee, playing a game of dominos, cornhole, and carpentry. He loved laughter, joy, and fellowshipping with loved ones. Specifically, Keith LOVED spending time with his grandchildren whether it was re-building a rocking horse for them, creating a swing-set, or just listening to them tell him about their day. Most of all Keith loved/loves the Lord, his most cherished times were spent with his wife reading, praying and discussing the love, joy and hope that is in Jesus.

Keith's love for laughter and joy is only surpassed by his love for Jesus. He laughed hard and with a goofy smile that would cause those around him to laugh. His joy and happiness were and still are contagious to anyone who met him. He gave his ear to those needing to talk, his shoulder to those needing to cry, his hugs to those who needed love. He was a man filled with wisdom. The gentleness in which he would give advice was filled with a tremendous amount of love, grace, and humility.

Keith is survived by his wife, Charlene, of 46 years; his 3 daughters, his son, his brother, his sister, his father, his 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

There will be no service for Keith's departure but a joyful celebration of his life where his favorite praise and worship music will be played, at his former home around those he loved/loves most. For details reach out to Keith Hall on FB messenger.

For those feeling led, not obligated, to send a gift in lieu of flowers, please contact daughter Ashley on facebook @ Ashley Vermillion.

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Betty-Jo Gilmore

pic GilmoreRichmond- Betty-Jo Gilmore (née Gregg) was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and friend whose passing will be felt by the many people whose lives she enriched. Betty-Jo passed away at home on Tuesday, March 15th 2022 at the age of 66. She cared immensely about people - individuals - and she strove always to meet the unique needs of those around her. She was a vibrant woman with many dreams, and the world is diminished by her passing. 

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1977, Betty-Jo devoted 35 years of her life to the Intensive Outpatient Program at Maine General, a career which culminated in her role as supervisor. 

She enjoyed reading, summer campfires, and walking on the beach. She loved family holidays, Trivial Pursuit, and Rice Krispie treats. She cherished Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi with a passion heretofore unseen. She cared about family above all else, and loved spending time with her grandson Robert and visiting her mother Betty in Florida. She was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her next grandson in August.

She was neither showy nor ostentatious, but preferred to show her inestimable worth through carefully-considered action. At the forefront of her mind was one question: “How will the people I care about be affected?” Moreover, Betty-Jo was tremendously wise, and she offered that wisdom to her loved ones with unmatched altruism.  She taught them to reach out. To surround themselves with people who value them. To find ways to make meaning. To think always - always - about people

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert; her son, Jason; her daughter, Nicole; her grandson, Robert Schoen; her mother, Betty; and her sisters, Jean and Sally. She was predeceased by her father, Joseph; and her brother, Mark. 

A service to honor Betty-Jo will be held at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 23rd. A gathering of celebration will be held immediately afterwards. 

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

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Constance M. Fletcher

pic Fletcher 2Portland- Constance M. Fletcher, 61, of Richmond, passed on March 8, 2022, at Maine Medical in Portland.

Constance was born on June 26, 1960, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy Paul.  She worked for Ferris Law for 30 years, was the originator of Country Fest Maine, and a member of the Litchfield Sportsman’s Club, the DECMA, Pine Tree and the MCMA.

Connie enjoyed her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved animals and helping people.  Her passion was music.  She enjoyed writing songs and produced 3 CDs with Brenda Bond as Potpourri which started in 1999.  Connie also played bass and was a vocalist for the Lost and Found.  She travelled to many states and made long-time friends along the way.

Connie was predeceased by her parents and her grandmother Rohda Campbell.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years Michael Fletcher, her children Robert Lloyd, Bobbi Jo Fletcher, and Douglas Fletcher, her brother Michael Paul, and grandchildren Brynn & Heather Portie, Aden Landry, Mariah Gary, and Sophia & Emily Lloyd.

A Celebration of Connie’s Life will be scheduled for a later date

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Karen Gray Lothridge

pic LothridgeRichmond - Karen Gray Lothridge, 71, of Richmond passed away Thursday March 10, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She has finally joined in peaceful rest with her husband of 51 years, David, who predeceased her in 2017.

Karen Mary Gray grew up in Gardiner and graduated from the University of Maine Orono.  She married David Lothridge in 1970 and they raised their family and spent the rest of their lives in the home they built in Richmond.

Over the years Karen worked in a variety of interesting occupations from psychiatric care to veterinary care.  Some of her most interesting experiences were from her years as Animal Control Officer for Richmond.  She had a great love of animals and was especially fond of horses and German Shepherd dogs.  Before their retirement, she and David were both long-time knitters for Christmas Cove Designs.  

Karen enjoyed crocheting as well as knitting and has left her family with several sentimental items of her handy work.  She was also a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and loved to cook, perfect, and share her healthy recipes.  She will be remembered fondly for her crazy sense of humor as well as her uncanny ability to hunt down a bargain.  

It was Karen's nature to be friendly.  She had friends across town, friends across cyberspace, friends across the country and friends across the world, from Alaska to Australia.  She will be sadly missed by them all.

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Patricia A. Miller

Brunswick- Patricia A. Miller, 85 died unexpectedly at her residence in Brunswick on March 2, 2022.  She was born November 11, 1936, in Rome, Maine, the daughter of Charles W. Messer and Eva L. (Ladd) Messer.  She attended Bowdoinham grammar school and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1954.

Patricia wanted to have an adventure so enlisted in the US Army April 30, 1955 and served until 1957.

On October 31, 1956, she married Arthur Miller.  She spent most of her married life living in California.

In 1973 she returned to Maine working at a variety of jobs even as a Nanny. Her last job was in the Housekeeping Department at Bowdoin College from 1993-2000.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her son, Arthur C. Miller of Jacksonville, Fl and her son and daughter-in-law, Harlan and Melinda Miller of Copper Center, AK; her grandchildren Elisha Miller, Nitasha Miller, Reanna Miller and Naomi Miller, six great-grandchildren; a sister Charlene G. Cote and husband Robert G. Cote of Bowdoinham, a brother Dana E. Messer of Bowdoinham, a brother Charles W. Messer, Jr of Millinocket; three nieces and not to forget her close cousins, friends and precious kitty Squeeka.

A private tribute will be held in the springtime at the Ladd-Mercer Cemetery in Mercer, ME per Patricia’s wishes.  Donation can be made in lieu of flowers to the Mid Coast Humane Society.

https://midcoasthumane.org/donate/ 

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

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Richard M. Lagner

Richard M. Lagner of Woolwich, Maine. Born May 9, 1927 in Ridgewood, NJ; died February 27, 2022 in Brunswick, Maine. Raised in New Jersey, Dick first came to Maine in his teens as a participant in the Maine Sailing School in Bayside (Northport). He joined the Coast Guard during World War II, then graduated as a naval architect from Webb Institute of Technology, after which he had another stint in the services, this time in the Navy. His career began with Luders Marine and Sparkman and Stevens, both yacht design firms in New York. But Maine beckoned, and he took a job with Hyde Windlass Company in Bath and settled with wife Eleanor James Lagner (1929-2014) in Woolwich in 1962. When Hyde was consolidated with Bath Iron Works, he moved to small boatyard management for Hodgdon Brothers in East Boothbay, then returned to BIW upon the sale of the boatyard to a new investor. He rounded out his career designing small boats and large yachts for private clients.

 Richard is survived by son Dean Lagner and his wife Holly, their three boys Elliott, Cory, and James, and two great-grandsons, Liam and Archer, as well as by daughter Sandra Lagner Hall, her husband Arthur, their two daughters Kathryn Naude and Gretchen Irby, and two great-grandchildren, Aurelia and Everett Irby.

 Per Dick’s wishes, there will be no memorial services or donation requests.

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Scott B. Abbott

Scott AbbottFarmingdale-Scott Barton Abbott, 67, passed away in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his wife and sons after an incredible battle against pancreatic cancer.

Scott was born to Vernon and Barbra Abbott on December 12, 1954.

He belonged to Barnstormers Snowmobile Club, Mid-Maine 4x4 Club and Maine Sled Dog Club. He enjoyed coaching youth sports, fishing, going on moose and bird hunts with his sons, and raising dogs.  He was especially proud of all his grandchildren’s accomplishments on and off the sports fields. Scott enjoyed working with his hands and even built the home his sons grew up in and he and his wife shared until the day he passed.

Scott retired from Bath Iron Works where he worked for 43 years.

Scott is predeceased by his mother, Barbara, father Vernon, mother-in-law, Jeanne, and nephew, Christopher. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lori; son Ryan and his wife Meagan & grandson Ashtyn; son Shane and his wife Amy, grandson Grady & granddaughter Finley; father-in-law Lum, brother David and wife Judy,  sister Marjorie and husband Stetson and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 5th at Gardiner Foursquare Church, 109 Old Brunswick Road, Gardiner, ME from 10am – 12pm followed by a Celebration of Life beginning at 12pm. Reception to follow.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Kumar, Jess Douin, NP, and the nurses, staff, and volunteers at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

In lieu of flowers please considering making a donation to support the battle against cancer at give.mainegeneral.org.

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Karen Dostie

DostieBrunswick-Karen Dostie, 39, of Brunswick, ME, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Midcoast Hospital surrounded by her close family and loved ones.

Karen was born September 21st, 1982 In Augusta, ME to Paul Lamoreau and Lorran Launiere. Karen was the first born of five children and certainly took on the role as a nurturer to her younger siblings.

Karen battled with a progressive form of a mitochondrial disease that prematurely contributed to her passing. Given the short time Karen had here on earth, she touched so many hearts. Karen always wanted to help others and had her own ways of doing so, whether it was a talk, a gift, a hug, a thank you. She was a stubborn but private individual and put other’s needs above her own.

Karen graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 2000. She ended her working career with the State as an Eligibility/LTC/ Katie Beckett worker.  Karen was quite the event planner, loved her daughters dearly, and was greatly involved with her nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by those who were fortunate enough to meet her.

Karen is survived by her husband Tanner Dostie of Brunswick; her daughters, Kelsey Spearin of Augusta, Madeleine Dostie of Brunswick, and Sofia Dostie of Winthrop.

Karen is survived by her father Paul Lamoreau and his fiancé Erica of Augusta; her mother and step father, Lorran and Sylvain Launiere of Rome. She is also survived by her four siblings, Paul Lamoreau and wife Kristi of West Gardiner, Jessica Salazar of Woolwich, Katie Truman and husband Eric of Farmingdale, Nicholas Lamoreau of Richmond; two step brothers, Eric Collins and wife Brandi of Gardiner,  Nick Collins of West Gardiner. Karen leaves behind unforgettable memories with her nieces and nephews; Eric, Ryleigh, Wesley, Eli, Beau, Autumn, Gunner, and Harper. Karen also had two great friends that were near and dear to her heart, Amy Crawford Kotsimpulos of South Portland, and Tanya Gray of Windsor. She leaves behind many friends, family, and loved ones.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

 Contributions can be made to The Mitochondrial Disease Foundation;. https://www.umdf.org

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

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Eugene W. "Jake" Russell

pic RussellST. PETERSBURG, FL – Eugene W. Russell, known as “Jake”, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away on Sept. 13, 2021.  Jake was born to Linwood “Gus” Russell and Mabel Scott Russell on July 6, 1944 in Merrill, Maine.  His family moved to Lisbon Falls in 1945.  Family members who passed before Jake were: brother Scott Russell, sister Star Hardy and sister Earlene Nadeau.  One surviving sister is Sheila Bichrest of Litchfield, Maine.

Jake married Geraldine Pinkham of Richmond, Maine, daughter of Ralph Alton Pinkham, Jr. and Thelma Ladd Pinkham.  Surviving Jake is a son, Richard Russell and his partner Dan Auger of St. Petersburg, Florida and a daughter Traci Beaulieu and her husband James Beaulieu of Durham, Maine.  Three grandchildren: Amanda Campbell and husband Lawrence Campbell of Lisbon Falls, Maine, Michael Beaulieu and wife Vicky Osmond Beaulieu of Durham, Maine and Ashley Beaulieu and her fiancé Matthew Nicholson of Lisbon Falls, Maine.  Also surviving are four great grandchildren; Lennox Marie Campbell & Rilynn Gene Campbell of Lisbon Falls and Kole James Beaulieu & Bryce Michael Beaulieu of Durham. Jake is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their children.

Jake worked at the USA Gypsum plant in Lisbon Falls then became a home building contractor, which he liked the most, building many homes in the Lisbon Falls and central Maine area.

Jake will be greatly missed by his family, friends and most of all by his loving wife, “Gerry”.

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Naomi York

York_Pic.jpgRICHMOND-Naomi York, 78, of Richmond, died on February 5, 2022, at home. She was born on December 27, 1944, the daughter of Charles Richard Gorham and Lilah Leona Baugher in Okmulgee, OK.

She worked in Westinghouse’s Sunnyvale, California plant as a librarian where she met her husband, Richard. She loved the stage and was active costuming in multiple playhouses in the San Jose area including the early City Lights group. She was active in Tri-C’s and with the early downtown San Jose First Baptist Church which became the Church on the Hill. In the Richmond area, she was active in the Richmond Players, The Food Pantry, and multiple book clubs. She was a director of the Androscoggin Readers Theater, organized Red Hats and Juliet groups and hosted a foreign exchange student. She enjoyed sewing, helping others, crosswords, lunches with friends.

She was predeceased by her older sisters, Leona and Patsy and her younger brother, Curt.

Naomi is survived by her older sister, Jo Ellen, her brother, Harry and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at 1pm, June 4th, 2022 at the Richmond Corner Baptist Church, 1 Post Road, Richmond, ME.

In lieu of flowers send donations to the Theatre Project of Brunswick, ME, or the missionary activity of Edward Fitzgerald of Biblical Ministries Worldwide, 1595 Harrington Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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Jane LeMont

  pic LeMont Sidney- Jane Lemont of Bowdoinham passed away at Bella Point Home in Sidney on January 31,2022.

Jane was born on June 3, 1953 and was raised in Bowdoinham by her parents John and Shirley LeMont. She attended Bowdoinham schools.

Jane was happiest when she held a child in her lap.  She was always interested in the lives of her family.  She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, her grandnieces and nephews were the lucky recipients of her beautiful afghans.

Jane's love for her pets will always be remembered.  She treated them as her children, whether they were cows or kittens.

Jane's greatest love was for her mom, Shirley.  Shirley was her loving caregiver, her strongest supporter, her knitting and card playing partner, her best friend. 

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Barry LeMont and her niece, Kelli LeMont Tufts. She is survived by her sisters, Sandra Hickey and husband Russell, Dolly Luwisch and husband Hank and Marilyn Enger; her brother, Thomas LeMont and wife Linda; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jane's family would like to thank the kind staff and friends at Bella Point Home for caring for Jane in her later years.  She felt at home there, we will be forever grateful. 

A graveside service will be held at Bay View Cemetery in Bowdoinham, May 21 at 11:00AM. Family and friends are welcome. 

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

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John Franklin Bixby, Jr.

KFH ObitTogus- John Franklin Bixby Jr.,74, died at Togus Springs on 2/4/2022.

John was born in Richmond on June 10, 1947, the son of John F., Sr. & Harriett (Grover) Bixby.

What John enjoyed the most was sharing the gospel of Christ with others and reading his Bible.  He loved to preach it too. John also loved people and enjoyed socializing with everyone he came in contact with.  He was very thoughtful and would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He lead his life with love and understood the concept of it deeply.  He was a devoted husband to his wife for 53 years and loved his children, their significant others, and their children. He especially loved being a grandfather. At one point he very much enjoyed playing his piano.

John was by predeceased by his mother Harriett Bixby, father John F Bixby, Sr., sisters Donna Rowe and Sylvia Ashby, as well as his brother Bobby McKee

He is survived by his beloved wife Susan Bixby, son John F. Bixby III, daughter Rebecca Martin and her husband Michael Martin, brother-in-law Lloyd Rowe and 4 grandsons Daniel Martin, Luke Martin, Gabriel Martin, and Jared Martin.

There will be no funeral service, but rather a burial in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, be loving to your fellow man because we all are fighting a battle, called life!

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

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Shirley Tourtelotte

pic Tourtelotte 2Richmond- Shirley Tourtelotte (Carver), age 82, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2022.  Shirley was an active life-long resident of Richmond and beloved by all in the community. She was a strong and loyal supporter of the Richmond Bobcat’s sports teams.  Many life-long friendships were formed through her work at the Etonic “Shoe shop” and later in life she was an unwavering figure at her son and daughter-in-laws diner, Dave’s “Diner”. She was an integral part of the Lincoln Street neighborhood watch. Everyone slowed down when passing Shirley’s house to give a friendly wave to her and her constant flow of company.

Shirley leaves a legacy of giving. New visitors left as family with a fond memory and a plateful of food. Her support and attendance at events meant the world to her family and friends as she was a constant figure at her younger generation’s sporting events. No matter the distance or temperature, she was there. Shirley drew everyone together with her Sunday afternoon lobster feeds, Richmond Day BBQs with a walk downtown, Easter Sunday’s with a muddy whiffle ball game, and Super bowl pizza parties with bets on the side. Her love for the Celtics was unwavering with regular updates, even if you didn’t share her love for that team. Shirley’s spirit, humor, and love of life will be missed by all forever. We are all better people for having loved and been loved by her.  

Shirley is pre-deceased by her husband Arnold Tourtelotte Sr. and companion of many years Francis Lambert, her parents Mabel Hinkley Carver and Weston Carver, sister Margaret Rogers, and brothers Sherwood Carver, Weston Carver, and Johnny Carver.

Shirley’s kindness, love, and support is a legacy carried on through her living family. She is survived by her bothers Leighton Carver and Dennis Carver, sons Arnold Tourtelotte Jr. with his wife Lorri and David Tourtelotte with his wife Paula, and daughter Nancy Smith (Tourtelotte) with her husband Eric, grandchildren Aaron Smith, Leah Arnold, Amanda Smith, Kyle Tourtelotte, and Nick Tourtelotte, great-grandchildren Anthony, Gavynn, Nadia, and Brennan, and many more extended family members.

The family asks in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Richmond Sports Boosters at:  Richmond High School, c/o Richmond Booster Club, 132 Main Street, Richmond, Me 04357

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

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Harold W. Brown

pic Brown HaroldRichmond- Harold Wright Brown, 83, of Richmond, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 25, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn. Harold was born in Gardiner, Maine on October 20, 1938, to Harold Alexander Brown and Zelma Jane Brown (nee Wright) also of Richmond. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1957 and from the University of Maine Orono in 1959. In 1962, he married Dolena McIntire Petroulis of Lewiston, who was widowed.

Harold enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and with his dogs. He loved the Patriots, the Red Sox, taking drives along the coast, gardening, golf and craft fairs. Harold, a lifelong dairy farmer, was active in 4-H, the Farm Bureau Association, various legislative agricultural committees, and the local school board.

Harold was the owner and operator of Brownrite Farm, a large dairy farm located along the Beedle, Brown and Weeks roads in Richmond. He was the last of four generations to operate the farm. Harold was a past Maine Dairy Farmer of the Year. In 1972, a Holstein junior yearling, which was bred and raised on the farm, won top national honors, winning the coveted All-American Award. No other Holstein from Maine has ever won this award.

Harold sold the farm in 1989 and became a real estate broker for a short time before joining Fleet Service, a Gardiner-based business owned by his son, Paul Petroulis. After 16 years with Fleet Service, Harold started a small business, Nature's Poison Ivy Relief, producing and selling an all-natural poison ivy rash relief product, that he made from sweet fern, a plant that grows along the edge of forests and other open areas. He had much success marketing and growing this unique business in his "retirement" and even more fun distributing the product to over 60 stores throughout New England, at crafts fairs, and via the internet.

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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

pic Cherkis finalDresden- 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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