Obituaries

Roberta Mcpheters

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Roberta (Bobbie) Joyce McPheters of Fairfield, Maine passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2017 with family by her side. Bobbie was born in Waterville, Maine on June 10, 1935 to Madeline Dunn. She graduated from Waterville High School. Bobbie worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for a few different companies over the years. After retirement she often told wonderful, detailed stories about her experiences and the people she worked with at North Street Dairy, Sterns Department Store and Bill's Tire Company. She married Mark McPheters in
1955 and they were married 62 years. At recent family weddings they easily won the generation dances. Throughout the years Bobbie was a member of various organizations and volunteered her time for Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, Fairfield Woman's Club, The First Baptist Church in Waterville, and as a Fairfield Town Ballot Clerk. All who knew Bobbie knew that what made her the most happy was working on her endless knitting, sewing, paper crafts projects and reading books. A shopping trip to Yard Goods was her favorite activity. Her little known paintings and charcoal drawings are also treasured by family.

Bobbie is remembered for her generosity, determination, patience, willingness to listen, common sense advice and her wit. She is survived by her husband Mark McPheters, her son Mark McPheters II and his wife Lynn of Richmond, Maine, her daughter Mary Scanlon and her husband Neil of Bethel, Maine. Her sister Mary Merrick and her husband Jimmy of Fairfield. Her beloved nieces, Barbara Guimond and Lenette MacDonald and their families. Her loving grandchildren Kaitlin Hilchey, Benjamin McPheters, Cody-Ann Scanlon and Cassidy Scanlon and great grandchildren Sophie Harbaugh and Jolene McPheters. We are grateful to have had her in our lives and she will be missed deeply. We find comfort in the knowledge that families are forever and that we will be reunited again one day. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Mary Young

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Bowdoin, ME  Mary L. Young, 97, was called home by God on May 24, 2017 at her home with loving family and friends by her side and a smile on her face.  She saw her husband and son-in-law pass on this same day in 1989 and 2013.

Mary was born on January 20, 1920, at the family homestead in Bowdoin ME, to Harold James Wallace Small and Susan Morse Wright Small.  She is the oldest of nine children.  Imagine the stories you could hear at the round table.

In 1938 she married S. Lewis Young and together they had three children, Shirley Young Harmon, Bradley Young, and Larry Young.  She raised these children alone for an entire year in 1944 with no running water or transportation when Lewis was in the military.  Strong does not begin to describe the woman she was.

Mary worked in the office at the Farnsworth Mill for a short time and at various shop places, but most of her life was dedicated to her family.  She was a member of the Bowdoin Center Baptist Church and was baptized in the Kennebec River in 1968 by Reverend Mason.  She was a member of Sagadahoc Grange, the Bowdoin Historical Society, and was a widow of Village Lodge #26.  She was the President of the Bowdoin Center Cackle Club for 19 years.  Most people would agree that she was the Pie Queen of Bowdoin, often times making up to six pies a day for birthdays or events, all with her homemade crusts.  Pies were her passion and she continued making them until a week before her death. When someone was sick or troubled they could always look forward to chicken soup, shrimp wiggle, or any special dish that was their favorite, and a pie for dessert.

Being alive for almost 100 years means you see a lot.  She lived through most of what kids are taught in history books today, the depression, countless wars, dirt roads, horse-drawn transportation.  Along with all the joy she experienced there was suffering too.  She lost her son Larry in a bicycle accident in 1956 when he was 12 years old.  Her grandson passed in 1969 at eight years old.  Lewis died in 1989 of cancer just after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and she has lived on her own since.  She has persevered and weathered any and every storm thrown at her and still always had a smile, an encouraging word, or a hug for a person in need.  She would never meddle, just wait for you to come to her.

She never missed a family birthday, memorializing with either a pie or a favorite meal.  She bought and organized 60 gifts for Christmas, most recently organizing a tea party for her young great-great granddaughters who helped her wrap those presents.  I’m sure this is a memory they will never forget.

This past April, at 97 years old, she attended her first Shrine Circus and was beaming when the Ringmaster shined the spotlight on her and introduced her.  She was approached by a Kora Klown asking if she would like to be shot out of the cannon.  “Oh, hehe, I don’t think so today.”

Whether you called her Mother, Mama, Gram, Ma, Mary, Sister, Aunt Mary, or Friend you loved her and she loved each of you back twice as much.  There was always enough love in her heart for anyone who wanted it.  She loved equally and fairly, never choosing favorites.  She was an inspiration to all who knew her and will continue to be for years to come.  Don’t cry because this life is over.  Smile because it happened.

Mary was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, her son Larry, her son-in-law Vernon Joseph Harmon, her grandson-in-law John Vear, her sister Helen Buttrick and her husband Bruce, her brother Joel Small, and her brothers-in-law Ludger Tremblay and Maurice Owen.  She leaves behind her daughter Shirley Young Harmon, her son Bradley Young and wife Evelyn, her siblings Evelyn Tremblay, Laura Owen, Harold Small, Jr. and wife Ethel, Faye Davis, Alberta Greenleaf, Patricia Elwell and husband Ranleigh, 8 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 25 great-great grandchildren with two more on the way, and family and friends too many to list individually .

The family would like to thank Dr. Burns and Dr. Maher for their exceptional personalized treatment over the years.  And a huge thank you to CHANS Hospice staff and the countless family and friends that helped Gram be able to stay at home through her end of life transition.

Visiting hours will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at  1:00 p.m.  Burial will be at the West Bowdoin Cemetery and a  a gathering will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CHANS Hospice Program or Maine Special Olympics.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, ME www.kincerfuneralhome.com

John F. Carver

Richmond – John F. Carver, 84, of Richmond passed away at Mt. St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Waterville on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born in Richmond, Me on January 8, 1933, a son of the late Weston and Mabel (Hinkley) Carver.

John was educated in local schools and worked for Hallowell Shoe before he went on to the maintenance department at BIW for 45 years. John was also a Richmond Fire fighter and was very proud to have served as Fire Chief for 15 years.

John was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was also know to putter around the house, always finding something to fix.

John is survived by his beloved wife Marguerite (Anderson) Carver, son; Larry Carter, and his grandchildren Ryan and Troy Carter.  He also leaves his siblings, Dennis Carver, Leighton Carver and Shirley Tourtellotte as well and several nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents, and his siblings; Margaret, Weston and Sherwood.

At John’s request there will be no visitation or funeral services. A private burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357 www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Mark M. Robinson Jr.

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Bowdoinham – Mark M Robinson Jr., 84, passed away on March 29, 2017. He was born in Brockton, MA, a son of the late Mark and Marian (Hildreth) Robinson Sr. Mark attended Northeastern University earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1955.

He worked at both the Quincy and Sparrows Point Shipyards. During these years he continued his father’s passion for car racing, driving his Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. He competed at Seneca Falls, Lime Rock, on the ice of the New Meadows River and other venues, often bringing home trophies.

Mark moved to Provincetown MA in the early sixties where he spent the majority of his adult life. In addition to building a successful plumbing business he served on the Fire Department for 20 years, served as a Water Commissioner, and was especially proud of being one of the founders of the Rescue Squad where he served as a paramedic. He moved to Maine in 2000, continuing work as a plumber and enjoying a quieter life.

Mark was an avid windsurfer, only stopping when ice formed on the water. He frequently visited Key West, Fla., once windsurfing around the entire key. He also enjoyed canoeing, bowling, classical music,science fiction, surf casting, bird watching, science, hiking, exploring back roads, the New England Patriots, Obama as President, and pubs.

Mark was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Elliot of Carrolton,Texas and Paul of Norwell, Massachusetts.

Mark is survived by his wife of thirty years Peggy Christian of Bowdoinham, his children Jennifer Robinson of Chicago, Il, Deirdre Paritsky and husband Michael of Brooklyn, NY, Abigail King and husband Steve of Dedham, MA, and Josiah Robinson and wife Jessica of Jersey City, NJ, ex-wife and longtime friend Amy Ellsworth of Bellows Falls, VT, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bowdoinham Rescue Squad or the Provincetown Rescue

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Mildred Whitney

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Randolph – Mildred C. Whitney, 97, of Randolph passed away at Mid Coast Hospital on Friday, May 5, 2017. She was born in Randolph, Maine on February 16, 1920 a daughter of Frank and Clara (Foss) Lyons.

Mildred attended Randolph schools and the Kennebec School of Commerce. She worked at HealthTex for many years until her retirement.

Mildred enjoyed extensive traveling with her husband Harold Whitney, socializing with her friends and relatives, sewing and especially feeding her birds.

Mildred is survived by her daughter Donna Perreault of Topsham and her son Everett Whitney of Oklahoma as well as 2 grandsons David Whitney and wife Katherine of Oklahoma, and Leon Perreault and wife Katherine of Topsham. She also leaves 7 great grandchildren Matthew, Layne, Leon Jr., Amanda, Erica, Whitney, and Kourtney.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Harold, her parents, 8 siblings and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3Pm. Services are under the care and direction of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357 www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Mary Ann Perkins

Dresden – Mary Ann Perkins – 73 of Dresden, passed away at Glenridge Nursing Home on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Mary was born in Bath, Maine on August 21, 1943 a daughter of Everett and Edna (Ware) Blair. She attended local schools and worked for many years at Clarostat and later at Reny’s.
Mary enjoyed going out shopping where she would come home with nic-nac’s many being ducks or loons, going out to eat with her friends. She also enjoyed many trips to go camping in Northern Maine and trips to the White Mountains of N.H.
Mary is survived by her husband Keith Perkins Sr., her sons Keith Perkins Jr., Daniel Perkins, her grandchildren, Kristy Perkins, Connie Sansouci, and Michael Perkins. Mary also leaves her bother Terry Blair and his wife Sally as well as Mary's grandchildren, Jackson, Brooke, Kiana, Skylar, Alex and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her son Timothy Perkins and her parents Everett and Edna Blair.
Visitation for Mary will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 4-7PM. A graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Dresden on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11Am.

Cheryl Rhoten

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Dresden – Cheryl L. Rhoten, 52 of Dresden passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2017. She was born in Gardiner, Me on August 11, 1964 a daughter of Robert and Linda (Newton) Berry.
After graduating high school and attending college Cheryl worked as a substitute teacher and in later years became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.
Cheryl enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. She also loved reading and crocheting and taking trips to Foxwoods Casino.
Cheryl is survived by her beloved husband Roger Rhoten, her daughter Courtney,  mother Linda Newton, and her in-laws Elmer and Gloria Rhoten. She also leaves behind her sisters Bethany Fossett, Kelly Clark, Tammy Hodgkins, her brothers Scott and Thomas Newton as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cheryl was predeceased by her father, Robert Berry, step-father Sonny Newton and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
At Cheryl’s request there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Janet E. Marshall

Dresden – Janet E. Marshall, 82, of Dresden, passed away unexpectedly at Mid Coast Hospital on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was born in Greenwood, Maine on June 22, 1934, a daughter of the late Vernon C. and Rita A. (Thurlow) Yates. In 1951 she moved to Bowdoinham where she attended Brunswick schools.
Janet married her late husband Roger Marshall from Bowdoin, They were married for 63 years before he passed in 2014. Together they had 4 children: Laurie Marshall of Dresden, Randy Marshall and wife Cindy of Bowdoin and Larry Marshall and wife Sally of Dresden.
Janet was a “domestic engineer” who enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grand and great grandchildren. Janet enjoyed going out to eat, puzzles and going to the family camp to spend time moose watching. She recently moved to Bowdoinham Estates where she reunited with many friends. She was a long time member of the Dresden Firettes Ladies Fire Aux.

Janet is also survived by her 9 grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren as well as by her siblings, Barbara Perkins of Bowdoinham, Natalie Smith of Brunswick, Vernon Yates of Apopka, FL and many nieces and nephews.
Janet was predeceased by her parents, her husband Roger Marshall, a son Wayne Marshall and a grandson Kevin Perkins.

There will be no funeral service at this time for Janet. A remembrance of her life will be held  in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery in Dresden. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made to CHANS Hospice Care, 60 Baribeau Dr. Brunswick, MeMARSHALLJanet

Gordon Sherman

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On March 31st, this world lost a caring, loving and witty gentle giant, He was 67.
 
He was born in Gardiner Maine, May 23, 1949, son of Francis H. and Eleanor Brown Sherman.
 
Gordon lived his entire life in Richmond and could tell lots of tales about his boyhood.
 
He graduated from Richmond High School 1967, attended SMVTI and throughout the years took many courses at CMVTI.
 
He has worked as a chef, construction crew, loved operating any big machinery, State of Maine road crew, Superintendent of the sewer district, used car dealer, real estate agent and marine repair and transportation.
 
Gordon was a past member of the Richmond Fire Department, he served on the board of selectman, budget committee and the utilities district.  He was past Master of Village Masonic Lodge #26 formally Richmond Lodge.
 
On September 6, 1969 he married his best friend, soul mate and love of his life Ruth Brown. They shared 47 years.
 
Gordon was happiest when he was in the comfort of his home.  He always looked forward to family gatherings or friends visiting.
 
Survived by his wife Ruth, sons Andrew and Alton all of Richmond, His grandchildren and apple of his eyes Aurora and Connor Sherman of Albion. his brother Paul Sherman of Winthrop, In-laws who he loved dearly, David and Prudy Brown of East Pittston, Darryl and Norma Brown of West Gardiner, Beverly Brown of Augusta, special cousin and good friend Eric Wood of Boothbay, several nieces and nephews who always made his eyes sparkle.
 
He was pre-deceased by his parents, brother-in-law Keith Brown, several aunts and uncles.
 
His family would like to thank Chans Home Health and Hospice, he had wonderful care from some wonderful staff.  His nurse Pam was outstanding and Gordon looked forward to her visits.
 
At Gordon's request there will be no visiting hours or funeral services.
 
To honor his memory, please share a smile, give to the needy, share a hug, lend an ear and care about those less fortunate than yourself.
 
To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Louise M. Huntington

Louise Huntington, 83, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 8th at Maine General Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Louise was born on October 16, 1933, one of Leroy and Ellen Robbins fourteen children. She was educated at local schools in Dresden, ME. In June of 1935 Louise married Lawrence Huntington and together they raised the 3 children in Richmond, Me.

In Louise’s early adult years she worked at the local shoe shop, cleaned private homes and was a baby sitter before becoming disabled.  Louise enjoyed spending time with her family, watching TV and eating out.

Louise is survived by her sister, Ida Sweney, her children Russell Huntington and his wife Irene, Denise Clavet and her husband Romeo, Barbara Gerard and her husband Roger, her grandchildren John, Joy, Jacob, Jeff, Alex, Chris, and Nick as well as her great grandchildren, MaKayla, Aca, Bella, and Preston.

Louise was predeceased by her parents, ex-husband Larry Huntington, 12 brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Peter D. Vickery

 

Obituary for Peter Douglas Vickery 1949-2017

Peter Douglas Vickery, 67, of Richmond, died at his home on the morning of Feb. 28, 2017 after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 18, 1949 in Oxford, England to Walter Neef Vickery and Eugenia Belikoff Vickery.

Peter’s lifelong passion was birds. He was known throughout Maine and farther afield for his knowledge of Maine’s avifauna, past and present, and his unparalleled skills in field identification. He was also known for his love of sharing his knowledge and inspiring appreciation of birds in others, often inviting curious strangers to have a look through his telescope and explaining what he was looking at. And he was known and loved for his wide open heart, ready smile, warm hugs and enjoyment of all the wonders in the natural world.

Peter was educated at George School, a Quaker school in Bucks County, PA, and earned his B.A. in Literature from Connecticut College in1972. He later went on to develop his avocation into a life-time profession. He completed a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, earning the award of Outstanding Graduate Student in 1994.  His research in avian ecology, most often focused on grassland birds in Maine, the northeast, Florida and Argentina, led to the publication of over 30 scholarly articles and books with colleagues and his graduate students. The mentoring of graduate students while adjunct faculty at U Mass. Amherst was one of his greatest joys. He is co-author with Jan and Liz Pierson of the popular Birder’s Guide to Maine.

Peter worked for Massachusetts Audubon Society for 23 years until 2001, first as natural history travel leader, leading trips to all seven continents, and then as Avian Ecologist for their Center for Biological Conservation. Since then he had divided his time between biological consulting, serving as instructor in avian ecology at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, and working on writing Birds of Maine, intended as the first systematic and thorough study of Maine’s birdlife since the classic and widely admired Maine Birds by Ralph Palmer in 1949. Covering 450 species of birds that have occurred in Maine and documenting the many changes that have occurred since the middle of the last century, this is truly the culmination of Peter’s life’s work. When he learned that he was unlikely to be able to complete this work because of his cancer diagnosis he gathered a distinguished team of co-authors to see it through to publication.

While Peter was, famously, always looking at birds, he also loved sports, both as an observer and participant, playing soccer in adult leagues until he was 50 when he took up biking and yoga as safer forms of exercise. He found time to coach his two sons’ peewee soccer teams, and later to root them on at every athletic event he could.

He enjoyed exploring and savoring the natural areas of Maine in all seasons, from fall shorebird migration on Lubec’s tidal flats or warblers on Monhegan Island, boat trips to see the seabirds and whales of the Gulf of Maine, to Christmas Bird Counts in Biddeford and Phippsburg. But his heart’s center was always Morse Mountain in Phippsburg to which he was first introduced by his wife Barbara when he was 15. Peter and Barbara spent as much time as possible there in the last 18 months of his life.

Peter’s passing leaves a giant hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His boundless love, humor and zest for life will be most deeply missed by his wife of 47 years, Barbara St. John Vickery, his sons Gabriel and Simon, his brother Ian Vickery of El Dorado AR, his sister Barbara Skapa of Mt Vernon, ME, his aunt Anne Vickery of London, England, and his half siblings Carl, Eileen, Helen and Tina Vickery. He also will be greatly missed by the extended families of both Vickery and St. John families, a wide circle of friends and one very special Great Pyrenees, Bhalu.

Friends and neighbors in the Richmond area are invited to gather to remember Peter on Friday, March 3, 4-6 pm at Dinsmore Hall, 164 South Pleasant St., Richmond. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on the Kennebec.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Birds of Maine Book Fund, Camden National Bank, 111 Main St., Richmond, ME 04357 for book design and art work costs.

 

Grace E. Hunton

Grace Hunton picBRUNSWICK - Grace Etta Hunton, 89, of Richmond, died at Horizons Nursing and Rehab Center in Brunswick on January 7, 2017.  She was born in Richmond on June 18, 1927 on Church Street.  She was the daughter of James and Margaret Douglas Nelson. 

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Nannette A. Oburn

Nanette Oburn picTOPSHAM – Nannette A. Oburn, 67, of Topsham died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in Brunswick.  She was born January 5, 1949 in Brunswick, the daughter of Isidore and Valentine (Ouellette) St. Pierre.

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