2015 Obituaries

Harry E. Hurley

Richmond-Harry E. Hurley, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with his devoted family by his side and in his heart. 
He was born the middle child of nine children to John and Phyllis (Sykes) Hurley on March 21, 1937 in Richmond.  True to his character, Harry met everyone in the middle. “There are times when friends become strangers and strangers become friends.”
Harry proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. After returning home he worked for Jordan Meats for many years before becoming self- employed.  Harry owned and operated  Dresden Cash Fuel, Riverview Lunch, BP Grocery and Richmond Variety over the years.   He never allowed a child to leave the store without a pretzel.  He drove Head Start children to Wiscasset for school, lulling them to sleep on the ride home. Harry also drove Vocational  students  to Bath.  On a few  occasions, taking them on a detour to the beach on hot days.  Harry was a civic leader in the community, serving as a Selectman, Planning Board and School Committee member.  Harry was a founding member of the Swan Island Yacht Club.  Since childhood, Harry loved being on the water.  After retirement,  he and his wife, Claudia enjoyed travelling in their motorhome to Florida during the winter months, where they would eventually purchase a home for “snowbird” season.  He was proud to attend his grandchildren's sporting events.  Harry was also the “unofficial” Drivers Ed teacher  for his children, their friends, most of his  grandchildren, their friends,  and also many older residents who found themselves in need of a driver’s license in their later years. 
He was predeceased by his parents,  a brother, Jack Hurley,  sister, Patricia McManus and  his grandson, Brock Hurley. 
Harry told his loved ones  “I Love You” every day.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years,  Claudia Guiou Hurley of Richmond.  Sons,  Bruce of Bowdoinham,  Chuck  and wife, Jane of Illinois,  Brian and his wife,  Clarissa of Richmond,  a daughter,  Kathryn Nash and husband, Casey of Richmond.   “Hurley” granddaughters,  Nicole and Kayla of Michigan. Danica and Camryn of Richmond and Jade of Bowdoinham.  Grandaughter,  Leia Nash of Richmond.   A grandson,  Erik Nash and his fiancé, April of North Carolina.   3 great grandsons,  3 great granddaughters, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Visitation and memorial gathering  will take place on Friday, September 4th from 4 to 7pm at Kincer Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mid Coast Senior Health and Hospice Center 56 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, Me 04011. 
 
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357. 

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Craig M. King

Craig King 8014 4x5 300dpiBOWDOIN - Craig M. King, 56, of Bowdoin, ME passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Bodwell Hospice Unit after a courageous battle with cancer. Craig was born at Mercy Hospital in Portland on March 30, 1959, the son of Walter M. King and Sarah King.

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Paul L. Thurlow

Richmond-Paul L. Thurlow, 81, of Sled St. died unexpectedly on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick.

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Sonja G. Durgin

SonjaRichmond-Sonja G. Durgin, 74, of the Brunswick Rd., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home.

She was born on March 11, 1941 in Augusta the daughter of Andrew and Arleen Tuttle.

Sonja graduated from Hall Dale High School the class of 1959. She worked as an office manager for her and her husbands business for many years. Sonja was a longtime member of the Women's Legion Auxiliary Post 132 in Richmond and the Eastern Star Electa Chapter in Bowdoinham.

She was was predeceased by her parents, husband Daniel Durgin and grandchild Herbert William Barry. Sonja is survived by her son Herb Barry and significant other Kiley Pisano of Florida, Daughter Wendy and husband Loren of Richmond, grandchildren Rory Barry, Nicole Lilly, Loren Lilly, step children Angie, Marie and Dan and their children. Also, sisters Johanna Morton of Hallowell, Andrea Beckim and husband Carl of Richmond, Margaret Gordon and husband Ronald of Norridgewock, brother Andrew Tuttle and wife Janet of Lisbon Falls, several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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LTC John Harvey Alden

John AldenLTC John Harvey Alden

US Army (Ret.), (79)

BRUNSWICK – Lieutenant Colonel John H. Alden of Brunswick, Maine, died on August 10, 2015.  He was born the son of Dwight M. and Ruth E. (Roberts) Alden in Needham, MA on November 7, 1935.  In 1957, John graduated from Bowdoin College with an AB Degree in Economics, married Marilyn Elizabeth Burns of Brunswick, ME, his dearly beloved wife for more than 52 years, and received a commission as an Armor Officer in the US Army.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict and served his country with distinction for 24 years.

Following retirement from the army in 1982, John resumed his studies, obtaining a Master of Business Administration Degree from New Hampshire College in 1986.  That same year, he joined Maine State Government as a Personnel Management Analyst, where he worked until July 2000. 

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Mary A. Stoddard

Mary StoddardLITCHFIELD – Mary Augusta Stoddard, 92, of Litchfield died on Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Augusta.  She was born on December 31, 1922 in Gardiner, Maine, the adopted daughter of George and Mary (Wilson) Wellman.  

In 1946 she was married to James Stoddard.  Together they enjoyed 55 years of marriage, and camping trips with friends.

Mary was employed for 24 years by the State of Maine, Department of Mental Health for 24 years until her retirement in February 1986.  

During WWII she served in the Navy (WAVES) from 1943-1945.  She was assigned to communications and received training at Hunter College NYC, as well as Miami University Communications School in Oxford, OH.  Her Duty stations were Boston and Newport, RI.  

In 1986 Mary and her husband James joined the American Legion where they were very active in the organization.  She was previously elected as Post Commander of the American Legion William R. Bold Post 181.  She was the first woman to be elected since the Post was established in 1949.  She held legion positions at the local, county, and district levels, including Historian, Americanism Officer, Second Vice Commander, and also represented Post 181 as a delegate to the American Legion State Convention from 1988-1990.    In addition, Mary also had joined the Kennebec County Council of the American Legion, where she also was elected to the position of Historian.  

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Brian D. Pearson

Brian PearsonRichmond-Brian Pearson, 57, passed away
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at a Brunswick Hospital.

The son of Sewall and Ramona Pearson of Bath, he was born on January 19, 1958.
He graduated from Morse High in 1977.

Known as Birdie to his CB friends, and as Big Guy to many, he grew up with his six brothers, Jim, Mike, Slugger, Tim, Mark and John. In his childhood, Brian loved spending time with cousins in North Bath. As a teen, he enjoyed Boy Scouts, and good times with his friends in the Alna Church youth group. As an adult, Brian served as a Big Brother. He worked at the BIW, the Bath Senior Citizens, as a CNA, and at various other places such as Wal-Mart, and Reny's. He played on a Bath softball league and loved going camping with friends. He never married, but had an adopted son, Jeff Wing, whom he took in when Jeff was a teenager.

In the last couple of years, as illness limited his mobility, Brian developed quite a list of phone pals that he called regularly. We miss his calls already, and we miss him even more. Calls will be made to notify friends and family with the date and time for the graveside ceremony.

Milan G. Adamek

Togus-Milan G. Adamek, 87, of Gardiner died on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the VA Medical Center, Togus. He was born in Greenwich, CT., on August 29, 1927 the son of Andrew and Amelia Adamek.

Milan had a long and distinguished career in the United States Army. He proudly served in the WWII and Korean wars. Milan enjoyed reading the newspaper, dancing, movies, leaf peeping, his dog pickles and trying various restaurants.

He was predeceased by his parents, first wife Katherine Mildred Adamek, brothers Robert and Daniel Adamek and step son Lee Shorey. He is survived by his Evelyn Adamek of Hallowell, brother Walter Adamek of New York, 5 step children Carman, Jennette, Richard, Pamela, Lorraine, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place on Monday, August 3rd at 12pm at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at old Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta at 2pm.

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

 

Gilbert H. Tarbox

Tarbox

Richmond-Gilbert H. Tarbox, 84, of the Brown Rd. died on Friday, July 10, 2015 at
his home with his family by side.

He was born in Madawaska on July 21, 1930 the son of Harry and Sadie Tarbox.

Gil proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked as an automobile and diesel mechanic for Brooks and Drews. Gil later worked at Statler Tissue and Budget Rent a Car.

Gil enjoyed square dancing, hunting, fishing, gardening, being outside, spending time with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, his son Gilbert "Bitsy" Tarbox Jr., brothers and sister. Gil is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruby Tarbox, son David Tarbox and wife Tina, Dean Tarbox, grandchildren Lindsay Tarbox and companion Earl Webber, Allison Tarbox, Amanda Asfahl and husband Justin, great grandchildren Dustin, Avery, Brody, several nieces and nephews.

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Cedric D. Novy

photoWest Gardiner-Cedric Devon Novy, 64, of West Gardiner perished silently on June 23, 2015 in his home, hand in hand with his daughter, and wife and son close. Following a recent diagnosis of a rare cancer, Cedric’s expiry came swiftly only seven weeks later. Born to Carol Jean Novy of Farmville NC and Vance Williams of Greenville, NC on October 2, 1950, Novy’s dash in life lead him to the United States Air Force which included service in Southeast Asia, and later his loving wife Ellen M. Novy who he is survived by, and shared 40 years, 5 months, and 13 days of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Dawn M. Novy of Gulf Breeze, Florida, son Lee C. Novy and wife Stephanie and three extraordinary grandsons Hunter, Marcus and Brandon of Fayetteville, NC-a family with which he carried insurmountable pride.

Novy is survived by his mother Carol Jean Novy of Farmville, NC, Maternal Siblings: Regina Novy of Virginia Beach, VA, and Veronica Novy of Jamaica, NY; Paternal Siblings: Renee Williams and wife Edie of Torrington, CT, Loressa Julius and husband Rick of Hebron, CT, Eric Williams of Torrington, CT, Leron Williams and wife Deidre Williams of Torrington, CT, Murray Williams and Isabel Villar of Naugatuck, CT. Novy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many of whom he favored and loved as they were his own sons and daughters.

Novy’s 64 year dash included attendance at the University of Maine at Augusta where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration. He worked at the Veterans Administration at Togus, and for the US Postal Service, retiring with 39 years of Federal Service. In that time, Novy also attended the Maine Military Academy, and joined the Maine Army National Guard, retiring in 2010 as Lieutenant Colonel with 33 years of service.

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Walford F. Dyer

LITCHFIELD - Walford Francis Dyer, 65, of Litchfield, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his home in Litchfield. 
He was a proud patriot that fought and survived the Vietnam war, coming home with three Bronze stars, Army commendation, and Vietnam Service Medal. 
 
After the service he moved to Missouri where he married and had two daughters, Theresa and Patricia. He had a trucking business for several years until circumstances and an overwhelming desire to come back to his family brought him home to Maine. He had opened a business in Litchfield up until the tragedies of war "Agent Orange" forced him to give up the business but he had built a network of friends and was very strong in the community; everyone who knew him could depend on his kindness and his unrelenting generosity where if anyone needed anything and he could help them he would. He accepted everyone and anyone without reservations and was always someone that could always support you and you could also confide in for an honest opinion. He could be hard to anger but quick to forgive and in his many years amongst us he has help many people. 
His death was preceded by his mother, Lillian, his father Robert Sr.; his brother Joseph, sister Marjorie and DekeGurney; daughter Theresa; granddaughter Haley; cousins, Joe Whitmore, Rusty Whitmore, Bruce McFarland, Mike Whitmore. 

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Stasia R. Stearns

Stasia Stearns, 104

WESTBROOK - Stasia Renski Stearns, 104, died peacefully with her family on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Born on July 14, 1910, Stasia was the second of five children to Charles and Laura Renski, who immigrated to the United States from Poland. She was proud of her Polish heritage and her role of matriarch to the extended Renski family. She was loved and admired by generations of her family and students.

She graduated from high school in Denmark, Maine, attended Gorham Normal School, earning a degree in education, followed by teaching in Albany, Sweden and Westbrook schools. She retired in 1976 after 27 years in the classroom, primarily in Westbrook at Bridge Street and Congin schools, teaching third and fourth grade. She will always be known as a strong advocate for reading.

Stasia was a 76 year resident of Westbrook living in the house she built with her husband of 60 years, Leo. She lived independently until recently moving to her daughter's home in Richmond, Maine. Her home and camp on Highland Lake were places where she gathered the family, gardened, knit and read, especially poetry. She always said maintaining her home, going up and down stairs, reading and doing word jumbles kept her mind and body strong. Last summer, Stasia was given the Key to the City of Westbrook by Mayor Hilton for her many years of residency.

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