Obituaries

Ronald G. McCarthy

Ronald G McCarthy

1943 - 2020

Bowdoinham-Our dear Ron left this world at 77 years of age on July 21, 2020. Cancer may have ravished his body, but his spirit remained strong.

Ron enjoyed working with wood and took up carving as a hobby. Ron had some talent in this area and when asked what he had carved his modest, standard reply was, “woodchips”.  Late in life Ron decided that he wanted to learn to play the guitar. Ron sought the help of his younger cousin Terry whose talent is legendary. Ron considered Terry a younger brother, who shared a love of the instrument and also diagnosis. They made a promise that the first to leave the confines of this world would save a seat for the other. We know they’re now together and the lessons continue.

You might have known Ron and more importantly the person he was if:

  • You were in the County or Bangor in the early to mid-40s.
  • You lived in the St. Pat’s neighborhood of Lewiston, attended the Parish Grammar school, or swam at the city pool.
  • You worked the 3rd shift at the Bates Mill in the early 60’s where Ron also worked to support his single mother and grandmother.
  • You attended Lewiston High School and graduated in 1962.
  • You were a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and stationed at Ft. Bragg from the early to middle 60’s.
  • You lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where Ron lived after his military service.
  • You worked at Bath Iron Works from 1982 to 2010 and were in Dept. 19 or in the Engineering Dept. –QC.

Ron is sadly missed by his wife Grace of 46 years; sons Ron II and his wife Missi of Henderson, NV, Sean and his wife Ayla of Richmond, ME and Justin and his wife Teresa of East Freetown, MA; grandsons Ron III, Cameron, Gray, Aiden and Corbin; granddaughters Adeline and Sophia, brothers and sisters by marriage, cousins, nephews and nieces, and recliner buddy Turbo.

Ron is joined in passing by his mom Ethel; brothers Joseph and Robert, brothers and sisters by marriage, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and, nieces.

Our family thanks the many medical personnel at several facilities who took loving care of our Ron.  We also sincerely appreciate the CHANS hospice team of Pam, Susan, Beth, Cindy, Kim and Karen who made the rough road of this journey so much less rocky.

It is Ron’s wish that a private Mass be offered and that close friends and family members celebrate his life.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

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

Fay Jacques Smith

Fay SmithLitchfield-Fay Elizabeth Jacques Smith, passed away on July 20, 2020, after a full life of love and laughter at the age of 94.

She was born at home on Jacques Turkey Ranch in Manchester, Maine. She was predeceased by her parents Nancy Toothaker and Elzear “Jack” Jacques, her husband Richard Carroll Smith and son Danny D. Smith.

Fay loved being a mother, grandmother and a farmer. At a young age was she started her farming career by being named the “Maine Goose Girl”. After marrying Richard Smith, she continued to raise her family of three sons while managing a poultry farm. Her green thumb fed her relatives, friends and anyone in need. Fay was a renowned cake baker whose handmade roses adorned relatives’ birthday and wedding cakes. She was also known for her famous Jacques Turkey Pies and Teddy Bear Christmas Tree. During her younger years, she participated in many local organizations such as the Litchfield American Legion, Eastern Star, Litchfield Sr. Center, Maine Extension, Current Events Club, Litchfield Fair judging at the baby show and working in the Information Booth and Christ Episcopal Church. Fay was awarded the Spirit of America Award in 2012 for her volunteering services in Litchfield.  Her legacy was her giving spirit, humor and kindness which set an example to her friends and family.

Fay is survived by her son David A. Smith Sr. and his wife Carol, her son Clayton R. Smith, grandson David Smith Jr. and his wife Amanda, their children Haley, David III and Daisy, her granddaughter Shannon Fay Lerch and husband Jeff ,their children, Allison and Cadence, as well as, her very special nieces, Shirley Humphrey, Barbara Day and their families of Hartland, Maine. Fay’s family was the center of her life.

A graveside funeral service will be at the Litchfield Plains Cemetery on Saturday, July 25th at 11 AM. A reception will follow in an open area at the Litchfield Fairgrounds on the Plains Road, Litchfield.

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

Faylene A. MacDougall

pic MacDougallAugusta- Faylene A. MacDougall, 73 of Augusta, passed away at home on July 14th  2020. Born on October 29th 1946, in Rumford Maine, she was the daughter of Louis U. Roy and Anna Marie (Richard). Faye graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford Maine and retired from Maine General Medical Center after working as a C.N.A. for 27 years. She loved her pets immensely, including her dog; Emmy. Later in life, she enjoyed attending blue grass festivals with her husband Roger in their motorhome.

Faye is survived by her husband Roger, daughters; Heidi and Lori (Michael), 7 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. Sister n law; Lil Roy and nephew Rob. A very special friend Liz Whitney.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the St. Johns Cemetery in Rumford Maine. In lieu of flowers, consider donation to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Norman P. Daigle

Norman Photo 1 1Norman P. Daigle, 87 of Gardiner, passed away peacefully July 12, 2020 at Maine General Hospital due to a stroke. He was born Oct. 21, 1932 on the family farm in Farmingdale, ME to William J. and Elsie J. Daigle. A “Gardiner boy” nearly all of his life, Norman was quite the Gardiner historian. He enjoyed sharing stories and facts of its vibrant commerce in his youth, and showed immense appreciation for the revitalization of the waterfront and downtown.

Married to Dorothy M. Plourde Sept.21, 1952 in Gardiner, their love story extended 46 years until her passing in Dec. 1998 shortly after an anniversary road trip to Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, and the Grand Ole Opry. Their quote between them was “On the Road Again!” from favorite singer Willie Nelson.

Norman worked in the construction industry for over 40 years, including the building of Gardiner High School in the mid 1960’s. He retired after 25 years of service with Maine D.O.T., finishing as the foreman in Belgrade. 

Norman and Dorothy lived at the family farm, and later built their retirement lake home on Pleasant Pond to enjoy many years of boating and water sports with his family. He had such pride in his landscape design and gardening. His great love of the outdoors was evident in his passion for deer hunting, including his last tag in fall of 2019, and later turkey hunting as well. Other accomplishments and interests included being a hunting safety instructor for several years, serving on a committee for disabled hunter applicants with the Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and being recognized for distinctive service for his hospice volunteering with Kennebec Valley at the Blaine House by Karen Baldacci.

At the age of 75, he fulfilled a life-long dream of flying in a bi-plane. Adventure stunts that followed were a hot air balloon ride, a glider, and a tandem sky-dive jump to celebrate his 83rd birthday! His love and devotion to his family were immeasurable, always showing great compassion to others in his life with a kind word, a laugh, and encouragement. Feeling grateful for his own good fortunes, his most famous quote was “Count your blessin’s.” 

He was predeceased by wife Dorothy, grandsons Adam and Nathan Horning, and all six siblings: Reta, Mary, Bertha, John, Lorraine, and Nancie. He is survived by daughters Norma Horning, Roxanne Cyr & husband Peter, grandsons Clinton Cyr & fiancée Rachel, Perry Cyr & his wife Megan, also many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to his friends at Highland Avenue Terrace. 

     

     Per his request, a private burial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the

     care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Pauline "Polly" Webber

picWebber Ruth PollyWiscasset- Ruth Pauline “Polly” Webber, 76, of Wiscasset, passed away at her home on July 07, 2020.

Polly was born in Boothbay on June 21, 1944, to Arthur R. and Florence (Mathews) Delano.

Polly worked at Stinson Seafood Company and for many years at the Reny’s Warehouse. She collected Native American memorabilia and really enjoyed mowing her lawn.

Polly was predeceased by her parents, brothers Kenneth, George, Jeffrey, Arthur, Jr., and Bob Delano, and sisters Marjorie Sproul, Margaret Creamer, and Martha Delano.

She is survived by her brothers Lloyd Delano and his companion Toni, Richard Delano and wife Karen, Dana Delano and wife Bonnie, Wendell Delano, Dean Delano and wife Nora, and sisters Linda Delano, Nancy Morton and husband Milan.

There will be a private family Remembrance in the future.

Timothy Craig Norris

picNORRISLitchfield- Timothy Craig Norris, 49 of Litchfield died on July, 4th, 2020 from an accident.

Timothy was born in Lewiston on May 7th, 1971.  His journey of life was motivated; he was an amazing person. 

At a young age he was a cub scout.  He worked as a sweeper in Auburn, a paperboy for the Sun Journal and then graduated from Edward Little High School in 1989.  For the community, he was a volunteer coach for Little League as well as helping out at the Bingo Hall in Lewiston.

His employment continued with Eiches Bakery, Berube’s Car Wash; he also worked in sales for Amway.  Timothy worked at the Pepsi Cola Plant in Auburn for 17 years.

Timothy loved being a dad.  He loved fishing, being a woodsman and a writer.  He will be missed by all his surrounding family so much.

Timothy is survived by his 23 year old son Trever Scott Norris that he had with Becky Jeselskis, his parents Luther and Loretta Norris, sister Cindy Pinnell, two brothers Dennis and Eric Norris, as well as many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins that loved him.

A celebration of Timothy’s life will be held at the home of his sister Cindy Pinnell, 113 Richmond Rd., in Litchfield at 1pm on Saturday, July 25th, 2020.  Memories, condolences, and photos are welcomed as well as family pot-luck dinner.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Merry Rowe Hermans

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Merry Hermans died June 22, 2020, ten days after her 92nd birthday.

In November, 1927, as the Winooski River in Waterbury, Vermont rose 20 feet over its banks, Dascomb Rowe carried to safety through the rushing and turbulent waters and up three flights of stairs his pregnant wife Ruth and their two young children, Ernestine and Alan.  Two months later, on a brutally cold winter’s day, Ruth was thrown from a runaway horse drawn sleigh.  Miraculously, she gave birth on June 12, 1928 to Mary Ellen Rowe, who soon realized that her essential soul -joy, grace, sunshine, optimism-was better reflected  as Merry.  

And at age 13, so she became.  

Merry, Ernie, Alan and their younger brother Steve were raised in a tradition that highly valued education. Her father, Dascomb Rowe, was principal of Waterbury High School. Her mother, Ruth McLachlin Rowe, was a professor of English at Vermont Junior College. Of course, it was not always so easy being the principal’s daughter and she would recall  jitterbugging down the school hallway  only to see the commanding presence of her father: “You all go to class. Miss Rowe, you go to my office.”   Merry graduated as Valedictorian and noted in her yearbook a favorite quote: “Knowledge is Power”.   Love of sport was also a foundational belief.  “Stretch”, as Merry was known, played varsity basketball for 4 years, winning the gold ball during her state championship season her junior year.  Love of music, as well, was a driving force, and she sang throughout the town as a young woman with her trio: The Sunshine Lassies, and wondered aloud about a possible future as a nightclub singer.

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Beverly Jeane Lane Halsey

pic HalseyBeverly Jeane Lane Halsey, 82, of Bowdoinham passed on June 19, 2020 at her home with her family in Bowdoinham after a two-year battle with cancer.  Beverly was the daughter of Loren Edger Lane and Ruth Lane of Kansas.

Beverly was active in her childhood in local 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts of America.  As she grew, Beverly became adept at horseback riding, skiing, and camping.  Many of her fondest memories involved working with her father throughout the Rocky Mountains and at the many ranger stations n Estes Park.  Beverly is a Veteran of the US Navy, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a past president of the Eagles Club.  Beverly enjoyed learning about Native American heritage, collecting Native American memorabilia, especially pieces centered around wolves.  Beverly especially looked forward to native American Pow Wow’s that where she could sit and enjoy the music and the dancing.  Beverly was always compassionate, empathetic, and looking to care for others.  This carried through in her professional career where she worked for years in nursing and as a mental health care provider.  Beverly was always the first to do for others, and this loving trait guided her principles throughout her career.

Beverly leaves behind her husband of 62 years Sterling, four of her five children; Roburta, Raymond, Mary, George, and Sean, along with 16 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.  Beverly also leaves behind her niece Leigh Terrell and nephew Lane Terrell.  Beverly is predeceased by her parents, Loren and Ruth Lane, her fourth child Paul Anthony, a cousin Carolyn Lane, her sister-in-law Roberta Ruth Halsey, and her sister Sydney Anne Terrell.

Services will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Monday, June 29th; The visitation will start at 2pm followed by a service at 3pm.  A Celebration of Beverly’s life will continue at her home in Bowdoinham following the services.

Please, in lieu of flowers, make a donation to Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick in Beverly’s memory.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Teresa A. Gray

TeresaRichmond-Teresa “Terry” Ann Gray, 68, passed peacefully at her home on June 4, 2020.

She was born January 16, 1952, to Kenneth and Barbara Gray. She grew up at first in Bar Harbor and then moved to Stonington, Maine when her father became the superintendent of schools there. She graduated from Deer Isle / Stonington High School in 1970 where she was (though mischievous) a solid student and athlete.

After high school, she soon married and became a mother (to her first son, Brent) and lived in Deer Isle for the next several years. During that time, she gave birth to a second son (Brian). She and her sons moved to Prospect Harbor, where she eventually remarried and started a successful career as an insurance / real estate agent.

In her early 40’s she decided to change career paths and pursue a Nursing degree from the University of Maine. She “toughed it out” and as a result of her hard work, she was quite successful, earning her way to the Dean’s List despite the challenges of being a non-traditional student, mother, and maintaining a full-time job.

She later moved to Richmond and married her husband of 25 years, Rusty. She took a position as an R.N. in a nursing home and later worked her way up to be the Director of Nursing, as her mother did many years before. She had a passion for taking care of her patients and expected the same of her staff. She was tough and had high standards, but her sole motivation was the welfare and dignity of those she cared for.

After her tenure as a D.O.N., she opted to retire. This gave her the time to focus on her many interests, which included:

  • • Gardening. She was happiest with her hands in the dirt, and her yard is proof of her passion. At its peak, her yard was a “hidden sanctuary” right in the middle of Richmond, known to only a few.
  • • Arts and Crafts. Her free spirit, “funky” style, talent, and creativity were evident in everything she did (e.g.: needle felting, painting, knitting, sewing).
  • • Environment / nature. Protecting the environment and helping living things were very important to her.
  • • Scrabble and crosswords. Only Terry would know that “za” is a real word and could use it to beat you…
  • • Facebook. Though she initially scorned FB, it became a means by which she connected and communicated with friends (new and old) and shared her interests and opinions.
  • • The Beatles. An avid fan, she always had The Beatles station on XM radio throughout the day. The memorabilia in her home were constant reminders of the love she had for this band. She was fortunate to cross off a bucket list item when she attended a Paul McCartney concert in New York with her son, Brian.

Terry was predeceased by her father, Ken, her brother, David, and her mother, Barbara. She is survived by her husband, Cyrus “Rusty” Kendrick, as well as her sons, Brent Snowden (wife Michelle and grandchildren, Emily and Josh) and Brian Snowden (wife Jessy and granddaughter Kali). Additionally, siblings Gary Gray(wife Sandy and nephews / nieces Josh,

Logan, Noah, Brodie, Samantha, and Chelsea), Lori Boyce (partner Stuart Varisco, nephew Justin and niece Kyla), Shari Johnson (husband Tom), and Suzi Lancaster (husband Hugh, nephew Kyle and niece Ciarra), Additionally, many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, Jabba(her bird), animals, and plants.

Per Terry’s request, the family will not hold a formal ceremony or service. Please remember her as the free-spirited, funky, gypsy soul that she was.

Gil Mark Robert

pic RobertBowdoin- Gil Mark Robert, 56, of Bowdoin, passed away on June 4th, 2020 in Brunswick.

Gil was born, in Brunswick on March 30th, 1964, to Roger P. Sr. and Hope (Timmons) Robert.  He loved soccer and was very competitive in school.  He graduated from Mt. Ararat. 

Gil liked going to Popham Beach for walks and absolutely loved the Florida Gators and the Dallas Cowboys.  He was an extremely hard worker and worked right up to the last month of his illness.  He worked as an autobody technician all his life; first at Robert’s Auto Center in Bowdoinham and his last (current) job at Sanford’s Autobody in West Bath.  Gil was an incredibly good brother, friend, and husband and would do anything for anyone.  He will be greatly missed.

Gil was predeceased by his parents and his baby brother Daniel Robert.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Robert, his brothers Roger R. Robert, Jr (Ron) and wife Kim , David Robert and wife Rochelle Robert, Shawn Robert, and Paul Robert and his partner Heather Small,  his sister Cathleen Robert-Rice, his step-brother Alan Pomerleau and  wife Michelle, Andy Martin and  wife Shannon, Jay Martin and wife Danielle of Leesville, CA, and Leisha Martin of Buffalo, NY.

Services will be a Bayview Cemetery, in Bowdoinham, on Saturday at 12noon followed immediately by a celebration of Gil’s life at 555 bay Rd., in Bowdoinham.

Doris Davis

davis picApril 20, 2020 Doris Davis of Pownal, Maine passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Doris was healthy and lived independently with minimal assistance right up until her death.

Doris's life consisted of being a homemaker and a mother of 6 children.

While raising 6 children every meal was made from scratch as she loved to cook and spend time with family.

In our family she was known as Grammy D to all of her grandchildren.

Despite having such a large family, she always had a sense of humor and made time for everyone whether it was in person or on the phone especially her lifelong friend Crystal Gustafason.

She was a loving person with a sense of humor who you could call on for advice and a lifetime of wisdom. In addition, she was a big advocate for the outdoors, the sun, the woods, and the ocean, always making the best of things that she could.

The family would like to extend a great thanks to all of the wonderful friends and neighbors that became a part of Doris's life to make her comfortable during her final years.

Doris is survived by 4 children Deborah Jones, Shirley Anderson, Carolyn Davis Mayo and Gordon McManus. 

Grandchildren Robert and Heather Jones, Danielle LeClair, Trish Merrill, Cory and Julie Groves and 5 Great Grandchildren She is predeceased by her husband Nathan Davis, sons Timothy and John McManus and grandson Scott LeClair.

The family will be holding a small private service in the late Summer

 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Doris will be laid to rest finally reunited with her husband Nathan Davis.  There will be a celebration of life/family picnic, at her favorite place to visit, “Winslow Park" in Freeport, Maine.

In Lieu of flowers a donation made be made in her name to the Freeport Community Services Inc.  53 Depot Street Freeport, Maine 04032

Gretchen Greenleaf

GretchenWestport Island-Gretchen Greenleaf, 47, passed with her loving mother and brother holding her at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta on Sabbath, June 6, 2020.

Gretchen was born on Wednesday, November 29, 1972 at Parkview Hospital, Brunswick to Frankie T. Greenleaf Jr., and Karen Cunningham Greenleaf.  The family was complete as she joined her older brother Tyler.

Gretchen faced many physical challenges but always maintained her sweet, patient, loving spirit.  She enjoyed music and her pets, but most of all loved family and friends.  Gretchen also enjoyed many family outings to Walt Disney World and the Great Smoky Mountains as well as lots of day trips to unknown destinations.

She was lovingly cared for at home for 45 years by family and a few special caregivers.  The past few years she was a resident at Klearview Manor in Fairfield where she received excellent care. 

Gretchen’s beloved dad passed to his rest just months ago on August 29, 2019.  She is survived by her mother Karen Greenleaf, brother Tyler Greenleaf, Nephew Noah Greenleaf, sister in-law Anne E. Clifford, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  As well as her Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church Family.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 21st at 3pm at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Birch Point Rd., Wiscasset.

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

Sherry M. (Robinson) Rice

picture RICEWoolwich – Sherry M. (Robinson) Rice passed away into the arms of her Lord on May 22, 2020.  She was born on May 26, 1938 to Roger and Marguerite Robinson.  She attended Bath Schools, graduating from Morse High School in 1956.  She and Sgt. Wilford E Rice (US Army) married on December 28 of that year and remained so until his death in 2011.  She devoted herself as a homemaker for their three sons in many places such as Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Germany and in their last residence of Woolwich.  She was a very selfless person, always putting others first. Her warm smile always welcomed you.  She had a great passion for all the dogs they had throughout the years.  She was an accomplished pianist and accordion player. Sherry played piano for the North Woolwich Church for many years.  Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Her presence will surely be missed by so many people, but her spirit will always be with us and we find comfort knowing she is with the Lord.

She is predeceased by her mother and father and her husband.

She leaves behind her children Roger Rice and his wife Vicky of Virginia Beach, Va, Wilford (Andy) Rice and his wife Diana of Bowdoin, Me, and Clifford Rice and his wife Jenniferlynn of Richmond, Me; grandchildren Maegan Rice, Laura Stitham, Hayley Barclay and her husband Kyle, Ryan Rice, Ethan Rice and his wife Cheyenne, Adriana Fehlau and her husband Joshua, Joshua Anderson and his fiance Lindsay, Elijah Rice and his fiancé Cara Amador, Rowan Rice, Sarah-Helen Rice, Gideon Rice; great-grandchildren Blake McMahan, Nora Barclay, Henry Barclay, Charlotte Stitham, Oliver Stitham, Melissa Rice, Persephone Anderson, Clare Anderson, Haley Anderson, sisters Shirley Pizziferri and her husband Frank of Fla, and Taffy Wagner and her husband Eric of Bath, Me and many nephews and nieces

The family asks that donations be made to Chop Point Camp, 420 Chopps Point Road, Woolwich, Me 04579.

Services will be held at a later date