Priscilla E. Ryan passed away January 15, 2014, at a local nursing home. She was born November 5, 1921, in Blue Hill, the daughter of Roy and Mary (Leighton) Henderson. Priscilla graduated from George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill and Bangor School of Commerce. She married Robert Hartford and lived in Presque Isle for 20 years. She was a member and Past Matron of Lumar Chapter OES No. 126 of Presque Isle. She moved to Bangor in 1962 and was employed at Husson College for 10 years and Jefferson Manor for three years. After retiring, she became a volunteer at Bangor Red Cross Blood Bank and Bangor Mental Health Institute. A member of Bangor-Brewer YMCA, she formed the Kitchen Krew Band entertaining at nursing homes and other organizations for several years. Priscilla was also a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, ECW and the Altar Guild. She was also a member of the YMCA Couples Club, Athene Club and Epsilon Delta Alumnae Sorority and R.S.V.P. She moved to Houlton in 1999 and became a member of the Church of Good Shepherd.
Polly A. Lucas Lindeman died August 13, 2014 at a Bangor healthcare center. She was born July 5, 1925 in Augusta, the daughter of Everett and Dorothy (Burgess) Colcord. Polly graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1943 and attended Husson College and the University of Maine. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 18 years, William Lucas. Polly was a devoted wife and mother with a love of God and deep sense of patriotism with many interests, including music, dancing, flowers and nature. She married her husband George Lindeman in 1963. Polly spent many hours volunteering in the community including 15 years at the Ronald McDonald House. She was a member of St. Joseph Auxiliary, EMMC Auxiliary, and a communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Brewer, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Sodality. She was employed by the University of Maine, The Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company, and The Equitable Life Insurance Society as a Secretary.
Barbara A. Sheehan died August 11, 2014 in Bangor. She was born in Bangor August 9, 1932 daughter of Peter and Claire (Boyle) Murray. Barbara was a graduate of John Bapst High School and attended Husson College. She married Alfred E. Sheehan and raised her family in Bangor.
Patricia Marie Ramsdell West died Monday, August 11, 2014 at her home with her husband by her side.Patricia was born September 22, 1921 in Bangor, Maine the daughter of Fred and Louise (Lemlin) Ramsdell. Pat attended the University of Maine Orono and graduated from Husson College. She was employed by UMO and St Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor. In October 1943 she married Lt. Clifford (Bruz) H. West Jr. USMCR in Quantico Virginia. For the next few months they lived in Quantico VA, Encinitas CA, and Escondido CA. When Bruz was shipped to the South Pacific during WWII she returned to the Bangor area to work until 1946 when Bruz returned. Pat and Cliff settled in South Portland and she managed the office of Phillip Yerxa Oil Co. In August 1950 Bruz was recalled to active duty and they moved to several locations over the next 20 years. Pat and Cliff had four children, all girls; Nancy, Patsy, Becky and Margie. For the next two decades Pat did what Marine Corp wives do best, she caringly ran the household for the family in such places as Springfield and Arlington VA, New Orleans LA, 29 Palms CA and Kansas City MO. She raised her daughters to be strong independent women. She invested time and energy into many charitable interests. No matter the location, Pat always managed to develop long lasting friendships. She was active in church and community affairs in whatever location they were stationed and in 1968 they retired to Winthrop. For the next 30 years she was active with the Winthrop United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army, Maine General Hospital Volunteers, Winthrop Grade School Read Aloud Program, was a Trustee at Charles M. Bailey Public Library, and other civic activities. Pat and Bruz enjoyed many interesting trips with friends and family, traveling extensively on land and sea. Cards and games with family and friends were among Pat's favorite activities and the games offered a glimpse into her quiet, competitive side. Playing duplicate bridge well into her nineties and always enjoying time with her friends and family playing "Pay Me", "Cribbage", "Yahtzee", or "Michigan Rummy", she liked to win and usually did. An avid reader, Pat always had a book or two going and circulated them constantly. Pat fought long and hard against arthritis. As she wished, she remained at her home of forty-six years to the very end, her loving family and especially her husband of seventy-one years, attending to her every need.
Norman Michael LeClerc died at his home in Westbrook on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, after a long and courageously fought battle with brain cancer. He was a hero to many for his bravery in dealing with his illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Born on Oct. 23, 1948, in Westbrook, to Dorilas and Bertha (Lessard) LeClerc, he attended Westbrook High School and graduated from Husson College. Norman was in the United States Army from 1969-1973, attaining the rank of Sergeant. On Oct. 24, 1970, he married his beloved wife of 43 years, Kathleen A. LeClerc. He lived in Westbrook and worked at Central Maine Power as a lineman and then construction lineman supervisor until retiring after over 40 years of service.
Linda Ayer most recently of South China, left this world the same way she lived - straightforwardly and with no fuss on the evening of September 6, after a very brief illness. She was born on December 19, 1936 at home in Branch Mills, Palermo, Maine, to Manley L. and Barbara (Worthing) Nelson. After graduating from Erskine Academy, she studied nursing at what is now Husson College in Bangor and became a registered nurse. Early on she worked at U.S.V.A. Togus, then moved to California where she lived and worked in Burbank for several years. She and her former husband, Richard Ayer, left California in the 1960s to raise their children back home in Maine. Linda took a full-time position at what was then Kennebec Valley Medical Center in Augusta as a psychiatric nurse, and spent several years there providing her own brand of common-sense compassionate care. After the hospital, she took a job with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in the Bureau of Licensing and Certification and worked there until she retired. Once she retired, she surprised her family and friends by joining the Peace Corps at the age of 70. She served at a rural health clinic in South Africa for two and a half years. Following that, she did some traveling in Europe and around the United States. At home, she donated her time to Meals on Wheels and the Palermo Historical Society. In 2011, Erskine Academy awarded her their distinguished alumni award.
Bruce A. Mackay passed from this life peacefully at home with his family on Sept. 5, 2014. He was born Dec. 30, 1919, the son of Lillian (Bateman) and Joseph Mackay. The youngest of nine children, he grew up on Newman Street in Winter Harbor and attended Winter Harbor schools until he was a junior in high school when his family moved to Ellsworth for the winter months and he attended Ellsworth High School. He graduated from EHS in 1937. He excelled at basketball and baseball in high school and loved the team play. In years to come he would be a member of college and Navy teams and active with his sons' sports, coaching their Little League and Connie Mack baseball teams. He went on to attend the University of Maine, Orono, where in addition to his sports he was a member of the Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. After two years, he transferred to what is now Husson University. He studied business and met the love of his life, Margaret O'Connell from Bangor. They were to have 59 loving years together. They married in 1940 and he was recruited by the U.S. Treasury Department, moving them to Washington, D.C. This was the first of many moves in his career. As a veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy for three years as a physical fitness instructor to our country's fighter pilots. The war ended, and for the next 30 years he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an electronics engineer. He retired from FAA in 1975 and he and Margaret moved to Winter Harbor. For 15 years he pursued this civic career as town manager in Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Eastport and Buckfield. In Winter Harbor, he was president of the Channing Chapel Committee, served on the Planning Board, was a member of the committee that helped to govern WH's senior citizens housing out of Cherryfield, he served on the RC&D Committee, and he was a past member of the Hancock County Planning Committee. Bruce was an interesting man with many friends and pastimes. Nothing pleased him more then to beach comb the shore, to watch the surf and gulls at Schoodic Point or to trek through the Grindstone woods seeking out the most perfect sunset at the end of the day.
Judy M. Pierce, a resident of Winterport, died peacefully Sunday, September 14, 2014. She was the daughter of Helen (Arnold) and the late Legorie Brasslett. Judy was a native of Glenburn and had made her home in Winterport for the past sixteen years, prior to that she had lived in Hudson for many years. She attended and graduated from Central High School, Class of 73. Judy worked as a cook at Husson University for many years. She enjoyed crafting and gardening. She especially loved to spend time at her "home away from home", the family camp at Boyd Lake.
Doris Espling '42, a resident of Brooksby Village, Peabody, Mass., formerly of Caribou, died on May 15, 2014. She was born in Portland, Oct. 7, 1922, the beloved daughter of John and Hilda (Hedstrom) Espling. Doris attended Caribou schools, graduating from Caribou High School with High Honors in the class of 1941. Active in high school, Doris was a member of the National Honor Society, class secretary and co-editor of the Arcturus and senior editor of the Reflector, her class Year Book. Following High School, Doris and her mother moved to Bangor, where she attended Husson College, majoring in secretarial and business studies. Doris was employed in several secretarial positions in Caribou. She then gained employment at Loring Air Force Base where she worked for 35 years. She ended her career at Loring as secretary for the Judge Advocate for whom she worked for seventeen years. Doris will be remembered in Caribou for commitment to the Gray Memorial Methodist Church. She was also active in the Caribou Choral Society. She demonstrated her interest in her Swedish heritage through her membership in the New Sweden Historical Society and the Maine Swedish Colony. Doris enjoyed the 12 years that she spent at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass., where she made many friends.
Kathryn E. Brown '44 died March 13, 2014, in Bar Harbor. She was born July 25, 1922, in Bar Harbor the daughter of John C. and Ray (Marshall) Etter. Kathryn served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She received her Associate Degree from Maine School of Commerce and received her BA from the University of Maine in Home Economics. She was a homemaker until her children were grown and she then went to work with her husband at Brown's Studio in Bar Harbor. Kathryn was very active in the Bar Harbor community as a Girl Scout leader in the mid-60s and she was a member of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Kathryn was a loving, mother, grandmother and friend.
Helen (Brown) Dunham '48 died April 13th, 2014 at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born August 25th, 1929, in Brewer. She was the first of 6 children born to Alice and Herbert Brown of Orrington. Helen attended Orrington schools and then graduated from Brewer High School in 1947. Subsequently, she attended and graduated from Husson College where she belonged to Epsilon Delta Alumni Sorority and was Captain of the Hiking Team. She married the love of her life, Harland Dunham, on June 18th, 1949. Together, they raised two children, Roanne and Alan. Helen worked for New England Telephone Company for 27 years before her retirement in 1986. She was a longtime member of the Jasper N Keller Chapter of Retired Telephone Pioneers and served as President of that Chapter for 7 years raising money for many charities. Helen was a member of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Bucksport, for over 30 years. She enjoyed hiking in Acadia National Park on the Carriage trails with her husband and friends, listening to the loons at camp on Molasses Pond, and going for picnics at Newbury Neck. She was also an accomplished cook and enjoyed cooking for family dinners and get togethers.
Evelyn Louise Webber Norton '49 died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born on March 20, 1930, in Madrid at the Hathaway Place, the daughter of Roosevelt and Lillian (Sargent) Webber. She was a graduate of the Dunham Elementary School in Madrid, Phillips High School, Class of 1948, and Husson College, Class of 1950. She received her certified professional insurance woman's degree. Evelyn was a very athletic person, playing many sports in high school and basketball in college. At Husson, she was co-captain of the basketball team and was chosen outstanding player of the year in 1949. She coached the Phillips High School girls basketball team of 1952 to 1953. In 1950, she married Floyd J. Norton at the Reeds Mill Church in Madrid, and they had three children, Gerry, Kevin and Deronda. For several years, Floyd and Evelyn owned and operated Echo Valley Lodge in Phillips. She was employed in the insurance industry for 40 years, having worked for the Carlisle Agency in Phillips, Emil E. Winter Agency in Kingfield, owned her own agency, Norton Insurance, and worked for Weber Insurance Agency of Kingfield and Farmington. Evelyn was very active in her community. She was a member of the Kingfield Baptist Church, Madrid Ladies Circle, Reeds Mill Baptist Church Parish, Madrid Historical Society, Phillips and Kingfield Historical Societies, Stanley Museum of Kingfield, Kingfield Evening Extension, Hewey-Coffin Post Auxiliary, Stitchers in the Snow Quilters, Maine Mountain Quilters, the Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Seacoast Basket Makers of Spring Hill, Florida and Quilt Makers of Ridge Manor, Florida. She was a former member of Sherburne OES of Phillips, past district deputy of the OES, corporator of Webster Library of Kingfield, director of the Farmington Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Norton-Wuori Post Auxiliary, Kingfield Water District trustee and president of PATHS of the Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf.
Florence (Bussell) Sylvester ’41 passed away Aug. 3, 2014, at the age of 91 at her home in Gorham, Maine where she lived for the past 8 years. She was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Wellington, Maine. She was the 1 of 7 children born to Roy and Lena (Carle) Bussell. Her parents, two brothers, Lawrence and Clarence (Florence's twin) and three sisters, Marian Mitchell, Arlene Washburn and Rowena Bussell preceded her in death. She graduated from Solon High School, attended Husson Business College and worked at Merrill Trust Bank in Bangor. Mrs. Sylvester married her high school sweetheart, Maurice, in 1946 and lived in Bangor while he completed his aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Maine. Following his graduation, they lived in Virginia and Maryland where Mr. Sylvester worked for NASA and the US Army and she worked for the Hartford Co (MD) Board of Education. In 1975, they both retired and returned to Maine where they spent the next 30 years working on their farmhouse and turning a 100 year old building into a lovely modern home. Because of health reasons, they moved to the Gorham House in Gorham, Maine in 2006. Mr. Sylvester passed away in 2012.
Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt ’42 passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 26, 2014 at MCMH, Ellsworth. She was born December 3, 1922 at the DeBeck homestead in West Franklin, during a snow storm, the 8th child of Percy and Jessie (Long) DeBeck. Raymah was a direct descendant of the founder of East Blue Hill, Joel Long. She grew up in West Franklin and attended the two story schoolhouse across the street from her home. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and Maine School of Commerce in 1942, now Husson University. She worked for five years as a stenographer in Bangor before meeting and marrying Allan B. Macomber in October 1948 on his birthday. They were married 27 years before he passed in 1976. She remarried in 1985 Sterling H. Leavitt of Dunedin, FL, who passed in 1995. Raymah took great pride in her home (nest) where she enjoyed being most and was a marvelous dessert cook. She joined the Franklin Methodist Church in 1948 and served in any way she could for the betterment of her church family. Her most admirable attribute was her ability to always "turn the other cheek" and "forgive and forget!"
Marion A. Walsh ‘47 wife of the late Patrick M. Walsh, died peacefully at her home with family at her side on August 30, 2014 after a long illness. She was born Feb. 20, 1926 in Skowhegan, the daughter of Augustus M. and Velma B. (Russell) Burton. Later in life, Edward C. Russell became a much loved father and grandfather to all of her children. Marion grew up in Bangor and was a graduate of John Bapst High School and Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse. Marion was an active member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Brewer and later St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor. She was a devoted wife, mother of nine, grandmother of thirteen, and great-grandmother of six. Marion loved the sea. Her summers at Wells Beach with her husband and family and picnics at the coast were among her most treasured memories. She enjoyed quilting, making quilts for all of her children and grandchildren until the loss of her sight made sewing no longer possible. Marion had a lifelong love of books and literature. Her passion for reading was instilled in all of her children and later in her grandchildren. A cup of coffee, a good book, and a free afternoon were one of her greatest pleasures. Later, when Marion had lost her sight, books-on-tape became as she would often say, "her sanity." Marion was a passionate bridge player; although, her family often suspected that the real joy was in the comradery of her bridge groups, not in the game!
Robert L. Graffam, husband of Mary (Mitchell) Graffam died March 5, 2014. He was born April 15, 1926, in Bangor, the son of Lewis and Christine (Campbell) Graffam. Bob graduated from Bangor High School in 1944, a class that still remains close. Bob received the Garland Strang Memorial watch for outstanding athletic achievement. He served in the Navy Theatre in World War II stationed in the Pacific with the 38th Battalion of the Seabees. He married Mary E. Mitchell on March 26, 1949. Bob then attended Husson College and worked for many years at Eastern Fine Paper and in the hardware and plumbing business, retiring from F.W. Webb in 1986. Bob enjoyed family gatherings and attending his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Ronald Hayward Potter '50, a longtime resident of Winterport, ME, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014. He was born May 13, 1928, in Winterport. At a time in his life when he needed guidance and discipline, he left Winterport High School at the end of his Junior year to join the United States Navy where he served aboard the destroyer, USS New DD-818. After returning home, he graduated from Winterport High School, and from Maine School of Commerce (Husson College). After school, he was employed as a Purser for Eastern Steamship Lines, Boston, and States Marine Lines, New York. He then worked for General Motors Acceptance Corp. Portland, ME., retiring after 32 years. He lived his life with honesty and integrity, and valued his friendships. He was a member of Howard Lodge #69, Winterport, Scottish Rites of Bangor and Portland, Anah Temple Shrine and the American Legion Post 138, Winterport.
Charles B. (Bernie) Baird '50 of Scarborough, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 22, after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer at the Gosnell House in Scarborough, with his loving family by his side. Bernie was born on Nov. 28, 1926, to Frederick T. Baird Sr. and Josephine Hight Woodsum Baird in Lewiston. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1944. In September 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and left immediately for boot camp in Geneva, N.Y. Upon completion, he was assigned to the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, Fla. In 1945, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Alexander Dallas DD 199 -later being reassigned to the Fleet Sonar School as a sonar instructor for surface ships and submarines. When the Japanese surrendered in WW II, Bernie was discharged on Sept. 7, 1946, at which time he joined his high school, Class of 1950, at the University of Maine and later transferring to Husson College in Bangor, where he graduated in June 1950. That Oct. 15, Bernie married the love of his life, Kay Merrow, from Newport. They were blessed with four wonderful children, David, Betsy, Anne and Jeff. His working career was spent mostly in sales in the field of insurance and banking, from which he retired in 1995. Bernie and his wife, Kay, spent several years living in Auburn and were also fortunate to spend many happy years on the shores of Flying Pond in Mt. Vernon. After retirement, Bernie spent six years managing two marinas in Oquossoc, where he and Kay enjoyed meeting many locals and visiting families. Bernie's enjoyments were family gatherings, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with hunting and fishing - especially his annual trip to Bradford camps with his son, David and the boys from State Farm Insurance.
Donna Hill '51 died peacefully May 31, 2014, after many years of illness. Donna Marie Lord was born to J. Donald and Agnes Lord Jan. 6, 1931, in Ellsworth. She attended the University of Maine and what is now Husson College, where she obtained an RN degree. Donna served at Eastern Maine General Hospital as head nurse on the surgical ward. She married her husband, George Hill, in 1952 and supported him for his last two years in college. They lived in St. Albans, W.Va., for eight years and then moved to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1962. Donna loved flowers and gardening, even serving as president of the Summit Garden Club. She also had a passion for equestrian activities. In the 1960s--1980s, Donna was involved with the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse and drill team, along with being a co-chair of the annual Los Alamos horse show. She was a beloved member of the Los Alamos community and will be greatly missed. Of all the roles and titles Donna held, the most important and cherished were those of a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great--grandmother.
June Hollis Smith '52 of Veazie hoped to live forever, but sadly cancer changed her plan and took her from us on January 31, 2014. June was the center of her large, loving family. Born June 6, 1932, the daughter of Clyde and Attalie Hollis of Veazie, June married Benjamin C. Smith in 1954 after serving for a year as a secretary in the Washington D.C. Office of Senator Margaret Chase Smith. After marriage she was a home maker for 14 years before returning to the workforce as an Administrative Assistant at Husson College. She had the fondest memories of working with Richard Cohen and Clara Swan while at Husson. June later worked as the Administrative Assistant on Kelly 6 at EMMC and for Dr.'s Veits & Healey. Her crowning achievement was her 12 years of work at UMaine's Onward Program where her caring and encouragement helped many low income, first generation students attain their college education. June worked at Wiswell Farm Greenhouses in Orrington during her retirement where she saw many old friends and made new ones who kept her laughing. June was an active member of the community service organization, Altrusa.
Dorene (Burke) Curry '53 died unexpectedly at her home in Newport. She was born in Plymouth, June 1, 1935, the daughter of Joseph F. and Lillian (Holbrook) Burke. She was a graduate of Newport High School and also a graduate of Husson College in Bangor. Dorene married Dudley T. Curry in Newport, Sept 14, 1957. They were married for 48 years. He predeceased her on July 5, 2005. Dorene was employed as a medical secretary for Dr. Charles and Dr. Sarah Simpson in Carmel for many years. She was also employed as the manager of Popeye's Chicken in Newport for several years. Dorene's passion was her family especially her three boys and their families. She enjoyed gardening and camping with her family. She was a member of Nokomis Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Newport. She was a volunteer worker for Meals for Me in Newport for many years. She was a former member of Newport Fire Dept Ladies auxiliary. She was an active member of Newport High School Alumni Association, serving on the Scholarship Committee for many years. She was an avid Red Sox fan and always liked watching especially when her favorite player Jason V. was playing.
Cecile Richard Thompson '55 of South Portland, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 19, 1936 in Machias, and was predeceased by her parents, Albert Richard and Julia Bucknam Richard of Columbia Falls. Cecile is survived by her two children, Rebecca Reardon of South Freeport, and David Thompson of Seattle, Wash., and their spouses, David Reardon and Angie Thompson along with her grandson, Alex Reardon of South Freeport, Maine. She is also survived by several cousins. Cecile graduated from Husson College and supported her husband's 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard. After her divorce from Earle A. Thompson of Jonesport, she relocated to South Portland where she spent the last 28 years. She retired from Casey Family Services and filled her days with photography and travel. Cecile had an adventurous and compassionate spirit. She made those around her feel welcome and comfortable. When she wasn't seeking adventure with her family and friends, she enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the Spring Point Lighthouse Museum.
Clarence S. Thompson '56 passed away July 3 2014, at his home in Carroll, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Tonawonda, NY, the son of Clara (Scott) and Clarence Thompson. He was raised in West Enfield and attended schools there. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1950, Husson College in 1956 and the University of Maine in 1978, obtaining his Master's degree in education. With the love of his life, wife of 62 years, Jane (Oliver) Thompson, he resided in Mattawamkeag and Carroll. He was a teacher in Fort Fairfield, principal of Mattawamkeag High School, Assistant Principal at Schenck High School and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln from 1973 until his retirement from education in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a third degree mason and had just received his 60-year pin. He was an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. It was common to see him at many Lee Academy events. He enjoyed many happy years of retirement, farming, golfing, traveling around the world and his annual month of April in Indian Shores, Florida, with his many "retirement friends" from the Lincoln area. He was a long-time member of the Springfield and Carroll Congregational Churches and was a deacon and treasurer of both. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lee Academy. He was very community minded and always thinking of and helping others.
Robert Deering Perkins '59 died May 18, 2014 at the Bay Pines VA St. Petersburg, Fl. He was born June 7, 1934 in Bangor, Me., The son of Victor Allan and Jennie (Cort) Perkins. Robert graduated Bangor H.S. class of 1952. Following High School he served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He attended Husson College graduating in 1959 magna cum laude in Accounting. He is a Past Master Mason Ralph J. Pollard Lodge #214 Orrington, Me. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing trips with family to Canada, flying, reading and puzzle making.
Wayne A. Willette '59 died June 22, 2014 at a Bangor hospital. He was born August 19, 1944 in Patten, Maine, the son of Alonzo Albert and Leah Ingerson. He was the cherished husband of his wife Joyce Lundgren Willette and patriarch of a loving family including Jennifer and her husband George, Tracy and his wife Christine, Matthew and his wife Pauline, Kyle and his wife Kim, and Megan and her husband Mitch. He was the "Best Grampie Ever" to 13 grandchildren, Ashley, Kristina, Tyler, Jared, Jacob, Drew, Peyton, Alison, Kaelyn, Chandler, Charlie, Skyler, and Zadie. Wayne is also survived by his brother Chet, nephews Carroll, Darrell, and Brian, and niece Sally, and their many children. A graduate of Piscataquis Community High School and Washington State Teachers College (University of Maine at Machias), Wayne knew from his first day of student teaching that he had found his calling. He spent thirty-seven years in the classroom, including his years as department chair/teacher in the TEMSS program at Bangor High School. Wayne had a gift for recognizing and fostering the potential in each of his students. A true mentor, he earned his students' respect and admiration that endured long after he guided them toward successful graduation.
Delcina "Del" (Leveille) Chappelle ‘52 passed away on July 30, 2014 at a Bangor hospital after complications of pre-existing lung disease. She was born May 17, 1934 in Old Town, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Isabel (Pelletier) Leveille Sr. She lived in her home in Old Town for 78 years prior to moving to a retirement community at Dirigo Pines in Orono. Del graduated from John Bapst High School in 1951 and, upon graduation from Husson College, was employed 10 years as Office Manager at Remington Rand in Bangor, later known as Armes Inc. In 1962 she married Byron "Bud" Chappelle who predeceased her in 2005 after over 42 years of marriage. Once her children were of school age, she enjoyed over 19 years of employment with the Old Town School Department, 16 years as the secretary in the Special Education Office, retiring from that position in 1996. Del was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed past membership in the Red Hat Society. She was blessed with three dearly loved and caring children, one grandson and a loving and caring brother.
Kathleen Elsie Dority McConnell ‘52 died peacefully in hospice care at Woodlands in Rockland Aug. 25, 2014, at the age of 82. Kathleen was born in Camden, Feb. 28, 1932, to Alexander Charles and Gertrude Emily (Bennett) Dority. She was educated in the Camden Public Schools, and graduated from Husson College. She worked for many years as a legal secretary for Harmon, Jones, & Sanford. Kathleen enjoyed her family and music, especially playing the violin, piano, and singing in the church choir.
Gloria M. Collins ’54 was reunited with her predeceased family on Friday evening, September 12, 2014. Gloria Marie Collins was born in Dover-Foxcroft on October 12, 1933, the last child of Allen E. and Grace M. Collins. Gloria grew up in Dover-Foxcroft and was a proud graduate of Foxcroft Academy, Class of 1952, the first class to graduate from the new Academy. She went on to attend Husson College, graduating with a two-year degree in secretarial science. She held a variety of jobs in the secretarial field, retiring from Fleet Bank in1990. Gloria was a long and devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Dover-Foxcroft and loved her Lord with her whole heart. She served Him faithfully all the days of her life and her faith and trust in His promises never wavered even at the very end. It is with confidence that she is now in His presence enjoying the blessings of His heaven. Gloria was a member of various religious and community organizations including a life member of Almeda Chapter No. 149, O.E.S. She had a lovely singing voice and on many occasions used her voice to the glory of God in the church choir, at weddings and funerals, and when asked by friends and associates at different functions. She believed that her talent was a gift from God and deeply felt each word that she sang.
Diana M. Barter '61 passed away on March 20, 2014, at Emeritus of Towson Assisted Living Center after a long struggle with HER2 positive breast cancer. Diana was born on April 27, 1942, in Bath, the daughter of Herman F. and Ethelyn Gray Barter. She grew up in Bath and attended Bath schools, graduating with the Morse High School Class of 1960. She attended Husson College in Bangor and in 1962 married Chester Pogorzelski, USAF. During their marriage they lived in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana and the Republic of the Philippines. While in the Philippines, Diana was employed in the office of the Hospital Field Director of the American Red Cross at USAF Hospital, Clark Air Base. Upon her return to Bath in 1974 Diana went to work at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, U.S. Navy, Bath and worked there until her retirement in 2003. She was then employed in several part time positions, the most recent being in the Office of the Sagadahoc County Emergency Management Agency in Bath. Among her fondest memories were the times spent with her grandparents, Vernon and Addie Oliver Gray, at their home in Five Islands and at her family's summer cottage, also in Five Islands.
William H. Pelletier '65 died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta campus, following a brief illness. He was born in Augusta on Sept. 5, 1943, a son of Dominic and Teresa (Murphy) Pelletier. Bill was a graduate of Cony High School, Husson College and Williams School of Banking. He was hired by Kennebec Savings Bank in 1977 as executive vice president and treasurer. He was named president, CEO and treasurer in May 1993. Bill retired from Kennebec Savings Bank in December 1999 and stayed on the Board of Trustees until his resignation in December 2001. Prior to Kennebec Savings, Bill worked at Dirigo Bank and Trust and Depositors Trust Co. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club and had been on the board for the Augusta Sanitary District and the Augusta YMCA. In his younger years, Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. The highlight of the hunting excursions was Bill's desire to keep everyone well fed out of the back of the Scout. He was a great cook and loved sharing this talent with others. During his life, Bill was a member of many championship baseball and basketball teams. He loved the game of golf and the friendships he enjoyed with fellow members of the Augusta Country Club. In recent years, he was unable to compete, but loved hearing the stories from his grandchildren's sporting adventures and providing helpful hints on how to compete. He will be sorely missed by his Thursday cribbage crew that brought him much joy.
Neal Carlisle Reed '65, husband of Shirley Mae Goodspeed Reed, passed on June 16, 2014 at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida. Neal was a retired Accountant and a strong Patriot. Born in Hall Quarry, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, he was the son of Archie Gerald and Catherine Margaret Higgins Reed. Neal was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout for many years, and a noted baseball and basketball player in high school. He served four years in the Maine Air National Guard and four years in the U.S. Air Force. Neal graduated second in his class from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. He devoted many years to managing his sons' youth baseball and basketball teams. He was also a devoted mechanic and carpenter for his daughter during her single adult years. In recent years, he enjoyed his grandchildren, scrabble, traveling, friends, neighbors, NASCAR, golf, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Neal and Shirley moved to the Villages, Florida, in 2000. Neal was known to say often, "It's a beautiful day in the Villages".
Albert L. Smith Sr. '66 of East Wilton, died Wednesday evening, July 2, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, surrounded by his family. He was born May 13, 1944, in Lewiston, a son of Murray L. and Mary Clara (Parker) Smith. He was a graduate of Wilton Academy, Husson University in Bangor where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and minored in business administration. Later, he attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. On Sept. 13, 1974, he married Shannon Chase. He worked his way up through the ranks as a patrol deputy, corporal, transport officer and transport supervisor and retired after 38 years of service on April 30, 2013. To date, he was the longest-working employee for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
Ronald J. Pereyo '67 of Summerfield died on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Lady Lake Specialty Care in the Villages after a long illness. He was born on April 26, 1943 in Meriden, Connecticut. He was a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Administration. Ron was owner of The R. J. Pereyo Insurance Agency of Middletown in Connecticut. He was an avid golfer, using his deep knowledge of the game to plan several fundraisers for his church. He held the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of St. Paul Parish in Belleview from 2006 to 2012 when he had to step down due to his illness.
Stuart Heller '67, a lifetime resident of Liberty, NY and the last living family member of the well-known Triangle Diner, passed away on April 22, 2014 at the age of 71. Stuart, born on February 7, 1943 was the younger brother to Jay Heller, who passed away in May, 2013 and son to Hilda and Hyman Heller, former Mayor of Liberty and owner of the Triangle Diner. Stuart had been battling several medical ailments over the previous years. He was living in his home in Liberty. After graduating Liberty High School, Stuart went on to earn a degree in Accounting from Husson College (now Husson University) in Bangor, Maine. He soon joined the family business, which was an iconic destination for locals, travelers and celebrities in the Catskill Region of Liberty. After selling the Triangle Diner in the early 1990s, Stuart enjoyed working for the NY Department of Health as a food inspector, where he developed many lasting friendships. Stuart had a passion for traveling all over the world, and truly enjoyed the cultural arts and nature on a global level. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to all of those fortunate to be around him. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and held the high ranking title Right Worshipful for many years in the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. In years past, Stuart traveled to many events and was always willing to give his time to those less fortunate.
David K. Crowell '68 passed away at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, he enjoyed an active role with his family until just recently. He was born in Portland on Aug. 8, 1946, the son of the late Ernest E. and Mary-Evelyn C. Kerr Crowell. Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Husson College and master's degree in business administration at the University of Maine, Orono. He worked as credit manager for International Harvester, office manager for Associated Grocers of N.E. and was hired in 1978 by NorthCenter Foodservice as controller/vice president of Administration, promoted to executive vice president of Administration to then serving as president from 2003 to 2007. Serving more than 32 years at PFG NorthCenter, it became another family to him. His specialty was coaching and mentoring people as they moved up through the ranks, many referred to him as "Uncle Dave." He retired in 2009, devoting much of his time to creative gardening, refinishing some of his family antiques and all things that involved being creative and enjoying the outdoors and wildlife. He served on several boards including Capital Area Credit Union, Augusta Board of Trade, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Maine Merchants Workers Comp Trust, United Way of Kennebec Valley, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dave's true passion was watching his grandchildren play at school and college sporting events. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends "upta camp." He was multi-talented and really got to show off some of his true talents during his retirement; anyone would envy the vegetable and flower gardens he grew. He recently accomplished rebuilding a Willys Jeep for all to use at camp for bird hunting and the like. A much unexpected gift from him was during the last few weeks he devoted his time to build a slide show of old photos for his closest family members as a gift from him.
Hoyt Marcus Fairbrother '68 husband of Cheryl (Folsom) Fairbrother, passed away April 13, 2014, at a local hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. He was born June 15, 1944, in Bangor, the son of Everett Marcus and Phyllis (Hoyt) Fairbrother. He graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1962 and from Husson College in 1967. Hoyt married Cheryl Folsom in 1964. Hoyt had been employed as a bank manager for Bangor Savings Bank and for Skowhegan Saving Bank. He was a member of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, where he served as treasurer for a number of years and as a deacon. He was a member of the Greenville, Dexter, and Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Clubs for 38 years, serving as president from 2006-2007 in Dover-Foxcroft. He was a selectman for Dover-Foxcroft for 16 years, and a member and past president of the Tim's Cove Property Owners Association. Hoyt enjoyed building Shaker style furniture and was a part owner in Apples 'n Spice gift shop during his retirement. He was at his happiest when spending time with family and friends.
Brenda McLaughlin Roope ’62 died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 31, 2014. She was born, August 6, 1940, in Caribou, Maine; she was the daughter of Donald and Mildred McLaughlin. She graduated from Caribou High School in 1959 and Eastern Maine General Hospital in 1962 as a Registered Nurse. Brenda married William H. Roope in 1962 and they raised their family in Fort Fairfield. In 1992 they moved to Winterport to be closer to their grandchildren. She worked at Community General Hospital in Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle Nursing & Rehab from 1975 - 1992. She dearly loved working as the Director of Nursing at Phillips Strickland House in Bangor from 1992 - 2009. Her love for working continued after retirement when she worked for the City of Bangor Immunization Clinic and for D.L. Roope Administrations. Brenda is survived by her husband and best friend of 52 years, William H. Roope, their son, William H. Roope Jr. and his wife, Deborah Roope, their daughter, Rebecca J. Lamb and her husband, Ken Lamb and their daughter, Robyn L. Roope and her partner Alyssa Lodewick. Brenda had a unique and special love for her grandchildren, Matthew W. Roope and Ashley N. Cooper. Brenda's heart overflowed with love for her great-granddaughter, Alexis Genevieve Cooper, who brought tremendous joy to her life. She is also survived by several dear cousins & their families and many special nieces & nephews too numerous to list.
Mary (Gooding) Davis Clifford ‘68 peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 29, 2014. A devoted mom and grandmother, Mary loved to cook, care for her dog, Maddie, and was an avid crafter. She grew up in Bangor, Maine, but spent the last decade in Panama City, Fla. Mary was born on Sept. 13, 1947, to Ernest A. Gooding, Jr. and Alice M. Macleod, in Arlington, Mass. A graduate of Bangor High School ('65) and Husson College ('68), Mary moved to Unity, Maine, after marrying Gregory L. Clifford, who preceded her in death. They raised three children. Mary was the office manager at Gronseth Directory Service in Augusta, Maine, before co-founding Unity Service Co. She was also a past president of Unity Rotary.
Reginald “Reggie” Cote ’60, a longtime resident of Los Angeles, Calif., died at his home on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 after a battle with kidney disease. He was born on Jan. 10, 1932 in Grand Isle, son of the late Josephel and Aldea (Lavertu) Cote. He attended Husson College in Bangor for two years until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan. Upon his return from the Army, he pursued his college degree at Husson College and then continued for his master’s degree in Michigan. He made his home in Los Angeles where he worked as an accountant in his own accounting business. He will be remembered as a generous and loving brother and friend.
Patricia B. Hodgkins ’62 wife of Herbert O. Hodgkins, died Friday, September 19, 2014. She was born in Tennessee on September 4, 1940, the daughter of Dean and Marion (Ladner) Bailey. She grew up in Sidney, where she greatly enjoyed being in the 4-H Club and attended Waterville High School. She graduated from Husson College, class of 1962. Patricia lived in Hancock since 1963. She taught business education classes at Sumner High School for 11 years and she was bookkeeper for the family businesses, Tidal Falls Lobster Pound and Seal Point Seafoods and co-owner of Lobster Products Incorporated. She was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Maine Lobster Pound Owners Association. Patricia was very involved in the Hancock community. She was a past president and treasurer of the Hancock Woman’s Club, Treasurer of the Riverside Cemetery Association, a member of the Hancock Monument Lot Committee, Hancock School Board member, she and her husband were awarded Citizens of the Year in 1993, and she truly enjoyed her Friday afternoon meetings with the Hancock Stitch’n Bitch Club.
Neil Hudson "Buzz" Barrows '70 passed away at the Hospice House in Auburn, June 14, 2014, after a three year struggle with cancer. He transitioned into this world Sept. 23, 1946, son of Ruth A. Packard, and Warren C. Barrows in Rockland, who both predeceased him. He attended Rockport and Rockland school systems, graduating from Rockland District High School in 1964. After graduation he attended Franklin College in Indiana for three years, transferring to Husson College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He served one tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970, as a member of the U.S. Army, and years later served as Adjutant for the William F. Shanahan VFW Post in Naples. He regarded his service to his country as one of his proudest accomplishments, remaining a member of the VFW until his death. Always ready to help someone else, he participated annually in the Memorial Day poppy fundraising effort, providing assistance to veterans at the Veteran's Home in South Paris. He spent several of his early years in the food and beverage industry managing yacht and country clubs in Virginia, returning to Maine in 1990 to manage the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Bangor. He then worked for the State of Maine in the Department of Labor, transferring to the Maine Revenue Service as an auditor, when he retired in 2010. Buzz's love for family equaled his love for friends, and it was his light-hearted personality, his engaging sense of humor, and ever present ability to put others first that created and sustained his enduring friendships. He loved sports, and excelled at basketball, baseball, and tennis in his early years, preferring golf as he grew older. As a member of Norway Country Club, he served as president and House Committee Chairman, accomplishing many improvements to the clubhouse and grounds. Friends at NCC were his summer "family" and plans to reopen the club come spring sustained him throughout the long winter.
John Kelsey Harding '73 lost his battle with bladder cancer on April 26, 2014, in Florida. He was born May 22, 1949, in Bar Harbor, the son of David R. and Doris K. (Kelsey) Harding. He lived there until approximately 2000, when he moved to Florida. Thereafter, John was a snowbird, spending winters in Florida and summers in Maine. John was a graduate of Husson College and served two years in the United States Army, with an honorable discharge in October 1974. He came to The Lynam Agency in 1975 and became the owner in 1987 and operated the insurance agency until 1996. The Lynam Agency is now in its 130th year of operation. John was a member or volunteer for a number of organizations. A member of the Rotary Club of Bar Harbor (MDI) No. 6290 for over 20 years, serving as president in 1988. During the years he lived in Bar Harbor, he also was a member of the MDI YMCA Board of Directors, American Legion Post 25, Kebo Golf Club and the Bar Harbor Fire Department between 1980 and 2000, serving as a lieutenant of volunteers. In addition to serving as a firefighter, he also was an ambulance and fire truck driver. John volunteered at the Bar Harbor Historical Society, talking to tourists about how special Bar Harbor was to him. He also volunteered a number of years for the Seal Cove Auto Museum, working on a 1905 REO, the world's only surviving 1915 F.R.P., a 1912 Crane Model 3, a spectacular 1913 Peugeot Type 150 and a 1911 American Victoria Underslung, this year's entry/winner at the Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance.
Frank Goodell Jr. '75 of Sunnyside, a retired city Parks Department supervisor, member of the Advance Advisory Board and coach, umpire and referee, died July 6, 2014 in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze. Born in Mineola, L.I., he moved to Sunnyside at age 3. He was a supervisor for the city Department of Parks and Recreation on the Island and in Brooklyn. Mr. Goodell obtained an undergraduate degree, with honors in business, from Husson College, Bangor, Maine. He also graduated from Curtis High School. Mr. Goodell was a member of the Advance Advisory Board, helping to pick all-stars in girls' basketball and softball. He was an assistant baseball coach at Wagner College, Grymes Hill. He also was an umpire in ECAC, PSAL and PAL baseball, as well as a referee in football and basketball at the college and high-school levels. Mr. Goodell was a member of the Staten Island Baseball Oldtimers and New Lane Senior Center, Rosebank. "He was very close with all of his nieces and nephews," said his sister, Mary Ann McLeod.
William "Bill" Peters '75 passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 11, 2014. He was the son of Jane and Franklin Peters, the third President of Husson College (now Husson University). Those who knew Bill will remember him as a great cook, connoisseur of wines and an adventurest. He loved a good cigar, a good joke and arguably the world's best conversationalist. He would help anyone at any time and enjoyed his American Tug "Monkey Girl" that he and Laura rode along the Florida coast to Maine and Canada. He was known to have three motorcycles at the same time. He was an appraiser in the Bangor area and work at HUD for most of his professional career.
Larry William Clark died February 18, 2014 at his home in Palermo with family by his side after 14+ years courageously battling cancer. He was born May 3, 1950 in Bangor, the son of Herbert N. and Patricia M. (Harris) Clark. Larry married Diane Y. (Albert) Clark on November 29, 1980. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1968. Larry then attended Beal College and Husson University where he received his accounting degree. He served in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard in Bangor until 1978. Larry worked as an accountant for several Maine hospitals, leaving to work for Metropolitan Life for four years, and then returning to the finance departments of other hospitals. He spent his final 11 years working at Waldo County General Hospital until retiring in 2009 to spend more time with his family and enjoy life. Beginning at the age of 12, Larry became an avid golfer, winning the club championship in 1980 from the Bath Country Club playing, and placing 7th in the Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf tournament in which he played in for over 12 years. Larry also enjoyed camping, fishing at Jo Mary Lake Camp Ground as well as riding his ATV with his family. He really enjoyed the competition of card and board games. For several years Larry was a 4th Angel Mentor Volunteer with The Scott Hamilton Cares Initiative, counseling other cancer patients from several other states.
Edward M. "Fitz" Fitzpatrick ’73 of Lansingburgh, died on August 15, 2014, at Samaritan Hospital. Ed was a graduate of LSI, HVCC and Husson College. He retired in January following a long career in the insurance industry. Ed was a lifelong horse harness racing enthusiast and horse owner. Ed was a kind and caring man and will be truly missed by his family and friends. His compassion for children was particularly evident by the 50 kids he sponsored as a foster parent.
Mark A. Thompson ’73 was born May 2, 1951 in Belfast, Maine, to Merton and Beatrice (Place) Thompson, passed unexpectedly on September 12, 2014, at the home he shared with Valerie Derosier in Morrill, Maine. Mark was born an outdoorsman. As a child, he enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his father. He graduated Belfast Area High School in 1969 and attained his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Husson College in 1973. While working with Dutch Chevrolet in Belfast, Maine, he pursued his lifelong dream of joining the Maine Warden Service by spending time as a warden deputy. On February 27, 1987, he graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and was sworn into the Maine State Warden Service. He served he entire career in Waldo County and was a valuable member of the Overhead Search and Rescue Team. Mark engaged in many other interests outside of the Warden Service. Besides being an avid hunter and fisherman, Mark was a member of the Maine Retriever Trial Club and traveled across the United States and Canada competing with his three beloved black labs, Shadow, Buster and Sunny. He was also a devoted teacher, working with the Advanced Search and Rescue school, Unity College, and served as a mentor to many young wardens and a special deputy, Chris Dyer. Upon his retirement in September, 2011, his love for the Maine outdoors turned into a passion for farming. He and partner Valerie Derosier created Long Shadow Farm, providing the local and surrounding communities with organic fruits and vegetables. Mark was a founding Board member of the Marsh River Co-op and could be seen weekly at Farmer's Markets across the county.
Diane Graham '80 died January 22, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Lowell, MA, Diane moved to Maine and graduated from Hampden Academy in 1976 and from Husson College in 1980. After marrying Ronald Graham in 1981, she established a career in financial services, with Bangor Savings Bank, Peoples Bank, Bay Banks, Boston Safe Deposit & Trust, Sun Trust, and Gen Spring Family Services. She was active in the Women's Emmaus and Saint Vincent De Paul Society and was a parishioner at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo, FL.
Richard M. Newcomb '80 passed away at a health care facility in Orono on February 14, 2014. Richard was born January 18, 1944 in Bangor, Maine the son of Kenneth T. Newcomb and Ruth E. Severance of Hampden. Richard was dedicated to education and may be best known for his knowledge and love of the history of Hampden, where he lived his entire life. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and his Master's degree from Husson College. He started his teaching career at Caravel Middle School and then moved on to Beal College as Vice President for 15 years. Later he worked for Eastern Maine Community College as Financial Aid Director and was employed at Bangor High School in the Adult Education Program tutoring students in algebra for many years. At the end of his working career he worked for Department of Human Services in accounting. Richard was Past President of the Y.M.C.A. Management Club, the Hampden Historical Society, the Hannibal Hamlin Law office and the Husson Alumni Association. He was also a member of Rising Virtue Masonic Lodge #10 of Bangor, Anah Temple Second Section, and a longtime member of the Eastern Star Grange #1 of Hampden. Richard moved and restored the Hannibal Hamlin Law Office located at the Historical Society. He wrote and published two books, the first being the complete list of Alumni of Hampden Academy for the years 1803 thru 2003 and the second a book on Riverside Park.
Mary "Peggy" M. Craig '91, passed away in the Catholic Memorial Home on January 11, 2014 following a lengthy period of failing health, while surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in Rockland, MA, the daughter of the late Robert M. MacLeod and Mary (Holbrook) MacLeod. Mary has resided in Taunton since 1993, formerly of Patten, ME and Middleboro. She attended schools in Middleboro and Husson College in Bangor, ME and a graduate of the Brockton School of Nursing. She was employed as the director of Day-Hab Services in Norton and an LPN. Mary was an avid Red Sox fan, she enjoyed music and above all cherished her grandchildren.
Russell E. "Gene" Schaff, II '93 died June 30, 2014 at Togus with his family by his side after a lengthy illness. He was born Sept 21, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Russell E. and Ann M. (Eaton) Schaff. Gene grew up and attended high school in Maryland and enlisted in the US Air Force in 1961. He served 26 years retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1987. Gene served as First Sergeant for OMS at Loring AFB and was a Vietnam Veteran and received many medals and honors for his service. He earned a bachelor's degree from Husson College in 1993. Gene was a member and Past Master of the Limestone Lodge #214 and was a member of the Anah Temple. He was also a Royal Arch Mason, Garfield Chapter #48, Caribou, St. Alderman Commandery and the Knights Templar #17. Gene was also a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Bangor.
Robert "Bob" King '99, of Manchester, beloved husband and father, passed away April 17, 2014, from cancer of the small intestine. He was 56. Born in Presque Isle on Sept. 9, 1957, Bob lived most of his life in Maine and considered himself a true Mainer and a "County Boy." He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maine in 1980 and in 1999 an M.S. of business from Husson College. He used his degrees to build three separate mini-careers in Maine at Central Maine Power Co., Cuddledown of Maine and the Maine State Housing Authority. By far, it was the last years at the housing authority that graced Bob with the greatest opportunities while he worked with some of the most knowledgeable and caring people in the state to effectively design and deliver much needed support programs to financially struggling Maine people.
Lori A. Skelton’ 92 of Lewiston passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a brief illness. She was born on April 26, 1970, in Lewiston the daughter of George C. Skelton and Kathy (Danforth) Skelton Haigh. Lori was a 1988 graduate of Oak Hill High School in Wales, and she graduated from Husson University in Bangor in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. For the past twenty-two years, Lori has worked at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston as a psych nurse in the Admissions Department coordinating intakes for Behavioral Health. Lori was an avid Red Sox fan. She loved to socialize with friends. Lori was the "life of the party". Her sense of humor, generosity, and loyalty to family and friends were boundless. She was a dedicated professional and had the utmost respect of her colleagues.
Constance "Connie" R. Verreault ’95 of Auburn, died Sunday, September 21, at The Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice with her loving family at her side. She was born in Lewiston on October 20, 1942 a daughter of the late Elforest and Fredalena (Gagnon) Bassett. She was educated in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School class of 1961. She later in life went on to graduate from Husson College in 1995. Connie married her true love Thomas Verreault Sr. on May 28, 1966 and together they raised their three children. After raising her family she worked for the IRS as a Revenue Agent. She was a member of St. Philips Church and the Oasis Ladies Group associated with the Lewiston Bretheran Church. Connie was an avid quilter, she enjoyed photography, cooking and being with her six grandchildren. Her family was everything to her. She will be missed for her BBQ sauce, her Pineapple Cream Cake and silk flower arrangements.
Berneice E. "Bunny" Thompson died Jan. 4, 2014, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born May 22, 1919, in Enfield, to Edith (Allen) and John Thompson. Bunny attended elementary school in West Enfield and graduated from Howland High School in 1936. She graduated from the University of Maine-Orono in 1943 with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and earned her Master of Education degree from UMO in 1956. She later received her Master of Library Service from UMO in 1967. Berneice started her teaching career at Leavitt Institute in Turner Center in 1943 and then became Home Economics teacher at Brewer High School in 1945 until 1966, at which time she became Librarian at Brewer High School until 1968. She served as Husson College (now Husson University) Librarian until her retirement in 1986. While at Brewer HS, she received a Certificate of Merit from the Brewer School Administration. Berniece's life was one of service to others as she served as a volunteer and member in many groups. She was involved as an advisor with the Future Homemakers of America, a Y-Teen advisor, Literacy Volunteer tutor, seamstress at Westgate Manor, RSVP, Eastern Maine Technical College (now EMCC) Library, Athene Club, University of Maine Alumni Association, Bangor Nature Club, Brewer Garden and Bird Club, Humane Society of America, Maine Library Association, Foreign Student Advisor at Husson, National Association of Student Advisors, Retired Teachers of Penobscot County, Epsilon Delta Alumnae Sorority and Altrusa International of which she was a past president. Berneice was an avid Red Sox fan and kept her score pad right along with each game. Her other major love in her life was her cats.
Kenneth William Allen of Orono passed away March 19, 2014, after a brief illness. Ken, called "Billy" as a child, was born June 20, 1930, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, to Thomas Harold Allen and Marion Moses Allen. Ken's upbringing was modest but a source of many happy memories, wonderful stories and unsurpassed wisdom. Ken relished many ties to his hometown, supporting Eastport's Fourth of July celebration, subscribing to The Quoddy Tides, and keeping in touch with classmates and other friends. Ken was a veteran of the Korean War. He received his master's degree from the University of Maine in 1956 and his PhD from Rice University in 1959. After a brief period of teaching at UCLA he was able to realize his dream of returning to Maine in 1965. He and Gloria raised four children in Orono. Active in the community, they were founding members of the Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bangor. Ken worked for 25 years at the University of Maine in many capacities including acting president. As a professor in the Zoology Department, "Doc" Allen furthered his life-long love of teaching, research, and public service. He also held positions at Husson University, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of Maine, Augusta. Ken enjoyed several advisory roles, and raising many different types of animals including sheep, horses, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, and turkeys.
Ken's interest in marine life took him to far-flung locations, including the Antarctic. Traveling with fellow professor and close friend John Dearborn, Ken spent several months in 1972 on the R/V Hero on a research trip funded by the National Science Foundation. After retiring from the University of Maine, Ken served on the Maine State Board of Education, and enjoyed working for the United States Immigration Service where he made many friends and earned kudos for his ability to shoot in the dark. He deeply valued his role as a volunteer for Senator Susan Collins, coffee with friends at Pat's Pizza, and new friendships at the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. Ken was fiercely devoted to his family. He was a selfless and loving father and grandfather.
Shirley Coombs Hathaway Sibley passed away April 18, 2014 at a Bangor hospital. She was born March 31, 1924 in Bangor, in the Mace building of EMMC, to Evan "Tot" Estes Hathaway and Mary Frances "Mae" Coombs Hathaway and lived her entire life in Penobscot County. She attended elementary schools in Bangor (Fairmount) and Mattawamkeag, and graduated from Orono High School in 1942. In 1946 she received a B.A. in speech from the University of Maine where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Mu Sigma (Honorary Psychology Fraternity), Phi Mu Sorority, the Maine Masque, and the Modern Dance Club. In 1965, she received a M. Ed from the University. Over the years, she taught in Fort Fairfield, Old Town, Bangor, Lincoln, Penobscot Job Corps, and Husson College. After retirement, she enjoyed many years of volunteering as a docent at the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, and singing in the University Oratorio chorus. Shirley was a member of the Veazie Congregational Church from 1958 to the present.
John Winkin passed surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, where he had been a resident for the past six years. Born in Englewood, N.J., on July 23, 1919, son of Cora Senner and John W. Winkin Sr., John lived his early life in New Jersey until going to college at Duke University in Durham, N.C. At Duke, John was a three-sport athlete and played baseball under the legendary "Colby Jack" Coombs, graduating in the spring of 1941. After graduation, John enlisted in the Navy, became an officer and served with distinction, becoming a lieutenant commander and serving in the Pacific for four and a half years. John's ship was delayed on Dec. 6 heading into Pearl Harbor and was fortunate to miss the major part of the attack on Dec. 7. After the war, John returned to New Jersey, tried his hand at sports writing and was part of the startup of SPORT Magazine. In addition, he worked at the media side and became a pioneer in television sports as a pre-game Yankee analyst, along with Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy. John also completed his master's and doctoral studies at Columbia University in New York City. In 1949, he became a teacher-coach at the high school level and worked with baseball at all levels. With John's successes and the influence of "Colby Jack," John secured the position as baseball coach at Colby College. In the next two decades, Colby would become a power in New England baseball, John would coach almost every sport and rose to the position of professor of physical education and director of athletics. At Colby, John met and married Christine Woodbury, grew a family with children David and Mary, and became a leader in local sports. John developed and coached Little League through American Legion and raised the quality of baseball in the area and throughout Maine. In 1974, the University of Maine brought John to Orono as the head coach of baseball. John led an already successful program to new heights, becoming the regional Division I baseball program in the East. Six trips to the College World Series in Omaha, finishing in the top three twice and a player list of all-American and all-region selections created excitement about baseball all over the state. John moved to Husson College in 1996 and became head coach in 2003. As he finished his head coaching career, John had more than 1,000 wins, a legacy of excellence and thousands of young people who benefited from his teaching and influence. The John Winkin coaching tree has spread far and wide.
Bette L. Grant passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on September 11, 2014. She was born in Bangor July 17, 1931, daughter of Fenton A. and Louise P. (Doughty) Philbrick. Bette married her high school sweetheart, Judson "Bud" Grant on July 16, 1949. She worked with her husband developing several businesses beginning with Fairmount Terrace Motel. Bette worked in all facets of the business, from maid service to front desk clerk. With the opening of Broadway Furniture, she decorated the store and helped with the buying. Bette decorated The Cottage Restaurant, and she & her sister became the bakers, making the breads and baked goods. Once again when Kev-Lan opened, she decorated the restaurant there. She was a life time member of Patawa Club and a member of the Women's Philanthropic Council of Husson University. Bette received the Abe and Freda Miller Award for her generosity to Camp CaPella. In her later years, Bette enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandson.
Rev. Real Nadeau died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, following a struggle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Biddeford, the only child of the late Joseph Albert and the late Irene (Grenier) Nadeau. His high school and college years were spent at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul's Seminary & University, Ottawa. After completing his clerical studies, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on May 26, 1962.
During his years of full-time ministry, Nadeau served as parochial vicar in the parishes of St. Ignatius, Sanford; Holy Family, Lewiston; St. Joseph, Old Town; and Holy Cross in Lewiston. He served as Newman Chaplain at Husson College in Bangor, the University of Maine in Bangor and the Eastern Maine Vocational School also in Bangor. He was administrator or pastor of St. Ann, Indian Island; St. Philips, Auburn; Holy Cross, Lewiston; St. Andre, Biddeford; St. Michael, South Berwick; SS Peter and Paul, Lewiston; St. Patrick, Lewiston; and St. Raphael, Kittery. On Oct. 1, 2006, Nadeau retired from full-time ministry yet continued to provide assistance both in Maine and at St. Anthony and Assumption Parishes after moving to Florida.
In addition to his parish ministry, he also served as the Vicar Forane for the Southern Penobscot/Piscataquis Deanery and then the Androscoggin Deanery. He served on the Priest Senate, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, the Diocesan School Board, the St. Dominic School Board and the St. Peter's Cemetery Board.