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In Memoriam

In Memoriam - Notes for May 2017


R. Joseph Partridge, Jr. died unexpectedly from complications of heart disease, April 25, 2017, at a Florida hospital. He was born May 29, 1944, in Rochester, NH, the son of Rodney Partridge, Sr., and Phyllis (Hogan) Partridge. Joe graduated from Carmel High School, Class of 1962, and attended Husson College. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam Era. After serving in the military, he married the love of his life, Christine Davis. They raised a family in Bangor and recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. Joe looked forward to spending winters with his wife in Florida, gardening in his yard, camping with friends and family, and watching his grandchildren's sporting events. 

John F. Doyle, of Ridge Road died Monday May 15, 2017 at Freeport Nursing and Rehab Center in Freeport. He was born in Lewiston on February 15, 1942, a son of John F. and Frances R. (Hurley) Doyle. He graduated from Lewiston High School where he was very athletic and was All State in Football and Basketball. He attended Husson College and joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. He was employed for L & A Tire in Lewiston as a salesman for nine years. In 1977 he was employed at Bath Iron Works as a crane operator until 1997 then to the main plant, retiring in 2012. He was formerly married to Marlene Doyle. He was a member of the Bath Lodge of Elks, American Legion, Post 21 in Bath as Past Department Commander in 2008 and the Bath and Brunswick Golf Courses.

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Leanne M. (Fruzzetti) Baker of Carver formerly of Middleboro died on May 17th, she is the beloved wife and best friend of Donald P. Baker. Loving mother of Stacey Ragazzini and her husband Dennis of Carver and Stephanie Cotti of Carver. Cherished Mimi of Tyler Ragazzini, Jamie Ragazzini and Mattelyn Cotti, great grandmother of Sophia Kistner and Jacob Ragazzini. Also survived by her best of friends the Steel Magnolias, Deb Powers, Elly Sheely, Pauline Sgarzi, June Miranda and Margaret O'Connor. Born in Brockton August 28, 1945 daughter of the late Roland and Mary (Martelli) Fruzzetti she was educated in Bridgewater – Raynham High School and a graduate of Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in Bangor, Maine, and also attended Bridgewater State. Leanne worked for over 44 years as a RN at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. She enjoyed reading, painting with water colors, knitting and most recently was knitting baby bonnets for the newborns, and she served on several area committees for the homeless shelters.


Shirley W. Delano ’44 EMGH went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by her family on May 3, 2017. She was born in Springfield, Maine, the daughter of Harry and Ruth Webster. Shirley and Lester O. Delano of Lee, Maine, were married for nearly 72 years.

Shirley was a registered nurse, a 1944 graduate of Eastern Maine Medical Center School of nursing. She worked at Workman Hospital for eleven years and eleven years at Penobscot Valley Hospital both in Lincoln, Maine, a substitute teacher at the Lee Elementary School and Regional Three in Lincoln. She served as a public health nurse, on the board of directors at Lee Academy. She also was a member of the Lee Historical Society, the Ladies' Auxiliary, and the local nurses' club. Shirley was a long-standing member of Lee Baptist Church teaching, cooking, and choir member. 


Louis L. Doe ’50, ’96 H passed away peacefully on the afternoon of May 1, 2017, at his home in Newcastle. Born in Sheepscott on Feb. 9, 1927, he was the son of Arthur and Estella (Leighton) Doe. Louis grew up on Kings Highway in Sheepscott, attending local schools and graduating from Lincoln Academy in 1945. He served in the United States Air Corps from 1947 - 1950, and upon his honorable discharge, attended and graduated from Husson University with his degree in Business. He would later become a Master Plumber, and in the late 1960's started a plumbing and heating business on upper Main Street in Newcastle. While running his business, he hired Judith Lang, and the two would eventually marry. In 1970, Louis and Judy started Louis Doe Home Center, and together they perfected the formula for a successful marriage and business.

In 1973, he was one of the founding members of Damariscotta Bank & Trust, and served on its board for many years. He was a long-time member of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Lions Club, and was the last surviving original member of Jake's Rangers. Louis was an avid hunter well into his 70's. He enjoyed gardening, both vegetable and beautiful rose gardens, and he loved animals, particularly his labs. More than anything, he loved his time at the store, and enjoyed conversing and getting to know all of his customers.

Shirley L. Daigle ’51, widow of Roland P. Daigle, passed away on April 11, 2017, in Tucson, AZ. She was born July 27, 1927, in Wakefield, MA, then moved to Greenville, ME.

Shirley was a registered nurse for 30 years doing what she loved most - taking care of people. She was a graduate of a nursing program in Bangor, ME, and worked in many hospitals on the East Coast and the Midwest. She will be remembered as a helpful advisor in health matters to those who sought her recommendations. Shirley and her husband Roland retired to Tucson, AZ, to enjoy the sun and warm climate. After Roland's death, Shirley was lucky to have her son, David, stay with her until she passed.

Edna Frances Harriman Madden ’58, of Greenfield, passed away May 13, 2017, at home. She was born November 7, 1937, in Lincoln, the daughter of Winfield and Alice (West) Harriman. She grew up in Edinburg and was a 1956 Graduate of PVHS and a graduate of Husson College. Edna married Stephen Madden July 31, 1960, and lived the rest of her life in Greenfield. Edna enjoyed gardening, watching the birds, sitting in her front yard, reading books, puzzles, games, picking berries, four wheeling, eating at Burr's Store, antiques, yard sales, digging for bottles, luncheons with old classmates at the 95'er Diner in Howland, and treasure hunting. She especially enjoyed visits from a very special nephew, Galen and his wife Jill Quint of Hodgdon. She worked in her earlier years at UMO Library and Dunham Hanson Company. After she raised her children, Edna babysat for many different families and retired as the housekeeper for Stephen and Tabitha King. The family would like to give special thanks to Susan Yanush and Dick Watson who checked in with her often over the last few years.



Sharon Fuller ’79 of Veazie was born the daughter of Linwood and Rachel Fuller on August 7, 1957, in Belfast, Maine. Sharon passed away peacefully at her home on April 24, 2017. Sharon graduated from Belfast Area High School and Husson College with recognitions for her outstanding athletic achievements in field hockey, basketball, and softball, and her love of athletic games. She worked for many years at EMMC where her quick-witted sarcasm, open-hearted generosity, and sheer grit gained her the admiration of countless friends. Sharon's community of friends and acquaintances grew and grew as she traveled around the US and beyond, the result of her incredible ability to disarm and befriend almost everyone she met with the gregarious, outgoing nature she inherited from her mother Rachel. Sharon valued her relationships greatly, especially the deep, enduring friendships she forged growing up in Belfast, competing at Husson College, and working at the hospital. Sharon's courage in the face of life's many challenges, fierce loyalty to friends, and pervasive sense of fun have left an indelible mark on all who know and love her. Truly, Sharon lived loving life and the people in it.



On Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Edmund Thomas Cassidy ‘85 went to his Eternal Home in Heaven. He was surrounded by the love of his precious wife, Teresa, and his dear children. Edmund was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on Feb. 12, 2014. At that time, he was given a life expectancy of two to four months, which is the typically grim prognosis for Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. But God had other plans. Through the outstanding care of the highly skilled physicians at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, the hundreds of answered prayers and many miracles of healing, Ed lived over three years past his initial diagnosis. During that time, he was incredibly blessed to see three grandsons and one granddaughter be born. Edmund was born on March 3, 1955, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. He was the youngest son of John F. Cassidy Sr. and Avis B. (Hanson) Cassidy. He graduated from the Calais Memorial High School in 1973. Edmund received his B.S. in biology from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his M.S. in business from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. On Aug. 21, 1976, Edmund married his high school sweetheart, and the love of his life, Teresa Lynn (Clark) Cassidy. They remained happily married for over 40 years. While living in Calais, they were blessed to have Ryan, Erin and Meghan. Ed was very proud of each of his children, and he led by example as they grew to become outstanding adults. Edmund began his life long career in law enforcement with the Calais Police Department serving five years as a part-time police officer, and in 1978, Edmund began his federal career as a U.S. Immigration Officer (INS) in Calais, Maine. After several promotions, Edmund was appointed to a supervisory immigration examiner/instructor and course developer officer at the National Immigration Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy at Glynco, Ga. In 1992, Edmund returned to Maine as he was selected to be the INS area port director. In 1999, Edmund accepted an immigration law instructor position at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. As he advanced in his career, he was selected as the training operations supervisor at the INS Academy and later served as the director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Academy. After the merger, Ed was selected to be the assistant director of the U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Academy. After 9/11, until his retirement, Edmund held a number of positions within CBP but he felt it was his duty to assist U.S. troops fighting overseas in any way he could. In that regard Edmund was selected as a CBP, senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and Finance in Baghdad, Iraq. He also served as the CBP attaché in Afghanistan for two years, which included directing the activities of the highly successful Border Management Task Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Edmund's last assignment before retiring was to serve as the CBP senior liaison with U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. Edmund received multiple distinguished awards and special recognitions for his outstanding service in the federal government. He received two Department of State Sustained Superior Performance Awards for leadership and execution relating to the Civilian/Military Joint Border Management Task Force. He was greatly honored to be presented with the highest award presented by the military to a civilian, known as The Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Award for superior and sustained support of the Department of Defense and Operation Enduring Freedom. Ed received the Department of Defense Medal for sustained efforts against global terrorism. And, he was selected for three commissioner's group awards for Leadership in Immigration and Naturalization Service for Excellence in Training at the U.S. Immigration Officer Academy; Customs and Agricultural Officer training following creation of the Department of Homeland Security; Superior Service in serving as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior; Superior Service as the Customs Border Protection Attaché in Afghanistan, Deputy Commissioner Award for Dedication and Contribution to the Success of the Customs and Border Protection International Affairs and Mission. Ed was committed to his strong Christian faith. He lived his life in volunteering his time and talents to both the church and his community. One of his favorite hobbies was sailing on the St. Croix Bay. He enjoyed restoring and driving his 1976 Porsche 914 and Porsche 911. He spent many great times with the Clark and Cassidy clans at Pennamaquan, Howard and Nashes Lakes. He designed and assisted building our home on the edge of the St. Croix River in Calais. Despite devastating effects of his cancer treatment, Ed restored our cottage, and built a new dock. He also completely renovated our home on St. Simons Island.


Carmen Begin Welch ’93, of Winslow, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at home with her family in Winslow on May 6, 2017. She was born in Lewiston, the daughter of Leopold and Yvette Begin. Carmen graduated from Lewiston High School, and then went on to earn an associate degree from Bliss College as the first in her family to obtain a college education. She started her working career in Lewiston at Central Maine Power and worked a number of years at SAPPI's Somerset Mill in the purchasing department. She then spent many years at International Paper, Augusta (Woodlands Division) in the HR department. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Husson College, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager. Carmen was an asset in her role at IP, as her ability to communicate in fluent French was helpful with some of the border regions where she worked. When IP closed the Northeast Division, she then finished her HR career at the State of Maine, Natural Resources Service Center, retiring in 2012 after 30 years of service in HR. Carmen married Robert Welch in 1972 in Lewiston and resided in Winslow for 40 years. Carmen loved music, particularly playing the lap steel guitar, a joy perfected since the age of 8 years old. She also played the acoustic guitar, harmonica, ukulele and piano, all self-taught. She played music with her family and as part of a group on weekly visits to nursing homes. She also enjoyed spending summers on the lake with family, painting, wood carving and gardening. She could do anything to which she put her mind. She loved animals, especially cats, and traveling near and far with her family and friends.

Laura B. Fortin ’96 died May 21, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 22, 1951, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Morris and Maxine (Levin) Kenigsberg. Laura graduated from White Bear Lake High School (MN), class of 1969. She went on to graduate from St. Barnabas School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN in 1973. Laura received a Master's degree in Business from Husson College in 1996, then later earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She was a long time nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center at different levels. She was the Director of Nursing for several home health agencies, and retired from Davis Long Term group in Rockland. Laura enjoyed dogs, reading, playing games on her iPad, lobsters, and knitting. Laura will be remembered as a strong, intelligent woman who was very loving and caring. She would do anything for her family and loved ones.