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DETROIT – Delbert McLaggan, 86, died February 2, 2019 at a Pittsfield hospital. He was born October 9, 1932 in Detroit, a son of Cecil and Erma (Bryant) McLaggan, Sr. Del graduated from Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, in 1951. He married the former Joyce Weeks in 1955. They lived and raised their children in Detroit in his grandparent’s home, the family homestead.
He retired in 1994 from Staples Oil Company where he was a delivery driver for 43 years. He had also worked for J. R. Cianchette. He loved family get togethers, spending time with his family, sitting out on the porch, garage sales and doing jig saw puzzles. He enjoyed brook trout fishing, going to the coast for lobster dinners, walking the beaches looking for sea glass and playing bingo scratch tickets. He took great pride in maintaining his home and keeping the lawns well groomed.
Del is survived by his wife of 63 years, son Kevin and wife Annette McLaggan of South China; daughter Debora McLaggan and partner Warren Lund of Gray; grandson Kyle McLaggan and partner Myriah Cotter of South China; brother Royce McLaggan of Plymouth; sister Lorraine Bouffard of Pittsfield; sister in law Doris McLaggan of Hahira, GA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special neighbors and close family friends.
He was predeceased by his sister Colleen Hobbs, brother Cecil McLaggan, Jr., sister Beatrice Soucy and husband Francis; brother in law Normand Bouffard; and nephew Norman Bouffard, Jr.
Special thanks to Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital for the kind comforting care during his stay, and Northern Light VNA Home Health and Hospice.
At Del’s request there will be a private family service at Crosby & Neal, Newport. Spring burial will be in the Detroit Village Cemetery. He also requested that no flowers or memorial donations be made in his memory. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
Burnham – Charlotte L. Henry, lovingly called "Weezie", went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 3, 2019, surrounded by her loving family in Waterville.Charlotte was born on July 18, 1927, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of James and Gladys (Ellingwood) Huff. She enjoyed making furniture for Ethan Allan, was a hand sewer of shoes, liked driving taxi for Mr. Long and worked with her daughter, Gladys, at the Hartland Diner.Weezie was beyond generous, always taking care of others first. Her door was always open and she was content with all that she had. She liked picking berries, dandelion greens and fiddleheads. She enjoyed having a fishing pole in hand and always liked having her dogs around her. She loved her family with all her heart and was always there for them. She had a lot of spunk, was known to be sassy and was called the "Burnham Girl" whenever that feisty side showed through. She was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, sister and aunt.She is survived by her children, Gladys Nichols of Burnham, Sandra Witham of Burnham, Jim Henry of Canaan and Lonnie Henry of Burnham; sister, Marjorie Lawrence of St. Albans; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her parents; loving husband, Harold Henry; children: Bobby Henry, Elizabeth Ring and Julie Henry; grandchildren, Richard, David, Amos and Michael; sister, Libby Bellofatto; and brother, Jay Huff.The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 8, at the Winnecook Christian Church, 4 Chapel Lane, Burnham, with Pastor David Ray officiating. A potluck gathering will follow and all are welcome. A committal will take place in the spring at the Huff Cemetery, Mount Road in Burnham.To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to:The Waterville Humane Society100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901
Marcia A. Damon passed away on January 19, 2019 at Mid-Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She was born in Bar Harbor on August 7, 1955 to Ira and Charlotte Strout.
In addition to her parents, Marcia was predeceased by her husband, Henry Damon; a brother, Dennis Strout; and two sisters, Gloria Strout and Nancy Dunkle.
Marcia is survived by her sons, Shawn Brown of Charleston, SC and Burnham, ME, Christopher Brown & Stacy Patterson of Burnham, ME, Stacy Brown of Valrico, FL, and Kevin Brown of Pittsfield, ME; her grandchildren, Colton, Holden, Jacob and Emma; brothers, Clifford Strout of Ellsworth, ME, Eugene & Roberta Strout of Bar Harbor, ME, Clayton & Denise Strout of Manset, ME and Arnold Strout & Heidi Riggs of Ellsworth, ME; sisters, Donna Phelps of Englewood, FL, Trudy White of Lewiston, ME and Beverly & Bryan King of Burnham, ME; and long-time special friend, Fred Adams of Pittsfield, ME.
Marcia loved to spend time with her family, at backyard cookouts and watching her sons play games of horseshoes and pool. She will be missed.
Graveside services will be held in the Spring.
PALMYRA – Marion Cole Parsons, 49, passed away on February 3, 2019 peacefully at home. She was born on October 27, 1969 in Hartland, ME to Zelma and Robert Cole.
She attended Nokomis Regional High School. She is survived by her 3 children, Brooklyn Cole, Shyan Cole, Hunter Prew and daughter-in-law Anissa Prew; husband Todd Parsons; 6 grandchildren; 4 brothers; parents Zelma and Robert Cole and mother-in-law Katherine Parsons.
Marion enjoyed being outside. She was very adventurous, going to the coast, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, mudding, trying to spot her favorite animal, the eagle and just feeling the breeze.
She enjoyed working doing carpentry, painting and anything hands on. Most of all she loved spending time with the ones she loved.
Service will be held at a later date.
HARTLAND – Armas Mahonen, 72, died February 4, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born April 21, 1946 in Rockland, a son of Armas and Viola (Nickerson) Mahonen, Sr. He served in the United States Air Force and later, the Army, during the Vietnam War. Armas was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He was a self-employed junk dealer, specializing in copper, silver and other precious and ferrous metals.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Jennifer Mahonen of MA, Ailie Mahonen and Siiri Mahonen, both of Hartland; 2 sisters, Gloria Beck of NH, and Peggy Nelson of Cushing; many nieces and nephews.
Graveside committal services will be held at a later date at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Cushing.
Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — Judy Ann Welch “One Feather” passed away peacefully with family by her side at Dexter HealthCare on January 23, 2019.
Judy was born in Dexter, Maine on March 9, 1956 to Kenneth and Alice (Fickett) Bagley.
She was a published author. Judy worked many jobs: Guilford Woolen Mill, Potato Harvester, Flagger U-Maine College. Her passion was her CNA work, which she did for many years.
She loved spending time with her granddaughters, who she loved so very much. She is survived by her son, Heath Bagley and wife Amanda, their two daughters Lily May and Shealyn Rose of Ripley, Maine. She is also survived by two brothers James and wife Rebecca Bagley, Timothy and wife Debbie Bagley of St. Albans; one sister, Mary and husband Floyd Day of St. Albans; one half-sister Vala “Bagley” and husband Vinnie of the Country of Norway; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two special friends “sisters” Wendy Cooper and her husband Darren and Diane Brown. She was predeseased by her mother and father along with three older brothers, John, Lewis and Larry.
A celebration of life with family and friends will be held July 27, 2019 at the home of Heath and Amanda Bagley beginning at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, cards and donations, at this time, Heath and Amanda welcome your tributes and contributions during her celebration in July.
PITTSFIELD — George C. Moody passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 25, 2019, at the age of 90 years old.
George was born on January 27, 1928, in Troy, Maine, son of Arthur and Doris (Wingate) Moody. He grew up in Troy and graduated from Unity High School in 1947. He married the love of his life, Leola Leavitt Moody in 1949. They loved each other very much!!
George started his career at Pittsfield Coal & Oil Company as a truck driver in 1955 and worked his way up to becoming the owner of the company in July of 1967. He retired in 1998. He was involved in several organizations. He was a volunteer firefighter for the town of Pittsfield in the 1960’s. He was a member of the Maine Oil Dealers Association and served on the board of directors. He and Leola were members of the New England Fuel Institute, where they enjoyed attending the annual convention and trade show in Boston. They traveled to many destinations all over the world with the NEFI. George was a member of the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce in Waterville and served on their board of directors for several years. He was also a member of both the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield and the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
George and Leola traveled to their favorite place, Aruba, for 30 years. The also loved traveling with their camper to North Carolina and Virginia. He loved spending time with his loving wife and their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members and friends! He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and snowmobiling with his family.
He is survived by his sister, Beatrice Thomas of Brooks; sons: Robert G. Moody and wife Joetta of Pauline, SC and David A. Moody and wife Laure’ of Pittsfield; daughter, Sandra L. Perkins and husband Jeffrey of Pittsfield; grandchildren: Julie, Christopher, Sadie, Carrie, Kevin, Andrew, Brianne and Erin; great grandchildren: Mary, Titus, Seth, Levi, Adam, Riley, Cayden, Kelsey, Dawson, Olivia, Eli, Alyssa, Jasmine, Harper and Quinn; brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry and Louise Leavitt, Lorraine Leavitt, Carroll Leavitt, Earl and Therolin Leavitt, Galen and Ervena Leavitt, Patricia and Richard Holt, Harland and Debbie Leavitt, and Howard and Nancy Leavitt; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Leola; his loving grandson, Dennis; his parents; his in-laws, Harry and Grace Leavitt Sr; daughter-in-law, Connie Jo Moody; brother, Kenneth; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Donna; brothers-in-law: Linwood Leavitt and Dale Thomas; and sister-in-law, Carol Sue Leavitt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregation Church Memorial Fund or to the Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults.
A funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield, with Rev. Glenn Nichols officiating. A gathering will follow at the funeral home and all are welcome. A spring committal will be held at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
GUILFORD — Carolyn E. Hersey “Mema” died January 6, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. She was born April 18, 1937. Daughter of Laura Kelley and Dana Dow of Milo.
Carolyn enjoyed the children, grandchild, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed getting together and cooking with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son David Foster; her step-daughter Denise Hamilton; her grandchildren Mike Foster, Lisa Baird, Beth Wetmore, Justin Foster, and Luke Foster; her sisters Virginia Jehnings, Patrica Stewart, Brenda Gourley, Diana Gilbert, and Janet Stutzman; her brothers Gary and his wife Delilah Dow, and Guy and his wife Heidi Dow.
She was predeceased by her husband Earling Hersey; son Curt Foster; daughter Alyce Foster; step-son Danny Hersey; brothers Dana Dow, and Peter Dow; her mother Laura Kelley; and her father Dana Dow.
CANAAN — Gail Arlene Henry, 66, of Canaan passed away January 24, 2019. She was born in Benton on January 27, 1952, daughter of Charles Pollard and Ruth (Goodine) Pollard.
She had worked at a shoeshop, Avian Farms and many other odd jobs throughout her life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing, going to the casino and bingo. She will be greatly missed by many.
She is survived by her husband Jim Henry of Canaan; son Norman Brown of Fairfield; daughter Elaine Brown of Canaan; grandsons Cory Brown, Cody Brown, Evan Brown-Dixon; granddaughter Julie Brown-Dixon; brother Fred Pollard of Clinton; half brothers Lou Ryder and Gerald Ryder of Clinton, half sister Sandra Welch of Fairfield; many nieces and nephews. We will love you forever.
She was predeceased by her brother Donald Pollard; half brothers Lloyd Ryder and Lawrence Ryder; half sister Marlene Patterson. No funeral services at her request.
GARLAND — Stephen B. Rollins, age 73, of Garland, Maine departed this world for heaven on January 17, 2019. Born November 1, 1945, Steve was a native of Mohegan Island, Maine.
He spent most of his life as a seaman. He proudly served in the US Navy, was a lobsterman and finished the last 10 years of his career sailing the world as a US Merchant Marine. In 1981 Steve was awarded the US Coastguard Silver Lifesaving Medal for his bravery in aiding in the rescue of two Coast Guardsmen that had capsized in a storm, stranded on Smutty Nose Island.
Steve was a talented carpenter, artist, wood worker and well known for his love of cribbage and fishing. He had a generous, gentle spirit and the many friends who dined with him always shared “good groceries”. He wrote and published a children’s book, “Ronnie the Lobster”.
Steve loved helping others. A member of AA, he recently celebrated 30 years of sobriety. He was a member of the Garland Christian Fellowship, Dexter American Legion, Rockport Keystone RAC #24 and Rockland Knox Lodge No. 89.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Peggy (Brimmer) Rollins; Peggy’s large family who adored Steve; three sons from a previous marriage, Jeffrey Rollins of Union, Christopher Rollins and Gregory Rollins, both of Monhegan Island; brother, Courtney Day, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; and 2 nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Garland, Maine in the spring of 2019. A notice will be posted then to provide details. Those who wish to remember Steve in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 3151, Augusta, Maine 04330.


NEWPORT — Philip “Virgil” Bourgoine, Jr., 55, passed away quietly in the early morning hours of January 18th, 2019 at his Newport home, where he and his wife Cindy have lived for 35 years. Peacefully giving up the battle of congestive heart failure, he slipped from our arms into God’s arms. The 16 year old struggle was over, and the peace that shown upon his face was proof enough for his family, that in fact it was time.
He was born July 12, 1963 in Dexter, a son of Philip Virgil and Clarice (Dunton) Bourgoine, Sr. He had been employed as an over the road truck driver, heavy equipment operator, mechanic and a manager at a recycling facility, which fueled a fire for him to start his own business someday. In 2001, he was involved in starting a tire disposal and shredding business that is still in existence today and is one of his proudest endeavors, after his daughter and son, of course.
Virgil was well known for his kind, giving spirit and the patience of Job. Being consumed with health issues at an early age, you never heard him complain. He kept going, even if he had to alter the way he did things right up till the end. He was also known for having a video camera in his hand or close by so he could capture everything his family did on tape. Cindy, Becca and Mathew have buckets of footage and have found it very comforting to watch.
Virgil’s biggest enjoyment in his life was his family. They worked hard together and played hard together. Fishing, hunting and snowmobiling filled his time when he wasn’t with his daughter at a horse show or with his son at the race track. He traveled New England with his family to these events and created many memories and friends that will continue with Cindy, Becca and Mathew.
He is survived by his wife Cindy (Scannell) Bourgoine; daughter Becca Renee and husband Ian Buzanoski, all of Newport; son Mathew Virgil and wife Brittany (Furge) Bourgoine of Stetson; brother John Bourgoine of Corinna; nephew, Jason and wife Chrissy Bourgoine and their daughter, Paige of Newport; best bud, Dwayne Furge of Levant; plus many other friends and family. He has gone to heaven to see his parents; son, Coty; brother, Kevin; and good friend and mentor Thayne Eastman.

Dad, you have held on and always fought the good fight
And even though it breaks our hearts you are now gone out of sight.
We have a peace in knowing you have gone to heaven before us,
to build a place
For us to spend eternity with you in a very special and loving space.
Cheers, to all our memories here on earth
And for all the lessons you have taught us.
We will carry them in our hearts forever.
We will also fight the good fight and will Never Ever Quit. Never.
Your love and presence will always be felt.
And even with the cards you were dealt
You made the most of every day you had.
A daughter and a son couldn’t have asked for a better dad.
In loving memory of an incredible husband, father and friend

A celebration of Virgil’s life will be held at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, on Wednesday, January 30th from 6 to 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

CORINNA — Sandra Jean (Wilkins) Hickey, passed away on January 17, 2019 at a Bangor hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 3, 1948 in Peabody, Massachusetts, the daughter of Albert and Ann (Blazewicz) Wilkins.
In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her sister, Barbara (Wilkins) Joyce; and nephew, Ed Joyce. She is survived by her husband, Guyfred Hickey, Sr.; son, Guyfred Hickey, Jr. of Lagrange; daughter, Caryn Robichaud and husband, Doug of Newport; brother, Albert Wilkins and wife, Lois of Peabody, MA; and nephew, Ryan Wilkins of Peabody, MA. Sandra was a proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Evan Caron, Sierra, Kaydance, and Madisyn Robichaud.
Services for the family will be private. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
PITTSFIELD — Ruth Parkhurst, 89, of Pittsfield passed away in Skowhegan, Maine, peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield, Maine, the daughter of Wallace and Bessie Percival. She attended schools in Pittsfield and graduated from Maine Central Institute.
On June 20, 1947, she married Lester Parkhurst.
Later, after raising five kids, she got drawn into a career in working with children with special needs. What started as a daycare in the basement of the Baptist Church quickly grew as the town and parents recognized the need for a school for children with special needs.
Ruth with aid of some parents organized and the town school system opened up an older two-room school renaming it the Marie Bradford School from 1964 – 1974. Ruth ran and worked with children ages 6 to 16 and ran it on a very tight budget but with local businesses and volunteers, it prospered.
In 1974, the state board of education recognized the work Ruth had accomplished and adopted the Marie Bradford School into school districts #48 and #53.
Ruth, in the meantime, started taking courses at University of Maine in Farmington. She stuck with it and received an associate degree in special education and the state certified her as a special education teacher.
She spent 22 years working with children with special needs as well as preschoolers during the summers working in the head start program.
Over time her skills with children were recognized as student teachers and physical therapists visited to work with her and earn credits.
Ruth, all her life, was active raising a family, being involved in the community. She was a member of the Eastern Star, she was a Sunday school teacher and area 4H leader.
In retirement, she and her husband of 72 years moved to Sun City Center, Florida. It didn’t take her long to get involved in the local community there joining an elementary school children’s mentoring program. She was a compassionate caregiver to close family and friends.
Ruth was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother always compassionate and inspiring to all who knew her. She showered her love to all.
She is survived by her five children, Carol Goodwin, Richard Parkhurst, Jeanne Cooper, Jack Parkhurst and Douglas Parkhurst; and her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the people at Pittsfield Community Care and Cedar Ridge Center for their excellent care they provided to Ruth and a special thank you to Beacon Hospice Care.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
As a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Meeting House, PO Box 160, Pittsfield, ME 04967.
NEWPORT — Steve Lawn, 69, died January 21, 2019 at his residence after a brief illness. He was born December 28, 1949 in Boston, a son of Francis and Frances (Ceurvels) Lawn. He was a retired teamster. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and sports, especially the Patriots. He enjoyed and owned several classic and antique cars and belonged to a car enthusiast club.
He is survived by his wife Karen (Lundin) of Newport; 2 sons, Michael and wife Jill Lawn of Hanson, MA, and James Lawn of Middleboro, MA; 3 daughters, Erika and husband Brian Steen of Weymouth, MA, Michelle Lawn of Rockland, MA, and Diane Lawn of Haverhill, MA; a sister, Ann and husband John Waluk of Pittsfield; 8 grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Leaman and Denise Temple, Richelle and Robert Lawn.
Steve was predeceased by brothers, Francis, Russell and Edward Lawn.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM Thursday, January 24th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport, at a later date.
GUILFORD — Donna F. Mower, 74, passed January 18, 2019 at 3 PM at a Bangor Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Palmyra on March 17, 1944 to Roland and Elizabeth (Bates) Perkins.
Donna was a special lady who loved her family and friends. She loved going to the coast, decorating and family gatherings every weekend. She was a babysitter for many years, worked at Ben Franklin and in the past year took care of her mother of 97 years unconditionally.
She is survived by her husband of many years, Martin Mower and a son, Marty Mower and his companion Linda; her mother, Elizabeth Perkins; sister, Patricia Williams and husband, Ira; brother, Millard Perkins and his wife, Norma; many nieces and nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Lawn Cemetery in Guilford in June. Time will be determined.
ST. ALBANS — Priscilla Vigue Norris, 59, lost her battle with cancer January 17, 2019 at her St. Albans home surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield on November 25, 1959 to Ernest and Catherine Vigue.
Priscilla grew up in Hartland, graduating from MCI, and worked for Sebasticook Farms and Skills. She enjoyed traveling, riding motorcycles and snowmobiling. Priscilla and husband Wayne raised her family in Dixmont for 30 years.
She is survived by her sons Levi Vigue and Lance Norris of St. Albans. Sisters, Barbara Day, Shirley Humphrey, Kathy Vigue Verhey of Hartland and Great Aunt Fay Smith of Litchfield. Lifelong friends, Jeffery Russell of Florida, Annette Bouffard of Pittsfield, Sid Bizeau of Hartland and companion Terry Charrier. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
As requested by Priscilla, she wishes for a celebration gathering to be held in her honor at her sister Shirley’s home, 91 North Street Hartland on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM.
The family would like to thank Redington Oncology Department for their kindness and care and Dawna from Hospice.
EUSTIS – Joseph Vito Isgro, 92, of Eustis, passed away on January 6, 2019 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He was born on March 5, 1926, in Trenton, NJ, the son of Orazio and Virginia (Mulinaro) Isgro. Joseph graduated from high school in Jobstown, New Jersey in 1939. On April 13, 1947, he married Ruth Nehlsen in Hainesport, New Jersey. Joseph was a carpenter by trade, who learned construction and masonry, so that he could build a house from the ground up. He and his partner, Dave Phoebus, built the Arneys Mount, New Jersey custom home development. In his later years, Joseph learned to hand carve animals and birds, winning many awards through the years.
Joseph is survived by; his wife of 72 years, Ruth Isgro of Eustis; two daughters, Sandra Isgro of Eustis and Debra Gadzia of Shamong, NJ; four granddaughters; and eight great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 1 PM, at the White Wolf Inn, 146 Main Street in Stratton. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938.

DETROIT – Ethan Allen Kelley, 69, died unexpectedly January 9, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born June 23, 1949 in Presque Isle, a son of Allen and Dorothy (Parsons) Kelley. Ethan graduated from Presque Isle schools and the University of Maine at Orono. He served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. He retired from the USDA FmHA Farm Service as a loan specialist. He was currently commander of the Corinna Post #73 American Legion, where he also served as vice commander and finance officer. Ethan was also a Selectman for the Town of Detroit, a Little League coach and Cub Scout leader. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with Steve, Butch and Vic took numerous 4 wheeler trips in the County and enjoyed complaining about “fixing” the camp.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Hayden) of Detroit; 2 sons, Eric of Bangor, Evan and wife Heather of Pittsfield; 2 brothers, Mark and wife Ann of Florida, and Lance of North Carolina; 1 aunt Phyllis Kelley Leavitt of Presque Isle; 4 grandchildren, Olivia, William, Aiden and Gabrielle.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday, February 24th, at the Corinna Legion Post, 47 Maple Street, Corinna. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Corinna Post #73, P. O. Box 1, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

PITTSFIELD — Clifford A. Raye, 89, known as “Kit” to his family and friends, died peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Bangor.
Kit was born on October 15, 1929, in Codyville, Maine, the son of the late Aubrey and Sara (Caldwell) Raye. He graduated from Vanceboro High School and proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Kit was employed in the area shoe shops and retired in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball, sports and watching his favorite westerns on T.V., especially Gunsmoke and Bonanza. He was an avid Red Sox fan and watched every game…sometimes twice! He was a member of the Burns W. Knowlton American Legion Post 32 in Pittsfield.
He is survived by his son, Randy Raye of Palmyra; his granddaughter, Audrey Raye of Bangor; two brothers, Merle “Moe” Raye of Vanceboro and Max Raye and his wife Cynthia of Bangor and Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents; his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce Raye; and his sister, Faye Freeman.
A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

PLYMOUTH – Shirley M. (McAtee) Dunivan, 84, passed away January 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 27, 1934 in Dixmont, Maine, a daughter of Alexander and Augusta (Straight) McAtee. She graduated from Newport High School, Class of 1953.
On August 7, 1953 she married Berl Dunivan. They lived in Plymouth and raised five children.
Shirley worked several years for Guilford Industries in Newport and C.M. Almy in Pittsfield; but her joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be remembered for her cooking and sewing skills which have been passed on to her children and grandchildren. As a member of the Maine Quilters Guild and the Clueless Quilters, Shirley was very passionate about quilting. Her children and grandchildren will cherish her quilts for years to come.
She was a past member and officer of the Plymouth Grange. She was also in the bowling league at the Pittsfield Bowling Lanes for many years. Shirley also spent many hours working in her flower gardens.
Shirley is survived by her children, Gail (Kerbon) Littlefield of Corinna; Colleen (Harry) deCastro of Rehoboth, MA; Luanne (Sol) Pelkey of Palmyra; Cindy (Tim) Baird of Newport; and Jerry (Lori) Dunivan of Plymouth; 13 grandchildren, Jodi and Andrea Pelkey; Laura (Ryan) Walsh; Rachel (Jay) Sharkey; Amy (Dan) Warren; Nicole and Megan deCastro; Nathan, Adam (Heidi), Alex and Jenna Baird; Libby and Lexi Dunivan; 6 great-grandchildren, James and Madelyn Sharkey, Emily and Thomas Warren; Cole and Lyla Walsh; cousins, nieces and nephews. We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Berl; and siblings Bernard “Sonny” McAtee and Charlotte Gray.
Graveside committal services will be held at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth at 11 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Arrangements are by Crosby and Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Clueless Quilters, c/o Natalie Rogers, Treasurer, 389 Tibbetts Road, Exeter, ME 04435. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

NEWPORT – George Robert Grant Jr. passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on January 10th, 2019. George was born December 18th, 1948 in Bar Harbor, Maine. He attended local schools and graduated from Mount Desert High School, and Unity College, Class of 1971.
He left us to join his brother David Grant, sister Carol Howatt, mother Lucille (Campbell) Grant, father George Grant, stepsons William “Billy” and James Black, and nieces Kimberly Grant and Jennifer Mae Howatt. He left us to join them in a place where there is baseball, fishing and hunting trips, poker games with his lifelong friends, camping, antique auctions and laughter.
George, Geordie, Papa, or Dad left behind his wife of 42 years Lucille Lewis Grant; 3 sons, George (Jody) Robert Grant III and wife Darlene Hopkins Grant, Josh David Grant and his wife Katie Grant and Torrey Michael Grant of Syracuse, New York and his companion Michaela Sattaur; grandchildren Alex David Grant, Andrew George Grant, Peyton Elizabeth Grant, Hayden Black & Brittney Springmann and her companion Chris Savageau, and Boston Black; great grandchildren Mason and Myka Savageau; and niece Wendy Grant. He loved his family more than anything, and told us on many occasions that he was put on this Earth to be a father and a “papa”.
George owned and operated The Grant Insurance Agency for many years. He also worked for the Uniship Courier service until his passing. Both careers allowed him to drive around the State of Maine and do what he loved best, which was to interact with people. He was truly a “People Person” and had a genuine honest passion for life.
George also left behind a family of children, some now adults, who saw him at every ball game, concert, and school event they can remember. A family numbering into the hundreds that always knew his home was open to them, as a place to hang out with his sons, a place to grab a bite if food was scarce, a place to feel like home. We will all miss him more than we could ever put into words.
At his request, a graveside service will be held in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Nokomis Boy’s Basketball program, c/o Nokomis Sports Boosters, 266 Williams Road, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

HARTLAND – Susan J. (Whitten) Robinson, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1. She was born and raised in Hartland; the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Nichols) Whitten. Susan married her true love Aubrey in January 1971 and built a home with him next to her parents where they raised their three children. She enjoyed card games, swimming, fishing, watching game shows, and bird watching from her living room. She loved camping along the coast of Maine with her family in the summers. She enjoyed time at Lincolnville Beach, which was her favorite place to go with Aubrey. Susan received many owl themed gifts over the years, which she collected. She enjoyed going out to eat with her family and doing word search puzzles.
She will be deeply missed by her three loving children their spouses and two granddaughters: her daughter Patty and her husband Jason Angel of Boston, Massachusetts; her son Leroy and his wife Stacia “Stacey” (McAnaney) of Milton, New Hampshire; her daughter Mary and her husband John Horton of Hartland with her two young granddaughters; Breeara “Bree” and Faith who will miss spending time playing basketball and laughing with their “Grammy.” She is also survived by her sister Barbara Morse, brother David and his wife Cheryl Whitten, her sister-in-law Mary, brothers-in-law Freddy, Oscar, Donnie, and Ervin, close family friends Jana and Roger Brown, Ruth (Withee) and her family, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by her loving husband Aubrey, her parents, her sister Rowena Staples, her in-laws Roy Robinson and Leona (Marshall) and many other family members and friends
Susan’s children would like to send a special thank you to the Estes family of Hartland for all of their help with snow plowing and lawn mowing over the years for their parents. Thanks to all the nurses and staff members at the Dialysis Clinic (DCI) of Skowhegan for their encouragement of Susan during her seven years of treatments and the caring KVCAP drivers who made sure that she got to treatment no matter the weather. The family is grateful to the staff and volunteers of Maine General Hospice for their care and compassion. The family appreciates the nurses and staff members at the Woodlawn Rehab in Skowhegan for their kindness and care given to Susan and her family this past month. Additionally, thanks to Glenn and Rachel Nichols for their great care.
A memorial service to celebrate her life and committal will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on 163 Mount Vernon Road in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Susan’s name to the Tri-Town Food Cupboard at 9 Hubbard Avenue, Hartland, Maine 04943. For more information please call 207-938-2244.
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PITTSFIELD – Janice Elaine Dunphy McGowan, 77, died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in Pittsfield.
She was born on April 11, 1941, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of the late Hillis and Josephine (Reed) Dunphy. She married Robert McGowan on June 20, 1959. Janice worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in the early 60’s and from 1967-1972, she was employed at Galusha’s Inc., in Clinton. She retired from the Federal Trust Company in Waterville in 1993 after being employed by them since 1972.
Janice enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and diamond painting. Over the course of her life, she had made hundreds of quilts and afghans. Traveling across the state of Maine and Canada to see lighthouses was one of her favorite things to do. She visited many covered bridges in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She was a member of the Burnham Extension for many years and served as the treasurer for more than 20 years.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert McGowan of Pittsfield; two daughters: Susan Huffer and husband Alan of Detroit and Rhonda Kennedy and companion Martin Harris of Oakland; grandchildren: Ashley Kennedy and fiancé Adam Aranda of Palmdale, CA, Kristi de Bree and husband Chris of North Waterboro, Megan Huffer and fiancé Sam Roberts of Sangerville and Shane Huffer of Portland; great grandchildren: Audrey and Amelie Aranda, Marlowe and Ira Roberts and baby boy de Bree due to be born in April; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and four brothers, Richard Dunphy, Linwood “Red” Dunphy, John Dunphy, and Reed Dunphy.
The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 11, at the funeral home. A spring committal service will be held at the Greenlawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine, 04086, in Janice’s memory.
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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD – Roger S. Ross, 83, died peacefully on January 8 in Pittsfield.
He was born on August 22, 1935, in Milo, Maine, the son of the late Stuart and Erma (Hussey) Ross. He graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1954 and proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a life insurance salesman for Met Life for many years.
Family was everything to Roger. He was married to the love of his life, Moni Wheeler Ross, for 62 years, and together they raised five children. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but playing golf was his passion.
Roger was a Mason and a Shriner, belonging to the Meridian Lodge A.F & A.M. He was a member of the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge #2713 in Pittsfield. He belonged to the J.W. Parks Golf Course, the Waterville Country Club and served as Past President of the Maine State Golf Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Moni Ross of Pittsfield; his children: David Ross and wife, Susan of Pittsfield, Randy Ross and wife Micheline of Pittsfield, Robert Ross of Dexter, Tina Ross of Wesley and Maynard Ross and wife Tonya of Corinna; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Nancy Cameron and husband Donald of Newcastle; brother-in-law, Jack Wollensak of Amherst, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his siblings: Violet Gould and her husband Frank, Barbara Wollensak, David Ross and Ervin Ross.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the VNA, hospice, and SVH hospital for their great care.

HARTLAND – On December 30th, 2018 at 3:45 PM, the world lost Roland C. Dubey “Butch” - a good man, husband, father and brother. He worked hard his entire life and now he can finally rest. He was a kind soul that cared about everyone and everything. We all know that he’s now with his parents and the rest of the family that passed before him. He is missed by all that was blessed to meet him and even more by the people that knew and loved him. Rest in peace my brother, I will love and miss you until we reunite again.
PALMYRA — Cindy Breton, 71, passed away December 27, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 8, 1947 in Waterville. She graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1966 and graduated from Kennebec Valley Technical College, Class of 1996 after raising her 4 children.
As her family was her heart, she worked from home for 16 years as a licensed day care provider. In doing so, she was able to be a homemaker and full time mother to her children. Another important part of Cindy’s life was her love of education. At the time she was running her day care, she enrolled in college at KVTC, where she proudly earned a double major in Automated Office Technology. She also had the pleasure of graduating with her older daughter, which was a great honor to her.
She is survived by her sons Danny Hann II, Tony York and wife Deb; daughters Jennifer (Hann) Welch and husband Alfred “Bub” Welch III, Katrina Giles and boyfriend Jim LaPointe; grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Kayla, Alison, Alex, Jewel, Anna, Samantha, Dillan, Travis and Tara; her longtime companion Joseph “Joe” Carbone and her best friend Danny Hann Sr.: all of whom she loved with all her heart. She also had great grandchildren which all put a sparkle in her heart and filled her with joy.
Cindy especially enjoyed spending time with her family and watching the grandkids grow. She loved to cook for family and bake goodies for the grandchildren. She often spent time sewing and creating oil paintings for family and friends. Two of her personal passions were her love of the Smile. She always had a smile on her face and tried to help others feel happy. Every year she promoted “World Smile Day” in any way to put a smile on a person’s face. Her second passion was her group of friends in the Red Hat Society, of which she was a proud member.
Spring interment will be in the Palmyra Village Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at
DEXTER — On December 22, 2018, the Lord invited Robert Richard Joseph Allard to his eternal home. Bob was born on March 7, 1939 in a French speaking mill town in Rhode Island. He graduated high school in 1956 at the age of 17, then joined the U.S. Air Force seeking travel and adventure. Bob continuously volunteered for foreign duty and spent 14 of his 20 year military career serving on foreign soil, including a tour in Vietnam (67/68). In 1970 while stationed in Germany he met and married Marion J. Pattee from Pittsfield, ME. They were blessed with two fine daughters, Jeannine Marie, wife of Tim Bland of Ellsworth, ME, and Katherine Anne, married to Mark Trapela of Bradenton, FL.
Jeannine and Tim further enhanced the family by adding two lovely girls, Lindsay and Abigail, who reside with their parents. In 1976, Bob retired from the military and moved his family to Winterport, ME, residing there for the next 25 years until both girls had graduated UMO.
Bob spent the first 5 years of his civilian life working in a Bangor bank while attending Husson University, graduating with a cum laude in accounting and accepting a position as Financial Manager with the James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town for the next 30 years.
Bob retired in 2011 following the death of his wife from early onset Alzheimer’s. Her last five years were spent at the Westgate Manor Alzeheimer’s Unit where she received excellent care. During his wife’s residency at Westgate Bob attended many support group meetings where he met Wilma Johannesen whose husband was also residing at Westgate. Following the deaths of their spouses, Bob and Wilma decided to share their senior years in a partnership of love, joy and happiness. Two years ago they found their ideal home in Dexter of which both are extremely proud.
Bob is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dexter, and his ashes are to be buried on a warm summer day in the Kenduskeag Cemetery without fanfare, as per his wishes. Bob leaves his younger brother, Richard and his wife Lucille, and a sister, Colette Beal, all of FL. Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Messages and memories may be shared at
The purpose of life is very simple. Life is a test to determine where our eternity is to be spent.

Ripley — Kay E. Pierce Sawyer Dunton passed away in her sleep in Dade City, Florida on December 26, 2018. She was born October 10, 1936 to Earl and Doris O’Reilly Pierce in Pittsfield, ME.
Kay graduated from MCI in 1955. She married Ralph Sawyer and moved to Ripley. She worked 6 years for Northeast Shoe in Pittsfield, 34 years for Dexter Shoe in Dexter. Kay belonged to the Ripley Church in Ripley and also taught Sunday school. She belonged to the Ripley Grange serveral years ago. Kay had no children but she loved all the Sawyer nieces and nephews. They loved visiting with Aunt Kay and Uncle Ralph. She always kept in contact with them.
Later in life Kay married her high school sweetheart Merlon Dunton. They both loved to go camping and travel with the Big Montana. They went on several cruises with the Dunton families. Kay summered in a campground in Orland, ME and wintered in Dade City.
Kay loved all dogs, her pet dog was Ringo (deceased). She has several close friends down in Orland and also in the RV Estates in Dade City. She liked walking, playing the slots, eating out and talking to anyone that walked by her home.
She is survived by sister, Doris Ann Pierce Boutelle of Augusta; special sisters-in-law, Glenda Sawyer of Harmony and Corris Ann Richards of Mattawamkeag; brothers-in-law, Arnold Sawyer of Harmony and Clarence White of Detroit; close friend, Peggy Thompson of Connecticut, who always kept in contact. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kay was predeceased by her parents; sister, Marilyn White; brother, Leroy Pierce; first husband, Ralph Sawyer (1982); second husband, Merlon Dunton (2014); brothers-in-law Stephen Boutelle, Maurice (Velma) Sawyer, Harold (Alta) Sawyer, Richard (Mary K) Sawyer and Stanton Sawyer; nephews, Steven Sawyer and Mark Plourde.
Kay, my sister, my friend, I’m missing your phone calls each night. I love you lots sis.
Cremation in Florida. The burial will be held in Maine, to be announced at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions made to the Ripley Methodist Church, C/O David Mosley, 35 Pine Street, Dexter, ME 04930.