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Jackie Carl Fenton - August 14, 1949 - January 19, 2024

Departed: 01/19/2024 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Bangor - Jackie C. Fenton, 74, died peacefully January 19, 2024 surrounded by family following a brief illness. He was born on August 14, 1949 in Jonesport to the late, Clarence C. and Eunice (Bryant) Fenton.
He attended Jonesport High School where he played basketball and baseball. He joined the US Coast Guard at the age of 16. After completion of his service he sailed for Mobil and ARCO as a pumpman for 20 years. He was part of the crew of the oil tanker the ARCO Juneau that was the first ship to access the Alaskan Pipeline in 1977. This ship took the first load of crude oil from Alaska to the West Coast. His love for the sea didn’t end as a merchant marine. He fished commercially on the Atlantic Ocean out of Jonesport for over 30 years. He loved playing cards with his friends and going to the casino. He enjoyed spending time with family at the cottage on Sandy River Beach and looked forward to seeing family in the summer during the Moosabec Summerfest.
He is survived by two daughters; Kersten (Fenton) Noyes of Bangor and her children, Parker and Hannah, Justine and her husband, Nick Buscanera of Wiscasset and daughters Sophia and Lilliana. Sons, Shawn and Marie Johnson of Jonesport and their children Shawn Johnson Jr, Nathaniel, and Isaiah; Zachary Fenton of Jonesport and Connor Fenton of East Machias. He will surely be missed by Linda Fenton, with whom he spent over 30 years.
His brothers Dana and wife Ruth Fenton of Jonesport, and Dale and Lynell of Scarborough. Sisters, Christine Fenton of Addison and Lynne Kirby of Jonesport. He was predeceased by one brother, Clarence Fenton, Jr and a sister Charmaine.
A private celebration of his life is planned for the summer.
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Joseph Manuel Nunez - March 11, 1948 - November 05, 2023

Departed: 11/05/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: BRADFORD, Maine - Joseph "Joe" Nunez, 75, of Bradford, Maine, passed away on November 5, 2023, after a heroic struggle with metastatic prostate cancer.
Born on March 11, 1948, in Newark, New Jersey, Joe was the beloved son of Jose Raymond Nunez and Marie Louise Nunez (Romero.) In his heart, he was always a "Jersey boy" and spoke kindly of his parents.
Joe was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1968 after serving at the Presidio in Monterey, California. His most cherished employment was as a mental health worker for those with significant mental health challenges, providing care in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Joe is survived by his loving significant other, Kathleen M Bernard, his brother David F. Nunez of New Jersey and his family, his Northern Light Hospice family, and his devoted dog Zero.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Laurence E. Crofutt Community Room of the Bangor Public Library in honor of his profound love of reading.
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Piero Brovarone - September 25, 1933 - September 19, 2023

Departed: 09/19/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Piero Brovarone, 90, of Bangor, ME born August 25,1933 in Torino, Italy, passed away in Bangor, ME on September 19, 2023.
Piero grew up in Torino, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1961. He became an American citizen in 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1965. He was the Manager of Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Department with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory of Cambridge, MA. He also obtained his MBA from Thomas College in 1995. He taught business, math and Italian for many years throughout Maine including Beal College, UMO and Mid State College.
He was an accomplished self-taught jazz guitarist and formed; or was part of many musical groups throughout Maine including the Beriozka Balalaika Orchestra in the early 1980s. Most recently, for the last 20 years he was the leader of the Piero Brovarone Trio with Sonya Hannington and Leo Jonason.
Piero is survived by his nieces, Stefania and Caterina Bucca of Italy. He will be remembered for his patience and kindness as a jazz guitar instructor by his students: Jeffery Hooke, Sean Shortall, Mike White, Ciro Olivares , Miranda Rancourt and many others over the years.
There will be a gathering in celebration of his life Thursday September 28th upstairs at Paddy Murphys in Bangor from 7pm-9pm.
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Timothy Scott Robinson - December 13, 1965 - May 02, 2023

Departed: 05/02/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Timothy Scott Robinson passed away at his Brewer residence on May 2, 2023.
He is survived by his parents William H. Robinson Jr. of Bangor and Nancy {Wood) and William McLaughlin of Orrington; His daughter Cassandra Robinson of Hudson and her brother Brandon Auel of Bangor; His brothers Kenneth W. McLaughlin of Orrington and Brian C. (Angela) McLaughlin and their son Aiden of Eddington; His nephew Ricky A.(Jessica) Robinson, Jr. of Indiana and Ricky's brother, James DeGrasse of Glenburn and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Ricky A. Robinson in 1999.
He enjoyed doing volunteering with everyone at Welcome to Housing in Old Town.
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Lawrence Klein - April 29, 1928 - April 28, 2023

Departed: 04/28/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Lawrence "Larry" Klein, 94, of Medway , ME, passed away on April 28, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Born on April 29, 1928, in Milwaukee, WI, Larry was a man of great character, known for his kind and humble nature, talkative personality and funny sense of humor. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodworking, and was a respected member of his community.
Larry served his country honorably in the Army from 1951-1953, where he learned valuable skills and developed a strong work ethic that he carried with him throughout his life. After his service, Larry worked in the family's masonary business (John Klein and Sons). He later worked as a welder and pressman at A.O. Smith, where he was highly regarded by his colleagues.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn, and their three children, Kathy, Kenny, and Steve. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, his father, John, and his siblings, Raymond, Ervin, John Jr., Eleanor, and Donald.
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Aaron Newell Boyington - July 13, 1967 - April 09, 2023

Departed: 04/09/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: HAMPDEN-It is with heavy hearts and overwhelming sadness that we announce the passing of Aaron N. Boyington, 55, on Easter morning, April 9, 2023. He passed peacefully at his home with his loving family and devoted partner by his side. He was born on July 13, 1967, in Bangor, Maine, son of Robert N. Boyington and Mary C. (Bagley) Skaggs. Aaron spent his teenage years hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, and spending time with friends and family on Pushaw Lake. He was a self-taught drummer and bass guitar player and throughout his life he was a member of several rock bands. Aaron loved his drums! He graduated from Old Town High School in 1985 and attended the University of Maine in Augusta, majoring in music. His musical taste was eclectic, but he was a metalhead at heart. One of Aaron’s joys in life was to see live music, a pastime that he shared with his partner, Shawna. In addition to his passion for music, Aaron was an artist, poet, inventor, archer, gun collector, and a fabulous cook. He also spent hours riding his motorcycle, and more recently his Burgman scooter, which he personally customized, Aaron-style. His mustard pickles were the best; a recipe passed down from his Grandfather Bagley. Aaron was a lifelong learner with a creative mind. He could repair just about anything: motorcycles, cars, lawnmowers, you name it. From an early age, he loved to take things apart to see how they worked, and he could always put them back together. Aaron never met a vehicle that he couldn’t install a first-rate sound system in. A friend jokingly told Aaron that he was sure he was deaf in one ear because of the stereo Aaron had installed in his truck. Aaron looked forward to visiting Sprague Falls on the Narraguagus River in Cherryfield every Spring where he spent hours fishing like he did growing up. He had many lifelong friends, including Mark Buzzell, who rarely missed a day visiting Aaron while he was sick, even bringing a Christmas tree and drum sticks to Aaron while in the hospital. In Aaron’s earlier life, he was the creator and co-owner of Sound Shapers in Brewer. He also held positions as a supervisor in the housekeeping department at EMMC, Service Advisor at Downeast Toyota, and most recently he was a Manager at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Bangor. Aaron loved animals and leaves behind his dogs Tucker, Vivian, and Anakin. He was also known for his unique pets, including a tarantula and a pot-bellied pig.
Aaron was fiercely loyal and protective to those he loved. He faced life’s challenges on his own terms. He adored his beautiful daughters, Grace and Skye, and would frequently say how proud he was to be their father. Aaron looked forward to a barbecue on a sunny day at the lake with his family, while enjoying a cold beer. We will miss his quick wit and mischievous smile.
Aaron was a relentless fighter and is now free from pain. His strong will and stubborn streak, no doubt, got him through the last months of his life. He left us much too soon.
Aaron is survived by his father, Bob of Glenburn; mother Mary and her husband Tom Skaggs of Pushaw Lake; beloved daughters Grace and Skye Boyington; devoted partner and best friend, Shawna Hachey; sister Amy Boyington, partner Larry Plass, nephew Val Boyington; step-siblings Jeff Skaggs, wife Jamey Richio, nieces Braeden, Rianna and Jordan; Jenny Grove, husband Ray Grove, nephews Andrew, Hank, Matthew and Scott; Jori Cook and husband Timmy Cook. Aaron was predeceased by his grandparents: Holand and Barbara Bagley; Raymond and Joyce Boyington; Dorothy and Galen Morgan and Aunt Betsy Bagley. Aaron also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family would like to thank the many people who cared for Aaron over the last several months. A special thank you goes out to his partner, Shawna, his sister, Amy, and Gentiva Hospice for their compassionate care during his final days at home. A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held at the Penobscot Valley Country Club, 366 Main St, Orono, Maine, Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 2-4 pm.
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Ruth Ann Fields - November 14, 1925 - March 14, 2023

Departed: 03/14/2023 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Ruth Fields, 97, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2023, at home in Winterport, surrounded by family. Ruth was born on November 14, 1925, in Brighton, MA. Ruth was the daughter of John and Veronica Foley.
In 1945, she married Ralph William Fields (known as "Bud"), the love of her life, and they were married for 51 years. They raised seven (7) children in Frankfort, ME, where she lived all her married life, Ralph (Joette), Wayne (Sharon), Bruce, Kathy (Lowell), Shawn (Joan), Scott (Denise), and Barry (Suzanne). She had ten (10) grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven (7) great-great-grandchildren. Ruth always said that her children were her "jewels." She loved all babies, especially when they were "wearing a hat." She was predeceased by her mother and father; nine (9) younger siblings; a daughter-in-law, Sharon; and two (2) grandchildren, Emily and Jamie.
Ruth was a faithful communicant of St. Gabriel's Church in Winterport. She was a very special person in more ways than one and touched the lives of all of those around her. Ruth loved everyone and everyone loved Ruth. There will be a graveside service 11 AM Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Oak Hill Cemetery, 95 Lebanon Rd, Winterport, ME 04496.
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Charlotte Cole Dickinson - February 23, 1931 - December 13, 2022

Departed: 12/13/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: BANGOR and GREENVILLE—Charlotte (Cole) Dickinson, 91, passed away December 13, 2022. She was born in Greenville February 23, 1931, to Wilber and Emma (Hathaway) Cole.
She loved her hometown, where she lived most of her life, but moved to Bangor in 2000 for health reasons. She had been active in community affairs. At the time of her death, she was still a member of the Union Church and Moosehead Historical Society. She was the first president of the Lakeview Junior Woman’s Club in 1956. She was Past Matron of Mowidausis Chapter of the Eastern Star. For many decades, she and her family enjoyed time at camp on Lower Wilson Pond, where her children and grandchildren learned to swim and water-ski.
She was predeceased by first husband Phil Collins in 1985 and second husband Lew Dickinson in 2006. She is survived by daughter Ellen Collins of NY; son Jeff Collins and wife Cheryl of Bangor; grandchildren Philip Parson of NY, Marie Parsons-Congdon and husband Brian of CO, Jennifer Collins of CA, Jim Collins of Bangor; great-granddaughter Norah of CO; sister Dorothy Ryder of Veazie; nephew Allan Ryder and family of NH; niece Kathy Ryder Andrews and family of Brooksville; Phil’s nieces and nephews Wanda Gary, Dorinda Somers, Mick Collins, Greg Collins, Sherry Deming, Mike Collins, and their families; several cousins.
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Barry Blake Raye - April 07, 1954 - November 14, 2022

Departed: 11/14/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Guilford – Barry B. Raye, 68, passed away at home on November 14, 2022, with his Wife and Son by his side. He was born on April 7, 1954, in Hempstead New York the son of Max & Mimi Raye.
He worked for the Maine Central Railroad (now Pan Am Railway) for 42 years, retiring 8 years ago. Barry enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley and riding his side by side into Guilford Mountain. He had a lot of friends and touched a lot of lives. He will be missed by many.
Barry is survived by his Father Max & Stepmother Cindy, his loving wife Gail Raye of 48 years, his Son Chris Raye of Guilford, and his two Grandsons who Lovingly knew him as BB. Briker Raye & Girlfriend Krysten of Dixmont and Sage Raye of Sangerville and a Great Grandson Ryker Raye whom he was Thankful he got to meet. We are thankful we were able to get a five-generation picture before his passing. He is also survived by his sister Rhonda & Husband Dennis Doten and their Son Josh Doten his special Nephew his Niece Rachael & Nephew Rusty. He is predeceased by his Mother Mimi Scott, Brother and his Wife Scott & Tammy Raye and special nephew Matthew Doten.
Arrangements were through Cremation Basics. In the Spring a few of his special friends and family are planning a cookout and get together at his very close friend, George’s camp into Guilford Mountain. This is what Barry ‘s wishes were.
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Rosemary Jo Pike - February 08, 1944 - October 12, 2022

Departed: 10/12/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Rosemary Jo Pike, age 78, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2022, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine with her oldest daughter holding her hand. Rosemary was born on February 8, 1944, in Eustis, Nebraska to Reverend Doyle Harvey and Lois Arlene Hays. She was the youngest of their 3 children. Rosemary graduated from Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska as part of the class of 1962. That fall she was married to Wayne Arthur Keeten by her father, Reverend Doyle Hays. They lived in Fairfield, Sutton and Holdrege, Nebraska. They had 3 children: Kalvin Wayne, Kori Jo and Kimberli Lois. Wayne passed away on February 4, 1973, from the effects of a car accident 4 years earlier when his heart was bruised and permanently damaged. As a widow with 3 children to care for, Rosemary worked at Becton-Dickinson in Holdrege.
She eventually met and married Bob Pike in Holdrege, Nebraska on November 26, 1975. Rosemary's father again participated at her wedding service. Bob adopted Kalvin, Kori & Kim and they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where Rosemary gave birth to her youngest son, Kurtis Daniel. Bob & Rosemary lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado, Vernal, Utah, and Arvada, Colorado.
While married to Bob, Rosemary worked as an Answering Service Operator, waterbed sales, and as a bookkeeper.
Bob passed away on March 4, 1993. Once Kurt graduated from Arvada High School, Rosemary moved to Bangor, Maine to live with her oldest daughter, Kori. Kurt followed shortly afterwards. Bangor remained home for Rosemary for the rest of her life.
Rosemary was taught to have faith in God and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior through the teachings of her parents.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Wayne and Bob, and her older sister, Lorrene Feddersen (Audubon, lowa). She is survived by brother and his wife Doran & Louise (Salem, OR), her brother-in-law Don Feddersen (Kingsley, IA), her oldest son & his wife Kalvin & Brenda (El Paso, TX), her oldest daughter, Kori Perry (Bangor, ME), her youngest daughter & her husband, Kimberli & Blaine Shirk (Heber, UT), her youngest son, Kurt (Bangor, ME) and 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and countless friends and neighbors that she cherished.
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Christopher John O'Reilly - March 31, 1961 - August 30, 2022

Departed: 08/30/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Christopher O'Reilly, 61, passed peacefully after a long illness on August 30th, 2022 at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He was born on March 31st, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey.
Chris was predeceased by his father, John O'Reilly. He is survived by his fiancée Kathy Klein whom he often called the love of his life, his mother Marion O'Reilly, his sister Colleen O'Reilly, his brother-in-law Nicholas Saphin, his nephew Reilly Saphin, and his niece Charlotte Saphin.
Chris had a love of learning. He attended the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1979. After high school, he studied Peace and Global Studies at Earlham College. He then studied History at Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski in Lublin, Poland. After this, he went on to study Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and went to Flight Nurse School at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. In addition, Chris also took classes at Princeton Theological Seminary and attended culinary school.
Chris's love of nursing took him all over the country and the world. He worked as an ER nurse, trauma nurse, OR Nurse, and Air Force Flight Nurse. While serving in the Air Force, he was awarded a Purple Heart after an ambulance he was traveling in with a patient hit an IED. Chris worked in many hospitals over his long career as a nurse, including Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ; Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA; Nantucket Cottage Hospital in Nantucket, MA; Millinocket Regional Hospital in Millinocket, ME; and MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor, ME.
Besides his love of nursing, Chris enjoyed art, music, literature, cooking, and hiking in a kilt. He took pride in his Polish and Irish ancestry. He also found joy in volunteering for community projects and organizations. He spent time in Jamaica volunteering with Father Richard Ho Lung to provide care for those in need. When he lived on MDI, he spent many hours as a volunteer cook for Open Table MDI, an organization which provides free community meals on Mount Desert Island. Chris left this world having made it a better place for his presence in it.
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Donald Frederick Emmons - March 10, 1934 - July 21, 2022

Departed: 07/21/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: HAMPDEN - Donald Emmons, 88, passed away July 21, 2022, after some time of declining health. He passed at home with his loving wife of 28 years, Darlene (Cyr) Emmons by his side. Born in Richmond, Maine on March 10, 1934, to Donald Emmons Sr. and Juliette (Banville) Emmons.
Don graduated from Biddeford High School and went directly into the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone and TDY overseas during the Korean and Vietnam wars loading bombs on planes. Leaving the military as an alcoholic he was unable to hold onto his wife and 3 children, he became homeless. In January of 1974, his brother-in-law, Glenn Grant, helped get him into treatment.
Once sober Don went on to become an advocate for helping others win the battle of substance abuse. With the help of Senator Muskie his dishonorable discharge was reversed, he joined the Air National Guard where he made the rank of Master Sergeant and became the Drug & Alcohol Superintendent for all of the Maine State Air Guard working with all units and communities.
Over the years he held many positions in the Substance Abuse Field some of which were Family Program Director at EMMC Alcohol Institute to create a family treatment program; Coordinator of Adolescent Chemical Dependency at York Hospital and a consultant for York County Shelters and Director of Hope House Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. He also spent many years traveling and speaking at High Schools throughout the State on Substance Abuse and the effect it had on the children in the household and the rolls those children took upon themselves because of the substance abuse of a parent.
In 1994 Don retired for the first time and went to work for Walmart as a greeter to keep himself busy. He didn't do that long - soon becoming the Regional Community Relations Coordinator for stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and upstate New York. His mission was to teach management and associates how to fulfill Walmart's commitments at that time in giving back to their communities.
Retiring again in 2009 he went to work for Dirigo Pines transporting residents to different appointments and activities.
Don loved people and had a way with them. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to spend time with. He worked over the years to mend his relationship with his children and to overcome and make up for his earlier years.
Don is survived by one sister, Donna Grant; as well as his niece, Karli Grant Belote, husband, Mickey, and nephew, Parker Grant, wife, Wendianne; his son, Michael Emmons, daughter-in-law, Rhonda; two daughters, Deborah Emmons and Kimberly Dodge, son-in-law, Tristam; seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; special cousin, Scott Taylor; two brothers-in-law, Rick Cyr and wife, Pam, and Dean Cyr and wife, Georgette; and sister-in-law, Lynn Cyr and partner, Nina Thibotot. He is also greatly missed by his puppies, Lucy and Jake; and all his kitties.
Graveside services will be held on August 4, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Northern Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Caribou. Condolences may be shared with the family at
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George J. McVey - June 27, 1927 - June 14, 2022

Departed: 06/14/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Dr. George John McVey, 94, of Orrington, Maine (formerly of Rochester, NY), died June 14, 2022 at home surrounded by family, under the light of the full moon. Born in Manhattan on June 27, 1927, he was raised in Kew Gardens by his parents, George John and Alice Lloyd McVey, as well as his grandparents, after his father’s death when George was just 7 years old. He is also predeceased by his younger brother Robert, his first wife Patricia Rohrer McVey and second wife Suzanne Martin McVey. He is survived by his sister, Sister Alice Lloyd McVey (Long Island, NY) and his 6 daughters: Patricia (Pam) Babij (Bruce) of Baltimore, MD, Mimi McVey (Dan Sievers) of Baltimore, MD, Mary McVey (Hughes Kraft) of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Karen Fussell (James) of Orrington, ME, Connie McVey (Michael Socolow) of Bangor, ME, Amy McVey (Bob Stahl) of Burlington, VT, and 12 grandchildren: Quinlan, Bowie and Griffin Sievers, Bruno and Stefan Babij, Heather, Madeline and Oliver Kraft, Charles and Suzanne (Suzy) Fussell, Simon and George (Geo) Socolow.
George attended Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy in Queens and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. He enlisted in the Navy towards the end of WWII, and was stationed in Florida and Trinidad as a ground crew member. After the war, upon the advice and encouragement of his Uncle Robert, a Jesuit priest, he attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, on the GI bill. George competed on the track and sailing teams while at The Cross, and worked as head waiter in the dining hall and for the NY Herald Tribune for spending money. After graduating in 1950, he moved to New York City where he met his first wife, Patricia. They had 2 daughters, Pam and Mimi, and later moved to Rochester, NY, where their third daughter, Mary, was born. From there, George commuted to the University of Buffalo to attend dental school, earning the degree of DDS in 1966. During that time, his wife Pat was diagnosed with cancer and died shortly thereafter, in February, 1963, at age 34–a sudden, devastating loss for all.
George needed help dealing with and recovering from his wife´s death. He had a transformational experience and reached out to his classmate at Holy Cross, Phil Berrigan, who put him into contact with a local, progressive, inner city Rochester Parish, Immaculate Conception. Berrigan was a Catholic priest and a peace activist, who, with his brother Dan Berrigan, later led the infamous raids of the draft boards during the Vietnam War. This propelled George into a new life focus, which carried on for the rest of his life–becoming active in social justice issues within the Rochester community and the Catholic Left, working with Veterans for Peace, hosting countless anti-war meetings in his living room, organizing protests against war and nuclear arms, helping the underprivileged, volunteering with Friends of FIGHT, Metro Act (President) and Metro Justice. He would attend demonstrations on his lunch hour, submit articles to the newspaper, and go to annual meetings of banks and other local institutions, pointing out inequities and requesting change, especially in regards to greater diversity and socioeconomic justice, at a time when DEIA issues were rarely mentioned. When on prospective college visits with his daughters, he would always ask, "What is the percentage of women and people of color in the faculty?" George´s actions resulted in multiple arrests, subpoenas, court appearances, and being surveilled by the FBI, but he was undeterred.
In his final year of dental school, he met Suzanne Rita Martin of Irondequoit, NY. They married in September 1966, and had 3 more daughters, Karen, Connie, and Amy. George had a private dental practice for over 25 years in Rochester. His staff tolerated his perfectionism and roughness around the edges (and leaving on his lunch hour to protest) well, stating that he was a tough boss but also a great one with a big heart. They remained friends with George and the family until the very end.
George and his daughters loved to swim and began swimming competitively. He became a certified official and meet director for the AAU team his girls swam on. He started training at the Brighton High School pool with other adults, later spearheading an organizational meeting and co-founding Niagara District Masters Swimming in 1978. George was a prominent figure in Masters Swimming for over 45 years. He was an accomplished swimmer himself, earning All American honors, as well as 45 individual Top Ten Achievements from age 50-83. He marked his 80th birthday by competing with his daughters, grandaughters and son-in-law in a one-mile USMS open water swim event in Canandaigua Lake. In 2012, he was presented with the highly acclaimed United States Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. Other activities included volunteering at St. Joseph´s House of Hospitality–a Catholic Worker house–for 30+ years. He was an integral part of the St. Joe´s community, doing anything needed, including food pickups, grant writing, volunteer recruiting, paying the bills, writing the newsletter and helping in the kitchen. He was also a 30+ year Communicant (past Parish Council President and various offices) at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Corn Hill Arts District, downtown Rochester, NY) and a 20 year communicant of Spiritus Christi Progressive Catholic Church. In his later years, he described a distancing from organized religion to a more personal spirituality based on a growing connection to his guardian angel, and his beloved deceased wives, Pat and Sue.
George and Sue worked hard at raising their daughters, putting them all through college, visiting them, wherever they were living. Once their grandchildren came along and George was retired, they would help out with babysitting, interspersed with vacation travels all over the world. Their trips to Puerto Rico, Ireland, Australia, Russia (to visit daughter Amy), New Zealand, Trinidad, Spain, Guatemala (when their daughter Connie was volunteering there) and Hawaii were especially memorable. George stayed connected with friends, family, classmates and colleagues through regular gatherings–Holy Cross reunions, as Holy Cross class representative, his dental study group, his extended family, his Meadowbrook neighbors, his Masters swimming friends, and his longtime friend group called the Boy Luck Club. George was an extroverted, outspoken, engaging friend, who was always asking you about the details of your life, really listening and interested in what you had to say.
Sadly, Sue, at the age of 72 in February 2012, was diagnosed with and died of cancer in a span of 3 months. Almost 50 years later, to the month, and of the same illness, as his first wife Pat. Another tragic loss. Soon after, the family helped George move out of their longtime childhood home at 477 Antlers Drive in Brighton to Brickstone, a retirement community down the street. He led an active, independent life there, from age 87-92, going on walks, continuing to swim 2-3 days per week at the JCC, attending mass at Spiritus, going to GEVA, the Opera and the RPO with friends, and volunteering at St. Joe´s.
In late 2019, due to health issues, George and daughters decided that it would be best to no longer live alone. The logical move was to Maine - in with Karen and her family, whose home was recently renovated to include a first floor suite, with Connie nearby, and Mary just two hours away. It was a bittersweet move to say the least, leaving his home, dear family and friends and his community back in Rochester. We are glad we decided against an assisted living facility, since COVID hit just 2 months after the move. He continued to read the NY Times everyday, listen to NPR, opera and classical music, take walks on the driveway, ride a stationary bike and do his PT exercises daily. Karen´s husband Chip, a gourmet cook, made exquisite meals and savory sauces, which George loved and appreciated greatly. We had wonderful Visiting Angels attend to him, a few times a week at first, then more steadily over the 2 years+. He and his daughters were SO appreciative of the loving care they gave to him when they weren't able to be there. He met with an end of life doula/hospice social worker and they had weekly sessions, developing a special connection, reviewing life and setting goals–to die peacefully and quickly. He was reflective and persistent, asking questions including, ¨why am I still here?¨ He didn't appreciate that there were no clear answers and expressed frustration that he wasn't apparently ¨making progress¨ in his goals. While in Maine, he was able to spend time with his youngest grandchildren, Charlie, Simon, Geo (his namesake) and Suzy (Sue´s namesake)--a huge gift for all. He was present for Charlie´s graduation and Eagle Scout Ceremony last year and entry into West Point and Simon said goodbye to him 2 days before he died, in full regalia, on the morning of his HS graduation–rumor has it Simon gave his Papa his valedictorian
speech, in private, during this goodbye. Lots of tears, sadness, as well as gratitude and joy, that our father is finally free, maybe/hopefully reconnecting with his beloved wives, Pat and Sue, his father and brother, who died very young, and so many other dear friends and family who have gone before him. Deep appreciation to all who knew and cared for our father. Whenever we asked what he wanted for a funeral, he would say, ¨I don't care, that has nothing to do with me, I will be gone by then!¨ We have tentative plans to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Spiritus Christi Church in Rochester.
Peace be with you Dad/Papa/George. Love and angels too.
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Rosemary Jean Bragg - November 17, 1930 - May 22, 2022

Departed: 05/22/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Rosemary “Jean” Bragg, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Eddington with her family on May 22, 2022.
Jean worked at the local Post Office and was an active member of the East Eddington Community Church. She was a longtime member of the local Ladies Aid, Extension Club and Historical Society. She was well known in the community and with family for her baking and crafts, especially for her Lemon Meringue Pies and Whoopie Pies. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at camp on Lower Lead Mountain Pond and hosting many lobster feeds.
She was predeceased by husband, Raymond K. Bragg of Clifton; parents Ray Grover and Inez Norton of Eddington; her three sisters and brother. Jean is survived by children, Patty Rose and husband Jeff, Ruth Ryder and late husband Skip, and Danny Bragg and wife Barbara; special nephew Gary Everett. She will be missed by her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
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Perley Maynard Curtis - April 23, 1932 - May 13, 2022

Departed: 05/13/2022 (Bangor)
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NEWPORT, ME - Perley Maynard Curtis, 90, passed away May 13, 2022. Perley was a Maine native who worked at and operated a mechanic shop for close to 40 years in Exeter, ME. He was a country music lover and a classic car buff.
Perley was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Horace Curtis and Ivadean Mae Curtis (Harris), brothers, Martin Curtis and Albion Curtis, sisters, Dorothy Carlton, Ellen Carmody, Marion Smith, Linnie Curtis and Florence Winslow (Monroe), son, Maynard Allen Curtis and his wife of 68 years, Stella Mae Curtis (Henderson), who passed away on May 31, 2018, at the age of 85. He is survived by daughter, Tressa Roxanne Healey (Brian), sons, Perley Robert Curtis (Erin) and Duane Jarvis (Kathleen), 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of both Perley and Stella’s lives will be held at Exeter Elementary School/Town Office in Exeter, ME on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Details to follow.
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Kevin James Travis - March 17, 1952 - May 04, 2022

Departed: 05/04/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Kevin James Travis (70) of Dover Foxcroft, ME passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on May 4, 2022 at Hibbard Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dover Foxcroft.
Kevin was born in Bangor, Maine to Walter and Gertrude (Goggin) Travis on March 17, 1952. He attended Brewer High School. He held various jobs through the years including doing electrical work, painting houses, and setting up for the circus. He loved to play Bingo, which was his favorite activity at Hibbards, and he especially loved it when he won. He loved to make people smile and laugh and would often be found joking around and teasing anyone he could. One of his favorite things to do was to grow his hair out and donate it to the organization Children With Hair Loss. It made him so happy to be able to do something to help the kids.
Kevin is survived by his wife and love of his life Katherine (Hutchinson) Travis of Dover; four sons: Kevin, Walter, Christopher, and James; a stepdaughter Sherri and her husband Jason; a stepson David and his wife Kristen and their daughter Whitney; several brothers and sisters-in-law; his mother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his father Walter; his mother Gertrude; his siblings Margaret, Walter, William and twin brother who was stillborn; a nephew Walter; and his beloved daughter Melissa.
A graveside funeral service will be held at Corinthian Cemetery on the Exeter Road in Corinth on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jason Doty officiating. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Beacon Hospice and Hibbard Skilled Nursing for their great care given to Kevin. The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to Kiley & Foley for their assistance through this process.
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Annie Belle Seavey - February 06, 1924 - April 26, 2022

Departed: 04/26/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Annie Belle Seavey, 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Millinocket, Maine. Annie was born in Medway, Maine on February 6, 1924, to David and Florence Thompson Cram.
Her first marriage was to Everett E. Hale, the father of her children: Albert E. Hale, Frederick S. Hale, Everett (Skip) Cram, Pamela J. McLain, Galen S. Hale, Daniel P. Hale and Michael W. Hale. Annie lost her husband Everett at a young age and then was married to Walter (John) Seavey for 35 years. Annie had two step children, Rebekah Seavey Pendleton and Gerald Seavey.
Annie lived a fulfilled life and as she always said, "Life Is Good." Annie had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and often read the bible and prayed. She was a giver and helped many people over the years with her kindness.
Annie was predeceased by her parents, two husbands, sons Albert, Fred and Skip, her two step children, 12 siblings, granddaughter Joyce McLain and great grandson Gage Hale. Annie is survived by 4 children, Pam, Galen, Dan and Mike, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and special friends.
Annie's family would like to thank the staff at Katahdin Healthcare in Millinocket for their loving care during the last two years of Annie's life.
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Nancy Alma Badger - June 09, 1946 - April 01, 2022

Departed: 04/01/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Guilford-- Nancy Badger, 75, was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus on April 1, 2022, in Bangor. She was born June 9, 1946, in Greenville, the daughter of Kelton and Thelma (Leavitt) King. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, BINGO, spending time with her family and always ramming the roads. She is survived by her boyfriend Dean Dumais; son Michael King; two daughters Cynthia Elaine Herrick and husband Sam, Brenda Kay Jones and her husband Daniel; four sisters Shirley Collins, twin sister Linda Ames, Bonnie Jones, Gail Raye and husband Barry; brother Rogan King; as well as several grandkids and great grandkids. She was predeceased by her mother Thelma (Leavitt) King and father Kelton King; as well as her brother Billy King. A celebration of life and time of sharing will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family at
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Robert Joseph Plante - September 09, 1939 - April 01, 2022

Departed: 04/01/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: On the morning of April 1, 2022 at 82 years old, Robert J. Plante passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and loyal dog after a long illness. Bob was a gentleman, polymath and philanthropist. He was the son of the late Walter S. and Yvonne R. (Gervais) Plante. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Sharon (Heaney) Plante and seven children: R. Joseph Plante, II of South Kingstown, James Gilligan of East Providence, Claudinne Plante-Finnegan of North Smithfield, the late William Gilligan of East Providence, Merredith Plante of North Scituate, Julie-Ann Lee of Warren, NJ and William Plante of Orland, ME. He also leaves behind grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Bob grew up in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Providence, RI, and went on to become a submariner in the US Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI. Following the Navy, he worked for Brown & Sharpe and General Dynamics. He owned and operated ‘The Outdoorsman’- a sporting goods outfitter. Bob was an avid sportsman with a lifetime love for the outdoors, camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. He belonged to several sporting and fishing clubs including the South County Rod & Gun Club where he was a past president. In the late nineteen eighties, Bob relocated to Orland, Maine where he made a home for his wife and son William. Bob was an award-winning decoy carver and artisan. In retirement he collected and dealt in art and antiques. Bob was an active church member at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth, ME. He completed dozens of charity missions. Especially profound were his travels to Guatemala where he taught and worked with impoverished communities. Among his accomplishments were helping to develop and fund essential community infrastructure, provide potable water and expand educational opportunities. Bob’s kind-hearted nature was loved by all. He was very proud of his children, recognizing each for their own special talents and accomplishments. His family's greatest memories are of him sharing and teaching his varied passions and skills: from antique and art appreciation to fly fishing, dog training, photography and even the game of craps. Services will be private.
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Stephen Russell Sawyer - August 02, 1940 - February 13, 2022

Departed: 02/13/2022 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: VEAZIE - Stephen Russell Sawyer, 81, passed away peacefully on his own terms, on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 11:26 p.m. at Brewer Health and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy battle with COPD and a recent Covid-19 hospitalization. Stephen was surrounded by family and passed away peacefully. He was born on August 2, 1940, in Castine, Maine, the only son of Lillian Mae Yetman Sawyer and Maynard Russell Sawyer. Stephen dedicated his life to educating and caring for others. He was a lifelong learner and felt deeply that in order to be a positive contributor to the community that we live in, that we must always be willing to learn and evolve our thinking as times change. He was never afraid to admit when he was wrong and was one of the most humble people we knew. He valued his family and cherished every moment spent with them. On July 10, 1976, Stephen married his beloved wife, Therese (Bouchard), who lit up his face whenever she walked into the room. As an only child, he was welcomed by Therese's mother, Gladys Bouchard, and her 9 brothers and sisters, who treated him as one of their own. After years with no siblings, he finally had 9 and all of the love and adventures that came with them. He was the devoted father of two children, Kimberly Mae and Stephen Maynard. The pride that he had for his children was endless and he made sure that they knew how much that they were loved every moment of their lives. Stephen was a member of the Maine Air National Guard 265th Radio Relay Squadron and was honorably discharged September 29, 1963. While he did not serve in active duty, he was proud to have served his country to through the Guards. Stephen was a proud graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, class of 1962. During his time at UMO, he was an active member of the college community and a proud member of Theta Chi fraternity. In 1962, Stephen began his career at Lee Academy where he fondly became known to many as "Mr. Sawyer" or "Papa Sawyer." Stephen's teaching career was very diverse over the 34 years that he committed to educating students. He taught astronomy, photography, general and physical science, world and ancient history and English I, II, III, and IV. During his first 13 years of his teaching career, he was the dorm father. He also served as assistant headmaster for 9 years. He set up the planetarium and photography labs on campus and spent many years as the faithful scoreboard keeper at all of the home basketball games where he was never short of jokes and wisdom as players approached the score table to enter the games. Stephen was one of those rare generational educators that taught students from many generations of families and was able to share stories with students about their parents, aunts, and uncles when he had them in school. Many will remember his advice that he shared with them as they left the "Brick Mitten" and entered the world beyond Dear Old L.A. Stephen was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Mae Yetman Sawyer, and his father, Maynard Russell Sawyer. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his Aunt Eva (Sawyer) and Uncle Lloyd Farley; his favorite cousin, who was much like a sister to him, Lucille Farley Cardin; and his Aunt Rena (Sawyer) Gray and Uncle Kelsey Grey. He was also predeceased by members of Bouchard family who loved him as one of their own including Reno Bouchard (father-in-law) and Gladys Bouchard (mother-in-law), Estelle Bouchard (sister-in-law), Robert Bouchard (brother-in-law), Kenneth Lee (brother-in-law), and Kenneth Bouchard (brother-in-law). Stephen is survived by the love of his life, Therese Suzanne Bouchard Sawyer of Veazie, ME; and his children, Kimberly Mae Sawyer Odusami and her husband, Olamide Olugbenga Odusami, of Melrose, MA, and his son, Stephen Maynard Sawyer and his wife, Mary Anderson Sawyer, of Framingham, MA. He is also survived by 7 sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their spouses; and 13 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Lee Academy, Lee, Maine in late May/Mid June.
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Thomas Lee Verrill - November 18, 1956 - December 19, 2021

Departed: 12/19/2021 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Carmel – Thomas L. Verrill, 65, died December 19, 2021 at a Bangor hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1956, the son of Gerald and Janet Verrill. Tom worked for B&A Railroad for many years. He loved riding his Harley, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATV rides. Tim also enjoyed hanging out with many of his good friends.
He is survived by his companion Lucy Henderson; his sister, Patty Kneeland and her husband, Donnie of Carmel; a niece, Lisa Bishop and her husband, Cary and their daughter, Zoye; a nephew, Trevor Kneeland, his companion Jodi and his daughter, Tesa.
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Linda L. Williams - July 08, 1945 - November 27, 2021

Departed: 11/27/2021 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: DIXMONT – Linda L. Williams, 76, died Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Brewer, as the result of complications from a stroke. Linda was born on July 8, 1945, in Hartland, Maine, the daughter of Winnifred Helene (Poole) and Norman D. Lawler, Sr.
Linda was one of a family of eight children. She grew up in Palmyra, Brownville, and Dixmont, Maine, where she attended local schools. At the young age of 17, Linda had her own apartment in Bangor, where she began her working career as a dishwasher at Eastern Maine Medical Center. In later years, Linda worked at Woolco Department Store and Dexter Shoe. In 1963, Linda married her husband, Donald F. Williams. They lived in Bangor for many years and had five children, Deanna, Dianna, Kevin, Cindy, and Keith. Eventually, they purchased Linda’s grandmother’s home in North Dixmont, where they lived for many years. In her later years, Linda’s son, Kevin provided Linda with an apartment in his home in Dixmont. Linda was always grateful for the many cars that Kevin provided for her, and for the car maintenance by her son, Keith. Linda had many hobbies and interests, including but not limited to sewing quilts, reading, cooking, going for walks, and taking rides with her daughters, Dianna and Cindy. For many years, Linda baked delicious pies, pastries, and fudge for the annual family gathering on “Pie Night” every Thanksgiving and Christmas. She took great pride in making quilts and gifts for her children and grandchildren each Christmas. Her pride and joy were her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Throughout her life, Linda enjoyed many friendships, including her dear friend from her childhood, Sandra Hopkins.
Linda was predeceased by her father, Norman Lawler, Sr in 1981, her mother, Helene Lawler, in 2005, her daughter, Deanna (Williams) Nekovei in 2005, and her husband, Donald Williams, in 2013. Linda will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by many. She is survived by four children; Dianna (Williams) Basile, Kevin Williams and wife, Julie; Cindy (Williams) Clark and husband, Chet; and Keith Williams and wife, Diane. Linda will also be missed by her son-in-law, Reza Nekovei, and his family in Texas. Linda is survived by ten grandchildren, Bijan Nekovei, Arya Nekovei, Jon Basile, Joe Basile (& partner, Ashley), Kyle Williams (& partner, Kaitlyn), Justin Williams, Tracy Clark-Shore (& wife, Lucy), Steven Clark (& partner Samantha), Zachary Williams, and Taylor Williams. Linda also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Peyton, Connor, Layla, Atlas, and Henry. Linda is also survived by seven siblings, including her two sisters, Connie (Lawler) Curtis (& husband, Byron); and Patsy (Lawler) Husson (& husband, Jim); and five brothers: Norman Lawler, Jr. (& wife, Kathie); Roger Lawler; Paul Lawler (& wife Darlene); Richard Lawler, Sr. (& wife Carlene); and Tom Lawler, Sr. (& wife, Angie). Linda is survived by an extensive family, including two aunts, numerous nieces and nephews, many cousins, and in-laws. The family is very grateful to Dianna and her future daughter-in-law, Ashley Collins, for the loving care they provided in Linda’s final months of life.
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Charles Millard Snow - March 19, 1936 - October 12, 2021

Departed: 10/12/2021 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: HAMPDEN - Charles (Chuck) Snow passed away on October 12, 2021, at the age of 85. He was the son of Williamand Ethel (Millard) Snow.
Chuck was in the Class of 1959 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. After graduation he worked at a civil -engineering firm inTopsham doing tax maps. This introduced him to flying since the aerial photos used were taken by a local pilot flying a Cessna180. He eventually bought a Piper Clipper that he used to gain flight experience and pilot licenses. In 1966, he took a pilotjob in Presque Isle for P and M Flying Service. P and M ran a daily regional flight service between Presque Isle and Bostonwith intermediate stops determined by passenger bookings. It was a challenging job with great rewards and a sense ofcommunity. It later became Aroostook Airways.
After a brief courtship, Chuck married the love of his life, Luella Getchell, in October 1975. They moved to theBangor area a year later so that he could take a position with Bar Harbor Airlines. He flew as a line pilot for severalyears, as well as becoming involved in pilot training. He became Director of Training for pilots, which later expandedto include training for mechanics and flight attendants. A change in ownership created Continental Express. Notwishing to relocate from the Bangor area, Chuck continued pilot training with Northeast Express, Telford Aviation andPenobscot Island Air (PIA). He held the PIA position until shortly before his death. Chuck was a proud member of theQuiet Birdmen, a national fraternal order of pilots with a chapter (hangar) in Bangor. The good times he enjoyed in thatorganization were countless.
Chuck was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife Luella Getchell Snow. He is survived by four sisters:Christine Churchill of Wayland, MA, Margaret (Peg) Snow-Madura of Waterford, CT, Elizabeth Snow of E. Berlin, CT, and Katherine Wehring of Palmetto Bay, FL; one brother, William Snow Jr. of Charlottesville, VA; stepdaughter, LoriLathrop and her son Kent of Hampden; stepson Scott Boyle of Hartford; many wonderful nieces, nephews and in-laws.
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Judith Arlene Orcutt - April 03, 1941 - July 19, 2021

Departed: 07/19/2021 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: Judith Arlene Orcutt, 80, of Orrington passed July 19, 2021. She was the daughter of Irving and Evelen Ward/Scripture of Orrington.
Judith was a mother, wife, daughter, sister and dear friend to anyone that had the joy of knowing her. Judith's younger years were spent raising her two children. Breeding Shelties and Collies and taking care of our farm. She had a passion for horses and loved going to horse shows. Later she and her husband Billy Orcutt of Dixmont/Orrington had a love for Country and Bluegrass music, traveling all over the state playing and singing. They made a lot of friends along the way. Judith retired from St Joseph’s Hospital after 17 years of faithful service.
She was predeceased by daughter Rhonda Wallace. Judith is survived by son Michael Orcutt of Etna and his sons Damien and Brazen Orcutt; son-in-law Arther Wallace, Jr. of Brewer; adopted daughter Diane Baily of Lewiston; grandson Ryan and wife Taryn (Clark) Orcutt of Bangor; extended family and friends Judith will be dearly missed.
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Stuart Henry Morris - April 05, 1943 - July 08, 2021

Departed: 07/08/2021 (Bangor)
Obituary Preview: An obituary is not available at this time for Stuart Henry Morris.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It's often published in newspapers, online obituary platforms, or funeral home websites to inform friends, family, and community members of the passing.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased, while also providing important information about the funeral or memorial service. They allow friends and family to pay their respects, share condolences, and remember the person who has passed.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, the family of the deceased or a close friend writes the obituary. In some cases, a funeral home or crematorium may assist with writing the obituary or provide a template for the family to fill out.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A standard obituary usually includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include information about the funeral or memorial service, charity donations, or other relevant details.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Typically, it ranges from a few sentences to several paragraphs. Online obituary platforms often have more flexible word counts than traditional newspapers.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many online obituary platforms and some newspapers allow you to include one or more photos of the deceased. This can help personalize the obituary and make it more engaging.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, usually including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and legacy.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and guidelines. Some newspapers may accept submissions online or via email, while others may require a phone call or in-person visit.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, it's becoming increasingly common for people to write their own obituaries in advance. This can ensure that your life story is told accurately and with your own voice.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication, location, and length of the obituary. Online platforms may offer free or low-cost options, while traditional newspapers may charge by the word or line.

Can I edit an obituary after it's been published?

In most cases, it's difficult to make changes to an obituary once it's been published in print. However, online obituary platforms may allow you to edit or update the obituary at any time.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The timeframe for publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication's schedule and deadlines. Online platforms often publish immediately or within a few hours, while traditional newspapers may take several days or even weeks.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, many families choose to include meaningful quotes, lyrics, or poems in an obituary to add personal touches and reflect the deceased person's personality or interests.

What if I want to keep the funeral private?

If you prefer to keep the funeral or memorial service private, you can still publish an obituary without including details about the service. You can instead focus on celebrating the person's life and sharing memories.

Can I include charitable donations in an obituary?

Yes, many families choose to include information about charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary. This allows friends and loved ones to make a donation in memory of the deceased.

How do I find old obituaries?

You can search online archives of newspapers or genealogy websites like or Local libraries or historical societies may also have archives of old newspapers and obituaries.

Can I republish an old obituary online?

Check with the original publisher or copyright holder to obtain permission before republishing an old obituary online. You may need to obtain permission from family members or estate representatives as well.

What if there's a mistake in the obituary?

If you notice an error in an already-published obituary, contact the publication or platform immediately to request corrections. They may be able to issue a correction or reprint.

Can I create a memorial website instead of publishing an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to create a memorial website or social media group to share memories and celebrate the life of their loved one. These platforms can be more flexible and interactive than traditional obituaries.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If you're unsure about sharing certain details about the deceased person's life or circumstances surrounding their death, consider consulting with family members or a trusted advisor before publishing the obituary.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Humor can be a wonderful way to celebrate someone's life and personality. Just be sure to keep it respectful and tasteful.

What if I'm not comfortable writing an obituary myself?

Dont worry! Many funeral homes and crematoriums offer assistance with writing an obituary. You can also ask a trusted friend or family member for help.

Can I publish multiple versions of an obituary?

Yes, you can publish different versions of an obituary on various platforms or in different publications. This can help reach different audiences and communities.

How do I preserve an online obituary over time?

Maintain a copy of the original text and any photos used in the obituary for your records. You can also save screenshots or PDF copies of online publications for future reference.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.