Miscellaneous Cumberland County, Maine Obituaries


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Friday, May 7, 1999

Frances Haskell 
BOOTHBAY HARBOR A memorial service for Frances Haskell, who died Jan. 12, will be held at 2 p.m. May 15 at the Steuben Parish House. The Rev. Donald Grover will officiate. Burial will follow in Steuben Cemetery. Arrangements are by Simmons, Harrington and Hall Funeral Home. 

Richard S. Esponnette 
SPRING HILL, Fla. A graveside service for Richard S. Esponnette, formerly of Rockland and Gardiner, Maine, who died Feb. 17 in Hudson will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner. The Rev. Sylvanus Jackson will officiate. Arrangements are by Amesbury-White Funeral Home, Gardiner.

Ralph W. Hall 
tree surgeon, WW II veteran 
CAMDEN Ralph Warren Hall, 78, died Wednesday at his home.
He was born here, a son of Charles W. and Eva T. Allen Hall, and attended local schools.
He entered the Army in 1942 and served during World War II.
He was a tree surgeon for many years.
Mr. Hall enjoyed harness-horse racing, hunting and fishing, and took pride in his yearly garden. He also loved to spend time with his great-nephew, Wyatt Berry.
His companion of more than 40 years, Mary Ranquist, died in 1993.
Surviving are his brother, Maurice A. of Camden; one nephew, Charles Berry of Camden; one niece, Debbie Newton of Anchorage, Alaska; and one great-nephew, Wyatt Berry of Camden.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laite and Pratt Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dell Hyssong Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Augusta.

Robert E. Pease 
APPLETON A graveside service for Robert E. Pease, who died Jan. 8, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Jackson will officiate. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.

Alice Cynthia Grant 
homemaker; headed North Haven Grange 
NORTH HAVEN Alice Cynthia Grant, 93, died Wednesday at Camden Health Care Center.
She was born in Yarmouth, a daughter of Daniel L. and Hattie Kendall Woodman, attended Yarmouth schools and was a graduate of North Yarmouth Academy. She later attended a Boston cooking school.
On May 29, 1937, she married Laurence I. Grant on North Haven and had lived here since.
Mrs. Grant was active in various community organizations including the North Haven Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Pythian Sisters, the Order of the Eastern Star and member and past master of the North Haven Grange.
She was a homemaker and was known for her chicken pies, as well as her patchwork quilts and pillows.
Her husband died in 1998.
Surviving are three sons, Austin W. and Miles A., both of North Haven and Reginald J. of Windham; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Sea View Cemetery with the Rev. David Macy officiating. Arrangements are by Burpee-Strong Funeral Home, Rockland. 

Lisa Valerie Bouchard 
bartender at Lewiston club 
LEWISTON Lisa Valerie Bouchard, 37, of Oxford Street died Wednesday at Central Maine Medical Center after a three-week illness.
She was born here, a daughter of Donald and Lorraine Sebra Howe, and attended Lewiston High School.
She worked as a bartender at the Pastime Club.
Mrs. Bouchard was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.
She was also a member of the Pastime Club and the 20 M Club. She enjoyed her birds, her cat, Sam, shopping and knitting. She also liked her computer and playing shuffleboard. 
On June 2, 1984 she married Roger F. Bouchard Sr.
Surviving are her husband of Lewiston; two daughters, Linda Howe of Lewiston and Jennifer Bouchard of Falmouth; a son, Billy Bouchard of Lewiston; her father and stepmother, Shirley Howe of Sabattus; one sister, Nicole of Indiana; three brothers, David of Freeport, Larry of Portland and John Howe of Milo; her grandmother, Beatrice Dulac of Lewiston; and two grandsons. 
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Lewiston. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.

Wallace W. Reed 
cabinetmaker; ran gas stations 
GREENE Wallace W. Reed, 83, of Quaker Ridge Road died Wednesday at Springbrook Nursing Home, Westbrook, after a very short illness.
He was born in Turner, a son of Wallace and Mildred Hobbs Reed, and attended Leavitt Institute there.
On Aug. 20, 1938, he married the former Dell C. Mower of Greene and they moved to Quaker Ridge Road.
During World War II he worked at the shipyards in South Portland building Liberty ships.
After the war he went to work for W.H. Gammon Co., Lewiston as a cabinetmaker and later operated two gas stations in the Lewiston area. He retired to care for his wife.
Mr. Reed enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf but most of all, working. He also coached the Little League team in Greene.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years of Winthrop; two sons, Gary of Falmouth and Gregory of Lincoln; a sister, Mrs. Leroy (Wilma) Jordan of Turner; and and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home, Monmouth. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Valley Cemetery.

Estelle H. Keelty 
longtime rescue-squad volunteer 
SOUTH BERWICK Estelle H. Keelty, 93, of Butler Street died Thursday at the Newton Center.
She was born in Lowell, Mass., a daughter of William and Helen Moore Kerr. She lived in Durham, N.H., before moving here in 1935. She was a member of the South Berwick Garden Club, the South Berwick Women's Club, the Rebecahs and the Rollinsford Lionesses. She was also a former member of the Fleet Reserve, Portsmouth, N.H., and was a longtime volunteer for the South Berwick Emergency Rescue Squad.
Mrs. Keelty was a communicant of St. Michael's Church.
Her husband, John J. Keelty Jr., died in 1990. Two sons also died previously, George F. Keelty in 1991 and John W. Keelty in 1992.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris Cheney of Concord, N.H., and Lois Carignan of South Berwick; two sons, Thomas Keelty of Somersworth, N.H., and Richard Keelty of South Berwick; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church with the Rev. Philip Tracy officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Mary New Cemetery, Dover, N.H. Arrangements are by McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home.

Florence E. Nunan 
postmaster at Cape Porpoise 
KENNEBUNKPORT Florence E. Nunan, 94, of Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a former longtime resident of Cape Porpoise, died Thursday at her home after a long illness.
She was born in East Boston, a daughter of Elisha Freeman and Linda Onthank Nunan, was a graduate of Kennbunk high School and took post-graduate courses there.
Miss Nunan worked for the Postal Service and was postmaster Cape Porpoise, retiring in 1964 after 42 years.
She was a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, a member of the Church on the Cape for more than 60 years, serving as chairman of the board of trustees and the finance committee for several years. She was a member of the Kennebunkport Historical Society, the Olympian Club, AARP, and a member and former chaplain of the 50 Plus Club, Kennebunk.
Surviving are a niece, Lorraine MacKenna Bennett of Wells; and two grandnieces, Carol Herriman Tremblay of Dexter and Kathie Herriman Abbott of Shapleigh.
Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. today at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church on the Cape with the Rev. Sherwood Treadwell officiating. Burial will be in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport.

Florence M. Thompson 
SANFORD A burial service for Florence M. Thompson, 92, who died Feb. 20, will be at 11 a.m. today at Oakdale Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Parish Congregational Church, followed by a luncheon in the church vestry. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale.

Joseph Lawrence Savitsky Jr. 
raced funny cars on New England circuit 
NEWFIELD Joseph Lawrence Savitsky Jr., 52, of Libby Road died unexpectedly at his home Sunday.
He was born and brought up in Derby, Conn., a son of Joseph L. and Katherine Antinozzi Savitsky, and graduated from Derby High School. He attended the University of New Haven (Conn.), where he earned a bachelor's degree and took additional courses after commencement.
Mr. Savitsky had a love for cars, which led him to become a self-employed auto mechanic for much of his adult life. He also raced funny cars on the New England circuit in the early 1970s.
He was the companion of Cheryl White of West Newfield for 23 years.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home, Springvale. 

Donald B. 'Duke' Ray 
retired Crosby-Laughlin supervisor 
Donald B. "Duke" Ray, 86, died Wednesday at the Barron Center from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Born here, a son of Barbara Walsh of Spiddal, Ireland, and James Ray of Portland., he grew up on Munjoy Hill and attended local schools and Portland High School.
He was a retired night-shift plant superintendent for the former Crosby-Laughlin, a steel forging plant.
Mr. Ray lived at his home on Colonial Road for 50 years. 
He was proud of his Irish heritage, his family said.
He was a life member of the Elks club. He was also a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and his love for the outdoors continued in his later years with daily walks to the Boulevard and Capisic Pond.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret Lewis Ray of Portland; three sons, Donald S. of Portland, Dr. Jeffrey S. of Fryeburg and David L. Ray of Gorham; one daughter, Betty Lee Pease of Andover, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.
A remembrance of his life will be held at from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial will be private in Brooklawn Cemetery.

Flora A. Collomy Small 
A committal service for Flora A. Collomy Small, who died Jan. 21, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Hiram Village Cemetery, Hiram. Arrangements are by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, Buxton.

LeVicia 'Vi' Radel 
SEBAGO A graveside service for LeVicia "Vi" Radel, who died Jan. 30, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Raymond Hill Cemetery, Raymond, with the Rev. Greg Young officiating.
Arrangements are by York Funeral Chapel, Cornish.

Raymond H. Savage 
worked for town of Old Orchard Beach 
OLD ORCHARD BEACH Raymond H. Savage, 79, of Heath Street died Wednesday at the Renaissance Nursing Care Facility in Biddeford.
He was born at Steuben, a son of Wayne and Katie Savage Savage and attended Steuben schools.
He moved here 60 years ago.
Mr. Savage was employed by the local public works department for 25 years until his retirement in 1974.
On March 9, 1963, he married the former Marie C. LeBlanc.
Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Tammy Velez, both of Old Orchard Beach; two stepsons, Tony and Richard Clark, both of Newport; three stepdaughters, Margie Ross and Patricia Monk, both of Old Orchard Beach, and Connie Cash of Kennebunk; and two granddaughters.
There are no visiting hours nor any funeral. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the family lot in Scarborough Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are by Old Orchard Beach Funeral Home.

Rose Stern 
secretary; active in community 
Rose Stern, 84, of 36 St. George St. died unexpectedly Thursday at a local hospital.
She was born in Russia, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Estes. After coming to Lawrence, Mass., she attended schools there, graduating from Lawrence High School, where she won the Perkins Prize for literary achievement.
In 1939, she married Max Stern and moved to Biddeford, then moved to Portland in 1946.
Mrs. Stern was a secretary for most of her life, working for Union Mutual Life, H.P. Hood & Son and the Maine Youth Center, South Portland. She retired because of failing health in 1975.
She was an active member of many organizations including president of the Jewish Home for the Aged, now known as Cedars Nursing Care Center a member of Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue and its Sisterhood Organization, and the Amit Women's Organization.
She was a very friendly, warm and generous person, her family said. She was an animal lover and contributed to many local organizations for protection of animals.
Mr. Stern died previously.
Surviving are two sons, Abraham and Bruce Stern, both of Windham; a daughter, Dorothy Grayson of Scarborough; a sister, Mildred Slosberg of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, Abraham Treshinsky of Gardiner, Mass.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Shaarey Tphiloph Synagogue, 76 Noyes St., with Rabbi Moshie Wilansky officiating. A period of mourning will be private. Arrangements are by the Jewish Funeral Home.

Bruce Springer 
businessman, native of Portland 
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. Bruce Springer, 75, a 39-year resident of Carmel Valley, died Wednesday at his home of cancer.
He was born in Portland, Maine, and attended schools there.
Mr. Springer was an outstanding athlete in track, his family said, and became New England sprint champion while studying at Bowdoin College in 1942.
He later attended Kings Point Maritime Academy in New York and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
During the mid-1940s, he worked in San Francisco as a tugboat captain for the Red Stack Co. and held a pilot's license to operate large vessels in San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Springer and his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth, owned and operated Zeke's Carpet House in Monterey during the 1960s.
They later owned the Village Shopping Center here.
He traveled extensively and had an interest in the affairs and future of Carmel Valley Village.
Two sons, James and Michael, both died previously.
Surviving are his wife of Carmel Valley; two daughters, Suzanne Springer of Santa Cruz and Ann Conneau of Carmel Valley; a sister, Mary Rutt of South Carolina; two granddaughters, Elicia Momtchiloff and Laura Conneau; and a great-granddaughter, Brooke Nichols.
There will be no services. Cremation arrangements are by The Paul Mortuary.

Curt C. Doescher 
WW II veteran, Borden Ice Cream executive 
HOLLIS Curt C. Doescher, 79, of Shy Beaver Road died Tuesday at Maine Medical Center, Portland.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany, a son of John and Barbara Schramm Doescher. He and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 3, settling in Clifton, N.J.. He graduated from the local high school.
During World War II, he was a fighter pilot, flying P-47s Thunderbolts while stationed in England. He was shot down over Hamburg, and spent 18 months as a prisoner of war.
After the war, he worked for 40 years for Borden Ice Cream, retiring as a vice president. He later worked for two years for Armel Ice Cream Co., retiring in 1987.
He and his wife moved to Hollis in 1989.
Mr. Doescher enjoyed sailing, snowmobiling, motorcycles, being a Bonny Eagle sports fan and also spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Helen Bobby Doescher; and a daughter, Susan Brooks, both of Hollis; a brother, Walter of Thiells, N.Y., and three grandchildren, Emily, Ben and Annie Brooks, all of Hollis.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, Buxton, where a funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Stephen H. Dow Sr. 
Vietnam veteran, S.D. Warren employee 
WESTBROOK Stephen H. Dow Sr., 54, of Dodge Street died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. 
He was born in Portland, a son of Clayton and Louise Alden Dow, attended Gorham schools and was a 1962 graduate of Gorham High School.
After graduation, Mr. Dow owned and operated a sanitation business for several years and then worked at S.D. Warren until joining the Army, where he served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War.
After his return to Maine, he was again employed with S.D. Warren, working there for the last 33 years.
Mr. Dow was a former member of the Westbrook American Legion and was a member of the Vacation Land Cruisers Street Rod Club. He enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, his street rods and spending time with his family.
He had lived in Westbrook since 1973, moving from Windham.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda J. Cobb Dow of Westbrook; a son, Stephen H. Jr. of Westbrook; two daughters, Stephanie L. Willis of Clearwater, Fla., and Andrea Jordan of Gorham; two halfbrothers, Jay Dodge of South Portland and Joseph; a sister, Ronna Johnson of Westbrook; and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham, where a service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery.

Urban Roberts 
A graveside service for Urban Roberts, who died Jan. 10, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Gray Village Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Hedstrom officiating. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.

William 'Pat' Rafferty 
career Marine Corps gunnery sergeant 
BRIDGTON William "Pat" Rafferty, 82, died Wednesday at the Maine Veterans' Home, South Paris, after a brief illness.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., and attended schools there.
Mr. Rafferty served in the Marine Corps from 1941 until retiring as a master gunnery sergeant in 1973. He served during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He was very active in the Bridgton Lions Club, was past president and was Lion of the Year twice. For more than 10 years, he organized the Bridgton Fourth of July parade. He was a member of the Lopeman-Potts American Legion.
In 1975, he married the former Mary Corliss. She died in 1991.
He had been cared for at his home by Cindy DiCenso and Al Glover of Bridgton.
A daughter, Shirley A. Rafferty, died previously.
Surviving are four stepdaughters, Rae Beaudet of Albany, Judith McKenney and Barbara Lane, both of Ellsworth, and Mary Lee Kennedy of Sherborn, Mass.; two sisters, Dorothy Rafferty of Albany and Eleanor Rebel of Washington, N.J.; and eight stepgrandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home.

Friday, October 8, 1999

Donald V. Taverner 
executive in broadcasting, Maine humorist 
AUGUSTA Donald V. Taverner, 80, of Cushman Street, died Wednesday at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
He was born in Ashland, a son of Harold G. and Isabel Young Taverner, and moved to Augusta in his youth. He was an Eagle Scout and Sea Scout. 
He graduated from Cony High School and from the University of Maine in 1943.
Mr. Taverner was a combat infantry officer with Company K, 110th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
Following the war, he served five years with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in New England and New York City.
He was on the staff of the University of Maine at Orono for eleven years, where he was alumni director and later director of development. It was under his leadership that the Maine Broadcasting Network was established, his family said.
In 1962, Mr. Taverner went to Pittsburgh, where he was president of television stations WQED and WQEX for eight years. In 1969, he was named "Man of the Year in Communications" in Pittsburgh. He went on to Washington, D.C., to become president of the National Cable Television Association, and later served as president of WETA-TV-FM in the nation's capital.
In 1970, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
Returning to Maine in 1975, he became interim executive director of the Maine School Management Association and was active in University of Maine Alumni affairs. He was a former president of the Western Pennsylvania Alumni Association and the Washington, D.C., Alumni Association and was a member of the Graduate M Club. The University conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, "The Pine Tree Emblem," in 1963.
Mr. Taverner was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was very active in church activities in his earlier years. He was chairman of the board of trustees of the Green Street United Methodist Church in Augusta and held many other positions of leadership in the Church.
He was chairman of WCBB-TV's Community Advisory Board, the Salvation Army Board, the Health Education Channel of the Maine Medical Center and the Damariscotta Lake Association Board.
He was a past president of the Augusta Kiwanis Club, a past president of the Past President's Club of the Augusta Kiwanis Club and a past lieutenant governor of Kiwanis International. He was a member of the Augusta Masonic Lodge and a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of Kora Temple Shrine.
He also was a member of the University Clubs of Pittsburgh and Washington, as well as the Capital Hill Club, the Maine State Society of Washington and the Abnaki Club of Augusta.
Widely known as a Maine humorist, Mr. Taverner had given Maine humor presentations on television and radio in 26 states.
A daughter Margaret Taverner, died previously.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Olive Rowell Taverner of Augusta; two sons, Dr. Theodore G. of Washington, D.C., and Frederic W. of Silver Spring, Md.; a brother, the Rev. Dr. Gilbert Y. of Concord, Mass.; a niece, Dr. Nancy Adelman of Kensington, Md.; and two step- grandchildren.
Friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., where a prayer circle of Green Streeters will be held at 6:45 p.m. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Green Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael Davis and the Rev. Janis Davis will officiate.

Edward L. Hathaway Jr. 
retired from Portland Pipeline Corporation 
SOUTH PORTLAND Edward L. Hathaway Jr., 74, died unexpectedly Tuesday at his home.
He was a son of Edward L. and Josephine Hathaway of Amarillo, Texas.
Mr. Hathaway served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1946.
He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
Mr. Hathaway worked for the Portland Pipeline Corporation for 35 years, retiring as chief engineer in 1987.
He enjoyed gardening, world travel, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth C. Hathaway of South Portland; three daughters, Pamela Przybylski of Chesterfield, Mo., Elizabeth Libby of Livermore Falls and Nancy van Dissel of Eliot; two sons, Edward L. III of Dublin, Calif., and Charles of Gray; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road. A reception will follow at the church. 

Ernest W. Stein III 
enjoyed American history, computers 
WINSLOW Ernest W. Stein III, 24, died unexpectedly Sunday at Beaufort Naval Hospital in South Carolina.
Born in Waterville, a son of Ernest and Ann L. Ryan Stein Jr., he was a 1993 graduate of Waterville High School and attended the University of Maine at Farmington and Augusta.
For nine years, he was employed by Maine General Medical Center.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Sept. 27 to pursue a military career.
Mr. Stein was an avid reader.
His interests included American history and computers. 
Surviving are his mother, Ann L. Ryan of Kennebunk; his father and stepmother, Clare Stein of New Sweden; and two sisters, Lynne Stein of Franklin, Mass., and Lisa Stein of Clinton.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Donald H. Shorey Funeral Chapel, 35 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield, where a funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Ethel L. Underwood 
CAPE ELIZABETH A burial service for Ethel L. Underwood, who died Sept. 24, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland.

George Graham Thomson Jr. 
retired investment banker; Army veteran 
WALDOBORO George Graham Thomson Jr., 80, of Waldoboro and New Boston, N.H., died Wednesday at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
He was born in New York City, a son of George Graham and Elizabeth Deaver Thomson. He attended St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., and graduated from Harvard University in 1941.
After graduating from college, Mr. Thomson volunteered to fight for the British Army in World War II, joining the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Later in the war, he was transferred to the American Army, serving with the Jedburghs, who parachuted in to France, fighting behind German lines until Germany surrendered.
Once Germany surrendered he served again as a Jedburgh until the fall of Japan. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Bronze Medal.
In January 1949, he married Sylvia Grove-Palmer in Caracas, Venezuela.
Following the war, Mr. Thomson worked for Shell International Co. and later was an investment banker in New York until his retirement in 1995.
Surviving are his wife of Waldoboro and New Boston, N.H.; two daughters, Sandra J. Thomson of New York City and Virginia Thomson-Hamren of San Francisco, Calif.; a son, George G. III of New Boston, N.H.; a sister, Cara Baldwin of Hilton Head, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old German Church. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home.

Ivory Herman Fenderson 
owned Saco business for 40 years 
SEMINOLE, Fla. Ivory Herman Fenderson, 87, of 80th Avenue and Saco, Maine, died suddenly Thursday at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
He was born in Saco, a son of Ivory H. and Minnie Hughes Fenderson, and was a 1933 graduate of Thornton Academy.
Mr. Fenderson was proprietor of I.H. Fenderson Inc. in Saco for 40 years.
He was a trustee of Laurel Hill Cemetery and vice president and member of the Three-Quarter-Century softball team in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Jean (Mewer) Fenderson of Seminole and Saco; two stepsons, Andrew Fitanides of Neva City, Calif., and Thomas Fitanides of Saco; a daughter, Ann Pullen of Saco; a sister, Geraldine Fenderson of Saco; and six grandchildren. 
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. The Rev. Dr. Burton S. Howe will officiate. Arrangements are by Cote Funeral Home, Saco. 

John F. Staples 
retired from New England Telephone Co. 
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. John F. Staples, 68, of Fairview Drive and formerly of Biddeford, Maine, died Monday at his home of cancer. He was the husband of Donna Marie Poirier Staples.
He was born in Biddeford, a son of Louis and Doris Booth Staples, attended St. Mary's School and was a 1949 graduate of Biddeford High School.
During the Korean War, Mr. Staples served with the Coast Guard for four years, attaining the rank of Boatswains Mate Second Class.
In 1954, he married Dorothy Marie Pelletier. The couple divorced in 1964. In 1965, he married Donna Marie Poirier of Biddeford.
Mr. Staples worked for the New England Telephone Co., where he achieved six technical ratings and retired as a testman in Portland after 30 years. He also sold jewelry as a hobby.
After his retirement in 1983, he moved here with his wife. He worked for Spessard Holland Golf Course until 1997.
He enjoyed the marches of John Philip Sousa and others, golf, bicycle riding and a 1997 cross-country camping trip he took with his wife.
A daughter, Alison, died in 1977.
Surviving are his wife of Melbourne Beach; two sons, John F. Jr. of Biddeford and Stephen M. of Lebanon, Maine; a daughter, Elizabeth Libby of Waterboro, Maine; a brother, Ralph M. of Biddeford; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Biddeford.

Larry J. Bowdish II 
worked for New England Diving Adventures 
BIDDEFORD Larry J. Bowdish II, 30, of Harrison Avenue died Wednesday off the coast of Monhegan Island in a diving accident.
He was born in Lincoln Park, Mich., a son of Larry J. and Mary K. Bowdish. He was a graduate of Littlefield (Conn.) High School in 1987 and a graduate of the University of New England with a degree in marine biology.
Mr. Bowdish was the director of training for New England Diving Adventures in Danvers, Mass. He collaborated with several fellow instructors to develop the first in a series of underwater educational films, his family said.
He was a member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, a member of Technical Diving International/Scuba Diving International and the Divers Alert Network.
Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Judd Bowdish of Biddeford; his parents; a brother, Patrick; his maternal grandmother, Irene Hooks of Michigan; and his paternal grandmother, Anita Butler of Texas.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the University of New England. There will be a private burial at sea.

Martha R. 'Martie' Henry Aspen 
teacher; parents live in Sebago 
MELROSE, Mass. Martha R. "Martie" Henry Aspen, 51, formerly of South Boston, died Thursday at home after a battle with cancer.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of Joel B. and Dorothy R. Bauman Henry, and attended grade school in Ohio. She graduated from Lincoln Sudbury High School, attended Casanoviaf+t School in New York and graduated from Emerson College, Boston.
She lived in South Boston for five years and in Melrose for the past 20.
Mrs. Aspen taught school at many of Malden's elementary schools, most recently teaching at Emerson School. Prior to teaching in Malden she taught in New York.
Her hobbies included arts and crafts.
Surviving are her husband, James R. Aspen of Melrose; one son, James G. Aspen of Melrose; one daughter, Molly M. Aspen of Melrose; her parents of Sebago, Maine; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Patricia) Fuller of Merrimack, N.H.; and one brother, Douglas Henry of Woburn.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.

Peter Barris 
postal worker for 39 years 
ELLSWORTH Peter Barris, 75, died Tuesday at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Tulsa, Okla., a son of Thomas T. and Ruby Kleomenis Barris. In his infancy, his family moved to Wichita, Kan., and he graduated from Wichita High School East in 1942.
During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the Army Air Force. He earned five battle stars and the Silver Theater Award.
After the war, he graduated from Portland Junior College in 1949. He returned to Wichita and attended Kansas University and New Mexico state.
In 1953, he married Louise Jane Wiers.
Mr. Barris was employed with the Wichita Post Office for eight years before being transferred to Portland in 1960, where he became a data systems management officer. He retired from the Post Office in 1987 after 39 years of service.
He created "Say it with Chocolate" with his wife. He enjoyed traveling to businesses in the New England area to distribute chocolate products. He also worked part-time at the Global Air Security Co. 
He most recently lived with his daughter, Shara, and her family here.
Surviving are his brother, Theodore Barris; two sisters, Tonia Jett and Dena Barris; two daughters, Mrs. Marc (Valerie) Barris and Shara Dyndiuk; and three grand- children.
A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Family and friends are welcome at 1 p.m. Pastor John Welsh will officiate.

P. Roland L'Esperance 
retired from Navy; 10-year postal worker 
YORK P. Roland L'Esperance, 69, of New Town Road died Wednesday at York Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Springvale, a son of Emile and Louise Plamondon L'Esperance, and graduated from Sanford High School in 1948.
He served in the Navy for 20 years. 
After retiring, he worked as a rural route carrier for the U.S. Post Office in York for more than 10 years.
Mr. L'Esperance was a communicant of St. Christopher-by-the-Sea Church.
He was also a member of the York Senior Citizens Center and the American Association of Retired Persons.
His wife, Patricia Huntsman L'Esperance, died in 1988, and a stepson, Stephen D. Conley, died in 1985.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Patricia L.) Hartford of York and Mrs. Todf+t (Paula J.) DeVoll of Shapleigh; one stepson, Gregg Conley of Kennebunk; one stepdaughter, Laurie Durst of Parsonsfield; and two sisters, Theresa Sylvain of Springvale and Pauline Roberge of Portland.
Visiting hours will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today f+t at Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Riverside Cemetery, Springvale. 

Paul K. Petzoldt 
mountaineer, wilderness education advocate 
TOPSHAM Paul K. Petzoldt, a mountaineer who founded National Outdoor Leadership School and helped found Outward Bound, died Wednesday at the age of 91.
Born in Creston, Iowa, a son of Charles and Emma Kiesow Petzoldt, he graduated from Louisiana State. But long before his college graduation even long before his high school graduation Mr. Petzoldt became known for his daring mountain climbing.
His wife, Virginia Petzoldt, tells of her husband's youth in Wyoming, a childhood spent climbing down the rocky hillsides that border the Snake River to hunt and fish with friends. But at 16, long before mountain climbing and hiking became common, Mr. Petzoldt set his sights on the Grand Teton.
"He thought it would be fun to climb it," his wife said.
In 1924, despite failing an attempt at a short cut, getting caught on the side of the mountain, and nearly freezing to death during a snow storm, Mr. Petzoldt, along with his friend, became only the third person to climb the Grand Teton. 
It was his success, the fun of the climb in spite of the life-threatening problems, that spurred him on.
He completed a double traverse of the Matterhorn in Switzerland and became a member of the 1938 team of First American Expedition of KE (in the Himalayas). Mr. Petzoldt was a World War II army veteran and a member and trainer of the 10th Mountain Division. According to his wife, he worked for the Department of Agriculture during the war, assisting the Russian army with food and clothing.
Hoping to help others, especially young people, discover the magic of mountain climbing, he helped found Outward Bound in the early 1960s and founded the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1965. He also developed the Wilderness Education Association, a program designed to certify conservation professionals and college students in wilderness leadership skills. He recently organized a new school, the Paul Petzoldt Leadership Institute. 
He reportedly earned respect from every major environmental group in the United States and is credited for pushing the Wilderness Act of 1964 through Congress.
With a sense of humor and a love of people and the outdoors, Mr. Petzoldt travelled throughout the U.S. to lecture on nature, mountaineering and his exploits. 
Mr. Petzoldt was a member of the Explorers Club. In 1994, at age 86, he hiked with wife, Virginia, to the base camp of Mt. Everest. His biography, "On Belay" by Raye Ringholz, tells of many of his mountaineering exploits.
In 1998, Teton Valley residents honored Mr. Petzoldt with an event featuring accounts of his 1938 Expedition on K2 and book signing. Other books detailing his life include "The Wilderness Handbook," "The New Wilderness Handbook of Teton Tales" and "Petzoldt's Teton Trails."
He moved to Raymond, Maine, from Victor, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 1987. He moved to Topsham in 1988. He was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Windham.
Mr. Petzoldt spent his later years with his wife on Sebago Lake. What he loved, said his wife, was "standing outside and looking across the six or eight miles of Sebago Lake and seeing Mount Washington in the distance." 
Surviving besides his wife of Topsham are two stepsons, Kenneth F. Pyle of Asbury, N.J., and J. Dallas Pyle of South Portland.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Windham. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. 

Richard B. 'Pie' Lewis 
owned masonry contracting business 
EAST BOOTHBAY Richard E. "Pie" Lewis, 91, died Thursday at the Gregory Wing in St. Andrew's Hospital.
He was born here, a son of Bennie C. and Sarah Spear Lewis, and attended local schools.
During World War II, he was a foreman of Navy destroyer construction at Bath Iron Works.
On July 28, 1928, he married Althea Harrington. Together they raised their family in East Boothbay.
In his youth, Mr. Lewis worked with his father as a mason contractor. He later become the proprietor of a masonry contracting business in the Boothbay region and in Pinellas County, Fla.
Mr. Lewis was a 50-year member of the Bayview Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Lewis and his wife wintered in Florida for more than 40 years. Mrs. Lewis died in 1993.
Surviving are his daughter, Suzanne L. Keene of Wolfboro, N.H., and Green Valley, Ariz.; two sons, Alan D. of Waterville and East Boothbay and Richard D. of Cape Elizabeth and Naples, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. todayf+t at Simmons, Harrington and Hall Funeral Home, Boothbay. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at East Boothbay United Church, with the Rev. Allen Wells-Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Oceanview Cemetery, Boothbay. 

Stanwood Russell Sterling 
grew up on Peaks Island 
SARASOTA, Fla. Stanwood Russell Sterling, 85, also of Ellsworth, Maine, died Sept. 8.
He was born on Peaks Island, Maine, a son of Russell Graham Sterling and Emma Pollard Sterling. He attended schools in Portland, Maine, and graduated from Wentworth Institute, Boston, in 1936.
Mr. Sterling was an executive and regional manager at D. and L. Slade Co., Boston, until his retirement in 1974. In the following years he was a published poet and author.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Calista Steele Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Frank B. (Pamela) Walker of Ellsworth and Mrs. Bruce (Penelope) Crandall of Midlothian, Va.; and five grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held previously. Arrangements are by Toal Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota.

Theresa Lombard 
waitress, dance company manager 
SACO Theresa Lombard, 68, of Portland Road died Wednesday at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
She was born in Biddeford, attended Saco schools and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1950. 
Mrs. Lombard was a waitress at the Wonder Bar, at Hotel Thatcher and at the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club for many years. She also was a waitress at Vallee's and Cascade Inn. 
She was the manager of "Best of Broadway" Dance Company. 
Mrs. Lombard was a member of the United Baptist Church in Saco.
Her interests were spending time with her granddaughters and riding in parades in her husband's World War II jeep.
Surviving are her husband, John E. Lombard, and a daughter, Debra Lombard, both of Saco; two sisters, Ann Byers of Annapolis, Md., and Barbara Lindsey of South Portland; and 4 grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Baptist Church, Main Street, Saco. Arrangements are by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home. 

Albert A. Bresette 
self-employed roofer most of his life 
Albert A. Bresette, 67, of Joy Place, died Wednesday after a long illness.
He was born in Coldbrook, N.H., a son of Hinman and Doris Haynes Bresette. He attended local schools and graduated from Coldbrook High School.
Mr. Bresette served in the Army for several years.
On Oct. 13, 1956, he married his wife of 42 years, Gloria Clark Bresette.
He was self-employed most of his life as a roofer.
He was a serious spectator at Beach Ridge Motor Speedway and Scarborough Downs harness racing. He hunted and fished.
A son, Robert, died previously.
Surviving are his wife of Portland; six daughters, Emily Barney of Massachusetts, Cynthia Bresette of Hollis, Gloria Kirlin, Rebecca Bresette and Kimberly LaClair, all of Portland, and Doris Bresette of South Portland; three sons, Albert, John and Raymond, all of Portland; a brother, Henry Bresette; a sister, Beverly Doak; 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Groveville Road, Buxton. Arrangements are by Hay & Peabody Funeral Home, 749 Congress St.

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