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Afthim, William G.* - Springvale  
William George "Billy" Afthim, 81 SUTTON, Mass. & Westbrook - William George "Billy" Afthim, 81 of Sutton, Mass., died peacefully on Jan. 26, 2015, at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass. He had resided there bravely with Alzheimer's disease for over four years. Billy was born on Dec. 31, 1933, to Marguerite and William Afthim who, during their 59 year marriage, proudly raised Billy and his 12 siblings in a French-Canadian neighborhood in the mill town of Westbrook. Billy graduated from Westbrook High School in 1952 and was a parishioner of St. Hyacinth Church. He worked at the S.D.Warren Paper Company for 42 years. He was known for his fascination for antique cars. After his retirement, he moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lived for more than 10 years. In addition to his love of cars, he enjoyed dancing and often accompanied his youngest sister, Constance "Connie" to her many high school reunions. Billy served two years active military duty in the U.S. Army in the mid 1950s and in the National Guard for many years following; militarily, he followed in the footsteps of his father, and siblings, brothers Rudy, Philip and Arthur and sister Gloria Afthim. He was also a member of the American Legion in Scottsdale, Ariz., and transferred his membership to the Dudley Gendron American Legion in Sutton, while he resided there with his sister Connie. Connie brought him back east from Arizona to live with her and her husband Jim in Sutton, Mass., in 2009. Billy was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Afthim, who died at 57, of MS in 1989, and brothers Rudolphe "Rudy" Afthim, who died at 68, in 1997, and Donald Afthim, who died with dementia at 83, in November of 2014; all of whom lived in Westbrook. He leaves a son, William "Billy, Jr." Afthim of Diamond Bar, Calif., who visited him in Massachusetts, Maine and Arizona. He is also survived by his sisters Marie Joyce of Eliot, Lorraine Afthim, a frequent visitor at the Veterans Home, Jeanne McKenney and Joan Jackson, all of Westbrook, Elaine LaBrie of Bangor, and Constance "Connie" Dwyer of Sutton, Mass. He also leaves his brothers, Arthur Afthim of Las Vegas, Nev., Philip Afthim of Westbrook, and Michael Afthim of South Portland. In addition, he leaves two cousins, Sandra & John Gagnon of Lyman, and Maurice and Barbara Menard of Saco; and 20 nieces and nephews. Nephews Liam Reddy of Hopedale, Mass., and Paul Reddy, Jr. of Natick, Mass., with their father, Paul Reddy, Sr., also of Natick; and mother, Connie Dwyer, frequently visited Billy at the Veterans Home. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m., with funeral prayers at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale. Interment, with military honors, weather permitting, will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Springvale. Billy's family would like to express their deep gratitude for the loving care he received at the Bedford, Mass. Veterans Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale, with the assistance of Billy's cousin John Gagnon. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a memorial contribution in Billy's memory to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital 200 Springs Road 62 AB (Alzheimer's Unit) Bedford, Mass. 01730-1198 In writing a check, please note 62AB in the memo.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2015
Armstrong, Harvey F.* - Buxton  
Harvey F. Armstrong, 93 BUXTON - Harvey F. Armstrong, 93, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, at his home on the Hurlin Smith Road in Buxton. He was born in Machiasport on Jan. 30, 1921, the son of Leroy and Carrie Libby Armstrong. Harvey served in the Army as a Medic in 24th Medical Battalion during World War II. He worked many years at Rostand's Foundry in Milford, Conn. until retirement. He retired to his home state of Maine, settling in Machias and later relocating to Buxton. Harvey's hobby was axe throwing and he was right on target. He was an avid western novel reader and listener of public radio; he especially liked Dr. Bob and spent his days listening to Old Time radio shows. Harvey loved to be at home with family, sharing his stories of war and memories of younger years. Harvey had a great sense of humor. He was predeceased by his wife Elsie Johnson Armstrong; his son Gary Armstrong; his brothers Warren Armstrong, Albert Armstrong and Percy Armstrong, his sisters Elsie Johnson, Eva Robinson and Esther Fouhy. He is survived by his son Milton Armstrong of Bridgeport, Conn., his daughters Helen Renshaw of Buxton, and Carrie Lea Shaw of Cutler; his sister Alice Polley of Machias; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 13 Portland Rd., Buxton, is in charge of the arrangements. Spring burial will be held at Jacksonville Cemetery in Machias. Family suggests memorial contributions be made in Harvey's honor to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tenn. 38105
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Barber, Deborah L.* - Wells  
Deborah L. Barber, 48 WELLS - Deborah L. Barber, 48, of Blackberry Lane, passed away on Jan. 25, 2015, at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. Deborah was born on Jan. 20, 1967, in Malden, Mass., the daughter of Judith and Allan Amoling. She married the love of her life and best friend, Steven Barber, on Dec. 17, 1983. They fell in love with the beach and soon decided to build their lives together in Wells. Deborah was a devoted and loving mother to her four children and dedicated her life to raising them. She was also an avid animal lover, spending much of her time with her beloved beagle Bella. She had a beautiful, creative mind and excelled in many art forms, including fashion design and music. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she always went above and beyond to make it feel magical. Above all, her favorite activity was spending time with her family and being in her garden. She is survived by her parents Judy and Allan Amoling; her loving husband Steven; her son Michael and his fiancé Katie, her daughter Samantha and her husband Dana, her daughter Lauren and her fiancé Ryan, and her youngest son Ryan; also by her four brothers Robert, Mark, Christopher and Charles Amoling. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Rd., Wells. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel. www.bibberfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tenn. 38105
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Bilderback, Beryl R.* - Portland  
Beryl R. Bilderback, 92 CAPE PORPOISE - Beryl R. Bilderback "I loved everything I did and I loved the people." She was born in Wales on April 15, 1922, and life long resident of Kennebunkport. Beryl, a long time community activist, business owner, and political icon in Kennebunkport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on Monday evening, January 26, 2015, at her home in Cape Porpoise after a long illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence A. and V. Alberta Redmond; her husband of 50 years, Edward L. Bilderback; their daughter Bonnie B. Bonney; her four siblings, Arthur Redmond, Phyllis Cluff, Ruth Klimuk, Clare Whitten; and son-in-law Raymond Gray. She is survived by her children Carol Gray and Edward L. Bilderback, Jr. and his wife Janet; five grandchildren: Wendy Gibson, Lisa Gray, Scott Gray, Ty Bilderback, Chip Bilderback; eight great-grandchildren; son-in-law William Bonney and sister in-law Johanna Redmond. Beryl began her local political career in high school, working for the town office, and played on the undefeated Kennebunkport High School Skippers Basketball team. Later elected to the Kennebunkport school board, she was instrumental in helping establish the Consolidated School. Beryl became the first woman town moderator in the state of Maine. She was influential in establishing the town's first sewer system and served on the Sewer Committee for almost 20 years. Beryl generously served the town of Kennebunkport as a select woman, chairman of the budget board, on the police commission, and the planning board. She served as a long-standing member of the American Legion and Eastern Star, was chairman of The American Legion Auxiliary, and was an avid supporter of the Cape Porpoise Pier. Beryl's civic commitment to her community was evident in her efforts to help restore the Atlantic Hall. She supported the Cape Porpoise Library and, as an ardent reader, was passionate about the history of Kennebunkport and Maine. She and her husband owned and operated the Captain's Restaurant in Cape Porpoise for 28 years where she also ran a bakery. With a life long passion for knitting and crafts, she owned a yarn shop for several years and was also an avid gardener, bird watcher and enjoyed her camp in Bethel. Remembered for her enduring commitment to her town and her family, Beryl was a woman of strong moral fortitude and leaves behind a remarkable legacy. Continuing her lifelong community service, she was an anatomical donor to the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford. The family would like to thank Visiting Nurses of Saco and Hospice of Southern Maine. Special thanks to Dr. Audrey Okun-Langlais, RNs Barbara Shuman,Stephanie DeFanti, Helene Dicesare, great-granddaughter, Kelsey Shields; niece Roberta Austin; and family friend, Kate Eaton. A celebration of her life is planned for June; details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Hall, Arundel Cemetery, or the Atlantic Hall in Kennebunkport.
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Brady, Sue E.* - North Yarmouth  
Sue Ellen Brady, 72 NORTH YARMOUTH - Sue Ellen (Parker, Russo) Brady, 72, of North Yarmouth, passed away on Jan. 25, 2015, at her home. Sue was born in Lewiston to her parents, Charles Parker and Margaret "Pegge" (Maloney) Parker. Sue was one of nine children in her family and is survived by her brother Donald and his wife Beverly, Francis and Lawrence, and sisters Lynda and her husband Freddy Muccino, and Shelly Barrett and her husband Walter. Sue was predeceased by her brothers Leonard and Ralph, and sister Genevieve Phillipo. She grew up on Peaks Island and in Portland, where she met the first love of her life, husband John "Jack" Russo, who passed in 1988. Sue and Jack were happily married for 29 years and leave behind their five children, Muriel "Gina" Harmon and her husband James of Scarborough, Ann Marie Miller and her husband Michael of Georgia, Anthony "Tony" Russo of Florida, Genevieve "Gen-Gen" Estelle of Kentucky, and Arlene "Lena" Stanley and her husband Christopher of North Yarmouth. Sue and Jack did a lot of work to help their community in Portland, where Jack served as manager of Riverton Park housing community and Sue worked to set up the Mother's Club and the first Head Start program, which is still going strong today. Sue loved her children, and was proud of their lives and accomplishments, especially the service to their country. Tony, Ann, and Gen-Gen served in the Army, where Tony was commended for earning a Bronze Star in operation Desert Storm, and her sons-in-law James and Michael also served, and now several of her grandchildren are currently serving their country. From her five children came 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, who Sue loved dearly. In 1990, Sue married the second wonderful man in her life, Frank Brady. They loved the grandkids so much that Sue switched careers from CNA to daycare provider, running her Color-Me-Happy daycare for many years. Sue and Frank were happy travelers, spending fun holidays in their Winnebago traveling the country, often with a few of the grandkids along, and retiring to Florida. After Frank passed in 1997, Sue stayed in Florida for a few more years, working at Sea World's Discovery Cove and Le Gourmet Chef, and enjoying her Red Hat Club. Sue returned to Maine, where she lived in Portland for a few years, before moving back to her home in North Yarmouth where she lived out her last years with her daughter Lena and son-in-law Chris. These last few months she loved spending time with her close-by family and her friend and care-giver Mitzi. A service of remembrance will be held Monday, Feb. 2, at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland at 11 a.m. Family and friends are invited to visit prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. To leave messages of condolence please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com One of Sue's great loves was her shelter cats, so in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Westbrook Animal Shelter at www.arlgp.org
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Burke, Wallace D.* - Portland  
Wallace Decker Burke, 83 PORTLAND - Wallace Decker Burke, of Cape Elizabeth, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. Wally was born in New York on Aug. 3, 1931, to Victor and Frances Decker Burke. At the age of 2, his father was tranferred to Portland, where Wally was raised on Summit Street. In his junior year at Deering High School, he tranferred to Culver Military Academy in Indiana. After graduating in 1949, he joined the Navy and served as a submarine engineman during the Korean War. Wally had a life long love of motorcycles. He owned a 1954 pan-head Harley with a side car. A picture of him and his wife, Anne, in this motorcycle is now on the wall at Big Moose Harley-Davidson on Riverside Street in Portland. His second passion was playing the banjo. Just a month before his passing, he sent his favorite banjo to his nephew, Dana Richards, in Colorado, so his love for this banjo will go on for years within the family. His wife, Anne, who died in 2013, was the postmistress at Cape Elizabeth Post Office on Shore Road. After retiring as an accountant, Wally assisted her in the post office. He resided at The Woods at Canco for the past 15 months, where he made many new friends. He especially enjoyed their cribbage and Bingo activities. Wally is survived by his children, Carol Ann Brown of South Portland and Philip E. Burke of Cape Elizabeth; his sisters, Audrey Burke Reynolds and Lorraine Burke Richards of Portland; grandaughters Carey Brown Gafur and husband Mark of Norfolk, Mass.; Jody Brown Ethell and husband John of Camarillo, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren, Spenser, Quinn, and Greyson Gafur, and Hayden and Jackson Ethell. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. We will so miss his devilish grin, quick wit, and the sparkle in his blue eyes. An intimate memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home , 199 Woodford St., Portland. Interment will be private in the spring. Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign Wally's online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Carney, Scott Andrew* - Kennebunk  
Scott Andrew Carney, 47 WEST KENNEBUNK - Scott Andrew Carney, 47, of West Kennebunk, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Portsmouth, Va. on April 13, 1967, a son of Sidney Andrew Carney and Susan Lee (Harrell) Michaels. He grew up in Kennebunk, and was a graduate of Kennebunk High School, Class of 1985. Scott was a talented artist. He was a mason, by trade, and eventually transitioned into designing furniture. He was employed at Richardson Allen in Biddeford for 21 years, and personally designed several pieces of furniture for many celebrities. Scott was the ultimate "Dead Head," and was probably the biggest and most loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He attended every concert he could, and even followed them through Europe on one of their tours. Having never married, Scott loved animals, and considered his many dogs as his children. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, woodworking, stonework, and drawing. The kindest person and gentlest soul you would ever want to meet, he never had a bad word to say about anyone. He looked out for others, especially anyone struggling in life. Always happy, he truly enjoyed living. Scott created beauty in everything he touched. Scott was predeceased by his father, Sidney Andrew Carney. Survivors include his mother, Susan Lee Michaels of Kennebunk; his brother, Mark Carney and wife Jill of Wells, his sister, Robin Richardson and husband Chad of Minnesota, two step-brothers, Josh Michaels of Kittery and Paul Michaels of Kennebunk; two nephews, Christopher Carney of Wells, Kyle Boisvert of Kennebunk, and his niece, Lynzi Boisvert of Kennebunk. Scott is also survived by his stepfather, Steven Michaels of Danforth, Maine. Visiting hours will be on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Holy Spirit Parish/St. Martha's Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. Should friends choose, memorial donations in his name are encouraged to: Animal Welfare Society PO Box 43 West Kennebunk, ME 04094
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Carolan, Louise (Willingham)* - Oklahoma City  
Louise Carolan, 91 TOPSHAM - Louise Willingham Carolan passed away on Jan. 25, 2015 at the age of Ninety One. She was born Clara Louise Willingham on Dec. 22, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the only child of James C. Willingham and Louise Cline. She grew up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and Depression years, remembering one hot, dry summer on her grandparents' farm, watching crops wither away with only the grasshoppers flourishing. Her most vivid memory of the Depression was how every morning her mother would make sandwiches and hand them out to an endless stream of people traveling Route 66, a block from their home, headed for the promised land of California. And, once the sandwiches were gone, Louise's mother would then draw the shades and lock the door for the rest of the day. In 1941, Louise graduated from Classen High School, and entered Monticello, a small women's college in Illinois. That is, until Pearl Harbor was attacked, and she eloped with a young man before he left for war. Like so many hasty marriages then, this one ended when the war did, leaving her with a young son, Jim. She wasn't alone for long, marrying Donald Worthington in 1946, and moving to his family's dairy farm in Great Barrington, Mass. Don adopted Jim, and Louise later had twin boys, Gary and Glen. She loved speech and drama, and soon was teaching classes as well as performing and directing at a community theater with "The Barrington Players." She even once shared the stage with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, appearing in a magician's act. Don's unexpected death in 1961 left her a single mom, determined to make a better life for herself and her boys. Louise went back to school at Boston University, studying alongside students half her age as she earned a bachelor's and then a master's degree in speech pathology. She met Charles "Chuck" Carolan, part-owner of the Cushman Baking Company in Portland, and they married in 1966. The couple lived in Falmouth while she worked at Pineland for about three years before Chuck's career took them to Houston, Texas, and then to Brownsville. Louise worked with public schools in Houston, and later in a Galveston clinic which she said was the best job she ever had. The couple shared a lot of laughs, a lot of golf, and a lot of good years, including their retirement in Maine. Chuck died in 2004, and Louise moved to The Highlands in Topsham, saying she loved the community from the day she first arrived. She played bridge, wrote of her years in her beloved Oklahoma, and made many friends. She was in her 90's when asked how she wanted to be remembered, and she laughed, saying she was "the Queen of Clutter Corner." She also said "Waste not, want not, and leave 'em laughing," and she usually did. Louise Carolan was pre-deceased by her son Glen, and leaves behind her sons Jim Worthington (Frances), Gary Worthington (Nancy); and grandchildren Tracy, Kimberly, Tanner and Faren. A Memorial service will be held at a later time. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.FuneralAlternatives.net . Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 29, 2015
Crowley, Charles* - Kennebunk  
Charles L. Crowley, 91 KENNEBUNK - Dr. Charles L. Crowley, Lt. Col, USA, Retired, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. He was born in Whitneyville, Maine, July 3, 1923, son of Charles L. and Anne Geary Crowley. He graduated from Machias High School, attended Washington State Normal School (Machias), for 2 ½ years, when he entered the Army Air Corps, and served during WWII, in the 8th Air Force, in England. Following the war in ETO, he was selected to attend Biarritz American University, established by the Military, in Biarritz, France, to provide continuing college work to some whose military service interrupted their college programs. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, BA, in Zoology. Following a year at Tufts College Medical School, he transferred to the New England College of Optometry, O.D. Degree, Boston. After five years private practice, in Bridgton, Maine, as an Optometry Officer, he served in the Army Medical Service Corps, in the US and Europe, until his retirement in 1976, to Kennebunk. Throughout his career, Colonel Crowley displayed the highest level of professional skill, administrative acumen and dedicated devotion to duty. Because of his vast personal experience, knowledge and managerial ability, he was a very capable administrator and supervisor. He actively encouraged all members of his staff to pursue further education. By precept and example, he guided the actions of his staff to advance the quality and quantity of services provided in the Optometry Service. His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Nastional Defense Medal, (1OLC), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, six Overseas Service Bars and the Legion of Merit. When he retired from the Army, Dr. Crowley was given Life Membership in the American Optometric Association and the Maine Optometric Association. He was a communicant of St. Martha's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Sigma Nu College Fraternity, a prior member of the Webhannet Golf Club, an active sponsor of The University of Maine Foundation, the Retired Military Officers Association, the YMCA, and a daily swimmer, one mile, for the past 35 years. Also, he enjoyed reading, walking, skiing, and with his wife, and single traveled extensively throughout the US and many foreign countries. They visited all 50 states, principal sites, of five continents, around the world, flew the Concorde, at Mock II, twice the speed of sound, at 60 thousand feet and could appreciate the Curvature of the Earth. In his 85th year, with son, Brian, visited the Antarctica Continent, "the trip of a lifetime", which completed his stepping on seven Continents, of which he was very grateful and satisfied. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 39 years, Julia Graves Crowley, in June of 2000; by his parents; his brothers, John, Robert, Frederick; by his sister, Margaret C. Smith; by his sisters-in-law, Myra Graves Houle and Lorane Graves Dupuis; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Graves, Proctor Houle and Richard Dupuis. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Robert B. Smith of Saco; by his self-proclaimed son, Brian Johnson, wife Kristen and family of Kennebunk and Dexter, Maine, whose faithful, caring kindness to him and responsible maintenance of the property, allowed him to live in his own home; and by well loved nieces and nephews: in Maine, Sarahlynda Smith, Stephen Dupuis Family, Jon Dupuis Family; in Massachusetts: Deborah Smith Mercurio and husband, Michael Mercurio, Christopher Smith; in Connecticut: Elisabeth Houle, Peter Houle and wife Christine, Mark Houle and wife Laurel, Hollis Graves and wife, Chris; in New Jersey: Bradford Graves and wife, Mary; in Pennsylvania: Linda Graves Pearson and husband Todd Pearson; in Virginia: Julia Dupuis Blakely and husband Stephen Blakely; in Texas: Nancy Crowley Garrison and husband Geoffrey Garrison; in California: Kathy Crowley McDaniel and husband Michael McDaniel, David Graves and wife Maxine Graves. Surviving also are grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and special cousins, Martha, Kate and Glyn Williams, So. Portland, ME and Rita H. Lyons of Waltham, MA, as well as his Advisor, Executor and caring friend for many years, Peter E. Robbins and Family of H.M. Payson & Co., Portland, ME. There will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha's Church at 11AM on Tuesday, February 2, 2015 at 11 AM with Fr. Thomas M. Murphy. A gathering will follow the service at the Coastal House, 2128 Post Road, Wells, Maine. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 www.bibberfuneral.com . Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha's Church, 30 Portland Rd. Kennebunk, ME 04043 in Dr. Crowley's memory
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Davis, June L.* - Portland  
June L. Haskell Davis, 82 SCARBOROUGH - June L. Haskell Davis, known to friends and family as "June Bug" passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Jan. 22, 2015, at the Gosnell House in Scarborough. She was born on May 25, 1932, to the late Walter D. Haskell and the late Florence G. Simpson in Portland. June resided in Falmouth for the past 15 years. She graduated from Portland High in 1951 and was class treasurer her senior year and continued as treasurer at the once a month class reunion meetings which included both Portland High and Deering High graduates. During her years at Portland High, June was a majorette, and she played a huge role in the 65 piece marching band and 55 piece concert group, the largest P.H.S. band in history, directed by Clinton W. Graffam. June was an original member of Portland players, performing at the Strand Theatre on Congress Street, she was in several musicals and plays. June was voted "Most Witty" her senior year along with being active in Red Cross, bowling and loved swimming in the ocean. "Here's a girl with plenty of friends and plenty of talent," yearbook quote. After high school, June was employed in the office of Hannaford Bros. and later, 25 years at the first Jordan Marsh in Maine at the mall. She was a member of the first Red Hats in Maine called the Red Hat Tomatoes which included over half of Portland High classmates from various graduating classes. June was an avid country line dancer and loved country music. She also loved all animals especially cats, dogs and horses. June volunteered at the Barron Center for many years after her mother passed. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and attended spring training games in Florida, as well as her first Red Sox game at Fenway Park, meeting Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo, Big Papi being her favorite player. June was a den mother for Cub Scouts. She was the matriarch for the Davis and Haskell clan, hosting all the holiday parties and family gatherings. June was an amazing cook, making everything from scratch and never using a recipe. She was proud to be a Mayflower descendant of Stephen Hopkins, her great uncle Harry Hopkins, Walter Hopkins and uncle "Ducky" Haskell, Ralph Haskell, all grew up on Vinalhaven. June loved spending her summers on the island. June was a social butterfly and would light up any room when she walked in, everyone knew June and there is just not enough room to list all her close friends. June was predeceased by her father, Walter Haskell, her mother Florence Simpson Haskell; husband John W. Davis; and granddaughter Raina Davis Jensen. She is survived by her sons, William Davis, Walter Davis, Michael Davis, Todd Davis and daughter Jeanette Jensen; grandchildren Matthew Davis, Patrick Davis; many cousins on Vinalhaven and New England area; nephews, nieces; and her cat Sophie, named after her favorite actress Sophia Loren. Memorial visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, with prayers being recited at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a donation in memory of June Davis to: The Hawthorne House Activity Program 6 County Rd. Freeport, Maine 04032 or Hospice of Southern Maine The Gosnell House 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074
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