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Belyea, Barry S.* - Portland  
Barry S. Belyea, 68 PORTLAND & Waldoboro - Barry S. Belyea, 68, passed away on May 17, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was born in Portland on July 24, 1946, the son of Stephen W. and Louise (Young) Belyea of Gorham. Growing up Barry spent countless hours at his grandfather's farm in Gorham. He also worked in Falmouth at his dad's foreign car business. Barry was a 1964 graduate of Gorham High School and a 1968 graduate of Gorham State Teacher's College - now USM. He also earned his master's degree. Cross-country running and track were a passion of his, earning him a spot in the USM Huskies Sports Hall of Fame in March 1992. He was also inducted into Gorham High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He was employed by MSAD #40 from 1968-2003 as a Social Studies teacher, then Principal at A.D. Gray School. Barry loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and sports. He spent summers painting and taking care of residences in the Waldoboro area. Barry is survived by his daughters of Waldoboro, Erica Crosby and significant other Scott Martin, Jessica Sproul and husband Paul, and Lynsey Ward and significant other Todd Johnston; grandchildren, Noah, Arianna, Devon, Richie, Maddie, and Josh; brother, Glenn Belyea and wife Maryanne of Bath, Mich.; sister, Brenda Willlis and husband Larry of Brewer; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; and childhood sweetheart and recent companion, Lynn Hillman Furstrand of Portland. To honor Barry's wishes a private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry's memory may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House 11 Hunnewell Road Scarborough, Maine 04074
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Bicknell, Dorothy A.*  
Dorothy A. Bicknell, 87 FALMOUTH - Dorothy A. Bicknell, 87, formerly of Pope Road, Windham, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. She was born in Portland on Aug. 23, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Annie Earley Driscoll. Dorothy was a graduate of Portland High School after which she worked for Bicknell Photo during the 1940s. It was during this time she met her future husband, Clinton E. Bicknell Sr. to whom she was married for 53 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Friend's Church in Windham where she sang in the choir. Dorothy enjoyed music, dancing, the Red Sox, knitting, sewing and cooking. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and a son, Clinton E. Bicknell Jr.; brother Robert Driscoll and sister-in-law, Marjorie Driscoll. Survivors include her son, Daniel J. Bicknell of Windham, daughters, Sandy A. Bicknell of Raymond, Jo-Anne M. Bicknell and Christina Little of Waterboro and Nancy S. Stone and husband Jim of Gorham; grandchildren, Caryn Bicknell, Kevin Stone, Kelly Stone Costa, Richard Bicknell, Chelsea Bicknell Rivera and husband Roger Rivera and Lindsey Bicknell; and a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Stone. An hour of visitation will be held on Sunday, May 24, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Rd., Windham, from 1-2 p.m. A funeral service will follow at the chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Activity Fund Sedgewood Commons 22 Northbrook Drive Falmouth, Maine 04105
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 23 to May 24, 2015
Jewett, Ruth A.* - Portland  
Ruth A. Jewett, 94 BUXTON - Ruth A. Jewett, 94, of River Road, passed away on May 21, 2015, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was born in Allston, Mass., on Nov. 20, 1920, the daughter of the late Frederick and Gladys (Davies) Arenstrup. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from Bates College, Ruth went on to proudly raise her family in Buxton. Ruth will always be remembered as an avid gardener who meticulously cared for her gardens. She also enjoyed word puzzles, bird watching, traveling to locations such as Canada, Panama, Mexico, Arizona, and California, and enjoyed raising cattle, chickens, and sheep. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank Jewett Jr.; son Jonathan Jewett, and daughter Meredeth Libby. Ruth is survived by her son Frank Jewett III and his wife Joan of Saco; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m., concluding with a time of sharing at 8 p.m. at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service Chapel, 498 Long Plains Rd. (Rt. 22), Buxton. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the funeral home's website, www.mainefuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Maine 180 US Route Scarborough, Maine 04074 for the assistance they provided when Ruth's husband passed away.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Kellis, Basil L.* - Wells  
Basil Louis Kellis, 78 WELLS - Basil Louis Kellis, 78, of Wells, died on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kellis was born on May 7, 1937, to Louis and Alexandra Kellis, Greek immigrants who made their home in Pittsfield. Basil graduated from Maine Central Institute, then enlisted in the Army, where he was stationed in Germany for three years as part of the Third Armored Division. Basil later graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in History and Government. After graduating from the University of Maine Law School, he embarked on a 47-year career as a lawyer. His law firm, Willard and Kellis, was located in Sanford. When his father died at an early age, Basil developed a strong work ethic which continued to the end of his life. Basil was active as an owner and breeder of standardbred horses for more than 35 years. He enjoyed spending his spare time at his horse breeding farm, Lavish Acres. He also took great pleasure in gardening; in recent years, he tended to a thriving patio vegetable garden. Basil enjoyed sharing his culinary creations as he entertained friends and family. Basil was married to the late Joy Keene Smith for 29 years, and later, to Patricia Genest. He is survived by his two sons, Michael A. Kellis and his wife Carolyn D. of Kennebunk, and Mark A. Kellis and his wife Michele A. of Sanford; three sisters, Louise K. Fidler of Sacramento, Calif., Helen L. Karamanos and her husband, Rev. Philemon N. of Southgate, Mich., and Sophia L. Kellis of Mount Vernon, Wash.; two granddaughters, Rebekah A. and Hannah L. Kellis of Sanford; one grandson, Jordan M. Kellis of Kennebunk; and four nieces, a nephew; four grandnieces, and seven grandnephews. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Rd., Wells. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Historic Meetinghouse, 938 Post Rd. (U.S. Route 1), Wells. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Wells. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: West Kennebunk United Methodist Church PO Box 532 West Kennebunk, Maine 04094
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Sacks, Julian H.* - Augusta  
Julian H. Sacks, 85 Julian H. Sacks died peacefully with his beloved wife Marie by his bedside at Massachusetts General Hospital on May 18, 2015. Julian was a loyal son, a devoted and supportive husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born in the Bronx N.Y. to Louis and Molly Sacks on Jan. 28, 1930, he grew up with his parents and his sister, Selma, in Bayside, Queens, N.Y., worked after school in his father's gas station and graduated from Bayside High School. He attended NYU and graduated from Queens College. As a child Julian showed a unique gift in art. Though his passion was to pursue a career as an artist he chose instead to heed his father's advice and became a doctor. He attended the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland, returning to New York for approximately a year where he worked as a lab assistant at Columbia University. It was there that he met and fell in love with Marie Luisetti; he took her back to Geneva as his wife in September of 1956 and graduated from the University of Geneva with a medical degree in 1958. They returned to New York with their two sons, Jonathan and Daniel. Julian completed a medical internship at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, a residency in Psychiatry at Boston State Hospital and in Child Psychiatry at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston. The birth of a daughter, Laura Beth, completed the family. Julian practiced in Boston at Boston State Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Newton Mental Health Center and in his own private practice as a child psychiatrist. In 1974, the family moved to Whitefield, where he practiced at Mid Coast Mental Health Clinic in Rockland, Augusta Mental Health Institute (later Riverview), Maine General Hospital, Maine Medical Center and Jackson Brooks Institute in Portland. Upon retiring in 1994, Julian was able to launch the career that he always wanted as an artist. Since that time he enjoyed many rich years traveling all over the world with his wife, painting and visiting their many friends, relatives, children and grandchildren. His paintings have been exhibited at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro, Salt Water Gallery in Pemaquid, Boothbay Regional Art Federation (BRAF) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Roundtop Center for the Arts and River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland and Atelier Meerkatze in Konigswinter, Germany. He also enjoyed painting with the Plein Air Painters and drawing with the Whitefield drawing group. An exhibit of his paintings is planned at the River Grille in Damariscotta beginning July 29. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Marie; his sister Selma Cohen of Ann Arbor, Mich.; his children Jonathan and wife Winonah of Palmyra, Daniel and wife Lisa of Palermo, Laura Morris and husband Matthew of Jefferson City, Mo.; grandchildren: Aaron Sacks, Marianne House and her husband Kevin, David Sacks and his wife Reema, Susannah Sacks, Benjamin Morris, Stephen Sacks, Angelo Sacks, Joshua Morris, Isaac Sacks and Caleb Sacks; great-grandchildren Sammy, Abby and Lydia House. A memorial of his life will be held at Temple Beth El, 3 Woodlawn St., Augusta, on June 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. A very sincere thanks to the excellent health care professionals on the Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit at MGH who cared for him with skill and compassion during the final weeks of his life. A special thanks also to our friends Barbara Mayer, Bert Quint, Victoria Gray, Herb Hartman and Lucy Martin for their extraordinary support and loving kindness during his illness, as well as to all our friends and neighbors for their support. Donations may be made in his name to the Good Shepherd Food Bank or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Sparks Jr., Ernest C.*  
Ernest Clifton Sparks Jr., 44 WESTBROOK - Ernest Clifton Sparks Jr., 44, passed away on May 21, 2015, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born in Portland on Sept. 19, 1970. He attended Portland schools and went on to work as a car detailer. He enjoyed building models, going to Beech Ridge, and playing darts. He was predeceased by his mother Duska Hansen; maternal grandmother Mildred Campbell; and paternal grandparents Ralph and Marion Sparks. Ernest is survived by his father and stepmother Ernest Sparks Sr. and his wife Donna of Saco; brother Keith Sparks and his wife Lori of Windham; sister Tammy Sparks of Saco; maternal grandfather Basil Campbell Sr. of Millinocket; uncle and aunt- Basil "Butch" Campbell Jr. and his wife Sally of Gray; niece- Shantele Sparks; and many other relatives and dear friends. A celebration of Ernest's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, Buxton. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the funeral home's website, www.mainefuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association 45 Forest Ave. Portland, Maine 04101
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 23 to May 24, 2015
Trafton, Roy J.*  
Roy J. Trafton, 88 ACTON - Roy J. Trafton of Acton, passed away on May 21, 2015, at home after a short illness. He was born in Sanford on Oct. 2, 1926, the son of Winfield C. and Dorothea (Place) Trafton of Springvale. Roy was a 1944 graduate of Sanford High School. After high school, he served in World War II as a US Navy Seaman First Class on the USS San Francisco in the Pacific. He then obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. During a career spanning 35 years at Honeywell Electro-Optical Systems his successes include the guidance systems for the Apollo, Mariner Mars, ATMOS and Voyager 1 (now leaving our solar system to discover new horizons). After retiring and 25 years in Acton, Mass., Roy and his wife, Ella, returned to their roots moving to Acton. Over his life, he served as a Boy Scout leader, hiked the Presidential Range, canoed the Allagash and enjoyed hunting. He pursued his love of nature by creating & conserving habitats for wildlife, tree farming and volunteering as a Commissioner of the Saco River Corridor Commission. He was an active volunteer on many Acton, Mass., and Acton town committees and was president of the Historical Societies for a time in both towns. He was an avid golfer, bridge player, coin and stamp collector, enjoyed woodworking, finish carpentry and building furniture. He was predeceased by his wife, Ella (Lovejoy) Trafton after 52 years of marriage. He is survived by his two sisters, Evelyn Waterman and Gloria Earley; two daughters and their spouses, Martha Nicol and her husband, William, and Joan Hill and her husband Mark, his son R. Winfield Trafton; seven grandchildren, Laura, Katherine and Harrison Nicol, Michael Hill and his wife, Sara, Thomas Hill, Spencer Trafton and Khara Matcham; one great-grandchild Natalie White. His quiet, strong, supporting, loving nature will missed by all of his friends and family. Visiting hours will be on Monday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Springvale. Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in his memory to www.mainerivers.org or www.mainetreefoundation.org
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 23 to May 24, 2015
Welch, Gloria T.* - Portland  
Gloria Theresa Welch, 79 LUGOFF, S.C. - Mrs. Gloria Theresa Welch, 79, wife of the late Elmer Thomas Welch, Jr., passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Born in Westbrook, she was a daughter of the late Omer and Lea Fecteau Charest. Mrs. Welch was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and caring for her pets. Surviving are her daughters, Donna Marie Welch (Mark) of Lugoff, Denise M. Wescott of Standish, son, Dwayne Thomas Welch, Sr. (Judy) of Springhill, Tenn.; sisters, Connie Lagasse and Anita Knowles, both of Westbrook, a brother, Robert Charest of Westbrook; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild and another on the way. The family would also like to thank the staff of Palmetto Baptist and Twilite Manor for the kind, professional services they provided for Mrs. Welch. Funeral services will be private. Sign the online register book at www.powersfuneralhome.net In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The SPCA.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 22 to May 23, 2015

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Eames, Katheryn M.* - Bethel  
Katheryn M. Eames, 92 PORTLAND - Katheryn M. Eames, 92, of Portland, formerly of Bethel, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 12, 2015, at her residence of Seaside Nursing and Retirement Home in Portland, surrounded by her loving family. Katheryn was born on Feb. 28, 1923, in Reed Plantation to Ernest A. McKay and Amy R. (Moores) McKay. She grew up in Wytopitlock, graduating as Salutatorian of her class in 1940. Katheryn married Rodney E. Eames on July 4, 1942, and the adventure began. They settled in Bethel where together they owned and operated several businesses including a restaurant, a bowling alley and taxi service. Katheryn was quite proud of her ability to go out in stormy weather when the other drivers wouldn't or couldn't. Katheryn or "Kay" as she was known to most, was an extremely hard worker, always ready to jump in and lend a hand. Kay was an avid gardener, taking great pride in her flowers. Kay could go into the woods and find numerous plants that could be used to treat a variety of maladies. Kay was an expert with knitting and crocheting, baking, and tried her hand at many crafts. After WWll, Rodney settled into employment with the Portland Pipeline and Katheryn went to work in the Bethel Town Office as Town Clerk, a job she truly loved. Katheryn and Rodney had four children, Bonnie, Lorraine, Bill and Sam, all of whom were raised in Bethel until 1970 when Rodney was transferred to the South Portland Tank Farm. Kay went to work in the local bank, which would become Atlantic Federal Savings and continued there until her retirement. Kay then began volunteering at the cafeteria at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she stayed well into her 80s, only stopping after injury forced her to do so. Kay was known to many in the Portland area, and often folks would stop by the cafeteria just to thank her for her kindness. Kay was a voracious writer sending numerous cards and letters to family and friends. She remembered every birthday, anniversary, graduation or holiday, wanting to give whatever occasion a personal touch with a card and note. Kay was a life member of the Bethel Historical Society, Order of the Eastern Star, Mt. Zircon #142, West Parish Congregational Church of Bethel and Meeting House Hill Congregational Church in South Portland. She is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Zimmerman and her husband, Lonnie of Trenton, S.C., a son, Samuel E. Eames and his wife, Pat of Manchester, N.H., a special son-in-law, Keith Bowden of Melrose, Mass.; grandchildren, John Woods, Glenn Bowden, Valerie Bowden, Samuel A. Eames, Kathryn Santiago and Sarah Mixon; great-grandchildren, Lara Santiago, Jackson and Sawyer Woods and Sparrow Eames; a sister, Phyllis MacKay of Springfield, Mass., a special sister-in-law, Rachel MacKay of Bethel; numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. Katheryn was predeceased by her husband of 51 yrs., Rodney E. Eames; a daughter, Bonnie Bowden, and a son, Bill Eames. Kay was a person of deep compassion, very kind and had a special love for all children. She will be remembered by most as "The Cookie Lady" for her famous chocolate chip cookies that always came with a smile. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Family and friends are invited to visitation, 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Chandler Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Greenleaf Chapel, 37 Vernon St., Bethel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the West Parish Congregational United Church of Christ, 32 Church St., Bethel, with Rev. Richard Bennett, officiating. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Bethel. Tributes and condolences may be shared with Katheryn's family at www.chandlerfunerals.com
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Gribbin, Martin E.* - Portland  
Martin E. Gribbin, 54 PORTLAND - Martin E. Gribbin, 54, of Portland passed away at home after a long illness on May 18, 2015. He was born in Portland on June 9, 1960, the son of Norma (Pettis) Gribbin of Portland and the late John Gribbin, Jr. A longtime Portland resident who attended local schools, Marty worked at Ventrex and the Eastern Book Co. among local firms. Marty was an independent soul who loved to read and loved rock and roll, whether at a local club or listening at home. His wry sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Marty also enjoyed watching all types of movies. Rest in Peace. He is survived by his mother, Norma M. Gribbin. He is also survived by his siblings, Thomas Gribbin, Kathleen Neidig, Steven Gribbin, Christopher Gribbin and John Gribbin, all of Portland; and by his nieces and nephews, John and Marie Neidig, Allison, Chelsea and Daniel Gribbin. A celebration of life will be held at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit with the family on Friday from 4 p.m., until the hour of the service. Private burial will be held. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at www.athutchins.com
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 21 to May 22, 2015
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