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Blanchette, James Louis*  
James Louis Blanchette, 62 WESTBROOK - James Louis Blanchette, 62, of State Street in Westbrook, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at his home. He was born in Portland, the son of Louis and Stella (Woronecke) Blanchette. Jim was a lifelong resident of Westbrook, and graduated from Westbrook High School. He had worked at W.H. Nichols for 43 years. He loved his work and looked forward to seeing the people he worked with. Jim was a quiet man who kept to himself. One of his favorite pastimes was playing lottery scratch tickets. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, which he learned from his parents. Jim was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Walter and Peter Blanchette. He is survived by a brother, Charles Blanchette, and his wife Brenda; and several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church St., Westbrook. Online condolences may be expressed at: blaisandhayfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 8, 2016
Dinsmore, Emerson Sidney*  
Emerson Sidney Dinsmore, 68 TOPSHAM - Emerson S. Dinsmore, 68, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness. He is now with his Lord and Savior. Emerson was born on Oct. 11, 1948, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Emerson W. and Dorothy M. (Tyler) Dinsmore. Emerson attended schools in Calais, graduating from Calais Memorial High School with the Class of 1969. After graduating from high school, Emerson enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country in the U.S. Army for 20 years and one day (1969-1989). His duty stations included Okinawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea (where he met his loving wife, SukCha); Augsburg, Germany;Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Fort Hood, Texas. Emerson was a proud veteran. While Emerson was in the service, he and SukCha had two daughters, Pamela and Marie. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Emerson moved to Brunswick, and later Topsham, with his wife and daughters. He worked at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, for 19 years. Emerson has been a member of Maine Street Baptist Church in Brunswick since 1989. Emerson loved The Lord and his church family. Emerson was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy M. Dinsmore; his daughter, Pamela A. Dinsmore; and sister Barbara A. Dinsmore. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Suk Cha (Hwang), of Topsham; his daughter, Marie E. (Dinsmore) Montalvo and her husband, of Raymond; his father, Emerson W. Dinsmore, of Greene, formerly of Calais; an adopted grandson, Aiden Cardozo, of Portland, Conn.; one sister, Mary Murray and her husband Randy, of Turner; three brothers, Frank Dinsmore and his wife Laurie, of Oxford; Carl Dinsmore, of Sabattus; and Donald Dinsmore, of Calais; and his mother-in-law, Chang Sop Yoon, of Los Angeles, Calif. Memorial service is 10 a.m. Tues-day, Dec. 13, 2016, Maine Street Baptist Church, 326 Maine St., Brunswick. Burial will be private. Those who wish may write a note of condolence to the family at: www.brackettfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Maine Street Baptist Church Pastor's Discretionary Fund 326 Maine Street Brunswick, ME 04011
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 8, 2016
Grant, Carolyn (Chaplin)*  
Carolyn Chaplin Grant, 94 AUBURN - Carolyn Chaplin Grant died peacefully the morning of Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Lewiston. She was 94. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 4, 1922, to Alan and Florence (Rogers) Chaplin. Carolyn moved to Illinois in the 1920s and then she moved with her family to Maine as a teenager, settling in Sebago. Carolyn retired to Florida for 20 years and enjoyed her friends and community in Fort Myers, and loved picnicking on Sanibel Island beach. She attended schools in Sebago and graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1940 from Potter Academy. She graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1945 with a degree in nutrition. Carolyn loved the University of Maine at Orono, and she remained active in the UMO alumni association for many years. In 1991, she was awarded the "Block M" award from UMO for leadership in the Alumni organization. In 2000, she was proud to receive the Black Bear Award from UMO for her outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to UMO and the Alumni Association. Carolyn married Henry William Bradley in Wellesley, Mass., Aug. 6, 1946, and they raised two children together, Linda and Cynthia. After her husband William passed away, she married Dr. Stephen Russell in 1967, and Richard Russell and Bonnie Russell joined the family. Carolyn married Ralph Grant in 1974, after Stephen Russell's death, and was married to him until he passed away in 2005. Carolyn worked as a registered dietician at Eastern Maine Hospital in Bangor, at Portland's Osteopathic Hospital and for Mercy Hospital in Portland, from which she retired. Carolyn loved Big Band music and dancing, especially the jitter-bug, which she continued to dance until very recently. She also enjoyed her "Lakeside Thistle" home in Raymond, which holds many wonderful memories for the entire family. This was a special place for her and where she enjoyed much time with her beloved grandchildren. Carolyn was a wonderful host and loved being surrounded by friends and family. She always was happy to make her home a gathering place for holidays or any get-together. Carolyn is survived by her chil-dren, Richard Russell of Dayton; Linda Osborn of Pawling, N.Y.; Cynthia Bradley of Casco; and Bonnie Philbrick of Saco; her brother, Jack Chaplin, of Fort Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Carolyn also is survived by her dear friend of 75 years, Constance "Aunt Connie" Lamprell, of York. A private funeral service will be held in Windham. Arrangements are by Affordable Cremation Solution, LLC, in Auburn. Condolences may be expressed at: www.facebook.com/AffordableCremationSoluton . In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carolyn's name to the University of Maine Alumni Association P.O. Box 550 Orono, ME 04469-5792
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 8, 2016
Huntley, William E.*  
William E. Huntley, 70 BIDDEFORD - William E. Huntley, 70, of Main Street, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at his residence. He was born in Portland, May 25, 1946, the son of William and Erma Pinkum Carter. He attended local schools and later served in the U.S. Army. After his service to his country, he returned to Maine and was a taxi driver for many years. He is survived by five daughters, Kelly Burnham, Bobbi Jo Burnham, Billie Jo Lovejoy, Heather Huntley and Rebecca Nye; brothers, Larry Don Hayes, Forrest Hayes, Bruce Hayes, Adam Flaherty, and stepbrother, Francis Huntley; sisters, Mercedes O'Malley, Luann Lovely, Heidi McGovern, and stepsisters Nancy Huntley and Linda Davis; his ex-wife Sharon Shepard; and his best friend, Ralph Shepard, whom he called Dad. A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery (new section) in Augusta. Dennett, Craig & Pate, 365 Main St., Saco, are entrusted with his services. Providing Services to our Veterans with Honor.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 8, 2016
Tarling, Clara G.*  
Clara G. Tarling, 92 SOUTH PORTLAND - Clara G. Tarling, 92, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, after a lengthy illness, at the South Portland Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Boston, the daughter of Christo and Olympia Phillips. The Phillips family also included four siblings: Tommy, Margaret, Marion and Priscilla. They were raised in Portland, where Clara attended Staples School and graduated from Portland High School. Clara worked at Sears & Roebuck for a time before settling down to marry and raise a family. She was a longtime member of St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland. Clara was married to the love of her life, Arthur, for nearly 60 years. The focus of her life was family: as the matriarch, she oversaw the active lifestyle connections that included her five children and later, seven grandchildren. There also were siblings, extended family members, neighbors, and friends who were central to her life. Some key activities included daytrip caravans to the mountains, lakes, and oceans, and she had a special fondness for Fort Williams Park. She organized annual trips down South and was Arthur's co-pilot when they made vacation trips to Florida over a 20-year span. These almost month-long trips were always a highlight in late winter. She enjoyed homemaking activities as well, especially cook-ing and baking. Her children and then her grandchildren enjoyed her home-cooked meals and especially desserts, including a variety of cookies, cakes, etc. She was true to her Albanian and Greek heritages by regularly making some specialties such as spanakopita (spinach pie). Even when her health began to decline, she still was able to look forward to daily car rides, and often lunch, to places that meant so much to her. Clara was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; brother, Tommy; and her sister, Margaret. She is survived by her sisters and their spouses: Marion and Don Olen, and Priscilla and Walter Miller. Her children include: daughter Katherine and husband Peter Hardison; sons John and wife Iwona Tarling, Jeffrey Tarling, and Arthur Tarling and daughter Susan and Brian Guthrie; grandchildren: Kevin Hardison, David Hardison, Megan Tarling, Sam Tarling and Tess Tarling, Caitlin Guthrie, and Brendan Guthrie; and great-grandchild, Ellie Hardison. The family would like to recognize the staff at South Portland Nursing Home, who provided care over an extended time with dignity, caring, and kindness. Private family service will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 8, 2016

Yesterday's Obituaries

Austin, Michael Hedley* - Kennebunk  
Michael Hedley Austin, 62 CAPE PORPOISE - Michael Hedley Austin, 62, known to his friends and family by many nicknames, including Otis and The Sheriff, but mostly Autie, died Monday morning, Dec. 5, 2016, in the home he grew up in on the Mills Road, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. Autie was born June 25, 1954, in York, the son of Courtney Chester and Pauline Gertrude McLean Austin. He attended Consolidated School and Kennebunk High School. He had many occupations in the area; among them were working at his father's hardware store, Austin's Hardware, in Dock Square; the former Shawmut Inn on Turbot's Creek; and Reid's Boatyard, where he further developed his love of the ocean. He hauled for many years on his boats, Trigger and Roberta A . He also worked on many different boats scalloping, urchining, drag-ging, gillnetting, and lobstering out of Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, and Portland. He sold his last boat recently, saying this work was for younger fellas. Autie is survived by his wife, Bert Austin; and his son, Michael R. Austin, and his companion Leah Mosher; all of Cape Porpoise; many aunts, uncles, cousins; a niece; and nephews. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Odie's Book of Memories Page at: www.bibberfuneral.com .
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2016
Barbour, Hazel* - Brunswick  
Hazel Barbour, 93 FREEPORT - Hazel Barbour, 93, formerly of Yarmouth and wife of George Barbour, died Sunday Dec. 4, 2016 at the Freeport Nursing Home. Arrangements are being handled by the Lindquist Funeral Home 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.lindquistfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2016
Burton Jr., Raymond* - Saco  
Raymond Burton, Jr., 59 SACO - Raymond darling, I lost you earlier this year due to a very powerful chemo treatment that couldn't help you. It stopped your heart and filled it with more cancer on Sept. 17, 2016. That night we all prayed and comforted you, and you survived. You have worked so hard since that night trying to combat this disease that was killing your body, you made three more lengthy hospital stays that stopped you from being able to eat for most of this time, you continued with more chemo because you wanted to beat this thing, and finally succumbed on Dec. 4, 2016. Your three children Lisa, Raymond and Heather, your (second mother) Beverly, Rev. Deborah and myself held you tenderly through the anguish as you fought so hard not to let go. While your body was so weak, your heart was still so strong. Baby, you were a gentle, wonderful man, so passionate about your family, you loved life and your beautiful neighbors, and they loved their big ole teddy bear right back. Your love of the holidays, that would bring your family together was so special to us, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter because they always included a big family dinner. The joy on your face as you enjoyed life with your four grandbabies, and how you loved being able to take care of so many other children with gifts at Christmas time. We spent many years buying extra school boxes of school supplies to give to the schools for those children who might not have it. You always took the time to buy a bag full of groceries rather than just a can for the shelters, and cases of food for the animal shelters. You took in injured animals and helped them to heal so many times over the years, then went out of your way to find a place safe to set them free. Honey, the 38 years we spent together while you were here on this earth were the most precious years of my life, and now I wait as my heart breaks to be together with you once again. Raymond succumbed to esophageal cancer six months after being diagnosed; he left behind his wife Diana; daughter Lisa and her husband Dale Metcalf; their four grandchildren, Dale, Charles, Marie and George; his only son, Raymond, III, and his youngest daughter Heather; a neighbor Beverly Libby who he made such a connection with and who treated him as her son, three sisters, Patty, Judy and Heidi and an estranged brother Rob. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland. Services are under the care of Cote Funeral Home, 87 James St., Saco. Please visit www.cotefuneralhome.com to view Raymond's online tribute page and to sign his guestbook.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2016
Guignard, Richard N.* - Saco  
Richard N. Guignard, 74 BIDDEFORD - Richard N. Guignard, age 74, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. He was born in Biddeford on June 2, 1942, son of Rene A. and Blanche C. Guignard. As a boy, he attended St. Andre's School and was a member of St. Andre's Parish. As a youth, he excelled in sports, football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Biddeford High School and St. Francis College where he majored in French literature. He was well known to the community where he and his wife ran a local landmark, the Dairy Joy. His greatest pride was carrying on the family business that he helped establish early on with his parents and younger brother 60 years ago. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Guignard; his daughter and son-in-law, Justine and Eric Tanguay and their family; his daughter, Renee Guignard, and her family; and his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Nancy Guignard. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Justin, Nikki, and Espen. There will be a private service held to honor his life. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral and Cremation, 365 Main St., Saco are entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial contribution in his memory, please consider The Animal Welfare Society P.O. Box 43 Kennebunk, ME 04094 or to your local animal rescue organization
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2016
Harrington Jr., John W.* - Westbrook  
John W. Harrington, Jr., 80 BOSCAWEN, N.H. - John W. Harrington, Jr., 80, formerly of Westbrook passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Merrimac County Nursing Home in Boscawen, N.H. He was born in Portland, the son of John and Mary Harrington. John worked for Blue Rock Industries as manager of the stone center for many years. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Westbrook. John was also a member of the Lion's Club for many years, taking part in many events. His wife Ursula (Pesce) Harrington passed away in 2002. He is survived by a son John Harrington and his wife Rachel; and two grandsons Samuel and Alexander Harrington, all of Pembroke, N.H. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at St. Hyacinth Church (St. Anthony's Parish), 268 Brown St., Westbrook. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth Cemetery, Westbrook. On line condolences may be expressed at blaisandhayfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2016
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