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Alton J. (Sam) Abbott, 93 SCARBOROUGH -- Alton J. (Sam) Abbott, 93, formerly of Waterboro, died on Tuesday at Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough. Sam was born in Old Orchard Beach, the son of the late Dr. Percy Hobbs and Lydia Jones Abbott Sr. He was educated in Waterboro and graduated from Waterboro High School in 1939. Alton lived all of his life in Waterboro and took care of his mother in their home. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He worked for the Waterboro Patent Leatherville Co. During the 1947 fire he helped save the Leather Mill. He also worked for the George Chadbourne Co. in Massachusetts, and was a deliveryman for the Swett Oil Co. which later became the McDonald Oil Co. Mr. Abbott was the last member of the original Waterboro Fire Dept. He was a member of Shriners of North America, American Legion in Alfred, Mason in Sanford, and member of the Kora Temple Shriners in Lewiston. The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses at Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough. He was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, Percy and Henry, sister Lydia; three nephews and one niece. Surviving are his sister, Major Helen Abbott, retired, of Old Orchard Beach; six nieces; many great-nieces and nephews; and many great-great-nieces and nephews. Friend and relatives are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, with funeral service to follow at 12 p.m. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterboro. Alton J. (Sam) Abbott
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William H. Greeley, 99 NEW GLOUCESTER -- William H. Greeley, 99, of New Gloucester and formerly of Needham, Mass., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Since July he had resided at The Highlands in Topsham. Born in Newton, Mass., Mr. Greeley graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston in 1937 and Vesper George School of Art in 1939 with a degree in industrial design. In the 1940s Mr. Greeley worked as a draftsman for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corp. in East Hartford, Conn. Subsequent jobs included engineering and drafting at Victory Plastics, Hudson, Mass., and plant engineer at Beckwith Arden, Inc., a manufacturing firm in Watertown, Mass. Since retiring to their family home in New Gloucester in 1972 with his wife Mal, Bill was active in a number of town efforts including the town's growth management and planning committees. He liked helping Mal in their gardens with spring daffodils, raspberries, blueberries, apple trees and vegetables. In winter Bill enjoyed woodworking projects and preparing his annual handmade block print holiday cards. Throughout the year he enjoyed his daily walk around the lower corner village. Surviving are son William H. Greeley Jr. of Marblehead, Mass., daughter, Jane John of Brunswick; three grandchildren, Andrew Greeley, Seth John and Elizabeth John; and his great- granddaughter, Cecilia Marie John. A memorial gathering will be held at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd., New Gloucester, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Burial will be at the Upper Gloucester Cemetery. Arrangements are by Dolby Funeral Chapel in Windham. The family suggests that any memorial gifts be made to: The New Gloucester Historical Society, for projects such as the town hall Christmas tree P.O. Box 531 New Gloucester, Maine 04260 or First Congregational Church, for projects such as seat cushions P.O. Box 114 New Gloucester, Maine 04260 William H. Greeley
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Gordon T. Stanhope Sr., 83 WESTBROOK -- Mst. Sgt. Gordon T. Stanhope Sr., USAF, Ret., 83, of Mayflower Road, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough following a long illness. Gordon was born in Portland on Aug. 30, 1931, the son of Matthew Gordon and Dorothy B. Watt Stanhope. He attended local schools including Portland High School. He enlisted and served in the United States Air Force while also earning his high school diploma. Gordon started his career as a Merchant Marine in 1947. After marrying Lorraine S. Henderson in 1948 he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving in many places around the world including Korea as a radio operator and then Vietnam as a radar site builder. Earning the rank of Master Sargent Gordon was very proud of his 27 year career in the Armed Forces. Following retirement from the Air Force, Gordon furthered his education earning his MBA from the Westbrook College in 1980. He made the Who's Who in American Colleges with his 4.0 grade point average. He worked for a short time at Cessna AC as parts manager and part owner of Maine Tour and Travel at the Portland Jetport. In his spare time he was an active member of the Portland Masonic Lodge and The Shriners, Gordon enjoyed traveling with his wife to the islands and Europe, he enjoyed photography and working on clocks, cracking jokes and making everyone laugh and feel loved. His greatest love was his family, he loved them all and was so proud of each one, his wife and family were everything to him. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Scarborough Veterans Home for the care and compassion given to their father during his 14 month stay with them. He loved his time there with his comrades and new friends. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine S. Stanhope on Aug. 13, 2013; a sister, Gail Stubbs, and a brother, Robert P. Stanhope. He is survived by a son, Gordon T. Stanhope Jr. and his wife Mary-Jo of Scarborough, two daughters, Mary Lou and her husband Bob Norell of South Carolina, and Jenny Lee and her husband Dean Martin of Ohio; eight grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Conroy- Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland, followed by a service at the funeral home at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Forest City Cemetery, Lincoln Street, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com . Those who wish may make contributions in Gordon's memory to: Westbrook Animal Refugee League P.O. Box 336 Westbrook, Maine 04098 or the Maine Veterans Home 290 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074 Gordon T. Stanhope Sr.
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Doris A. Strout CAPE ELIZABETH -- Doris A. (Doll) Strout was born in Stoughton, Mass., on Aug. 23, 1914, and died peacefully at her Cape Elizabeth home on Oct. 26, 2014. Her husband, Herbert F. Strout predeceased her in March. A younger sister, Alyce Martin of New Jersey and several nieces, nephews and their extended families survive Doris. She was also predeceased by three sisters and a brother. Doris and family summered at Little Sebago Lake for nearly 20 years. She was not thrilled with Herb selling the camp but found enjoyment during the subsequent summers cruising the Maine coast on their 42 foot 'Pilot' with Herb. The 'Pilot' had all the rustic conveniences of a Herb-rigged, work boat. When not steaming to a new port downeast, they anchored off the shore of Sturdivant Island where they later purchased land. The kids bullied Herb into building Doris a summer cottage on the Island where they summered into their mid-90s. Doris made a final day trip to the Island in August for a picnic. Throughout their marriage, Doris was continually devoted to her family. The dinner table was always set before she retired for the evening; and during meals nobody left the table without eating at least a 'no thank you.' Any inappropriate comment at the table was stopped in its tracks with her lethal 'that is not very nice dinner music' warning. She also followed her own advice: 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Doris never forgot a birthday. Only when her family was grown did she pursue her passion for art. As an accomplished artist, she exhibited in local art shows and the Portland Art Walk. In her 40s Doris learned to swim at the Portland Boys Club to keep her kids safe at the Lake. During the non-summer months she swam almost every day at the Cape Elizabeth community pool into her 90s where she received a Senior Swim 500 Mile Award and several blue ribbons from Maine Masters Swim Club meets. She returned to the pool at 99 and 100 with her beloved caregiver, Annette. When told she should wear a life preserver, she quipped: 'if I can't float, I shouldn't be here.' Shortly after her 100th birthday party with relatives from near and far, Doris, a woman of few words told her kids that 100 was enough and she was ready for her final journey. She will be dearly missed by all. Doris is survived by her five children, Carol A. Murray of Cape Elizabeth, Betty J. Tarling (and John) of Cape Elizabeth, Paul J. (and Anne) of Falmouth, Patricia L. Michaud of Boston, Mass., and Peter G. (and Nancy) of Cape Elizabeth; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Doris' devoted and compassionate caregiver, Annette, and all her VNA caregivers. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 3-5 p.m. at Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. There will be no funeral services. Please visit www.jonesrichhutchins for further information and to sign Doris's guestbook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: VNA Home Health Hospice 50 Foden Rd. South Portland, Maine 04106 Cape Elizabeth Fire/Rescue 2 Jordan Way Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107 or a charity of your choice Doris A. Strout Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home & Cremation Service 775-3763
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Avis C. Woodsome, 87 LIMERICK -- Avis C. Woodsome, 87, formerly of Limerick, died on Oct. 28, 2014, at the Greenwood Center Nursing Home in Sanford after a long illness. She was born in Limington on March 2, 1927, the daughter of Ernest and Ethel (Kendrick) Smith. She was educated in Limington Schools and graduated from Limington Academy in 1944. She was married to Ralph L. Woodsome for 44 years until his passing in 1990. Avis worked at the Limerick Yarn Mill for seven years, Alfred Footwear for 10 years, and Village Variety in Kezar Falls for two years retiring in 1988 due to ill health. She had been a past member of the Limerick Rebekahs. Avis enjoyed dancing, country music and she loved to travel. Above all she loved spending time with her family. Besides her husband, she was also predeceased by two sons, Randolph 'Randy' Woodsome and Kevin Woodsome, a daughter, Kimberly Woodsome; four sisters and a brother. Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Burnell and husband Richard of South Hiram; four grandchildren, Todd Woodsome, Kristi Owens and husband Romey, Sarah Woodsome and Jessica Woodsome; six great-grandchildren, Payton, Keegan, Alexus, Charles, Austin and Twayne; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Watson, Neal and York Funeral Home, 71 Maple St., Cornish. A funeral service will be on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. The Rev. William Rankin will officiate. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wnyfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Limerick Fire and Rescue P.O. Box 195 Limerick, Maine 04048 Avis C. Woodsome
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Gail Della Smith, 77 BRUNSWICK -- Gail Della Smith, 77, of Brunswick, passed away peacefully on Oct. 27, 2014, at a Scarborough health care facility. She was born in Augusta on Dec. 28, 1936, the daughter of Richard and Claire (Brillard) Smith. A 1954 graduate of Brunswick High School, Gail received her B.A. in history from the University of Maine in 1958 and subsequently earned a master's degree in history and a master's in education from USM. She began a long and successful teaching career in Oakland in the fall of 1958. After three years there, she joined the faculty of Bath Junior High School, where she remained until her retirement in 1992. An enthusiastic sports fan, she was a member of the Brunswick Golf Club for about 25 years, winning the Southern Maine Women's Golf Association Metropolitan Tournament in 1984 with the team of Harriet York, Pat Warren, and Charlotte Hart. With her mother, she helped manage and cooked for the Clam Shack, a popular eatery on old Route 1 in Brunswick. In her retirement, Gail brought these considerable culinary skills to the Golf Club kitchen during golf season, routinely cooking 12 turkeys and 75 lobsters on Fridays. She created turkey and lobster salads and rolls for the weekend crowds. For the last several years, Gail enjoyed her job as a monitor in the athletic facilities at Bowdoin College. She also delighted in the company of her pets, most recently a handsome golden retriever, Duke, and her money cat, Pussy Galore. Gail's generous heart and great sense of humor will always be remembered. Survivors include two cousins; her good friends, Catherine and Andrew Nickas, Charlotte Hart, Richard Lord, Jane and Mark Biscoe, and the gang from third floor East Chadbourne at UMaine (you know who you are!). Services will be private. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com . If desired, memorial gifts in Gail's name may be made to: The Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine Orono, Maine 04469 Gail Della Smith
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Faye Elizabeth Yarumian, 83 YARMOUTH -- Faye Elizabeth Yarumian, 83, passed away on Oct. 28, 2014, at Scarborough Terrace. She was born and raised in Salisbury, N.C., on June 25, 1931, the daughter of the late George and Mabel (Wise) Barringer. Faye grew up in North Carolina and later settled in Maine with her husband and family. Faye loved Maine, however, North Carolina was always close to her heart. She will always be remembered for the enjoyment she had with gardening, cooking, puzzles, knitting and sewing, and volunteering in the community. Most important to her was spending time with her beloved family. She loved boating with her husband, attending the sporting events of grandchildren, and cooking the family's traditional Sunday dinners, which will always be remembered as special. She was predeceased by her husband, 1st Sgt. Robert A. Yarumian, USMCR (Ret). Faye is survived by her children, Evlyn 'Lyn' Doyle of Gorham, Connie Sukeforth Harrison and her husband Scott of Scarborough, Robert A. Yarumian II and his wife Karen of Buxton, and Peter E. Yarumian and his wife Liza of California; siblings, Michael Barringer and Georgia Yost and their families of North Carolina; grandchildren, Sam, Matt, Tyler, Dan, Mary, Neil, Paul, Dominique, Vincent, Caleb, and Cameron; and seven great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service Chapel, 498 Long Plains Rd. (Rt. 22), in Buxton. A private family service will be held at a later time. Online condolence messages can be submitted at www.mainefuneral.com . Faye's family strongly recommends that you make a donation to an organization of your choice in Faye's memory in lieu of flowers. Faye Elizabeth Yarumian
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