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Howard Milton Potter Jr. SCARBOROUGH -- Howard Milton Potter Jr., of Scarborough, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Born in New York City on March 3, 1931, he was the son of Howard Milton Potter and Dorothy Colt Potter of Englewood, N.J. Howard grew up in Englewood and Bernardsville, N.J. In Bernardsville, he lived on a horse farm and spent many hours riding the trails of Somerset County. He attended Bernardsville schools and Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Howard graduated from Pace University. He was an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Nebraska, California and Okinawa, Japan during the Korean conflict. He spent his career in sales in the printing business in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. His customers benefitted from his keen design sense and artistic eye. Howard married Jane Christensen in 1963. They met on a weekend ski trip to Vermont as members of the Short Hills Ski Club. They raised their family in Chatham, N.J. Howard served as a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Madison, was a member of the Fish & Game Swim and Tennis Club and Noe Pond Club, and was active in Founders and Patriots of America and Sons of the American Revolution. He enjoyed hosting family for holiday celebrations, with Christmas a particular favorite. He was known for his yuletide decorating talents and attention to detail and took pride in selecting the perfect Christmas tree each year. Howard also was a talented landscaper, and created and tended wonderful gardens at all of his homes. In 1990, Howard and Jane moved to Essex, Conn., later settling in Old Lyme, where they enjoyed the beaches and waters of Long Island Sound and boating on the Connecticut River. They also relished the lively art scene in the area, in particular the Connecticut River Museum and Florence Griswold Museum. In 2008, Howard moved to Scarborough to be near family, where he enjoyed many family dinners and games of chess. Howard was predeceased by his wife Jane; his daughter Karen; his parents; and his sister. He leaves his daughter Mary Jane Bausman and husband Kevin, grandson David and his wife Katelyn, great-granddaughter Emma, grandson Jonathan, and granddaughter Christine, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter Kristen Potter Farnham and husband Bob, grandsons Henry and Nicholas, and granddaughter Audrey, all of Falmouth; grandson Jason Potter and wife Ruth, and great-grandson Daniel of Middlesex, N.J.; brother-in-law Jack Christensen and wife Joan of Lady Lake, Fla.; niece Nancy Schultz and husband Walter of Nashville, Tenn., nephew John Christensen of Marina del Rey, Calif., nephew Glenn Christensen and wife Vicki of Carlsbad, Calif.; and four grandnephews. A service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m., at Foreside Community Church in Falmouth. On-line condolences can be given to the family at www.jonesrichandhutchins.com . In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to: Portland Museum of Art 7 Congress Square Portland, Maine 04101 Howard Milton Potter Jr. Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home & Cremation Service 775-3763
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Barbara O'Connell Gill, 82 SOUTH PORTLAND -- Barbara O'Connell Gill, 82, of South Portland, died on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at South Portland Nursing Home. Barbara was born on April 11, 1932, in Portland, to the late Edith (Dyro) O'Connell and John Anthony O'Connell of Clark Street. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948 and attended Pratt Diagnostic School in Boston. Barbara returned to Maine and worked for Dr. Henry Tabachnik. Barbara met John Edward 'Ted' Gill from Portland and Cape Elizabeth at Gill's Pharmacy on Danforth Street in Portland. They were married June 9, 1951, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Portland. They moved to South Portland where they made their home in Thornton Heights. In addition to starting their family they purchased Taylor's Drug Store in South Portland and later grew their family business into what became Gill's Pharmacy. Ted Gill was active in local politics and community activities while Barbara assisted Ted in the operations at the store. In addition, she took care of their young family while being involved in school events, church and the family business. Barbara and Ted were communicants of St. John the Evangelist Church where they were active in many church activities. In 1972 following busy times in their lives, Ted Gill died unexpectedly on July 23, 1972, at the age of 44 years old. Barbara was devastated but knew she must provide for the family. She participated in school activities while her children were in local schools and was elected to the South Portland School Board, serving from 1972 to 1975 and was proud to award her daughter, Karen's diploma as part of her role. Barbara now understood the love of politics that called Ted to the State House and had become such a big part of their family. Every political campaign fully involved the family. In 1974 Barbara ran and was elected to the State of Maine House of Representatives representing South Portland, serving one term. In 1976, she was elected to the Maine State Senate representing South Portland and Cape Elizabeth and was re-elected serving seven terms. Barbara retired in 1992 from the Maine Senate. During these years, she served on the Joint Standing Committees for Health Institutional Services Committee, Education, Corrections and State Barbara O'Connell Gill and Local Government. Barbara enjoyed working with constituents in resolving issues. Barbara was employed at Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Brighton Medical Center and Community Health Services retiring in 2002. Barbara was very proud of her Polish and Irish heritage. Barbara is survived by her daughters, Jo Gill Richards and her husband Anthony of South Portland, and Karen Gill of Grand Haven, Mich., sons, John E. Gill and his wife Michelle of Cape Elizabeth, and Stephen A. Gill and his partner Christine Powell of Windham; her brother, Jock O'Connell of Sacramento, Calif.; grandchildren, Kate Seaver of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Brent Seaver (Carley) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Rhiannon Gill Guzelian (Shara) of Mexico Beach, Fla., Patrick Gill (Aimee Poulin) of Portland, Ted Gill of Portland, Peter Gill of Yarmouth, Ian Powell of Windham and Nicholas Richards of Standish; nephew, Robert Gill of Portland and niece, Althea Gill Lane of Pennsylvania; and her Pillsbury, Dyro and O'Connell family cousins. The family is grateful to South Portland Nursing Home and all of the special staff who have cared for Barbara since 2008. You are angels for the work you do. Additionally, our special thanks to Hospice of Southern Maine. Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 156 Black Point Rd., Scarborough. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery at later date. For online guestbook, please visit www.ctcrawford.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The South Portland Nursing Home to be used for ongoing staff development for continued excellent Alzheimer's and dementia care 42 Anthoine St. South Portland, Maine 04106 or the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C Scarborough, Maine 04074
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Truman Edward Boutar LEBANON, Pa. -- Truman Edward Boutar, formerly of Solon, passed away peacefully on Nov. 25, 2014, at Spangcrest nursing home in Lebanon, Pa., of heart disease and Alzheimer's. He was born in Livermore Falls on Sept. 18, 1928, the only son of Edward Boutar of Greenville and Sturcha May Boutar (Vipond) of Madison. He was the husband of Shirley Violet Boutar (Giarth) of Altoona, Pa., and married in 1958 in Altoona, Pa., until she passed away in 1988, and Mary Josephine Sinders-Boutar, married in 2004, from Waveland, Miss., until her death in 2011. He leaves behind a daughter, Greta Jane Wagner of Lebanon, Pa., her husband Douglas, and grandsons, Matthew Douglas and Alan Scott, and granddaughter Joy Marie. He graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in business. He worked for Montgomery Wards for over 30 years ending as controller in Falls Church, Va. After that, he worked for AB Dick as a controller and GE Financial. He was proud of having over 50 years in the Freemasons, including DeMolay, the Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, York Rite, Royal Arch and Knights Templar. He was a member of the Kora Temple in Lewiston. He was a philatelist; he seemed to spend every Saturday working on his collection of covers and was in many clubs, including the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, General Byrd Stamp Club, American First Day Cover Society, and the George Washington Masonic Stamp Club of Alexandria, Va., all of which he enjoyed very much. He loved history and taught his daughter every landmark in Northern Virginia it seemed, and he also loved the library and taught her to as well. Both his wives loved to read and Mary was on the board of directors of the Waveland, Miss., library where he was also a supporter. He was a leader in every way, and after his retirement enjoyed season tickets in Annapolis, Md., for the Navy football games where he met many friends and his second wife, Mary, and best man, Bill. This was a major part of his life, he even followed the team to Ireland for the Notre Dame game and attended the Army/Navy game every year, in addition to all the home games. When he almost died of an aortic dissection in 2003, he said it wouldn't be worth living if he couldn't still attend the football games with his friends. In 2005 he and Mary lost their home in Waveland, Miss., from hurricane Katrina, but they were safely away at the time at his Virginia home. The viewing will be at Lebanon Evangelical Free Church, 600 Shepherd St., Jonestown. Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 29, starting at 12 p.m., and the funeral will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill, Pa., at a later date. Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home in Jonestown, Pa., is handling the arrangements. Flowers are welcome, or if you wish, donations to Ephrata Library in Ephrata, Pa., or to the Wounded Warrior Project for veterans in Truman's name Truman Edward Boutar
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Elizabeth 'Pinkie' Whipple, 92 1922 - 2014 TOPSHAM -- Elizabeth Lasell Whipple died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 20, 2014, at the age of 92. In her final days she was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Elizabeth Whitin Lasell (affectionately known as Pinkie because her face turned pink when she cried as a baby, although she often said it was because of her red hair) was born in 1922, a twin sister of Katharine, and older sister of Sonia and John. The daughter of John Whitin Lasell and Frances Sumner 'Happy' Lasell, she grew up in Whitinsville, a small mill town in central Massachusetts. When Pinkie was 21, her father was missing in action in World War II after his plane was shot down over Burma. During the war Happy took a job as women's personnel director at the Whitin Machine Works, the family-run textile machinery business. She also built a house in Small Point, where the family spent summers with their cousins in the Sewall family. Pinkie attended Chatham Hall and Pine Manor College and taught kindergarten before she met and married William Jenks Whipple in 1944. Pinkie and Bill moved to Grafton, Mass., and raised five children: John, Bill Jr., Chris, Sue, and Lasell. They lived in a modern house on Wheeler Road designed by Bill Sr., who was president of the R. L. Whipple Company from 1960 to 1989. The family took great pleasure in spending time with their wonderful friends in Grafton, Worcester, and Small Point, where they spent their summers. In 1996 Pinkie and Bill moved to the Highlands in Topsham. Bill died at the age of 90 in 2006. Pinkie was an avid tennis player and taught piano for many years. Elizabeth 'Pinkie' Whipple Outgoing and energetic, she was a loving and supportive mother who took her children on skiing trips and travel adventures. For many years she volunteered to play the piano for the annual Small Point musicals. A red-headed beauty, she was known for her warmth, her thoughtfulness, and her courage in the face of adversity. She had an admirable belief in the power of positive thinking and maintained a strong faith, leading her to write: 'Some of us have been forced to discover this Power within because of a need for help or healing. Those who are able to draw on this source are those who love most deeply and who help themselves and their fellow man to the greatest extent.' She often had an infectious enthusiasm for life, and her non-judgmental kindness and interest in others generated a large network of loyal friends. She will be dearly missed by five children, and nine grandchildren. They are John Whipple and his wife Tish of Portland, and their children Ezra, Hannah and Ben; Bill Whipple of Seattle, Wash.; Chris Whipple and his wife Lois of Montclair, N.J., and their children Risa and Nick; Sue Whipple and her husband Phil Peverada of Hampden, and children Mike, Chris, Molly and Katie; and Lasell Whipple and her husband John Torgerson of Oakland, Calif. She will also be lovingly remembered by her brother, John Lasell of Los Angeles; as well as a wide circle of extended family and devoted friends. A memorial service will be scheduled in Small Point next summer. Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Funeral Alternatives, 8 Pleasant St., Brunswick.
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Carolyn Helen Lachance, 82 BIDDEFORD -- Carolyn Helen Lachance, 82, of Biddeford, died on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. She was born on Sept. 20, 1932, in South Portland, the daughter of William and Irene (Nadeau) McLellan. In December of 1974 she married Raoul Lachance at St. Andre's in Biddeford. She did clerical work for various places including St. Andre's and the University of New England. She was involved with the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She volunteered at Westbrook Skating Rink. She enjoyed shopping and the holidays. Carolyn thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother and her granddaughters were everything to her. Carolyn was predeceased by four brothers, Russell, Robert, Richard and Clifford McLellan, and one sister, Barbara Holding Dupre. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Raoul Lachance; son, Stephen Tinkham of North Dakota; stepson, Norman Lachance and his wife Diane of Saco, stepdaughter, Dorothy Newton and her husband Donald of North Berwick; sister, Kathy Dennison; five grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Visiting hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Anne's Chapel of The Good Shepherd Parish in Biddeford. Burial will be in Southern Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Springvale. To share condolences on line, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com . Carolyn Helen Lachance
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