Bereavement Services

  • Obituary

    Joseph B. Merton

    Joseph Bruce Merton, 93, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

    Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to the late Bentley and Margaret (Crowell) Merton, he graduated from Technical High School.

    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:15pm
  • Graveside service for Georgia N. Emerson

    A graveside service for Georgia Norwood Emerson, who died Sept. 20, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Evergreen Cemetery, Barters Island Road, Boothbay.

    A gathering of family and friends will follow at Scott and Kathy McCullough’s home at 12 Hackmatack Road, Boothbay Harbor.

    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:00pm
  • Obituary

    John W. Howard

    John W. Howard died peacefully in Vero Beach, Florida, on Sept. 17, 2015, from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and heart failure, which he combated with characteristic courage and dignity. He was 90 years old.

    Posted: Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:45pm
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    Clyde W. Nightingale

    Clyde W. Nightingale of Boothbay Harbor died peacefully with family by his side on Sept. 1, 2015.

    He was born to Clyde and Beatrice (Gray) Nightingale on Dec. 11, 1934, in Grindstone, Maine.

    He joined the Army after high school, serving his country in the aftermath of the Korean Conflict. He went on to a career in quality control for Pratt & Whitney from which he retired in the 1995.

    Posted: Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:45am
  • Obituary

    Katherine J. Harrington

    Katherine Jane Harrington, 31, of Boothbay, died unexpectedly at her home on Sept. 24, 2015.

    She was born April 14, 1984, to Linda Giles and Donald Harrington. She graduated from Boothbay Region High School in 2002.

    Katie worked for the last 10 years taking care of her grandmother and her three children.

    Posted: Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:45pm
  • Obituary

    Georgia F. Emerson

    Georgia F. Emerson of Boothbay Harbor died Sept. 20, 2015.

    She was born April 11, 1932 on Boston Light in Hull, Massachusetts, the first person born on the oldest lighthouse in this country.

    Georgia attended schools in Hull, Massachusetts, and South Bristol.

    The daughter of Ralph and Josephine Norwood, she had five brothers and three sisters.

    She was predeceased by her parents, seven brothers and sisters, and one son, Jimmy.

    Posted: Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:30am
  • Obituary

    Kitty L. Breskin

    Kitty (Kalia) Lee Breskin, 66, was an engineer, gifted musician, teacher, mentor, triathlete (avid runner, swimmer, cyclist), sailor, sea kayaker, sail maker, seamstress, gardener, political activist, and restaurant-quality chef. She died Sept. 22, 2015.

    Posted: Wed, 09/23/2015 - 8:30am
  • Celebration of life of Kitty Breskin

    A celebration of life for Kitty (Kalia Lee) Breskin will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, 125 Townsend Ave. Everyone is welcome. There will be live music.

    Posted: Tue, 09/22/2015 - 2:00pm
  • Obituary

    Linda H. Young

    Linda Harrington Young, 65, died July 9, 2015.

    She was born on November 15, 1949 in Port Jefferson, New York, to Richard and Jean Harrington and was raised in Stony Brook, New York.

    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:15am
  • Obituary

    Jean E. Tibbetts

    Gardiner-Jean Eugenie Simonyi Tibbetts died on Sept. 2, 2015, at the Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, a few weeks before her 95th birthday.

    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:30am
  • Obituary

    Carolyn F. Brewer

    Carolyn F. (Rice) Brewer of Freeport died peacefully on Sept. 10, 2015.

    She was born on June 29, 1928, in Boothbay Harbor. She was the daughter of Baxter M. Rice and Rheta (Bridges) Rice and graduated from Boothbay schools. She enjoyed ballet dancing, travel, and had a great love and support for animals.

    She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband Walter Brewer and son Daniel R. Carter.

    Posted: Wed, 09/16/2015 - 8:15am
  • Obituary

    James R. Fisk

    James Robert Fisk, 49, of Wiscasset died Sept. 14, 2015, at Mid Coast Hospital, in Brunswick after battling a long illness with cancer.

    Born in Springfield, Vermont, on Jan. 14, 1966, Jim was the son of Edwin E. Fisk Sr and Mary Jean Konesko Fisk Gagnon. He grew up in Charlestown, New Hampshire, before moving with his family to Brunswick where he attended Brunswick schools. During high school, he also shared a home with Bob and Pat Johnson and their family. 

    Posted: Wed, 09/16/2015 - 8:00am
  • Obituary

    Eva A. Russell

    Eva A. Russell, 87, of Rockland died Aug. 17, 2015, at her home following an extended illness.

    Born in Bath, June 27, 1928, she was the daughter of William and Helen Erskine Gorham. While growing up in Wiscasset, she was educated in local schools and graduated from Wiscasset High School.

    Posted: Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:00pm
  • Obituary

    Wellesley M. Humason

    Wellesley Mortimer Humason, 92, died Sept. 8, 2015, at Country Manor Nursing Home in Coopers Mills.

    He was born in Alna on Jan. 20, 1923, a son of Stanley Bradford and Bertha Lowell (Kennerson) Humason.

    Posted: Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:30pm
  • Obituary

    Edythe Wilkie

    Edythe "Edie" (Ayers) Wilkie, 77, of Boothbay Harbor, formerly of Maynard, Massachusetts, died Sept. 6, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late Russell T. Wilkie and life partner of Terry O. Brewer of Boothbay Harbor.

    Edie was born in Boston on March 13, 1938, to the late Edith V. Ayers.

    Posted: Mon, 09/14/2015 - 1:45pm
  • Obituary

    Leo W. Barter Sr.

    Leo W. Barter Sr., 88, died Sept. 12, 2015, at his home in Boothbay.

    He was born June 9, 1927, in Boothbay Harbor. Leo grew up in Boothbay and graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School. He began working in local shipyards. He ran his own septic business for a while. Leo worked for Bath Iron Works for over 30 years working as a sandblaster, pipe fitter and in the paint department until he retired.

    Posted: Mon, 09/14/2015 - 8:00am
  • Obituary

    Jane H. Najim

    Jane Heaton Najim, 63, died Sept. 5, 2015, at her home in Newcastle surrounded by her family and her beloved Sammy and Amelia.

    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2015 - 12:30pm
  • Obituary

    Mason B. Smith

    Mason Ballou Smith of Charleston, South Carolina, died peacefully on Sept. 5, 2015, in Charleston, of cancer.

    Born in 1949 in Bronxville, New York, he was the son of the late Mason Smith and Barbara Ballou Smith of Washington, Connecticut. He was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended Proctor Academy and New Canaan High School, but left school prior to graduation to see the world.

    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2015 - 9:00am
  • Obituary

    Frederick S. Orne

    Frederick Sidney Orne, 59, died unexpectedly at his home in Savannah, Georgia, on Aug. 26, 2015.

    Posted: Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:45pm
  • Obituary

    Dorothy A. Babcock

    Dorothy A. Babcock, 86, died Sept. 1, 2015, at her home in Boothbay with her family by her side.

    She was born Sept. 24, 1928, in West Acton, Massachusetts, to Havelock and Florence Locke Schnair. Dottie grew up in West Acton, and graduated from West Acton High School in the class of 1946.

    Posted: Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:00am
  • Obituary

    Beth E. Harsh

    Beth Elaine (Leeman) Harsh, 71, of East Earl, Pennsylvania, died Aug. 27, 2015, surrounded by her family, after a long illness.

    She was born in Boothbay Harbor to Barbara Wylie Leeman and Hollis Leeman.

    Beth grew up in Boothbay and graduated from Boothbay Region High School. Following graduation, she moved to Pennsylvania. She worked most of her life in clothing factories.

    She lived for her children and was a wonderful mother, sister and friend.

    Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:15pm
  • Obituary

    Frederick S. Orne, service notice

    Frederick S. “Fred” Orne, 59, of Savannah, Georgia, formerly of Portland and Boothbay Harbor, died suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Savannah.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. St. Joseph's Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland.

    A full obituary will appear online this week and in next week's issue.

    Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:15pm
  • Obituary

    Elizabeth H. McDougall

    Elizabeth Hodgdon McDougall died peacefully at the Gregory Wing on Aug. 31, 2015, with her loving family by her side.

    Elizabeth was born at St. Andrews Hospital in Boothbay Harbor on Jan. 29, 1922, to Harrison Hodgdon and May (Pierce) Hodgdon.

    Elizabeth graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School in 1940. She moved to Pensacola, Florida, after high school to be with the love of her life, Elliot McDougall. They were married on Feb. 14, 1942, in Pensacola.

    Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:45pm
  • Obituary

    Dana F. Davis

    Dana F. Davis, 86, of Boothbay Harbor died peacefully Aug. 31, 2015, with his loving family by his side.

    He was born to Joseph and Myrtle (Simmons) Thibodeau on Jan. 20, 1929, in Friendship. He was adopted and raised by Daniel H. and Edna B. (Simmons) Davis.

    Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:00am
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    Eleanor V. Maxfield

    Eleanor Virginia “Ginny” Maxfield, of Portland, died Aug. 24, 2015, while surrounded by her family.

    Posted: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:45am
  • Obituary

    Ellen D. Birlem

    Ellen Davis Birlem, 73, died Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by her family who sent her off full of love, adoration and eternal devotion.

    Born on the Davis Dairy Farm in Veazie, Ellen was the daughter of Thomas and Katharine Davis and the fourth of five children.

    Posted: Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:15am
  • Obituary

    Gerald H. Rolfe

    Gerald Howes “Gerry” Rolfe, 84, died at his home in Pownal on Aug. 24, 2015, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was still known as “Daddy” to many in his family.

    He was born Nov. 29, 1930, in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of the late Dorothy (FitzGerald) Rolfe and Arthur Willard Rolfe. As a boy and young man, he spent many summers on Capitol and Southport islands.

    Posted: Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:15pm
  • Obituary

    Florence E. Barter

    Florence E. Barter, 92, died Aug. 21, 2015, at Winship Green in Bath.

    She was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Boothbay to Willie Emerson and Bessie Campbell Emerson. Florence grew up on Barters Island and graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School.

    She began working cleaning homes. She worked for Carbone’s for over 20 years. She also worked as a seamstress on the side and later after she retired.

    Posted: Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:00pm
  • Obituary

    Chester R. Brewer

    Chester R. Brewer, 35, died at his home in Boothbay on Aug. 21, 2015.

    Chester was born May 11, 1980, to Wallace Brewer Jr. and Linda Sprague Brewer. He grew up in Boothbay and graduated from Boothbay Region High School.

    Posted: Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:00am
  • Obituary

    John C. VanOrsdell

    John C. VanOrsdell died peacefully on Aug. 18, 2015, at Boothbay Harbor’s Gregory Wing.

    He was born in Manhattan on Aug. 23, 1933 New York to Edward C. VanOrsdell and Mary Archambeault VanOrsdell.

    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:45pm
  • Obituary

    Joanne M. Wilde

    Joanne M. Wilde, 83, of East Boothbay died in her home on Ocean Point Road on Aug. 19, 2015, surrounded by family and friends following a long battle with cancer.

    Posted: Mon, 08/24/2015 - 8:30am
  • Obituary

    Josephine Spring

    Josephine (Field) Spring, 91, of Simmons Road, Boothbay Harbor, died Aug. 17, 2015, of an illness.

    She was born on Oct. 22, 1923, to Mary Ellen (Tynan) Field and Joseph Fredrick Field in New York City.

    She grew up in Manhattan, and also lived in San Francisco and Greenwich, Connecticut, before returning to New York.

    Posted: Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:15pm
  • Graveside service for Harold M. Dow

    A graveside service for Harold M. Dow, who died on Nov. 14, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Wiscasset with military honors.

    Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath.

    Posted: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:15pm
  • Obituary

    Jane Blakemore

    Jane Stevenson Blakemore died peacefully on Aug. 12, 2015.

    She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to John and Jean (Hawkey) Blakemore on April 8, 1937. She attended high school at Gould Academy in Bethel and finished her high school career at the Boothbay Harbor High School.

    Posted: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:15am
  • Obituary

    Lance M. Tlumac Sr.

    Lance Michael Tlumac Sr., 57, of Wiscasset, died peacefully in the presence of his wife and two sons on Aug. 9.

    Posted: Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:45am
  • Obituary

    Carolyn L. Dolbear

    Carolyn Lane Swett Russell Dolbear, 81, of Round Pond died Aug. 14, 2015.

    Born at Knickerbocker Hospital, New York City, on Nov. 22, 1933, Carolyn's birthday was always easy to remember: 11/22/33. Her loving adoptive parents, Ubert Harold Swett and Sadie H. Hyman, spent summers with Carolyn in Bar Mills at the family house before moving to Round Pond in 1940 from Englewood and Maywood, New Jersey.

    Posted: Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:15am
  • Musical celebration of life for Dominic Garvey

    There will be a musical celebration of life for Dominic Garvey at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at The Carousel Music Theater at 196 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor. A reception will follow.

    Posted: Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:45am
  • Obituary

    Frederick J. Hughes

    Frederick J. Hughes died Aug. 14, 2015. He was born in Ireland to Helen and James Hughes on Feb. 19, 1942.

    Fred was a world traveler and met his wife Margaret (Hilda-Meghan) on a ship in Australia. They married and had two children, Donna Hughes and Timothy Hughes.

    Posted: Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:30am
  • Obituary

    Laurence Sisson

    Laurence P. (Lonny) Sisson, 87, died at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Aug. 7, 2015.

    He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 27, 1928. He was an artist who pursued a professional career spanning 72 years, renowned from Boston to Maine. 

    His landscapes and seascapes were inspired by the scenic coastline of Boothbay Harbor, where Sisson grew up.

    Posted: Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:00pm
  • Walbridge gathering

    The Walbridge family will host a gathering at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club in memory of Jean and Ken Walbridge from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

    Posted: Wed, 08/05/2015 - 8:45am
  • Obituary

    Claire F. Morrell

    Claire Fuller Morrell, 82, of Wiscasset died July 25, 2015 in Brunswick.

    She was born in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, and raised in Colebrook, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of Maxine Elliott Fuller Otis and Clark Fuller. She graduated from Colebrook Academy and received her RN degree from Simmons College and Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:45am
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    Carl G. Urquhart Sr.

    Carl G. Urquhart Sr., 72, of Wiscasset died July 28, 2015 at his residence.

    He was born in Jonesport on August 11, 1942, a son of Millard and Nellie (Alley) Urquhart Sr.

    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:30am
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    Carolyn L. Sessler

    Carolyn L. Sessler, 88, formerly of Amherst, New Hampshire, and Boothbay Harbor, died July 22, 2015 at the Hyder Family Hospice House, Dover, New Hampshire.

    She was born November 23, 1926 in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of Frederick and Julia (Arens) Weich.

    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:15pm
  • Obituary

    Kathy N. Fish

    Kathy Nancy Fish died at Maine Medical Center on July 21, 2015, from complications due to a tragic accident on Sunday, July 19.

    Kathy was born on March 14, 1960, to Robert and Jean (Curtis) Fish in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Posted: Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:30pm
  • Committal service for Christine Clifford

    A committal service for Christine H. Winchenbach Clifford, who died Nov. 8, 2014 in Gainsville, Florida, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at Brookland Cemetery in Waldoboro. Pastor Tom Rawley will officiate. Hall's of Waldoboro  has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, light a candle, or to share a story or picture, please visit Christine's Book of Memories at
    Posted: Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:00am
  • Obituary

    Philippa J. Morton

    Philippa Jefferys Morton of Portland and Squirrel Island died peacefully at home on July 17, 2015, in the company of her family.

    Posted: Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:00am
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    Carl E. Dennis

    Carl Edward Dennis, formerly of Syracuse, New York, died July 9, 2015, at St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor.

    Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1933, Carl's family moved to Syracuse when he was a year old and he stayed there until he retired to his beloved Maine.

    Posted: Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:15am
  • Obituary

    Norma L. Spinney

    Norma Lee Spinney, a resident of Georgetown Island since 1975, died of bone cancer on July 14, 2015, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

    Posted: Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:45am
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    Roger R. Roy

    Roger R. Roy, 51, of Bowdoin, died on July 14, 2015, at Bodwell House, Brunswick.

    He was born Aug. 24, 1963 to Robert and Frances Roy.

    Roger enjoyed hunting and being with his family.

    Posted: Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:15am
  • Celebration of life for Shari Lyn Massengill

    A Celebration of Life ceremony for Shari Lyn Massengill, daughter of Robert and Martha Chellis, who died November 27, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Gorham. Deacon Frank Chambers will be officiating. A light lunch reception will follow in the parish hall.

    Posted: Sat, 07/18/2015 - 2:15pm