Shannon Brookings Davison, 20, of New Gloucester, died Christmas Eve as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident in Massachusetts.
Michelle Leavitt, a junior at Gray-New Gloucester High School, also of New Gloucester, was injured in the accident, but is expected to recover.
Shannon was born in Portland, a daughter of Paul and Marcia Brookings Davison. She graduated from Gray-New Gloucester High School in 1997, and was a second-yearstudent at the University of Maine in Presque Isle.
Shannon enjoyed hiking, camping and music. She liked helping people, and planned to join the Peace Corps after college.
Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Benjamin, and her maternal grandparents, Lowell and Barbara Brookings, of New Gloucester, and paternal grandparents, Charles and Catherine Davison, of Raymond.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shannon Davison Memorial Fund, 19 Libby Hill Road, Gray, ME 04039.
John Elwell MacNeil
John Elwell MacNeil, a 30-year resident of Gray, died in the Maine Medical Center in Portland on December 27. He was 78 years old.
Born in Boston, Mr. MacNeil lived in Walpole and Norwood, MA, and graduated from Brookline High School with the class of 1938.
At one time, he was a partner in the Creamer & MacNeil Catering Company of Boston, which catered most of the Communion breakfasts held by Cardinal Cushing. After he moved to Maine, he managed the Carriage Lantern, a gift shop in South Portland, for 20 years. In 1996, he retired as a tolltaker on the Maine Turnpike after 10 years.
Mr. MacNeil served in the United States Coast Guard in World War II. He had been a Eucharistic Minister in St. Gregory's Church.
He was the beloved husband of Mary Catherine (MacDonald) MacNeil; the loving father of Carol Ann Walsh, of Walpole, MA, John MacNeil, of New York, and Sandra M. Willis, of New Mexico; and the cherished grandfather of 10. He was the brother of Stanley MacNeil, of Florida and Maine, Florence Caswell, of Florida, and the late William MacNeil.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Walpole. A memorial Mass will be held in St. Gregory's Church on Saturday, January 9, at 11 A.M. Friends and relatives are kindly invited.
Leland E. Crooker
Leland E. Crooker, 58, of Gray, died Sunday, January 10, at his residence.
Mr. Crooker graduated from the University of Maine-Orono in 1962 with a degree in structural civil engineering. He worked for the Department of Transportation in the Bridge Division, as well as for E. C. Jordan, and enjoyed an outstanding reputation in the pulp and paper industry. For the last six years, he was Manager of Engineering, Department of Facilities Management, for the University of Southern Maine. He also had a small consulting business.
Mr. Crooker enjoyed model railroading, and was a musician. He began playing with his father's orchestra, the Rhythm Vagabonds, subsequently joining several groups. For the past several years, he had been secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Musicians in the State of Maine.
He sang in the choir at the First Congregational Church in Gray, as well as with the New Boston Singers.
Mr. Crooker was a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Maine (SEAM).
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Leona Knight Crooker, of Gray; two sons, Stephen, of North Carolina, and Dennis, of New Gloucester; two grandchildren, Dennis, Jr., and Trevor Crooker; two step-grandchildren, Charles Parker and Darcy LeBreck; his mother, Esther, of Mechanic Falls; and a sister, Linda Alcott, of Tennessee.
Charles Davison, Sr.
Charles Michael Davison, Sr., of Raymond, died Tuesday at a Portland hospital.
Mr. Davison was born in Portland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davison, of Raymond.
He is survived by three sons, Michael, Timothy and Stephen, all of Raymond; two daughters, Shirley Davison, of Raymond, and Michelle Davison, of Gray; three brothers, James, of Raymond, Paul, of New Gloucester, and Rick, of Raymond; one sister, Patricia Rogers, of Mechanic Falls; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were private, with arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, of Gray.
Barbara Wing, 50, of New Gloucester, died last week at a Portland hospital.
Mrs. Wing was born in Rockland, a daughter of Robert and Bernys Overlock Mattson; she graduated from Waldoboro High School and the Golden School of Beauty. She also attended the University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
She loved snowmobiling, fishing, hunting (she once shot a moose), camping, sewing, cooking, upholstery work and time spent at the family camp in Rockwood.
For 20 years, she was a manager at Unum. Prior to that, she had owned a beauty shop.
Mrs. Wing is survived by her parents and her husband of 23 years, David, all of New Gloucester; three stepsons, Tony, of Hartford, and Robert and Todd, both of New Gloucester; a sister, Mrs. Kurt (Roberta) Tielinen, of New Gloucester; and one grandchild.
Visiting hours were at Wilson Funeral Home, Gray, with burial to be in the spring.
Robert E. Berry
Robert E. Berry, 65, died April 21 at his home.
He was born in Westbrook, a son of Everett W. and Dorotha L. Smith Berry, and graduated from Pennell Institute in 1952.
Mr. Berry owned Dry Mills Garage during the 1960s. He was an auto mechanic for 33 years at Casco Bay Ford. After his retirement, he became a lobsterman and built a lobster boat with his sons-in-law
He was an avid reader and history buff. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and camping. He always helped his children through life's struggles and worked hard to create a happy home for his wife and children. He was loved by his children's spouses as if he was their own dad.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Mary Lockard Berry of Gray; four sons, R. Bruce of New Gloucester, Michael R. of Sabattus, Dennis A. of Gray and Scott D. of Gray; four daughters, Glenice A. Prosser of Cundy's Harbor, Jane D. Sherrer of Newport, N.C., Shirley L. Dempsey of Gray and Carolyn A. Martin of Portland; a brother; Albert E. Berry of New Gloucester; two sisters; Anne E. Bucklin of Windham and Judith I. Huff of Gray; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Eleanor S. Taylor
Eleanor S. Taylor, 89, died Friday, April 23, at a Portland hospital.
She was born in New Gloucester, a daughter of Natt and Eva M. Morrill Sawyer. She graduated from New Gloucester High School as Valedictorian in the class of 1927 and also graduated from Gorham Normal School.
Mrs. Taylor enjoyed knitting for her children and grandchildren.
She taught in Gray, New Gloucester and Durham schools and worked for Cook's Country Store during the 1970s and 1980s.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Gray and a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Golden Sheaf Chapter.
She married Perley Taylor on August 11, 1928. He died in 1968.
Surviving are two sons, Leslie P. Taylor and Ralph M. Taylor, both of Gray; a daughter, Merilyn Adler of Lake Wales, Florida; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.