Robert E. Harlow
MEXICO - Robert E. Harlow, 72, died on Feb. 18, 2007 at the Central Maine Medical center in Lewiston. He was a resident of Granite Street in Mexico.
Born in Rumford on Oct. 20, 1934, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Georgia (Worthley) Harlow. He was a graduate of Mexico High school with the class of 1952.
He worked in the Maintenance Dept. for Mead Paper Co. as a Journeyman Mechanic.
He was a member of the Rumford Falls Aerie #1248, FOE, Dixfield Senior Citizens Club, Charter Member of the Mexico Historical Society and a life member of the Carthage Historical Society, 25 and 40 Year Club at Mead Paper. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling stories.
He was married in Mexico on Oct. 30, 1953 to Marjorie Hill, who survives of Mexico. Other survivors include two daughters, Deborah McLean and her husband, Howard of Jay, and Diane Arsenault and her companion, Willard Shurtleff of Rumford; two sons, Jeffrey Harlow and his wife, Shelly of Dixfield, and John Harlow of Mexico; 10 grandchildren, Izetta, Mandy, Howard, Jr., Daren, Eric, Ami-Jo, Kristen, Sarah, Benjamin, Nicholas; and nine special great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St. Rumford. Interment in the spring will be in the Farrington Morton Cemetery, Mexico. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Those who desire may contribute to the Mexico Historical Society, c/o Dot Bernard, 464 South Rumford Rd., Rumford, ME 04276, or to the Dixfield Senior Citizens Club, c/o Lawrence Kerr, 18 Bucknum St. Mexico, ME 04257 in his memory.
Gregory P. "Radar" Enman
CANTON - Gregory P. "Radar" Enman, 49, of Canton, died unexpectedly on March 23, 2007 at his home in Canton.
He was born, Jan. 29, 1958 in Norway, a son of Randall and Serena (Coolidge) Enman. He attended Canton and Dixfield schools, graduating from Dirigo High School in Dixfield.
He worked at Stowell McGregor in Dixfield out of high school, later at DeCoster Egg Farm in Turner and G.H. Bass in Wilton.
Radar will always be remembered as a great man in the eyes of everyone who had a chance to know him. He was always ready to lend a helping hand day or night. He loved tinkering on anything he could get his hands on, four-wheeling and camping. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Serena Enman and her companion, Robert Hutchins of Canton and Florida; his father, Randall Enman and his wife, Violet of Canton; his longtime companion, Jean Brougham of Canton; a brother, Brian Enman and his companion, Tonia Roberson of Canton; two sisters, Melinda Ellis and her husband, Steve of Dixfield, and Julie Mower and her husband, Keith of Maine; Jean's son, Dana Berube and his companion, Tracy Wotton, their children, Jesse Berube, Nicole and Josh Goding, Payton and baby Dana Alan; Jeans daughter, Brandy Brougham and her companion, Dave Teicher; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 42 Weld St., Dixfield. Interment will be later in the spring at the Demerritt Cemetery in Peru. Gifts may be given in his memory to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596.
Frederick Lester Farnum
BRYANT POND - Frederick Lester Farnum, 74, of Bryant Pond passed away on June 8, 2007 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, FL, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Bryant Pond, where he kept a summer residence. For the past 12 years, he spent his winters in Jensen Beach, FL where he was a professional shuffleboarder.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After retiring from Boise Cascade mill in Rumford, he enjoyed his free time fishing, hunting and clamming. He also liked to spend his summers camping at Winslow Park, in Freeport.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eleanor (Wing) Farnum; two sons, Steve Farnum and wife, Rosalie, of Harrison, and Ricky Farnum and wife, Tammy, of Bryant Pond; three sisters, Cynthia (Farnum) Heath and husband, Jim, of Locke Mills, Carol (Farnum) Campbell of Bryant Pond, and Emily Farnum of West Paris; a brother, David Farnum and wife, Sandra of Bethel; and two grandchildren, Angie (Farnum) Contreras and husband, Nate of Topsham, and Caleb Farnum of Harrison.
He was predeceased by his father and mother, Carroll and Evelyn (Johnson) Farnum; and a brother, Cecil Farnum.
At the request of the family, there will be no funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 4360 Northlake Blvd., Suite 109, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Joseph "Red" G.R. Lessard
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Joseph "Red" G.R. Lessard, 70 of Ocean Avenue So. Portland died unexpectedly at his residence.
He was born September 16, 1932 in Rumford, the son of Ferdinand and Bernadette Rouillard Lessard. A resident of the greater Rumford area most of his life, he graduated from Stephens High School in the Class of 1951. Mr. Lessard was a communicant of the Holy Cross Church in South Portland.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served in the U. S. Air Force in Korea as an A2c. He was a member of the Robert Shand Post 1641 VFW and the Napoleon Ouellette Post 24 American Legion.
He loved his four nieces and their children dearly. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and taught hunting safety courses. As a gunsmith, he reloaded cartridges. He was also a member of the Greater Rumford Community Center.
Survivors include a brother, Joseph E. Norman Lessard of Carrabassett Valley; four nieces, Leslie Lampert of Old Orchard Beach, Susan Raftice and Rachel Lessard, both of South Portland, and Mary Ellen BaRoss of Freeport; three great nieces, Kayla, Elizabeth and Emma Raftice; and two great nephews, Benjamin and Samuel Raftice.
Adolph J. Cyr
MEXICO -- Adolph J. Cyr, 81, of 313 River Rd. died on May 28, 2003 at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born November 23, 1922 in New Richmond, P.Q., the son of Adelard and Rosehilda Dee Cyr. He was educated in schools in Canada.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army during WWII and was a member of the Royal Rifles of Canada. In December of 1941, Adolph became a prisoner in a Japanese prison in Hong Kong. He spent three years and eight months as a POW.
On August 14, 1945 the liberation of prisoners took place and Adolph returned to Canada. In 1947 he moved to the United States and settled in the Rumford area.
He was employed for 33 years at the Boise-Cascade Paper Group of Rumford where he worked in the cutters.
He was a communicant of St. Theresa's Church in Mexico. He was an officer and active member of LeParasseux Snow Shoe Club for many years.
On May 1, 1971, he married Cecile Lapointe. He enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife and spending time in his camper. He could always be seen setting at his picnic table and greeting friends at the Snowshoe Club Camping area at Worthley Pond.
Surviving besides his wife of 32 years are two daughters, Gladys Cyr of St. Petersburg, FL, and Jeannine Murray and her husband, Kenneth of Peru; two sons, Larry Cyr and his wife, Colleen of Gulfport, FL, and Michael Cyr and his wife, Audrey Jean of Tampa, FL; six step children, Jean-Marie Bolduc of Montreal, Germaine Lapointe and his wife, Laurie, Nicole Richards and her husband, David Roger Lapointe and his wife, Jocelyn, and Carol Smith and her husband, Tim, all of Mexico, Yvan Lapointe and his wife, Joanne of Peru; two brothers, Leo Cyr of Montreal and Edmond Cyr of New Richmond, P.Q. ; a sister, Janine Cyr of Maria, P.Q.;13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother, Lionel Cyr.
Evelyn M. Potter
ROANOKE, VA -- Evelyn M. Potter, 86, of Roanoke, died on December 28, 2003.
Evelyn was a retired licensed practical nurse and was also a member of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.
She was a loving mother and grandmother. Survivors include one daughter, Katherine P. Lewis, Roanoke; two sons, Donald Joseph Potter, Jr., and wife, Susie, amd James C. Potter and wife, Margie L., all of Roanoke; six grandchildren, Kate Dunkham, Chrissy Lewis, Jonathan C. Potter, Erin E. Potter, Kim C. Gajan, and James David Hayslett; two sisters, Rita M. DesRoches, Bethesda, MD, and Barbara P. Houck and her husband, Chad, Rockville, MD; one brother, William F. MacDougall and his wife, Connie, Rumford, ME.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Joseph Potter, Sr.
Funeral mass was conducted on December 31, 2003, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Lahman officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
John W. "Jack" McLeod, Jr.
NEWTON, MA -- John W. "Jack" McLeod, Jr., 84, of Waltham, MA, formerly of Newton, MA, died on Dec. 9, 2004 at the Newton Wellesley Hospital.
Born in Lewiston, ME, he lived in the Oak Hill section of Newton and Newton Highlands for most of his life before moving to Waltham 20 years ago.
Mr. McLeod was a graduate of Bates College, Univ. of Maine and he received his masters degree in education from Harvard University.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was a former teacher in Rumford and Mexico.
Mr. McLeon was the principal of the Warren Junior High School in West Buxton and the Bowen School in Newton Centre.
The beloved husband of the late Gwen (Hutchinson), he leaves his children, John W. McLeod III of Marstons Mills, MA and Patricia A. Shepherd of Natick, MA. He was the brother of the late Norma Paradis.
He is also survived by five grandchildren and his dear friend, Ramonda Antico of Sudbury.
Sayward Eugene Pillsbury
RUMFORD - Sayward Eugene Pillsbury, 82, of Dixfield and Rangeley died on 4/26/06 at the Rumford Home.
Sayward was born the son of Rolla and Irene (Kempton) Pillsbury in Rangeley on Nov. 25, 1923. He attended the Rangeley schools and served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943-1945 in England.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He married Mildred Wright on August 21, 1949 in Rumford.
He worked as a greenskeeper and as a golf pro at Oakdale Country Club in Mexico and at Mingo Springs Golf Course in Rangeley retiring in 1997. Sayward gained many lifelong friends during his years as a golf pro. He enjoyed playing golf, watching TV sports and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Sayward is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Cleon Fletcher of Dixfield; three grandchildren, Eugene Fletcher and his wife, Patricia of Dixfield, Daniel Fletcher and his wife, Deborah of Jefferson, and Rebecca Fletcher of Farmington; two great-granddaughters, Devon and Megan Fletcher of Dixfield; a sister, Jean Hitchcock of Dover-Foxcroft; and a sister in-law, Dorothy Pillsbury of Rangeley.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred of 49 years; an infant son; a brother, Ardean Pillsbury; and a sister, Elaine Brownlee.
David A. Holland
PERU - David A. Holland, 50, died of heart failure on Jan. 31, 2007 at his home on the Mineral Springs Road, West Peru.
He was born in Rumford on March 21, 1956, a son of V. Stanley Holland, II. and Claire L. Pelletier. He graduated from Rumford High School Class of 1974.
David served with the U.S. Navy as an AT3 from Nov. 29, 1977 to Sept. 26, 1980 when he was discharged with full disability. He ran a small engine repair business from his home for several years.
David enjoyed the outdoors, especially feeding the animals around his home, and he loved his family.
Survivors include his parents of Peru; three brothers, Paul Holland of Peru, Timothy Holland and wife, Karen of Peru, and Thomas Holland and wife, Peggy of Buckfield; five sisters, Patricia Hickey of Peru, Mary Arsenault of Peru, Colleen Levine and husband, Kenneth of Sudbury, VT, Jessica Manfre and husband, Phillip of Bastrop, TX, and Nona Holland of Peru; and many nieces and nephews.
At family request, graveside services will be conducted in the spring at the Demerritt Cemetery, West Peru at the convenience of the family.
H. Raymond McBean
ORONO -- H. Raymond McBean, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Orono Commons in Orono, ME on December 23, 2002.
Raymond, the son of Annie (Rutherford) and Albert McBean in Quebec, Canada, was born on May 15, 1918. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Rumford and the Mexico Congregational Church.
His great accomplishments in life were his dedication and service to his Lord, family, relatives, community, and country.
He was a graduate of Stephen's High School, Rumford with the class of 1936. While in high school, Ray excelled in athletics especially, basketball, baseball, and ski jumping. He held a state title in track that remained unbroken for many years and he was the Rumford singles champion in tennis.
After graduation, Ray attended radio and radar school in Boston. On April 20, 1942 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Operation during WWII, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant
In October of 1942, Ray married Kathleen Faye Goodridge of Mexico. They made their home in Rumford, where Ray worked and retired from Boise Cascade and All-State Insurance Company.
Ray was a dedicated member of the Rumford Community. He belonged to numerous organizations which included the American Legion Post 24 of Rumford, the Rumford Park Commission, founder and commissioner of the Rumford Little League Organization, chairman of the Rumford School Board, and the Oakdale Country Club. After retirement, Ray made his home in Florida, Worthley Pond, and Orono, ME.
Ray was loved and will be missed by many friends and relatives. His survivors include his devoted son, Thomas McBean and his wife, Kristina of Hampden, ME; his grandchildren, Natalie Fournier and her husband, Adam of Bangor, ME; his grandson, Craig McBean of Tempe, AZ; his great grandson, Derek Fournier of Bangor, ME; his sister, Vera Kaulback of Yarmouth, ME; his sister in-law, Marion McBean of Midlothian, VA; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; his loving wife; Faye; his brother, Wesley McBean; and his son, John.
FARMINGTON -- Linda Mills, 53, of Farmington, died on Dec. 13, 2004 at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington.
She was born Dec. 6, 1951, in Farmington, a daughter of Waman R. and Peggy (Darling) Mills.
She was a 1970 graduate of Mt. Blue High School and earned her associates degree from Husson College in Bangor. She enrolled at Bangor Community College, taking computer programming and in 1998 completed her bachelor of science degree in rehabilitative services from the University of Maine, Farmington.
Linda spent her career assisting people with special needs as a program coordinator, resource specialist, manager and in community advocate positions. She served on 15 different committees serving special needs, mental health and physically handicapped needs within the community, state and nation.
She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Rehabilitation Committee of the State of Maine. She spoke as a lobbyist for disability related issues to the State House and Senate and attended eight conferences throughout the State and Country supporting disabled persons' rights and needs.
Linda accomplished all of this, even though confined to a wheelchair and assisted living.
She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington, and volunteered at local schools assisting young children. She took great pride in assisting in the home schooling of her nephew.
Her name is listed in the National Book of "Who's Who" in Washington, DC. She loved her cats and being a confidant to her nieces and nephews.
She is survived and dearly missed by her mother, Peggy Mills of Farmington; three brothers, Thomas Mills and wife, Donna of Fort Worth, TX, John Mills and Ali of Wilton, and Scott Mills and wife, Robin of Bethel; a sister, Sally Clemens and husband, Dale of Wilton; and 21 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Waman R. Mills in 1977; and a niece, Brandi Lee Kramer in 1991.
John J Brennick, III
RUMFORD - John J Brennick, III, 81, died on April 29, 2006 at the Rumford Hospital. He was a resident of Hancock Street in Rumford.
Born in Rumford on June 25, 1924, he was a son of John and Yvonne (Provencher) Brennick II. He was a graduate of Stephens High School.
He served in the US Army with the Company B 865th Engineer Battalion. He worked for Boise Cascade in the Color Plant for 44 years until his retirement in 1986.
John was a communicant of St. Athanasius-St John Church, Napoleon Ouellette Post #24 American Legion, Robert Shand Post #1641 VFW. He loved horse racing, beano and cribbage.
He was married in Rumford to the former Louise Poisson, who survives of Rumford. Other survivors include fours sons, David Brennick of Portland, John Brennick of Windham, Michael Brennick and his wife, Janet of Mexico, Mark Brennick and his wife, Sara of Rumford Center; six daughters, Deborah Simpson of Lewiston, Gail Gaudin and her husband, Patrick of Peru, Gloria Carter and her husband, Jim of Rumford, Carol Nadeau and her husband, Michael of Rumford, Pam Bryant and her husband, David of Ada, OK, Kelly Bordeau of Mexico; a brother, Raymond and his wife, Inez of Farmington Falls; 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Maurice E. Gogan
RUMFORD - Maurice E. Gogan, 93, of Black Bridge Road in Mexico, died on Jan. 31, 2007 at the Rumford Community Home following a brief illness.
He was born in New Brunswick Canada on Nov. 13, 1913, a son of Edouard and Alvina (Bourque) Goguen. Maurice was educated in Rumford Schools.
He was in the US Army during WWII, serving in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Maurice was employed for 19 years as a welder for Boise Cascade. Prior to this, he was employed by Norton Abrasive and Harrington Richardson Arms, both in Worcester, MA, and for several years served as sexton at St. John Cemetery in Rumford.
He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Maurice loved gardening, fishing, hunting and especially loved his tomato plants and peach tree.
There will be no visiting hours. A Graveside service will be held in the spring at St. John Cemetery. If so desired contributions in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.
Adelard G "Ducky" Cayer
FARMINGTON -- Adelard G. "Ducky" Cayer, 77, of Andover, died peacefully on April 6, 2003, at the Franklin Memorial Hospital with his family beside him. A lifelong resident of the area, he resided on the Wentzell Road, Andover.
He was born in Rumford on July 13, 1925, the son of George and Josephine (Tousignant) Cayer. He graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford with the Class of 1943.
He was a veteran of the U.S.Army Air Corp during World War II, earning the American, African and Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbons and a Victory Medal after flying numerous missions over the European Theater. He served with the 15th Army Air Corp B-24 Liberators as a Radio Operator/Gunner in the 781st Bombardment Squadron (H), 465th Bombardment Group stationed in Pantanella Airfield Italy from 1944 to 1945.
Adelard retired in 1987 from the Boise Cascade Paper Group, Rumford Mill as a Quality Control Forman after 43 years of service.
Since his retirement Mr. Cayer, better known as "Ducky" to all his family and friends, was very active in the Ellis River Riding Club in Andover where his humor will be missed by all members who knew him.
Mr. Cayer was a Registered Maine Master Guide for over 50 years. He was known for his extensive knowledge of and love for the outdoors. He was an accomplished expert in the field of firearms and ammunitions. Ducky shared his legacy with many.
Ducky was instrumental in handing down his lifelong outdoor traditions to many friends and family, especially his granddaughters whom he helped become avid outdoor girls, hunters and shooters.
He was married in Rumford on July 30, 1950 to Gloria T. Arsenault, his beloved wife of 53 years, who survives of Andover. Other survivors include two daughters, Deborah Cayer and her husband, Matthew Bean of Andover, and Sharon Perkins and her husband, James of Cornish; a son, George Cayer and his wife, Lori and their two daughters, Larissa and Hillary Cayer, all of Rumford
He was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Cayer; and three sisters, Georgette, Regine , and Irene of Rumford.
At the families request, private services will be held at the families convenience. Interment in the spring at St. John Cemetery, Rumford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Main Street, Suite 300, Topsham, Me. 04086-1240 in his memory.
Helen D. Cox Smith
LEWISTON -- Helen D. Cox Smith, 77, of Canton, died on Dec. 16, 2004, at the Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston.
She was born, Sept. 15, 1927 in Rumford Point, a daughter of George and Estella Howard (Elliot) Donahue. She attended Roxbury and Canton schools, graduating in 1945.
In 1944, she married Emery Cox. He died in 1967.
She remarried on Apr. 5, 1969 to, Daniel Smith in Canton. They made their home in Canton until moving to Chesterville in 1988 and later moving back to Canton in June of this year.
Mrs. Smith worked at Brindis Leather in Canton and later in local shoe shops.
She was a member of the Canton Baptist Church, serving as the pianist for several years. She was also a member of the Canton Mother's Club and enjoyed camping, reading and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Dan of 35 years; a daughter, Jackie Conant and her husband, Norris of Canton; two brothers, Howard Donahue and his wife, Gloria of Peru, and William Donahue and his wife, Gayle of Grotin, CT; six grandchildren, Pamela Fleury, John Conant, Tony Conant, Daniel Cox, Andy Conant, and Erin Cox; four great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Linda Cox of Peru; and sister-in-law, Maxine Palmer of Dixfield.
She was predeceased by a son, David on Sept. 27, 2000; and a brother, G. Preston Donahue on April 8, 1971.
John R. 'Dick' Harris
RUMFORD - John R. "Dick" Harris, 55, of Knox Street, Rumford, died on Jan. 31, 2007 at the Hospice House in Auburn.
He was born in New London, CT on June 26, 1951, the son of Raymond and Kathleen ( Scott) Harris. He graduated from the Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, CT.
Dick worked at the Turbo Products in Ivoryton, CT as a press operator until retirement in 1993 due to illness.
He was married in Chester, CT on Feb. 25, 1978 to the former Cynthia G. Davis, who survives of Rumford.
Other survivors include a daughter, Kristen Harris of Rumford; two sons, John Harris and wife, Lindsey of Jacksboro, TN, and SPC Dennis Harris, U.S. Army, who served in two deployments to Iraq and wife, Maranda of Rensselaer Falls , NY; six grandchildren, six sisters, Sharon Dinger of Vincent, AL, Kathleen Wayne of Deep River, CT, Laurie Harris of Port Richey, FL, Carolyn Harris of Orlando, FL, Vera Maloney of Dover, DE, Roxanne Rude of Rich Lake, WI; two brothers, Raymond Harris of Ivoryton, CT and Mark Harris of Dover, DE; and many nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his cousins, Debbie and Chris Brown, and many new friends. The family would like to thank Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and their workers, The Hospice House in Auburn and staff, for their care and comfort.
At his request, services will be held at the families convenience in Connecticut.
Pauline B. Harris
RUMFORD -- Pauline B. Harris, 76, died on December 15, 2004 at the Rumford Community Home. She was a resident of Maine Avenue in Rumford. She was formerly of Salem, MA.
Born in Salem, MA on September 30, 1928, she was a daughter of Joseph and Marie (Letourneau) Gregoire. She attended schools in Massachusetts. She was a self employed seamstress and she also worked at Fishery Products in Danvers, MA. She enjoyed playing bingo.
She was married in Massachusetts on November 10, 1946 to Norman Harris, who survives of Rumford.
Other survivors include a daughter, Janet Wilson of Rumford; two granddaughters, Melissa Reikowsky of Lawrence, MA and Kristy Wilson of Mexico; a great granddaughter, Tasia McCann of Mexico; three sisters, Bella Wheelock of Beverly, MA, Laurette Dixey of Virginia, Theresa Tgettis of Salem, MA; and one brother, Raymond Gregoire of Salem, MA.
She was predeceased by a son, Gregory Harris, who died in 1993.