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MAINE - Cumberland Co. - Portland - Obits from Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home - 9

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Thursday, 23 July 2009, at 1:08 p.m.

Philip J. Conley
September 11, 1929
January 21, 2008
Philip J. Conley, 78, died peacefully Monday, January 21 at Springbrook Center with his wife, Judie and his family by his side. Phil was born September 11, 1929 in Portland, the son of Michael and Anna McArdle Conley. He grew up in the Irish community of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, attended St Dominic’s School and was a proud graduate of Cheverus High School, class of 1947.
Phil learned his accounting skills at the Northeastern School of Business and Accounting and applied those skills to a long successful career as a CPA.
He was extremely honored to have served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict stationed in Japan from 1952-1954.
Phil was always a loving husband, father, and brother. He was a dedicated Certified Public Accountant and a mentor to many in his field. Phil was always the gentleman and often referred to himself as just a “humble bookkeeper.”
His love of golf started at the age of ten when he learned the game as a caddie at the Purpodoock Club in Cape Elizabeth. His role as a caddie lead to his first real career at Baker and Adam when Link Adam hired him as junior accountant after meeting him on a sidewalk and remembering him as a trustworthy caddie. He went on to become a partner in the Portland office of Arthur Young. After retiring from public accounting, he became CFO for Sebago Inc.
One of Phil’s greatest joys was playing golf with his wife and boys in Ireland on a family vacation. Known for his quick Irish wit, sense of humor, and rousing stories, Phil kept his friends laughing and entertained. Phil and Judie’s camp on Hancock Pond was a special gathering place for their large family and friends. He enjoyed his memberships at Purpoodock and the Portland Country Club. Phil was a proud member of the Boards of Park Danforth, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Portland Country Club.
Phil was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Tommy and Fred and his sister Anna Flaherty.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judie Scribner Conley, four sons, Mike and his fiancé Lainie of Seattle WA, Pete and his wife Jennifer of Newton, MA, Jeff and his wife Ame of Duluth, GA, and Phil Jr. of Alpharetta, GA. Phil has six grandchildren Willem, Ethan, Aidan, Broder, Alexandra and Jackson, who all knew and loved him as Papa. He is also survived by three wonderful sisters, Catherine Hayden of Bedford, NH, Rita Maiorano of Portland and Ginny Brogan of South Portland, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a “special thank you” to the nurses and staff at Springbrook Center, especially to Peter who provided such devoted care while Phil was a patient there.
Above all else, Phil loved and was very proud of his family. He treasured the time he spent with his boys and especially loved the times when all the whole family could be together. It was a blessing to watch him play with his grandchildren. We love you and will miss you.
Donations may be made in Phil’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 170 U.S. Rte. 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, Maine 04105 or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 500 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 24th at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Prayers will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Friday, January 25th at the funeral home followed by a 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in the spring.

Albert J. Duclos
July 5, 1927
January 20, 2008
PORTLAND - Albert J. Duclos, 80, died Sunday evening, January 20, at the Springbrook Center in Westbrook. He was born on July 5th, 1927 to Delia Tourangeau and Albert J. Duclos, Sr. He grew up in Westbrook where his father's family owned the Duclos bakery and many members of his mother's family worked for S.D. Warren. He later lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City before returning to Maine in the 1960s.
During his life as an actor, director, and Professor of Theater at USM, Albert performed in or directed over 150 productions, his most memorable associations being with the New York City Center of Music and Drama, The Brattle Theater Company, the American Repertory Theater, and the University's drama department.
He is survived by his daughters Rebecca T. Duclos and Catherine S. Duclos and his grandchildren, Zachary Walker and Micaella Rodriguez. He was pre-deceased by his former wife, Gloria Duclos, and his sister, Constance McKenna.
Prayers will be recited at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home at 172 State Street, Portland at 11:45am on Friday, January 25th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, corner of Mellen and Sherman Streets, Portland at 12:30pm.

John "Jack" K. Maguire, Jr.
May 12, 1931
January 17, 2008
John "Jack" K. Maguire, Jr., formerly of Portland, Maine, died on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at Falmouth By The Sea Nursing Home after a long illness.
Jack was born in Portland, Maine on May 12, 1931, the son of John K. Maguire, Sr. and Barbara Thorndike Maguire. After graduating from Deering High School, he went on to graduate from Boston University with the class of l953.
For a number of years, Mr. Maguire worked in New York City as a sales representative for the American Broadcasting Company. He then relocated to Stowe, Vermont where he continued as a sales representative for local radio and television stations in New England. Jack was a dedicated sports enthusiast and an active skier and golfer throughout much of his life.
Mr. Maguire is survived by his sisters Linda Paul of Windham, Maine and Susan Rosenberger of Hartford, Connecticut, by his aunt Virginia Drew and cousin Deborah Geller, both of Hartford, Connecticut and several nieces and a nephew.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine this summer. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, Portland.

Thomas Michael Estee, Sr.
January 19, 2008
SCARBOROUGH - Thomas Michael Estee, Sr., age 55, of Glenndale Circle, Scarborough, died Saturday, January 19, 2008 at his residence.
He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, the son of Paul Norbert and Dorothy Helen Knight Estee. Thomas was a graduate of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. He attended St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH and was a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Thomas was a Registered Respertory Therapist who worked for Maine Medical Center from 1978 through 1988. On May 9, 1987 he married the former Margaret Helen Mulligan at St. Mary’s Church in Westbrook. In 1988. Thomas left his medical career in order to devote his time and full attention to raising his son Benjamin.
Thomas was a communicant of The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, where he and his family attended the Traditional Latin Rite Mass. He served as a Sacristan for many years. Thomas was very proud to have been a member of the Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed the research and study of the Roman Catholic faith. He was most proud of his three sons, enjoyed spending time with his family, landscaping, carpentry, and was an avid reader.
Survivors include his wife Margaret of Scarborough; three sons, Thomas Michael Estee, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA, Allen Warren Estee of Westbrook, ME, and Benjamin Patrick Estee of Scarborough; his sisters Lucy Gill and her husband James of Boscawen, NH, Eleanor (Estee) Raymond of New Jersey, Dorothy (Estee) Uttaro of Florida, and Ann (Estee) Shackleford of NH; his brothers, Brian P. Estee and his wife Robin of Dover, NH, Daniel A. Estee and his wife Kelly of Bow, NH, Paul R. Estee of Florida, Charles Estee of NH, and William Estee of California. He is also survived by several neices and nephews.
Visiting Hours will be held 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, January 24 at the South Portland Chapel followed by a 10:00 a.m. Tridentine funeral at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Burial will follow at New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Those desiring, may make donations to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route One, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

John J. Manning Jr.
June 5, 1916
January 12, 2008
BRISTOL, PA - John J. Manning, Jr., formerly of Portland, died January 12, 2008, after a brief illness, in Bristol, PA. He was born in Portland on June 5, 1916. John attended the Kavanaugh and St. Aloysius elementary schools, and graduated from Portland High School.
He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Portland for nearly 60 years.
A World War II Army veteran (1942-1946), John served in the European Theater, where he participated in combat operations and earned two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in battle.
After the war, he returned to duty as a member of the Portland Fire Department, which he had joined in July of 1941. Over the course of his career, he was posted to Central Station, Engine 5-Ladder 1, and Morrill’s Corner Engine 9-Ladder 4 in Portland. His final assignment was as Fire and Safety Officer on Peaks Island, a position which he enjoyed for over ten years.
An avid sports and music fan, after retirement he combined the two as a member of the Sans Souci Club of Peaks Island. With his longtime companion, the late Ruth Sargent of Peaks Island, John traveled throughout New England, where they competed in Square and Round dancing events, provided entertainment for area nursing homes and senior centers, and taught dance.
For the last several years, he lived in Pennsylvania with his sister, Mary McDermott, and his niece Nancy.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary McDermott of Bristol, PA, and Ann Hlavaty of Whiting, IN; two brothers, Joseph Manning of Arlington, VA, and Robert Manning of Waltham, MA; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8pm on Thursday, January 24 at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15am on Friday, January 25 at the funeral home, followed by a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

LaVern "Jerry" Joseph Jerome
March 20, 1922
January 17, 2008
PORTLAND - LaVern “Jerry” Joseph Jerome, 85, of Windham died peacefully at Maine Medical Center on January 17, 2008. He was born a son of Amos Henry and Nancy Olive (Sandberg) Jerome on March 20, 1922.
Jerry was a humble gentleman. His quiet demeanor masked an amazing life. He often shared fond memories of his education in a one room school house in North Dakota. At age 18 he joined the Navy despite never having seen an ocean. His WWII experience was marked by the fact that his ship, the USS Wasp[CV-7} was torpedoed by the Japanese and sunk in the Pacific on September 15, 1942. He spent several hours in the water before being rescued. Throughout his life he grieved the loss of his home town friend and shipmate, Clarence(“Clancy”) Dunn.
The Wasp brought him to Portland, Maine where he met the love of his life, Marie Norberta O’Connell. Jerry and Norberta enjoyed more than 60 years of marriage. They were best friends and soul mates.
After the Navy Jerry spent a few years in the Merchant Marine where he earned the title of Shellback. He worked for the railroad for a brief period prior to a successful 25 year career in the Portland Fire Department. He retired as Captain in 1973.
Jerry and Norberta enjoyed living in Portland for 50 years. In 1994 he was able to realize his dream of building a home on their property on Presumpscott Cove in Windham. The home was a peaceful sanctuary for them and a gathering spot for their large family. He enjoyed visits with the Cooledges and O’Connells and other extended family members.
His parents and his siblings and their families were never far from his heart and mind. The arrival of letters, cards, photographs, packages, family announcements and the Pembina, North Dakota newspaper were always celebrated events.
He was a devoted communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and a staunch supporter of St. Patrick’s Grammar School.
His one vice was that he was a lifelong New York Yankees fan which fueled many family “discussions”.
He was grateful for his friends from Pembina, “Libbytown”, St. Patrick’s Parish, the Portland Fire Department and Presumpscott Cove.
First and foremost he was a family man who devoted his life to his wife and family always working two jobs to provide for them. He was delighted with his grandchildren and his great grand child. Nothing pleased him more than to observe all of them interacting at “Papa’s Lake”.
Jerry will be remembered for his devotion to his wife and family and will be missed by all who knew him.
The family wishes to thank the Windham Rescue Department and the wonderfully skilled and caring staff at Maine Medical Center.
Besides his parents LaVern is predeceased by his brothers Duane and Leonard Jerome.
LaVern is survived by his wife Marie N. O’Connell Jerome; his daughters Regina Jerome of Athens, Georgia; Ann-Marie McLaughlin and husband John of Standish; Nancy Boduch and Husband Paul of North Hampton, NH; and Margaret Kane and husband Daniel of Scarborough; his sons Stephen Jerome and wife Sharon of Raymond; and Christopher Jerome and wife Barbara of Falmouth; his sisters Eleanor Tucker of Cowden, Illinois; Ruth Humble of Grand Forks North Dakota; Doris Swanson and husband Don of Savage, Minnesota; and Dorothy Kalka and husband Walter (“Laddie”) of Drayton, North Dakota; 19 grandchildren: Zachary and Seth McLaughlin; Christian, Joel, and Mathew Jerome; Bridget, Emily, Rebecca, Abigail, and Jonathan Boduch; Alexander and Rachel Kane; Benjamin, David, Michael, Patrick, Timothy, Elizabeth, and Mary Grace Jerome; and one great-grandchild: Riley Jerome.
Visiting hours will be held Monday January 21 from 4-8 PM at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St. Portland. Prayers will be recited at 10:15 AM at the funeral home on Tuesday January 22 followed by an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 1342 Congress St. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Maine Veterans’ Homes, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

Robert Willard Fickett Jr.
March 27, 1928
January 16, 2008
SOUTH PORTLAND - Robert Willard Fickett, Jr., 79, of South Portland, died Wednesday, January 16, 2007 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born on March 27, 1928, in South Portland, the son of Robert Willard and Agnes M. (O’Neill) Fickett, Sr., attended local schools as well as St. Dominic School, and earned his high school diploma through private tutoring.
On April 6, 1951, Bob married the former Maxine C. Ryan in Portland.
For many years, Bob owned a roadside stand where he sold vegetables that he grew himself on his farm. As well as fresh vegetables, he always had a story or two for his many customers. Bob was also very active in the city government of South Portland, being elected in 1981 to the City Council. He held this position until his retirement in 2006, and during those years, spent countless hours on the phone every night with his constituents. He always had time to listen, whether it was about a lost trash can or a problem with the roads.
Bob was a member of the American Agricultural Association, the Scarborough Grange, and, for a short time, the Lions Club. He was a great lover of history, and considered himself an expert at British History as well as the Civil War. And, because of his agricultural skills, Bob was frequently called upon by other farmers to aid them with failing crops.
Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by a son, Frank William Fickett, in 1997. He is survived by his wife of South Portland; a son, Robert W. Fickett, III and his wife Deborah of South Paris; a sister, Margaret Ellen Fickett of Greensboro, NC; five grandchildren, Michelle and Philip Brackett, Jr., Laura Ann Pralicz and her husband Robert, Randy Couch, Amanda Lynn Fickett, all of South Portland, and Andrew John Edgar Fickett of South Paris; and two great-grandchildren, Philip Lloyd Brackett, III and McKenzie Elizabeth Brackett, both of South Portland.
Visiting hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Monday, January 21 at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, January 22 at the South Portland Chapel, followed by interment in Forest City Cemetery, South Portland.
Bob’s family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the nurses and staff at the South Portland Nursing Home for their expert care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Paul Donald Clark
November 15, 1938
January 17, 2008
WINDHAM - Paul Donald Clark, age 69, died unexpectedly at his residence after a brief illness on Thursday, January 17, 2008.
He was born on November 15, 1938 in Portland, a son of James C. and Frances Marion McSweeney Clark. He was a graduate of Portland High School, Class of 1956.
Mr. Clark served in the National Guard and as a volunteer fire fighter in South Portland.
He was manager of Tower Publishing from where he retired in 1988 after 30 years of service. After retiring, he drove for ABC Taxi.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed golfing and traveling. He also enjoyed the weather watching.
He was predeceased by his parents; his son, David Clark; his sister, Marcia Reynolds; his brother, James F. Clark; and a grandson, Benjamin Clark.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sally Clark of Windham; his daughter, Sue Clark and her partner Chris Capozzo of Windham; his son, Keith Clark of Windham; his daughter-in-law Tina Clark of Minot; his sister, Linda Clark of Westbrook; four grandchildren, Kristina, Jessica, Steve, and Robbie; and three great grandchildren, Abigail, Beau, and Tanner; many nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Winston Pup.
Visiting hours will be from 2-5 pm on Sunday, January 20 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland, where a funeral service will be held Monday, January 21 at 11:00 am with Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at Arlington Cemetery, Windham.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to: Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, Maine 04092.

James Thomas Farr
June 18, 1936
January 16, 2008
SCARBOROUGH - James Thomas Farr, 71, of Black Point Road, Scarborough died Wednesday, January 16, 2008.
He was born in Portland, June 18, 1936, a son of Daniel J. and Mary Joyce Farr. James was a 1954 graduate of Cheverus High School. He also attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
James married the former Susanne Sandra Turcotte on October 16, 1960 at St. Dominic’s Church in Portland; she predeceased him on January 3, 2005.
From 1961 thru 1999, James was employed with Probation and Parole in Cumberland and York Counties. He retired in 1999 as District Supervisor. He was currently working for Maine Pre-Trial Services as a Case Manager. James was also a volunteer driver with Regional Transportation. He was an extremely active person who had many interests. He was a Master Ham Radio Operator and was well versed in Morse Code. He loved to Square Dance and was a member of several square dance clubs, including Mix and Mingle Square Dance Club of Scarborough. James loved boating in Casco Bay. He was in excellent physical shape and enjoyed bicycling, jogging, speed walking and walking. James loved animals and was often seen walking the dog on the beach.
James was a daily communicant of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Dianne Farr Brady and her husband William of Scarborough; and a brother Paul Farr and his wife Maureen of Orono.
Visiting hours will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Monday, at the South Portland Chapel. A 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

Regina E. Slack
April 28, 1916
January 15, 2008
Regina E. Slack, 91, of Monroe, Ohio, formerly of Illsley St. Portland, Maine, passed away January 15, 2008 after a brief illness.
She was born on April 28, 1916 on Great Diamond Island, in Portland, first daughter of Leon G. and Rosella Bruton. During her school years she traveled up to the mainland on the U.S. Government boat each day and walked from the Custom House Wharf to Cathedral Grammar School, graduating from Cathedral High School.
She married her husband Norman L. Slack in 1935 and celebrated 62 years together before Norman predeceased her on January 16, 1999. Regina and her husband understood the importance of raising a family. Regina therefore worked as a fulltime homemaker and mother to her children Richard and Penny.
Prior to the onset of Alzheimer’s, she loved to read, knit, crochet, sew, and cook. She did take on one job as a traffic guide on the corner of Washington Avenue and Presumpscot Street. Regina was featured on the front page one year for the duties she performed so faithfully.
Regina and Norman put a lot of emphasis on their children’s education. If a question was ever asked and could not be answered, she set a fine example by researching and finding the right answer. This desire to learn set a wonderful example for Richard and Penny. Regina was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters. Regina had many cute sayings, one was “I’m a tough old bird”, this was said when asked how she managed to live such a long life.
After Norman died, Regina lived alone for a year before sharing her life with Richard and Penny, living six months here in Maine with Penny and then the other six months in Florida with Richard. That worked well for all of us and gave Regina the best of both worlds. Richard later moved to Ohio, where the weather was pretty different from Florida.
She suffered from Alzheimer’s for the past few years. While living with Richard, Regina was admitted to Mt. Pleasant Nursing Home where she lived until her passing. Her family is most grateful for the kind and loving care they extended to their Mom.
Regina is predeceased by her husband Norman L. Slack; six brothers and sisters and their spouses.
She is survived by her son Richard Slack and wife Beverly of Westchester, Ohio; her daughter Elaine “Penny” Esposito and husband Victor of Westbrook; and three grandchildren Michelle, Sherry, and Marie.
Visiting hours will be held at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel on Saturday, January 19 from 10:00-11:00 AM. An 11:00 AM funeral will follow at the chapel. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Jane Mary Sligar
May 9, 1918
January 14, 2008
Jane Mary Sligar, 89, of the Barron Center in Portland, formerly of 1700 Broadway, South Portland, died January 14, 2008 at the Maine Medical Center. She was born May 9, 1918 in Daigle, Maine, a daughter of Octave and Marie Paradis Michaud. She attended schools in Stockholm, Maine.
Jane worked in Houlton at the Northland Hotel as a chamber maid and she worked for Ivy’s Restaurant as a waitress and later for a doctor as a nanny.
She was a former communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
She married Donald W. Sligar and moved to Portland in 1942 to raise her family. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker.
Jane was predeceased by a sister and five brothers.
Surviving are two daughters; Dora J. Sligar of South Portland, Alice M. Pelletier and her husband Armand of South Portland; two grandchildren, Tammy J. Pelletier of Portland and Sjon M. Pelletier and wife Lisa of San Francisco, CA.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, January 17th at the chapel, followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

August "Gus" Severn Erspamer
October 11, 1912
January 12, 2008
PORTLAND - August "Gus" Severn Erspamer, age 95, of Portland, died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland after fighting prostate cancer.
He was born on October 11, 1912 in Eagarville, IL – a son of Italian immigrants Pietro and Anna Albertini Erspamer. He became the first person in his family to earn a university degree which he managed with the financial aid of a football scholarship. After graduating from Washington University in 1934, with a B.S. in Chemistry, he went on to the Institute of Paper Chemistry from which he earned a PhD.
Gus met his wife, Magdalene Eyster, while working for Glatfelter Paper in the 1940’s. They were married in June of 1944. Together they raised three sons and were able to experience living in different parts of the country as Gus’ career advanced in the paper industry – moving from Spring Grove, PA to Saint Helens Pulp & Paper in Oregon and then to Waterville, ME and Philadelphia, PA where Gus worked for Scott Paper. He oversaw the installation of a pilot paper machine at Scott’s Research facility in Philadelphia which was used for experimenting with ways to improve the paper making process. The valuable machine was named the “Little Gus” in his honor and was eventually dismantled, moved, and reassembled in Westbrook, ME when Gus moved there as the Assistant Director of Research in the S.D. Warren Division of Scott Paper. He secured patents for three of his innovations for the paper industry during his 22 years with Scott – one of them for the paper still used today for containing many pet foods. After his retirement in 1977, Gus pursued a life long interest in astronomy by taking courses in it at the nearby University of Southern Maine. Always a serious bridge player, he continued this interest by joining Portland’s Woodfords Club. He also enjoyed tinkering and woodworking on many projects around the house. To help his wife with the gardening she loved, he built an extensive series of raised wooden beds for her large backyard vegetable garden. Up until the last years of his life he enjoyed challenging himself with the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle.
He was predeceased by his wife, Magdalene Eyster Erspamer, one son, John Michael Erspamer, and his brothers Julius and John Erspamer. He will be dearly missed by his surviving family which includes his sister, Perina Erspamer Verticchio and her husband Michael Verticchio of Gillespie IL, his oldest son, George Peter Erspamer and his fiancée Wanda N. Norton of Midlothian VA, and his youngest son, August William Erspamer and his wife Heidi Schmitt Erspamer of Easton CT along with their two children Gus and Stephanie.
Funeral services will be held in Spring Grove, PA.
Donations in Gus' memory may be made to: The American Cancer Society, New England Div., Inc., One Main Street, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 04086.
Arrangements were made by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, Portland, Maine.

John Joseph Murphy
February 14, 1920
January 12, 2008
John Joseph Murphy, 87, formerly of 66 Munjoy Street, Portland, died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at South Portland Nursing Home with his loving family by his side. He was born February 14, 1920, a son of Patrick J. and Mary O’Meara Murphy. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Portland High School, Class of 1938, and Portland Junior College.
John served in the US Army Air Force during WWII in the South Pacific Theater of Operations, 54th Troop Carrier Wing.
He was a communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
John worked in sales and marketing with Mobil Oil for 35 years and later for Frontier and Global Petroleum for five years retiring in 1987.
John enjoyed traveling very much. He traveled to Ireland several times.
He was predeceased by four brothers; Joseph, James, Martin and Thomas and a sister, Katherine Theresa Murphy.
John is survived by his former wife, Ruth Hodge Murphy of Saco; a son, William J. Murphy and his wife Mary of Gorham, a sister, Mary Campbell of South Portland; two grandchildren, Breana and Kyle Murphy of Gorham; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the South Portland Nursing Home for the utmost compassion and care provided to John over the last five months.
Visiting hours will be held from 5-8pm on Monday, January 14th at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 15th at the chapel, followed by a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

Mary Eileen Youngs
July 31, 1926
January 7, 2008
PORTLAND - Mary Eileen Youngs, age 81, of Portland, died Monday, January 7, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Manor.
She was born on July 31, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Frank J. and Marie Moshier Stone Sr. She attended schools in Salt Lake City and was a graduate of the University of Utah and Gallaudet University in Washington DC where she earned her masters degree.
She married Joseph P. Youngs Jr. on December 28, 1955 in Salt Lake City.
Mrs. Youngs taught at California School for the Deaf in Berkley during the 1940’s and 1950’s. After her marriage she raised her family and returned to teaching in 1974 at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf until 1994. She taught English and reading to high school age children. She also taught sign language to hundreds of people throughout Maine. After she retired from teaching, she continued to work as a registered interpreter for the deaf until 2004.
Mrs. Youngs was a communicant of Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth.
She was past president of Women of Rotary and a member of Altrusa. She was a member of the Natural Assortium of the Deaf and active in Phi Kappa Zeta Society and the Catholic Association of the Deaf.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph P. Youngs Jr. on January 9, 1990; a daughter, Marie Youngs Vogel in 2003, and a brother, William Stone in 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Katherine Goodman of Manchester, New Hampshire; her son, Joseph Patrick Youngs III and his wife Marta Martinez of Warwick, Rhode Island; her son-in-law, Joseph Vogel of Salisbury, Maryland; two brothers, Frank J. Stone Jr. and his wife Freda of Waynesboro, Virginia, and Patrick Stone and his wife Joanne of Vancouver, Washington; seven grandchildren; a cherished friend, Dorothy Hill of Cumberland.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 on Friday, January 11 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland, where prayers will be recited at 10:15 am on Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 AM at Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Interment will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth.

Stephen Dennis Connolly
April 10, 1944
January 7, 2008
PORTLAND – Stephen Dennis Connolly, age 63, of Portland, died unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital after a long illness.
He was born on April 10, 1944 in Portland, a son of John Philip and Ruth Irene Donovan Connolly. He attended Cathedral Grammar School, Cheverus High School, and was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
He married Carol A. McDonough on March 30, 1968.
Mr. Connolly worked at Provident Mutual Life Insurance, Maine Yankee, and later at a lieutenant for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. He retired in 1993 due to declining health.
He was an avid athlete and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame for his achievements in football.
He enjoyed spending time with his family at Little Sebago.
He is predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol A. (McDonough) Connolly of Portland; his son, Sean P. Connolly of Portland; his daughter, Anne E. Connolly of South Portland; his brother, John P. Connolly and his wife Sara of Falmouth; his sisters, Anne E. Connolly of Portland, and Carla C. Harmon and her husband Robert of Cape Elizabeth; his aunt, Phyllis M. Ward of South Portland; and several nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be recited at 10:15 am on Thursday, January 10 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. An 11:00am memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated Thursday with the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th. D., Bishop of Portland, as principal celebrant at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to: American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330.

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