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2022 Obituaries

Esther E. Dean

Website DeanBowdoinham- Esther E. Dean passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022, at the age of 92.

She was born in Lynn, MA on August 3, 1929, the daughter of Edward B. and Elizabeth T. Higgins-Carlson.  She attended the Saugus, MA school system graduating high school in 1947; she also attended New Hampshire College in Brunswick, ME.

Esther worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Boston, MA for 13 years as a supervisor in the Motor Transport Dept.  Upon moving to ME in 1960, she worked for M. Grumbacher Co. for 27 years as payroll and personnel administrator, retiring in 1991.  Esther was a member of the Bowdoinham Fire/Rescue Dept. Auxiliary.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband Chester (Bing) Dean.

She is survived by two daughters Jewel A. and husband Calvin W. Temple of Bowdoinham, Melody E. and husband Bruce A. Hanson of Harpswell, a stepson Kenneth W. and wife Susan Dean of Auburn, NH, grandchildren Adam Temple, Aaron Temple, Jennifer Hanson, Matthew Hanson, as well as several great grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held at Bay View Cemetery in Bowdoinham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bowdoinham Fire / Rescue Association.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

Mary Haven

pic Haven MaryDresden- Our beloved Mary Haven passed away peacefully in her home in Dresden at the age of 87 on May 4th, 2022, after a beautiful, long, and full life.

Mary was predeceased by her devoted husband of 43 years, Robert Haven, and leaves behind two children, Dana Haven and Lauren Haven as well as countless other family members and friends who were loved like family.

A joyful celebration of life is planned at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond, Maine. A Facebook live stream of the ceremony will be available online and the link with the date and time will be posted on Mary's website https://VisitingMary.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

Bryan Charles Pratt

pic PrattLawrence, MS- Bryan Charles Pratt, 58, died unexpectedly at his home on March 4, 2022. He was born July 15, 1963, in Brunswick, Maine. Son of Bradley and Evelyn (Small) Young Sr. He attended Mt Ararat High School and graduated in 1982.

Bryan started at Bath Iron Works in the summer of 1982 where he was a tinsmith and worked for 37 years before retiring in 2019. He married his wife Diane (Belisle) who was the love of his life in August 1984 and made their home in Bowdoin, Maine where he lived all of his life. They moved to Lake, MS to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren whom he adored. He started working for Mississippi Department of Transportation in December of 2019 where he was a Maintenance Technician.

Bryan was a member of the Augusta Elks #964: Masonic Lodges: Morning Star Lodge #41 Litchfield, ME and George D Riley #605 Lake, MS. and Good Ol' 'Boys Club Lake, MS. He enjoyed hunting, camping, spending time with family, playing with his grandchildren and traveling with his camp family. He was always ready for a good time. Everyone he met became a friend and a part of his family.

Bryan was predeceased by his father Bradley Young Sr March 2021 and brother-in-law Dean Cornish.

He is survived by his wife Diane of Lawrence, MS~ mother Evelyn Young of Lawrence, MS; daughter Danielle (Jeff) Parks of Lake, MS~ brothers, Larry (Rose) Young of Bowdoin, ME, Bradley Young Jr of Lake, MS; sister, Holly Fournier of Topsham, ME~ Grand children: Kayleigh Parks, Bri Parks, Cheyanne Parks, Ava Parks, Damien Collins and Lauralie Parks all of Lake, MS; sister-in-law Louise (Jim) Wallingford of Minot, ME.: many nieces and nephews; extra "grand children" who called him Papa as well as his extra daughters and sons from Lake, MS.

A memorial visitation will be held at Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant ST, Richmond, ME from 6-8 pm on Friday May 13. Graveside service will be held Saturday May 14 at 11 :00 am at West Bowdoin Cemetery in Bowdoin.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home.  Kincerfuneralhome.com

Francis Eugene "Gene" Reed

pic Reed WebsiteBrunswick- Francis Eugene “Gene” Reed, 89, of Dresden, died on April 12, 2022, at Coastal Shores in Brunswick.

Gene was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Wiscasset, the son of Frank and Bernice (Barnes) Reed. 

When he was younger, Gene worked as a worm digger and cutting wood until he started working at Bath Iron Works.  Within a couple of years, he was drafted into the US Army, where he fought in the Korean War.  After the Army he went back to B.I.W. and worked there until his retirement at age 63.

Gene was a member the Snowmobile Club, American Legion, and attended the Richmond Nazarene Church for many years.  He enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling up to camp.  Gene had a big personality that caused people to be drawn to him for his friendliness and sense of humor.

Gene was predeceased by his parents, wife Yvonne, youngest son Rodney, brother Earl, and sisters Bertha, Virginia, and Ruth.

He is survived by his son Francis, Jr. and wife Rebecca, daughter Wanda Brown and husband Richard, son Richard, son Frank and wife Mary, brothers Danny and wife Mary, and Charlie, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Coastal Shores for the care and love that they showed to Gene.

There will be a memorial service for Gene at Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St in Richmond on Sunday, April 24 at 2pm.  There will be a gathering after the service at the Richmond Nazarene Church on the Alexander Reed Rd.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

Donald J. Simpson

SimpsonDresden-Donald J. Simpson, 68, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home in Dresden on Tuesday April 12th. He was born in Allentown, PA on December 10th, 1953 to Donald L. Simpson and Patricia A. Ehrig-Simpson.
After 8 years serving in Germany as a US Army medic, he graduated from USM with a nursing degree to continue his life-long journey of caring for others. His two-decades in healthcare led him to his true calling at VBA (Veterans’ Benefits Administration) Togus, where he spent another 20 years determinedly advocating for countless veterans to receive the full benefits they deserved. During that time he spent three years at the VA-US Embassy Manilla,
Philippines, where he worked with expatriated Americans. Don retired in 2020 during the pandemic yet couldn’t stay away from helping others and went back to volunteer at the hospital. His family is immensely proud of his work.
He is predeceased by his parents and survived by his wife Julia Fleming Simpson, her children Brandon Jellison and wife Ugne Aleknaite-Jellison and their children Vytautas and Saule; Lucas Jellison and partner Hannah Corkum; Kyle Jellison and wife Moriah Jellison and their children William and Hannah; as well as his siblings Gary Simpson and wife Jan Reichert, sister Samantha Cambron, sister Stacy Frizzle-Edgerton and husband Jonathan Edgerton and Stacy’s daughters
Daphne Frizzle, Juliet Frizzle and Violet Frizzle and his niece Mia Clark and her husband Neil Genel.
Don was a family man through and through and enjoyed cooking, gatherings, working in the yard, running the geese off his pond and sharing his farm, food and good cheer with others. He was an extremely loving and generous man who gave unconditionally and hosted constantly.  He was a mainstay of an extensive social group, “The Dresden Elders” and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday April 15th from 2-4pm.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society or the Maine Veterans’ Home, (mainevets.org)

Annie L. Hart

pic Hart websiteRichmond- Annie L. Hart, died on 4/11/2022 from Parkinson’s with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.
She was born 3/31/1948 to Arthur and Gilberte Apt in Portland Maine, at the old Portland General Hospital and grew up in South Portland.

She worked in various capacities at local shoe shops in both Freeport and Brunswick. She also did at-home work, processing clams, scallops and oysters.

Annie was a 44 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where on the unit level, she held the offices of President, first and second Vice President, and Chaplin. She was active in America Legion Auxiliary, Kennebec County, serving as President twice. In years gone past, she spent numerous hours volunteering at TOGUS, at one point completing over 200 hours of volunteer service. She spent many years volunteering at the MVHA, at their Christmas Gift Shop, along with adopting two veterans for Christmas every year. For many years she knit mittens for the children of Richmond. To many, she was known as the cookie lady, as she would bake dozens of her chocolate chip cookies for the Red Cross blood drives, held at Emerson Lane, Post 132 in Richmond.  Over the years, she donated to Camp Tall Pines as well as Special Olympics of Maine, as she always believed that its attendees were out here as Gods special angels. She valued her Legion family and the time spent with them deeply.

Annie was predeceased by her husband Bernard Hart, her parents, her sister Marion and her brother John, her son Jason Jewett, step-sons Bernard “Brud” Hart Jr., John Hart, and step-daughter Marlene Hart.

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Keith A. Hall

pic HallRichmond- Keith Hall was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, husband and friend who impacted every person he met. Whether just in passing or people he knew and loved well. Keith rose up to meet God's loving embrace on 06April2022 at the age of 68. Keith was a man who wanted nothing more than to display the love of Jesus in all of his interactions. His ability to listen, love, and show compassion were truly the greatest gifts that God bestowed on him.

Keith worked most of his adult life as a leather cutter for L.L. Bean, he also was an accomplished and very talented carpenter and handyman that never hesitated to help a neighbor, friend, or family member with home repairs and or improvements. Later in life Keith worked as a Driver's ED Instructor where he impacted the lives of hundreds if not thousands of teenagers, young adults, parents, and fellow instructors.

Keith's family and church family were his heart. He enjoyed cooking breakfast, a good cup of coffee, playing a game of dominos, cornhole, and carpentry. He loved laughter, joy, and fellowshipping with loved ones. Specifically, Keith LOVED spending time with his grandchildren whether it was re-building a rocking horse for them, creating a swing-set, or just listening to them tell him about their day. Most of all Keith loved/loves the Lord, his most cherished times were spent with his wife reading, praying and discussing the love, joy and hope that is in Jesus.

Keith's love for laughter and joy is only surpassed by his love for Jesus. He laughed hard and with a goofy smile that would cause those around him to laugh. His joy and happiness were and still are contagious to anyone who met him. He gave his ear to those needing to talk, his shoulder to those needing to cry, his hugs to those who needed love. He was a man filled with wisdom. The gentleness in which he would give advice was filled with a tremendous amount of love, grace, and humility.

Keith is survived by his wife, Charlene, of 46 years; his 3 daughters, his son, his brother, his sister, his father, his 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

There will be no service for Keith's departure but a joyful celebration of his life where his favorite praise and worship music will be played, at his former home around those he loved/loves most. For details reach out to Keith Hall on FB messenger.

For those feeling led, not obligated, to send a gift in lieu of flowers, please contact daughter Ashley on facebook @ Ashley Vermillion.

Betty-Jo Gilmore

pic GilmoreRichmond- Betty-Jo Gilmore (née Gregg) was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and friend whose passing will be felt by the many people whose lives she enriched. Betty-Jo passed away at home on Tuesday, March 15th 2022 at the age of 66. She cared immensely about people - individuals - and she strove always to meet the unique needs of those around her. She was a vibrant woman with many dreams, and the world is diminished by her passing. 

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1977, Betty-Jo devoted 35 years of her life to the Intensive Outpatient Program at Maine General, a career which culminated in her role as supervisor. 

She enjoyed reading, summer campfires, and walking on the beach. She loved family holidays, Trivial Pursuit, and Rice Krispie treats. She cherished Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi with a passion heretofore unseen. She cared about family above all else, and loved spending time with her grandson Robert and visiting her mother Betty in Florida. She was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her next grandson in August.

She was neither showy nor ostentatious, but preferred to show her inestimable worth through carefully-considered action. At the forefront of her mind was one question: “How will the people I care about be affected?” Moreover, Betty-Jo was tremendously wise, and she offered that wisdom to her loved ones with unmatched altruism.  She taught them to reach out. To surround themselves with people who value them. To find ways to make meaning. To think always - always - about people

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert; her son, Jason; her daughter, Nicole; her grandson, Robert Schoen; her mother, Betty; and her sisters, Jean and Sally. She was predeceased by her father, Joseph; and her brother, Mark. 

A service to honor Betty-Jo will be held at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 23rd. A gathering of celebration will be held immediately afterwards. 

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

Constance M. Fletcher

pic Fletcher 2Portland- Constance M. Fletcher, 61, of Richmond, passed on March 8, 2022, at Maine Medical in Portland.

Constance was born on June 26, 1960, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy Paul.  She worked for Ferris Law for 30 years, was the originator of Country Fest Maine, and a member of the Litchfield Sportsman’s Club, the DECMA, Pine Tree and the MCMA.

Connie enjoyed her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved animals and helping people.  Her passion was music.  She enjoyed writing songs and produced 3 CDs with Brenda Bond as Potpourri which started in 1999.  Connie also played bass and was a vocalist for the Lost and Found.  She travelled to many states and made long-time friends along the way.

Connie was predeceased by her parents and her grandmother Rohda Campbell.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years Michael Fletcher, her children Robert Lloyd, Bobbi Jo Fletcher, and Douglas Fletcher, her brother Michael Paul, and grandchildren Brynn & Heather Portie, Aden Landry, Mariah Gary, and Sophia & Emily Lloyd.

A Celebration of Connie’s Life will be scheduled for a later date

Karen Gray Lothridge

pic LothridgeRichmond - Karen Gray Lothridge, 71, of Richmond passed away Thursday March 10, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She has finally joined in peaceful rest with her husband of 51 years, David, who predeceased her in 2017.

Karen Mary Gray grew up in Gardiner and graduated from the University of Maine Orono.  She married David Lothridge in 1970 and they raised their family and spent the rest of their lives in the home they built in Richmond.

Over the years Karen worked in a variety of interesting occupations from psychiatric care to veterinary care.  Some of her most interesting experiences were from her years as Animal Control Officer for Richmond.  She had a great love of animals and was especially fond of horses and German Shepherd dogs.  Before their retirement, she and David were both long-time knitters for Christmas Cove Designs.  

Karen enjoyed crocheting as well as knitting and has left her family with several sentimental items of her handy work.  She was also a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and loved to cook, perfect, and share her healthy recipes.  She will be remembered fondly for her crazy sense of humor as well as her uncanny ability to hunt down a bargain.  

It was Karen's nature to be friendly.  She had friends across town, friends across cyberspace, friends across the country and friends across the world, from Alaska to Australia.  She will be sadly missed by them all.

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Patricia A. Miller

Brunswick- Patricia A. Miller, 85 died unexpectedly at her residence in Brunswick on March 2, 2022.  She was born November 11, 1936, in Rome, Maine, the daughter of Charles W. Messer and Eva L. (Ladd) Messer.  She attended Bowdoinham grammar school and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1954.

Patricia wanted to have an adventure so enlisted in the US Army April 30, 1955 and served until 1957.

On October 31, 1956, she married Arthur Miller.  She spent most of her married life living in California.

In 1973 she returned to Maine working at a variety of jobs even as a Nanny. Her last job was in the Housekeeping Department at Bowdoin College from 1993-2000.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her son, Arthur C. Miller of Jacksonville, Fl and her son and daughter-in-law, Harlan and Melinda Miller of Copper Center, AK; her grandchildren Elisha Miller, Nitasha Miller, Reanna Miller and Naomi Miller, six great-grandchildren; a sister Charlene G. Cote and husband Robert G. Cote of Bowdoinham, a brother Dana E. Messer of Bowdoinham, a brother Charles W. Messer, Jr of Millinocket; three nieces and not to forget her close cousins, friends and precious kitty Squeeka.

A private tribute will be held in the springtime at the Ladd-Mercer Cemetery in Mercer, ME per Patricia’s wishes.  Donation can be made in lieu of flowers to the Mid Coast Humane Society.


Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

Richard M. Lagner

Richard M. Lagner of Woolwich, Maine. Born May 9, 1927 in Ridgewood, NJ; died February 27, 2022 in Brunswick, Maine. Raised in New Jersey, Dick first came to Maine in his teens as a participant in the Maine Sailing School in Bayside (Northport). He joined the Coast Guard during World War II, then graduated as a naval architect from Webb Institute of Technology, after which he had another stint in the services, this time in the Navy. His career began with Luders Marine and Sparkman and Stevens, both yacht design firms in New York. But Maine beckoned, and he took a job with Hyde Windlass Company in Bath and settled with wife Eleanor James Lagner (1929-2014) in Woolwich in 1962. When Hyde was consolidated with Bath Iron Works, he moved to small boatyard management for Hodgdon Brothers in East Boothbay, then returned to BIW upon the sale of the boatyard to a new investor. He rounded out his career designing small boats and large yachts for private clients.

 Richard is survived by son Dean Lagner and his wife Holly, their three boys Elliott, Cory, and James, and two great-grandsons, Liam and Archer, as well as by daughter Sandra Lagner Hall, her husband Arthur, their two daughters Kathryn Naude and Gretchen Irby, and two great-grandchildren, Aurelia and Everett Irby.

 Per Dick’s wishes, there will be no memorial services or donation requests.

Scott B. Abbott

Scott AbbottFarmingdale-Scott Barton Abbott, 67, passed away in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his wife and sons after an incredible battle against pancreatic cancer.

Scott was born to Vernon and Barbra Abbott on December 12, 1954.

He belonged to Barnstormers Snowmobile Club, Mid-Maine 4x4 Club and Maine Sled Dog Club. He enjoyed coaching youth sports, fishing, going on moose and bird hunts with his sons, and raising dogs.  He was especially proud of all his grandchildren’s accomplishments on and off the sports fields. Scott enjoyed working with his hands and even built the home his sons grew up in and he and his wife shared until the day he passed.

Scott retired from Bath Iron Works where he worked for 43 years.

Scott is predeceased by his mother, Barbara, father Vernon, mother-in-law, Jeanne, and nephew, Christopher. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lori; son Ryan and his wife Meagan & grandson Ashtyn; son Shane and his wife Amy, grandson Grady & granddaughter Finley; father-in-law Lum, brother David and wife Judy,  sister Marjorie and husband Stetson and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 5th at Gardiner Foursquare Church, 109 Old Brunswick Road, Gardiner, ME from 10am – 12pm followed by a Celebration of Life beginning at 12pm. Reception to follow.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Kumar, Jess Douin, NP, and the nurses, staff, and volunteers at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

In lieu of flowers please considering making a donation to support the battle against cancer at give.mainegeneral.org.