PORTLAND - Don V. Elliott, 75, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, at home in Portland. He was born in Portland on October 23, 1942, to the late Robert F. Sr. and Belva P. (Taylor) Elliott of Windham. He was the youngest of five children and grew up in Windham. He married Janice Drew in 1971, and they lived in Westbrook and Gray for a short time and over forty years in Portland. He worked at Columbia Market, Cushman Baking, Highway Transport, the American Can Company for almost 10 years and then at J. J. Nissen Baking Company as a yardman for over 30 years.
He enjoyed driving semis, plowing with his 4 Runner, coffee with friends at McDonalds, his cats, reading, watching TV (especially the NCIS series), and playing cards.
He was predeceased by his brother Harold Elliott of Illinois and his sister Ella Cyr of New Jersey.
He is survived by his brother, Robert (Janet) Elliott of Raymond and his sister Stella Mitchell of Windham. He is survived by his wife Janice, son Carl, daughter Tammy, and his grandchildren Lindsey (all of Portland) and Christopher of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews, including special niece Pamela Merrill of Windham. Also, his cats Rusty and Mittens.
The Elliott family would like to thank the staff of VNA Home Health & Hospice, South Portland, for their care and support.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Windham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Animal Refuge League, P. O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098.
Kittery, ME - Kenneth "Ken" Gerald Gray, age 59, passed away peacefully at his home in Kittery on July 25, 2018. Ken attended school at Traip Academy in Kittery, graduating high school from Daycroft School in Greenwich, CT in 1977. He completed his bachelor’s degree in both English and Education from The Principia College in Elsah, IL in 1982.
Ken was a substitute teacher at Traip Academy in the 1980’s, and left New England for California where he was a quality control specialist for Koo Koo Roo, a West Coast restaurant chain for several years. He returned to the seacoast in 1999 to assist his father, and has resided in Kittery for the remainder of his life.
Ken loved reading, and was also an avid cribbage, backgammon, and scrabble player. He was a passionate sports fan, following the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots. Ken also excelled in playing basketball, football, baseball, and running track in his school years. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his uncanny memory and ability to recall past facts and events.
Ken is predeceased by his mother Marjorie C. Gray (1999), and father Henry W. Gray (2018) of Kittery. He is survived by two brothers, Warren (Sandra) Gray of York, ME, and Ronald (Christine) Gray of Natick, MA, one sister, Cheryl (Gray) Scroggins (Joel Scroggins) of Jacksonville, FL, one niece, Jessica Gray of Palm Bay, FL, and one nephew, James Gray of York, ME. He is also survived by two aunts, Marilyn Campbell of Marlborough, MA, Margaret Geary of Chelmsford, MA, and cousins Christine Sweeney, and Suzanne Lawlor.
A private service will be celebrated by immediate family, and no public service is planned.
Auburn, Maine - Sandra King Bolduc, 77, passed away peacefully at home July 26 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the daughter of James F. King and Eileen N. King (Poloski), being the youngest of 6 siblings. Born on January 1, 1941 in Portland Maine, she attended Portland schools and graduated from Edward Little High School.
She married Maurice Bolduc on January 25, 1958.
Sandra was an avid reader, cross stitcher and knitter. She enjoyed traveling.
She was always up for an adventure, be it traveling to Florida to see her eldest daughter or a journey along the Maine coast. Her love for the Maine coastline stemmed from her early years spent growing up on Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Promenade. Even in her later life she always enjoyed a picnic lunch with Amato’s sandwiches overlooking Casco Bay. Sandy would often recount pleasant memories of road trips taken with her husband to California to visit family.
Sandy was a kind loving woman who always put the needs of others before her own. Time spent with her grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to her face.
Sandy, together with her husband, raised five children. She instilled in all of them a strong sense of family, a love of reading, and an appreciation of the value of perseverance in all aspects of life.
Sandy worked for Androscoggin County Head Start for more than 30 years. She will be sorely missed by all who had been fortunate enough to know her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Vincent and Dick King and her sister Frances (Bette) Howland.
Sandy is survived by her husband of sixty years, Maurice; her sons Kyle and wife Monique of Bangor; Stephen and wife Paula of Mechanic Falls; James and wife Cynthia of Auburn; daughters Sandra Cullinan and husband Michael of Kissimmee FL; and Eileen Fanjoy and husband Brent of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, William King of Buxton and James King of Mountain Home, Idaho. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Also surviving her are her two loving cats, Mr. Biggles and Eden.
A private celebration of Sandy's life will be held at a later date.
Hope Island, ME - John Cacoulidis, 85, died July 23, 2018 on Hope Island, Cumberland County, Maine, the private island residence he developed with his beloved wife, Phyllis Cacoulidis, who, herself, passed away on Hope Island May 6, 2016. They will be laid to rest together.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece he served in military campaigns with the Allied forces during World War II and later emigrated to the United States where he became a proud American Citizen. Mr. Cacoulidis established himself as a master builder in the construction industry and was a widely respected entrepreneur. He founded Grand Metro Builders of New York where he designed, developed, managed and owned his own class A office and industrial properties. He had real estate holdings in New York and Maine. Mr. Cacoulidis also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Old Westbury, N.Y.
Mr. Cacoulidis was well known for his acumen in the construction industry understanding complex methodologies, directing and working well with all trades employed on his projects. He was also a well-respected businessman known for his innovative deal making and entrepreneurial vision. In addition to his own properties, he was involved in various public works projects at Kennedy Airport and the 1970’s renovation of Yankee Stadium. Mr. Cacoulidis and his wife purchased Hope Island in 1993 and transformed it into a private island paradise with love and devotion where he and his wife cared for a wide array of animals many of which were rescued. He is survived by his son, his three daughters and his granddaughter.
Cape Elizabeth, ME - We lost our very special dad, friend, and husband of 65 years on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Robert H. Tripler passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Born in the Bronx, NY, son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Tripler, Robert “Trip” Tripler and graduated from Bronx High School of Science and Gettysburg College. Joined the Navy during WWII, and went on to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
He worked for Price Waterhouse in NYC, traveled in Europe, where he met his wife, and worked as Commissary Manager at the American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. After receiving a teaching degree at Hofstra University, Trip taught business courses at Baldwin and Uniondale High Schools on Long Island, until retiring to Maine to be closer to his daughter and family. He enjoyed many delightful summers working at Kamp Kohut, in Oxford, Maine, which is now owned and operated by the family. He was very active in the American Civil Liberties Union, The Democratic Party and local politics. He was passionate about his family, writing, skiing and playing bridge.
Survived by his wife Elsebeth Tripler, daughter Lisa Tripler (Daniel Rapaport), son Scott Tripler (Patricia Somerville), and grandchildren, Julie Rapaport (Greg Levine), Carly Rapaport (Alex Vargas), Keith, Abby and Genny Tripler.
A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church in South Portland at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Portland Soup Kitchen, The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice to spread good will, and make the world a friendlier, kinder place.