Barbara Jean (Chase) Ramsey

Died: May 17, 2011
Barbara Jean (Chase) Ramsey
Portland, ME – Barbara Jean (Chase) Ramsey, 72, of Portland died on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Barron Center.
She was born in Portland, ME on August 10, 1938 a daughter of the late Leslie N. Chase & Marjorie (Greene) Chase of Portland, ME. Barbara was a lifelong Portland resident and attended local area schools. 
Barbara enjoyed shopping Fashion Bug and “Penny’s” being a couple of her favorites; she also always had a phone in her hand, “the gossip line” as it was called.  Her true love, however, was children and she was always there to baby sit when the need arose. 
She is survived by her five sons, Richard S. Ramsey of Windham, Donald Ramsey of Peoria, IL, Dennis Ramsey of Dallas, TX, Jeff N. Ramsey of Portland and Mark A. Ramsey of Windham. She also leaves several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland.

Barry Frederick Ryan

Died: May 16, 2011
Barry  Frederick Ryan
Barry Frederick Ryan passed away on May 16th, after an almost 30 year courageous battle with Crohn’s Disease. Born in Portland, on August 23, 1951 to Frederick J. Ryan and Margaret (Olmstead) Ryan. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1970. He was drafted and served 2 years in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1973 on the U.S.S. Forest Sherman. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1975, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 23 years. As his battle with Crohn’s Disease progressed Barry took a disability retirement in 1998. 
His real passion in life was stock car racing. In the early 70’s, Barry loved to sneak out and take his parents 1971 Plymouth Duster to the Oxford Drag Racing track. He competed against other cars on the weekends while his parents slept. He won many drag races and despite having a room full of trophies, he wasn’t caught until forgetting to wipe off the shoe polish racing number on the corner of the windshield. According to his brother Tim, “When my parents and I got in the car to visit relatives one Sunday morning, I asked what the number on the windshield was for. My Dad looked at the number and swore up a storm. My brother’s drag racing career came to an abrupt end but my boring family car became cooler than the Batmobile knowing it had actually won many races.”
Barry was a familiar site at various race tacks throughout the state over the years. He was very proud of the fact that he attended every single Oxford 250 race since it’s inception in 1974. During the mid-70s Barry was heavily associated with the Maine Racing Annual magazine, working on everything from packing, delivering and selling the magazine at racetracks around the state of Maine. He then worked on pit crews for various race teams in the Gray/New Gloucester area. 
Barry was also known throughout the years as someone who always lent a helping hand to someone in need. Many people who were homeless or in dire need found a place to stay with Barry until they were back on their feet. The expression “giving the shirt off his back” was used many times in referring to Barry for many times he did just that for people.
Early this year despite being in the very advance stages of Crohn’s Disease, Barry took up acting as the very funny and villainous Christmas tree poacher in the short film titled “LENNY” that was written & directed by his brother Tim. The film was featured in the 2011 International 48 Hour Go Green Film Festival. Barry did his own stunt driving.
But Barry’s favorite role was being “Grandpa” to his grandchildren. He very much enjoyed taking them boating, swimming & water tubing during the Summer, county fairs, going to yard sales and remote control car racing. He always kept a drawer full of candy and a refrigerator full of various types of canned drinks for the grandchildren and their neighborhood friends.
His brother George H. Ryan predeceased him in 1988. His son Frederick E. Ryan of Oxford and his daughter Tina Tilton of Lewiston, his two brothers James J. Ryan of Scarborough and Timothy J. Ryan of Lisbon, survive him. Five grandchildren and three nephews & two nieces survive him as well. He is also survived by his soul mate Linda Emery of South Paris, whom he had too little time with.
A memorial party to celebrate the life of Barry is planned sometime in mid to late June. For more details as they become available email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, 981 Forest Ave., Portland.
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In lieu of flowers (Barry hated them.), Barry’s family request that anyone wishing to do so to make a donation to:
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
National Processing Center
Attn: Honor & Memorial Gifts
PO Box 1245
Albert Lea, MN, 56007-9976.
Or by visiting their website:

George P. Heitz

Died: May 7, 2011
George P. Heitz
Tampa, FL – George Paul Heitz Jr., 72, of Winter Haven FL and formerly of New Hampshire died May 7, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Tampa, FL. He was the husband of the late Louise C. (DiMatteo) Heitz who died on March 19, 2010.
George was born in Chicago, IL on April 20, 1939 a son of the late George P. & Anna M. (Raschka) Heitz. He attended schools in Chicago and graduated from Harrison High School.   After graduating he enlisted into the US Air Force and served his country.
He met his future wife, Louise, at a YWCA 7/11 dance were she was volunteering and married her shortly afterwards. Still in the Air Force, the couple traveled to Montana, Chicago and GTMO Bay Cuba before settling in Lee, NH. They later settled in Winter Haven, FL.
George worked for the Federal Government as a contract manager at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in NH for several years before retiring. 
George enjoyed creating all types of cards on the computer; he was also a pro at putting together photo albums. He and his wife loved traveling by car across the country.
He is survived by a brother Richard Zilka and his wife Marie of Chicago and a sister Georgian (Heitz) Kunde of Berwyn, IL. He also leaves many nieces and nephews as well as a sister in law Sarah (DiMatteo) Conley of Cape Elizabeth, ME and a brother in law Daniel DiMatteo of Falmouth, ME.  George was predeceased by his sister Janet Lou Heitz.
A visitation for immediate family will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6 - 8 Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. 
A public visitation will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. with the Very Rev. Louis Phillips celebrating. 
Interment with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
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Timothy Robert Sampson Jr.

Died: May 11, 2011
Timothy Robert Sampson Jr.
Portland, ME – Timothy Robert Sampson Jr., 34, of Limington, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 12, 2011 at Maine Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Sally A. Sampson.
Tim was born on June 3, 1976 in Portland, ME a son of Timothy Robert & Susan R. (Doughty) Sampson Sr. He grew up in Buxton and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in 1995. Shortly after graduation Tim married his soul mate, the love of his life, Sally and moved to Limington.
Tim was employed in the shipping and receiving department of Maine Hardware, located in Union Plaza Station in Portland.
Tim enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, hunting and camping as well as spending time in his favorite spot, Arcadia National Park; but his true passion was spending time with his family, especially Sally who was never far from his side.
He will leave a gaping hole in the lives of his wife and parents as well as his brother Thomas Sampson and his wife Deanna of Parsonsfield and their children Jerrica, Thomas and Tegan, his maternal Grandparents Harold & Harriet Doughty of Buxton, his Uncle Harold Doughty Jr., his Aunts Barbara Davis and Sheila Sampson all of Buxton, his Uncle and Aunt Mark and Carmen Estabrook of Limington and many family friends.
At Tim’s request there will be no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, 981 Forest Ave., Portland.
Please visit for further information and to sign Tim’s guest book.

Edward J. Twomey

Died: Apr 29, 2011
Edward J. Twomey
Scarborough, ME – Edward Joseph (Ted) Twomey of Freeport and formerly of So. Portland, and West Hartford, CT, died on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief illness. He was the husband of Jacqueline (White) Twomey.
He was born on March 7, 1929 in Portland, ME the only son of Edward R. & Emma T. (Marchi) Twomey, and grew up in So. Portland. He attended school in So. Portland and graduated 1st in his class from Cheverus High School in 1947. He then graduated from RPI with an Aeronautical Engineering Degree and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Aeronautical Society, Gamma Alpha Rho chapter. From there he went on to graduate from MIT with an Advanced Aeronautical Engineering Degree. Later he obtained an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
In 1958 he married Jacqueline White. They have celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Ted started his career at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. in Bethpage, NY.  He then moved to Connecticut and worked for Sikorsky Aircraft. He went on to do aeronautical engineering for United Technologies Research Center, and then moved to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft to do forecasting, both in East Hartford. In 1990 they retired to Freeport, ME.
Ted loved computers. He was using them long before desktops were available and continued to read about what was new, and used them almost to the end. He and his wife enjoyed alpine skiing and taught it in western Massachusetts. They both enjoyed riding bicycles, playing tennis, and ballroom dancing. He also loved Big Band and Traditional Jazz music. He and his wife often traveled to live traditional jazz concerts.
Besides his wife, Ted leaves his two sons Brian C. Twomey and his wife Davida of Long Island, NY, and Alan K. Twomey and his wife Kimberly of Storrs, CT. He also leaves his two granddaughters Rachel and Ava Twomey of Long Island, NY, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday May 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Jude’s Church, 134 Main St., Freeport, ME.
Should friends desire, donations in Ted’s memory may be made to:
Freeport Community Services
Food Bank, or Fuel Assistance Program
53 Depot Street
Freeport, ME 04032
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME.
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