Donald A. Mothes, 82, died early Friday morning, July 20, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Born October 6, 1935, in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Carl and Lillian Mothes, Don grew up as the youngest of three brothers, developing lifelong interests in nature and landscapes, gardening, classical music and opera, art, American history, and reading.
Don’s family later moved to Manchester, N.H., where Don graduated from West High School in 1953. At West, he excelled in academics; participated in art, yearbook and drama; and played clarinet in the high school band, receiving state recognition.
In 1958, Don married Joan Ramsay, who he met at popular weekend dances in Manchester. They were married for 37 years and had one son, James Barry Mothes, born in 1963, who lives in Portland and is an English teacher and hockey coach at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.
After taking courses at the University of New Hampshire in advanced mathematics and correspondent courses in technical drafting and engineering, Don worked for many years as a technical draftsman for Honeywell in Manchester, N.H., and later Jewell Instruments. In the late-1970s, Don built on his lifelong love for nature and landscape and founded Evergreen Landscaping, a business he sustained for several years.
Don moved to Portland in 1995 with life-threatening pancreatitis. To be closer to his son, he was moved from a hospital in Manchester to Maine Medical Center, where he underwent additional surgeries and recovered after months of rehabilitation.
Over the past 23 years, Don has lived in Yarmouth, Scarborough, and Portland. He lived at Seventy-Five State Street in Portland from 2001 until 2014. Since 2014, he lived at St. Joseph’s Residence on Washington Avenue in Portland.
Don enjoyed spending time along the coast, particularly at Fort Williams, Two Lights, Scarborough Beach, and Pine Point, and eating classic New England seafoods. He enjoyed attending classical music performances of the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium, as well as listening to classical music every day on a stereo or radio. He loved nature, particularly flowers, shrubs and bushes, and trees, and the changing colors of the leaves each fall. In earlier years, Don also enjoyed skiing, tennis, hiking, and visiting places of historical interest.
One of the most rewarding experiences in Don’s life was pastel painting, which he started in the early 2000s. Over the years, Don created many Maine and New Hampshire-inspired landscapes and coastal scenes. He had one-man shows at the Congress Street Coffee by Design and the Portland Public Library. His work was also selected and shown through Maine’s Very Special Artists (VSA) program, which focuses on art and artmaking for people with disabilities. In 2007, his piece “Kancamagus Highway” was selected for a juried show at the State Capitol in Augusta, which included a welcome reception at the Blaine House.
Don is survived by his son, James Barry Mothes and his daughter-in-law, Anne Tommaso of Portland, Maine; and a sister-in-law and four nieces and a nephew living in and around Manchester, N.H. His former wife, Joan Mothes, 84, lives in Manchester, N.H.
Don and his son, Barry, gratefully thank the staff and residents at St Joseph’s Residence, particularly the Unit A staff and Dr. Richard Marino; Aaron Dunn-Hoffman; Dr. David M. Johnson; Candance Kingsley; the staffs at Seventy-Five State Street and Maine Medical Center, and all our friends and family for their loving support, care, and friendship over these years.
A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be held, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 1:30 pm, at St. Joseph’s Residence at 1133 Washington Avenue in Portland. Family and friends are also invited to a burial and graveside service that will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester, N.H., at 10:00 am on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a reception to follow directly afterwards.
Portland, ME - Claire Z. Cramer, a born writer who channeled her passion for sailing and food into a vibrant career in journalism, died unexpectedly on July 6, 2018 in Portland, ME. She was 64 years old. The middle child of the late Effie and James , Claire made her home in the Northeast, where she wrote and edited for a variety of nautical publishers, newspapers and magazines, from Newport, RI, to northern Maine. Settling in Portland in 2000, she edited “Portland Undercover,” a hip guide to the city, and in the process explored most every neighborhood and street in her new home town. She then went on to write the influential "Taste and Tell" column for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram newspapers from 2001 – 2004, recognizing early on the burgeoning local food scene. Most recently, Claire served at Portland Monthly magazine, where she was assistant editor and publisher, writing her popular "Hungry Eye" department, as well as significant stories and interviews with cultural figures in the area. Her final column will appear in the September 2018 issue.
Curious, smart, enthusiastic and always respectful of her subjects, Claire wrote in depth about the farmers, fishermen, merchants, artists and ideas that comprise the heart of the city she grew to love. The day she died, Claire left her home with every intention of returning: windows flung wide to the stiff breeze off the water and the sound of the wheeling gulls; wine chilling and wonderful things in the fridge for dinner.
Claire Cramer is deeply mourned by her sister and brother-in-law, Jami and Paul , and their children: her niece and godchild, Luca and her nephew Theo . She is also survived by her brother, Peter , and his family. Claire will be missed by her cousins and extended family, as well as a wide circle of dear friends and colleagues who remember her loyal heart and wry wit, and will always prize her marvelous eye-roll on those few occasions when words failed her.
AUBURN - Lennice Dorothy Godbout left peacefully for home on Monday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. "Leni" was born in Hartland, Maine on May 17, 1938 to Lennice and Norma Harris. She grew up on Taylor Pond in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, where she met and later married her lifelong love, Lionel R. Godbout.
Leni had a deep love of her family, friends, and gardening. Her life's motto, "Bloom where you're planted," was reflected in her daily interactions with family and friends. She and Red settled down in Minot, Maine where they faithfully raised their four children. She had a blessed life working, playing badminton, and reading Agatha Christie mystery novels. Leni instilled a sense of fair play and compassion in her children while playing board games and reading to them.
Upon Red's passing, Leni moved from Minot into Barker Mill Arms Apartments in Auburn, where she fostered many close friendships and tended a flower garden.
Leni is survived by her four children; Daphne, David, Debora, and Daniel; as well as six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the professional and kind staff at Schooner Estates and Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn for making our Mom's last two years comfortable and peaceful.
The family will be having a private memorial service at a later date.There are no services scheduled at this time
Buxton, ME - Adam Martin Ruffino was born September 26, 1989 in Brooklyn, NY to Judith Ruffino. When he was 8 years old his family moved to Maine where he grew up attending Portland schools. As a teen he spent most of his time with his friends and family on Hill. Adam loved animals, especially reptiles (and his idol crocodile hunter Steve Irwin) and enjoyed fishing, swimming, writing and the hustle of the city.
Adam was sadly discovered alone on the streets of Portland after an apparent drug overdose on July 19, 2018. Unfortunately for the last several years Adam had been battling a rapidly increasing heroin addiction. He had been clean for the last couple of months and relapsed last week after attempting to stay sober with the help of family members. During his brief stint with sobriety he was happy, vibrant, and full of laughter. Within that time Adam spoke of looking forward to the future for the first time in many years and we were hopeful that he was finally on the road to recovery but life often has other plans.
Adam is predeceased by his mother Judith, and his best friend, his beloved dog Duke. He is survived by his brothers Frank Ruffino of Brooklyn, NY, Randy Ruffino of Sanford, Angelo Ruffino and his wife Danielle of Buxton, and Jessie Ruffino of Waterboro. He also leaves behind his niece and nephew Korina and Frank Ruffino of New Jersey as well as nephews Trevor Ruffino and Bryson Knudsen of Sanford, a large extended family and a few close friends who truly loved him and tried to help him throughout the years.
Cremation will be private with his ashes going home with his loving brother Angelo where he was staying safely the week before he lost his way. A public memorial will be organized and announced at a later date.
If you would like to make a donation to honor Adam we suggest Operation Hope, a group designed to help addicts in Maine get into treatment programs and rehab facilities. For more information visit their website at https://operationhopemaine.weebly.com/
Sanford, ME – Dorothy (Lessard) Dube Peers, 78, of Sanford died on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
She was born on March 27, 1940 at the former Webber Hospital in Biddeford, ME a daughter of the late Roland & Germaine (Duplessis) Lessard Baillargean. She attended Biddeford Catholic Schools, graduating from St. Joseph’s High School. While attending high school, Dorothy taught CCD (Religious Education) classes.
Through the years she enjoyed playing cards, board games, Bingo and teaching others to play Mahjong Tiles, which she played with the ladies from the 50’s club. Dorothy enjoyed digging for Quahog clams and attending plays. During the early to mid 70’s, she sold “ARTEX” (aka: liquid embroidery), she had a knack for painting flowers.
Dorothy had a passion for cooking where she enjoyed feeding her family, relatives and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her three children Donna (Dube) Michaud and her husband Robert, Daniel Dube and his wife Rebecca and Dolores (Dube) Houde and her husband Scott as well as six grandchildren Darlene, Mindy, Sarah, Brian, Jason and Courtney and two great grandchildren Madison and Kyra. She also leaves her sister Nancy Czarniecki and her husband John and their children Kathy Hentz and Sean Czarniecki.
Per Dorothy’s request, there will be no services.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Dorothy’s guestbook and leave comments and condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074