Portland, ME - Joseph A. Dehais, 68, of Portland died on January 10, 2018 of complications of Type 1 Diabetes.
Joe was born in Glens Falls, New York. He was the son of the late Robert J Dehais and Barbara L Dehais.
Joe grew up in Glens Falls and in Waterville Maine. He graduated from Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville and went on to Princeton University where he studied Chemical Engineering. At Princeton he was a member of Cloister Inn. He continued on with graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was very active in campus government.
Joe had a diverse professional life in sales, teaching at Hartwick College and Towson University, and a number of entrepreneurial pursuits that blessed him with many international travel adventures. Joe lived in Washington DC for many years. A voracious reader, avid writer and connoisseur of early black and white films and short wave radio programming Joe more than earned the title of professional student. He also enjoyed bicycling and photography.
Joe is survived by his sister Connie Dehais of Portland Maine, his brother Bill and sister in law Nita Dehais of Cumberland Maine, a niece Celia Dehais of South Burlington VT and nephew Cameron Dehais of Cumberland.
A private burial will be held in the spring at the convenience of his family.
AUBURN – Jules Vachon, 81, of St Gedeon, Canada, died on Monday, Jan 8th at home with his family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife Theresa Vachon.
He was born on August 26, 1936 in St Gedeon, Canada. He was predeceased by parents Joseph & Helen Vachon. He was educated in Canada and moved to the US when 18 years old to work. He then served in the Armed forces for several years before returning to work for Callahan Bros until his retirement.
Jules was a known as a hard worker and a loving husband, father and friend to anyone who knew him. He was a wonderful neighbor plowing, shoveling snow & offering any assistance that they needed. He was always there to provide for his neighbors, friends & family. He loved to hunt, fish & play cards. He enjoyed traveling, cruising & meeting his spiritual brothers & sisters from all over the world.
He was an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses entering fulltime preaching work after his retirement. He enjoyed preaching the “Good News of the Kingdom” to everyone he met. He was devoted to serving Jehovah God & sharing the Bible truths at every opportunity. He looked forward to the resurrection hope to see his youngest son Robert again very soon.
He is Survived by his daughter, Julie Fecteau and her husband James of Mechanic Falls, his son Daniel of Auburn, and his grandson Joshua Fecteau of Hudson Florida. He is predeceased by his son Robert Vachon of Auburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 721 Webster Street in Lewiston at 2pm on Saturday, January 11, 2018.
Portland, ME – Michael P. Roy, 68, formerly of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Seaside Healthcare in Portland, ME.
He was born in Waterville, ME on July 16, 1949 a son of the late Philip and Claudia (Thibodeau) Roy. He attended Waterville Schools and graduated in 1968. He was a US Army Veteran.
He is survived by his sister Patricia (Franklin) Jacobitz of Marshfield WI, a nephew Brian (Jamie) Butkiewicz of Bolingbrook, IL, two nieces Lisa Moczynski of Coal City, IL and Karyn Fitt (Pete Guggino) of St. Pete Beach, FL. He also lovingly leaves grandnieces Sara, Lauren, Katie, Natalie and a great grandniece McKenzie.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Seaside for their compassionate care of Michael over the last ten years, and to all of his friends there.
Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street Waterville will be in charge of a private burial service in the spring of 2018.
Portland, ME – Sylvia A. (Preston) Seiders, 60, of Portland, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Maine Medical Center.
She was born in Portland, ME at Mercy Hospital on January 7, 1957 a daughter of the late Forrest LeRoy and Laura Louise (Cottle) Preston Sr. Sylvia worked for a time at Fairfield Inn and Bradlees.
Sylvia was an outgoing person that lived with her heart on her sleeve and cherished the best of anyone she came in contact with throughout her life. It never mattered how awkward of a moment she was in, she would make you, and all the people around you smile, shake their heads and chuckle...
She had a way to brighten a room when she told her stories with animation, trying to make you feel as if you were there. She lived her life full of love and as happy as the Big Guy above would allow her without getting out of control; because he knew how she could be. Always smiling down on her I'm sure.
Sylvia is and always will be remembered and loved by all her friends and family. Forever blessed Sylvia Annette Seiders, may your memories live with us all and fill us with the love you showed us all.... We all love you!
She is survived by her children Gary L. Seiders Jr. of Winslow and Stephanie M. Seiders of Westbrook. She also leaves her siblings Alice Preston of Portland, Geraldine Moody of Belfast, Elizabeth Mason of Portland, Jonathan Preston of Portland, Sheila Moore of South Portland and Melvin Cottle of Parsonsfield as well as her nieces and nephews Rebecca Mason, Frederick Mason, Michale Smith, Debra Moody, Charles Seger and Laura Heroux.
There will be no funeral per Sylvia's wishes.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the Sagamore Community Building, 34 Popham Street, Portland, ME.
Belgrade, ME - Lawrence M. Merrow Sr., 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Belgrade on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 after a long illness. He is survived by his beloved wife Audrey Spaulding Hubbard Merrow and his kitty Shamus.
He also leaves his sons Lawrence Merrow Jr. and his wife Jennifer, Thomas Merrow and his wife Shawna, both of Sidney, ME and his daughter Rose Tuttle and her husband Gary of Rome, ME as well as his stepson Brian Hubbard and his wife Anne Marie of Norridgewock, ME, stepdaughter Joy Horton of Rockhill, SC, seven grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, three great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren. He also will be missed by his brothers Eugene Merrow and his wife Anita of Belgrade, Richard "Ricky" Merrow and his wife Roberta of Freeport, ME, Glendon and his companion Lisa Coates of Monmouth, ME and several nieces and nephews.
He is pre-deceased by his parents Ashley and Leah (Bachelder) Merrow, his brother Jerry Merrow, stepdaughter Terri Charron, step grandson John Charron and step granddaughter Bethany Hubbard.
Lawrence was a welder for local 190 of Ann Arbor, MI and a life member of NRA, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Good Sam's Club. He loved hunting, camping, fishing and riding his Harley Davidson.
Thanks to family, friends and neighbors as well as Delta Ambulance, the Maine General Medical Center staff and his Hospice team.
Relative and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on January 27, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons, 1 Center Drive, Route 27, Belgrade, ME.