Lewiston, ME – Shirley A. (Gamache) Jones, 77, of Lewiston passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Maine medical Center in Portland.
She was born on October 20, 1940 in Lisbon, ME a daughter of the late Joseph E. Gamache and Mable A. Johnson.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Mary M. Murphy and her husband David of Lewiston, a granddaughter Laurianne Murphy and a grandson Joshua Murphy both of Lewiston. She also leaves a brother Joseph Gamache Sr. of Litchfield, ME and a sister Eugenie Morris of Sabattus as well as several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Rachel Weeks, Albert Gamache and Mary Kiner.
Shirley was fun loving and happiest when she was surrounded by her family and her pets
A private burial will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, ME at the convenience of the family.
GORHAM - Jack Fogg, 64, passed away after a year long battle with cancer on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He died at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, surrounded by the love of many family and friends. He was born in Westbrook ME on Aug. 4, 1953, son of Horace “Bud” Fogg, Sr., and Marie G (Beckwith) Fogg, both of Gorham.
Jack grew up in the Little Falls area of Gorham and loved everything about his community, past and present. He loved the history of the area and of his 1800’s home; he loved his family and friends and the antics and stories they created together over the years. He graduated from Gorham High School in 1971, best known for his athletic prowess in soccer, basketball, and track and for his attitude of pushing himself to do whatever the team needed of him to contribute to their success. He also graduated from Southern Maine Vocational Technical College with a degree in building construction. While there he also studied Plant and Soil, something that fed his lifelong love affair with creative gardening for fun, food and health.
Jack worked for many years at the Sebago Shoe Shop in Westbrook, moving to the Dominican Republic for a year to train people when the business moved. It was there that he met and fell in love with Fatima. She became his third wife. Though their marriage didn’t last, he always felt good about bringing her and her two sons to the states so they could have a “better life.” He and Fatima remained loving and supportive friends, talking frequently on the phone until his death. He ended his work life working many years for Sabre Yachts building cabinetry among other things, where he was very proud of his work and loved what he did as well as the people he worked with. He was what you would call a “Jack of all trades,” although those close to him would say that he was “a one of a kind ‘tinker.’” His visions and his approaches to living life and fixing and building things were always outside the box, another aspect of Jack marching to the beat of his own drum. Jack retired from Sabre Yachts in August 2017 after being diagnosed so he could live out his days the way he wanted to and finish things he hadn’t yet completed. Part of this was having a “Living Wake” so that he could, in his words, “right some wrongs, apologize if needed, and raise hell with my friends one more time.”
In addition to his love of family, friends and sports, he loved the outdoors and hunting, fishing, golfing, and gardening. One of his favorite things to do was going fishing at Muddy River, by himself, where he was free to commune with nature- his church of choice. He enjoyed coming home after work and relaxing in his recliner with a cold beer and with his cat and best friend, Smokey. This picture of contentment was completed with his TV, his music, and mostly, the sounds of his grandchildren’s feet on the floor above him.
Jack is survived by his two daughters, Danielle Dame of Standish and Ember Fogg of Gorham, and two stepchildren, Chelcey and Nathan Vachon of Biddeford. He has three delightful grandsons, Tyler Haskins, Wyatt Walker, Colton Walker, and a forth grandson is due to arrive in May. Jack is also survived by his siblings Harvey Fogg and wife Delores of Little Falls, sister-in-law, Vicki Fogg of Little Falls, Mary Fogg and partner Jean Gordon of Gorham, and Gail LeBlanc and husband Edward of Gorham; and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his father, mother and his beloved brother, Horace H. Fogg, Jr.
One friend remembers him as, “Jack Fogg – the man, the myth and the legend. Jack was a free spirit who lived life on his terms and died on his own terms. … His happy personality will be missed.” Indeed, he filled a room with his personality and his antics. He wore his heart on his sleeve, loving deeply and loyally. And, at the same time, let’s not forget how hard-headed he could be. One of his mantras was “I hate change!” And he meant it!
The proof of how much he was loved began when he was first diagnosed. Vicki, Mandy, Jason, Jon and Kimberly came for several weekends as part of a cleanup crew to get the house and yard in order for the journey we were all facing. Jack was so touched by this. Standing in the family circle in the yard with soft tears running down his face, he stated, “I didn’t know that my family cared about me this much.” Special thanks to this first “Crew.” Then there were all the friends that kept stopping by to be with him. And the many, many friends and family members that showed up to take on chores around the house in his stead, often buying supplies and putting in labor as a heart gift. Special thanks here to Peter Fogg, Mike Proulx, Val Bonin, and Greg Stone (“Stoney”). As we needed more than one person at a time caring for him at home before it was time for him to go to Gosnell House, we had yet another crew. Special thanks to family, Nate Vachon, Sonya Manchester, Peter Fogg and April Chase, and to dear friends , Linda from Massachusetts, Bethany O’Connor-Manuel, and Bonnie Miller. And last but not least, deep appreciation to Hospice workers, both in-home and a t Gosnell.
And last but not least, the family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine for all of their help these last couple of months. Special thanks to Cindy, his CNA, who made Jack feel comfortable and loved especially in his last days. And to Martine, his social worker, who also went the distance for Jack and for his family. We are grateful beyond measure for all that you gave. And to Gosnell House for fighting the good fight with us to the end.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jack’s guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family.
A simple and heart-filled graveside service will be held at 10am on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Hillside Cemetery, Huston Road, Gorham.
Memorial donations in Jack’s
name may be made to:
The Maine Wildlife Park
56 Game Farm Rd.
Gray, ME 04039
Yarmouth, ME - Gilda Startoni Chambers, 87, died peacefully in her sleep on April 19, 2018, at her home in Yarmouth, Maine.
Gilda was born June 19, 1930 to Antonio Renato Stortoni and Pauline Ann (Gasper) Stortoni in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Gilda and her sister, Antonette, were educated at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, until the family moved to Philadelphia. Gilda graduated from John Bartram High School and later Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. While at Philadelphia General, she met Dr. Wallace L. Chambers of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The two were married in 1953 in Pennsylvania and, after a brief time in Boston, headed west.
The young couple eventually settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite being an “East Coast girl,” Gilda carved a life for herself and her family out West, and she often talked about how a piece of her heart would always be there. It was there that Gilda and Wally raised their five children. Gilda’s life was her family. She often volunteered in the local schools- mainly as a nurse in charge of the vaccination programs.
Gilda was an excellent cook and spent much of her life preparing wonderful food for her family and friends. She will be remembered for her love of Italian cuisine, as well as her steadfast commitment to keeping her recipes a secret. Gilda entertained often, gathering family and friends around her dining room table first in Utah and Wyoming, then later in Maine.
After losing her husband in 1996, Gilda moved to Maine to be near her daughter, Maria, and Maria’s two children. Gilda made a beloved home for herself in Maine during her nearly two decades there- volunteering at Maine Medical Center in Portland, attending her grandchildren’s school performances, and adding local Maine seafood to her long list of specialty dishes.
Gilda is survived by her sister, Antonette, her five children; Wallace L. Jr, May, Ann (David Noble), Maria, and Tony (Bonnie) Chambers, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Gilda’s final interment will be with her husband in Wyoming, near where they spent much of their time with their family.
William W. "Wes" Griffin, 75, of Leesburg, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Wes was born May 15 in Vero Beach, FL to his parents Helen and Raymond.
One of Wes’s proudest accomplishments was working for TIW Fabrication & Machining, building the largest Keck optical and infrared telescopes on a desolate mountain in Hawaii, which can only be described as cold and inhospitable. As written in a letter to him from the program manager, Wes showed patience, perseverance, and integrity while maintaining a sense of optimism in an atmosphere that many others were unable to last a fraction of his stay.
Wes served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years from 6/16/1959 to 6/16/1963. He enjoyed traveling the world, fishing, lawn work, gardening, and helping others whenever possible.
Wes is predeceased by both his parents and his daughter, Vicki Dougherty. He is survived by his children; Janey Griffin of La Grande, OR, John Griffin and his wife Lana of La Grande, OR, Joshua Hardage of Peralta, NM, Matthew Griffin of Peralta, NM, Rose Griffin of Augusta, ME, and LeeAnn Hosler and her husband Cody of Denver, CO. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Christina (35), Thomas (27), James (13), Kailee (12), Andrew (11), Gavin (9), Grant (6), and Chaya (2), three great-grandchildren, several dear friends from the Leesburg, FL community, and his beloved companion, Big Shot aka BS.
Committal Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at the Maine Veterans Cemetery located at 163 Mt. Vernon Rd. Augusta, ME.
Gorham, ME - Sharon M. (Pecoraro) Cooper, 75, of Gorham, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Maine Medical Center.
She was born on January 4, 1942, in Utica, NY a daughter of the late John and Jan (Zebrowski) Pecoraro. Sharon moved to Tucson, AZ in 1959 and studied Pharmacology at University of Arizona but left school early to start her family.
Sharon worked in a variety of positions during her working career but always seemed to enjoy most working in clothing retail as buyer, in catalog layout and design and store display.
She came to Maine from Arizona to retire and live with her Son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. An active crafter who enjoyed to crochet, Sharon often worked fund-raising with the craft group at St. Anne Church in Gorham. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing with her granddaughter Lilly.
Sharon was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2011 and had been undergoing treatment over the past few years - though not the direct cause of her death, the treatments received gave her many additional years with her family here in Maine.
She is survived by her son Ian Barr and his wife Barbara of Gorham, her daughter Valerie Hansen and her husband David of Norcross, GA and her two grandchildren Alex Barr and his wife Meghan of Las Vegas, NV and Lillian Barr of Gorham, ME. She also leaves her brothers John Pecoraro of Phoenix, AZ and Gary Pecoraro of Phoenix, AZ and her sister Cynthia Scott of Williamsburg, VA.
Sharon wished to be remembered simply - only a private family memorial service will be held in Arizona at a yet to be determined date.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you please consider donations to OCRFA -Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance at orcfa.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/