Portland, ME - Margaret Lorraine (Davis)Nappi (Nana, or Nana Peggy to some) passed away on New Year’s Eve 2017, surrounded by her loved ones, following a brief illness. She was 90 years old, born on October 24, 1927. One of five children born to Clyde Davis and Edna Nixon Davis, she grew up on Munjoy Hill where she met the love of her life, Benedetto J. Nappi, Sr. They had six children and were together until Benedetto’s death in 1990.
As a young woman, Peggy attended Cathedral Schools and later graduated with distinction. She was employed at a young age at JJ Nissans and HP Hood and many years later at Unum and Maine National Bank.
Her greatest joy was caring for three generations of children, her own and then her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was a much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. A soft spoken, lovely lady, she will be sadly missed by her five surviving children and spouses: Benedetto J Nappi, (wife Judy), Mary Miller (husband Timm), Sandra Rizzo (husband Sully), Lorraine Spydell (husband Barry), and Regina Nappi (husband Michael Robinson). She will also be dearly missed by her surviving thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a newborn son, Peter; three sisters, Mary Lawler, Helen Fontaine, Edna Chapman, and a brother, Charles “Sonny” Davis.
There will be a private ceremony in the spring to celebrate her long life.
Lisbon- George J Saucier, 72, of Lisbon, died on December 22, 2017 at his home; in the care of his wife Anita, daughter Jody and Androscoggin Hospice.
George was born May 28, 1945 to his parents James J. and Verna (Voisine) Saucier in Lewiston ME; after attending Lewiston schools he eagerly joined the Army in 1963, proudly serving for two years in the Vietnam War.
George loved his family dearly and was an amazing father and husband; evidence of this are his children who will miss him dearly. If he was not tending to his family you would find him in his work shop, year round no matter the weather. He was an amazing craftsman making unique and wonderful pieces of art for family and friends that were as beautiful as they were useful.
George is predeceased by his parents and four of his siblings; he leaves behind his loving wife Anita and his remaining siblings: Donald and wife Sheila Saucier, Martin and wife Carlene Saucier, Nelson Saucier, Richard Saucier and Mildred (Saucier) Cyr and her partner Jack Downey. He also leaves his beloved children; George Jr., Rachel, Julie, Tom, Paul, Jody and Gene. His grandchildren; Ravyn, Renee, David, Jenni, Cody, Michael, Jamie, Mathew, Misty, Mark Jr., Ariel, Ecko, Summer, Gene Jr. and his two great-grandsons.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.
Gone from a Portland that will never seem the same to many of us is Jonathan Campbell Takami. Jonathan, 69 years old, died at Gosnell House Hospice in the company of people who loved him, wearing his t-shirts with the pockets and attended at times by a dog who was nuts about him. Preceded in death by a daughter, Martina Mieko Takami, he leaves behind a son, Tyrone Rodan Takami, his close cousin Mark Kurahara and his two sisters Mimi Takami and Kathie Takami, a coterie of cousins he grew up with, and a remarkable ‘found family’: a network of friends too numerous to name here—believe it!
Clever, courtly, and profane, Johnny glided through this life in a fog of cigarette smoke and attitude, styling button-fly jeans and a porkpie hat. In a portrait painted back in the early 1980s, he looks like a Renaissance prince—self-possessed and no stranger to a wicked impulse. A family photo of Johnny as a 4-5 year old foreshadowed his life-long dedication to style and personality. It was taken when he lived in Japan during the Korean War. Always prepared (and never a pacifist), he was dressed in a yukata and packing two toy pistols tucked into the sash. As ineffably cool as Johnny was, he had a warmth that touched many. Wise and generous mentor, loving, loyal friend and unfiltered truth-teller: these were Johnny, too. He was magnetic, quick-witted, and darkly comic. He drew in circle after circle of friends and acquaintances.
In his twenties, Johnny worked as assistant to master photographer Bob Gruen. Together they produced some of the most iconic rock photographs of the 1970s, their subjects including the New York Dolls, Blondie, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, among many others.
In the mid-1980s he moved from NYC to Portland with his wife Deirdre and their two young children, Tyrone and Martina. An avid collector of all kinds of music—rock-punk-gospel-country-folk-reggae-R&B—Johnny played bass in many Portland bands, including Harpswell Sound, Miss Amanda Jones, and the aptly named The Shakes.
Mike Dank, a longtime friend and drummer for Harpswell Sound, remembers him answering their ad for a bass player able to play songs by Fairport Convention and the Velvet Underground. “I don’t really like either of those bands,” Johnny told the group flat out, “but I know what you’re getting at.”
His jobs were backdrops for his enthusiasms, which along with rock n’ roll included painting, hanging in bars, and assembling a mind-blowing library, in English and Japanese, on the history of World War II. At the time of his death he was working on a painting of two Japanese warships viewed from overhead, as if from the cockpit of a plane. The ships are painted with camouflage, so they are almost abstractions. Like many of his paintings, the image was set on a gold ground, which gave it the quality of religious art.
In 1968, Johnny wrote a letter to the editor of the exciting, fledgling rock and counterculture magazine Rolling Stone. In it, he quoted the spiritual poem “Desiderata,” which begins:
Go placidly amid the noise & haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.
Johnny signed off, “Music is life.”
These two things made up Johnny’s manifesto. “As far as possible without surrender” captures a crucial side of him. He surrendered to nothing and no one—though he sometimes waded straight into disaster by doing so—until death overcame him. And music is life.
Johnny Takami was completely and wholly himself. He loved and failed in all the human ways. He rebuilt a deeply loving relationship with Dee long after they had divorced, which lasted until his death. The arc of his life was rich and complicated and so were his mind and heart. We miss him. We remember and love.
PORTLAND - Longtime University of Southern Maine psychology professor, William F. Gayton, Ph.D., of Portland [Maine] died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, from complications due to a stroke he suffered days earlier. He was 77.
Professor Emeritus Bill Gayton, or "Gayton" as he was known to friends, retired in August from the University of Southern Maine after 44 years, many of which were spent serving as chair of the department of Psychology.
Gayton was born, March 20, 1940, in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to John and Kathleen (née Greenlaw) Gayton. Gayton's family moved to Maine when he was a child. He was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School.
Gayton received a B.S. in psychology from Springfield College (MA) in 1963, then continued the study of psychology at the University of Maine at Orono, earning a Masters in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1968.
Gayton built a national reputation as a sports psychologist having served in this capacity for the Boston Bruins' farm team-the Maine Mariners-from 1989-1994. Gayton was equally renowned as an academic researcher and valued as an educator, having taught thousands of aspirant psychologists beginning in the early 1970s through his retirement last summer.
Gayton's national reputation was solidified, and his extensive network of psychologists expanded, as he began hosting a decades-long series of psychology-related symposia, or Institutes as they came to be known, in childhood psychopathology, heath psychology, adult psychopathology and sport psychology.
In his work at Saint Paul, Minnesota's Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Gayton was a member of the team that developed the MMPI, a standardized psychometric test of adult personality disorders, still widely in use today.
An avid marathoner and ultramarathoner, Gayton was a founding member of the Maine Rowdie Running Club, a host of dozens of running events, including 50-mile, 100-mile, and 24-hour races.
But it was Gayton's commitment to students that became that of legend on the USM campus. Gayton served as doctoral sponsor and professional and personal mentor to hundreds. At the time of his death, several former students and colleagues were at his side.
Gayton is survived by two daughters, Susan Gayton and Michelle Gayton both of Brunswick, and two former wives, Carolyn Gayton of Brunswick and Vicki Gayton of Portland.
There will be a celebration of life service on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Wishcamper Center at USM, 1 Bedford Street, Portland, ME. A reception will follow.
Service can be viewed via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWatxnHJ8NQ
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
William Gayton Scholarship Fund
449 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04101
Portland, ME – Richard A. McNeill, 76, of Gray, ME died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Maine Medical Center.
He was born on January 6, 1941 in Pitcairn, PA, a son of the late James V. & Genieve (Peduzzi) McNeill. He grew up in Pitcairn attending local area schools and graduated a member of the class of 1958 from Pitcairn High School. Following high school, Richard attended West Virginia Wesleyan and graduated with a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Richard went on to work in this field, starting as a Food Service Manager for Saga in both Ithaca and Cazenovia NY. He also owed his own restaurant called Carburs in Plattsburgh NY, Portland, ME and Auburn, ME and spent time working for both the Atlanta School Food Service and Windham/Gray-New Gloucester Maine Food Service before retiring.
He was an active shareholder and past president / officer at St. Eiboh’s Cove Lake Association on Big Sebago Lake in Maine and was a member of Fleet 231 Hobie Cat as a Competitive Skipper in Windham, ME. He also was active in the Crystal Lake Association in Gray, ME and the Casco Bay Bicycle Association, Bike Ride Across Georgia and Bike Ride across Maine.
Rich’s prized interests surrounded actively spending time with his son Buck and helping raise and heavily influenced both his twin grandson’s and granddaughter while living in Maine and Georgia the past 25 years. Cody an aspiring musician with a first album, Trevor a personal trainer and student at Georgia State University studying as a Physical Therapist and Melanie a highly successful sales representative of imported building materials from Spain. Rich remained in contact and friendly with Millie, his former wife, to raise his son and grandchildren and was highly active with recent adventures with Buck to Ireland and Hawaii. They were always known to travel as a pair to local and national festivals including Celtic Highland Game events. Rich had a strong love for live music, especially Neil Young, which he readily shared with others. He had a passion for photography and photo development of the Upstate NY farmlands and scenic Maine coastlines and mountains influencing others to take up the hobby. Richard was an active and avid owner at St. Eiboh’s Cove for the development of lake property for the enjoyment for all that will continue to enrich those in the future. Rich enjoyed snow skiing and camping in his VW bus while also volunteering at any opportunity. He was a coach for his grandson’s basketball and soccer teams with Buck and also mentoring children and those with special needs.
Rich was widely known in Portland as owner of Carburs Restaurant and the “Down East Feast” 5 decker sandwich revolutionizing the Old Port cuisine scene 1976-1998. Rich also received an honorary diploma from Cazenovia College for his involvement and support of the students. Rich loved to cook and bake for his friends and family making beer bread and buttermilk brownies. He regularly traveled to Pittsburgh to keep in touch with his sisters Kitty and Linda and the large family that resides there. Rich was known for his compassion and gentleness towards others and a simple outlook on life. His clever humor and notable sayings always kept those around him smiling and comfortable. He slipped peacefully away with family whom will always cherish how special he truly was. We love you!
He is survived by his son Richard “Buck” McNeill of Gray, ME, two grandson’s Cody and Trevor McNeill and his granddaughter Melanie Williamson all of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves his two sisters Kitty Rosenbayger of East McKeesport, PA and Linda Trinchero of Churchill, PA as well as sixteen nieces and nephews, thirty-seven great nieces and nephews and five great great nieces and nephews, all generally residing in PA, TX, FL and NC.
Relative and friends will be invited to attend a memorial service and interring of remains at St. Eiboh’s Cove, Raymond, Maine in the summer 2018.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rich’s memory can be made to:
Catherine’s Children Foundation
553 Larimer Ave
East McKeesport, PA 15035