Arnold C. "Woody" Wood

 

South Casco, ME - Arnold C. Wood, known to friends as “Woody”, 90 went to be with the lord and his beautiful wife, “Muriel Wood” Friday, April 13, 2018. 

 

He was born in Presque Isle, MEon October 4, 1927, a son of Isiah and Iva (Thomas) Wood. In his early years, Woody would help his parents work the family farm in Presque Isle with his six brothers and four sisters. He leaves his older brother Richard (Dick) his wife Vivian, of Yarmouth Maine.  

 

At a young age Woody was gifted in music, he played several different instruments of which his favorite piece was the violin in the orchestra.  Woody moved down to Southern Maine in the early 1940’s and worked at the New England shipyard as a welder. He took pride in his welding and furthered his talents by entering the early years of World War II of the U.S. Army.   Honorably discharged in 1947, at which time he returned and married his dearest friend Muriel Ricker from, Falmouth ME.  Together they had five children. His wife Muriel R. Wood, a son Steven Wood, two daughters Dale Wood and, Sheri Wood predeceased him. He is survived by his youngest son and friend, Martin T. Wood and his daughter Diane M. Buckley.  He also laves two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. 

 

Woody worked 36 years in automotive repair, fabrication and welding. He retired from Walcho of Lewiston ME, 1992.  He then continued working right up to 2017 with his son Marty building a very successful business, Martin’s Propeller Repair.   

 

An avid fisherman his whole life, tying all his own flies and having many brook trout and salmon visiting his side.  He has traveled the state from top to bottom and east to west pursuing his favorite pastime. Woody’s passion of the outdoors has truly relished his time with his family and friends. He always cherished every day and enjoyed sharing stories among others.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in his name to:

 

Hospice of Southern Maine

 

180 US Route 1

 

 Scarborough, ME. 04074

 

Arthur "Art" M. Stevens

North Yarmouth, ME - Arthur “Art” M. Stevens, Jr., of North Yarmouth, Maine, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018, following a lengthy illness.  His loving family was at his side throughout his brief stay at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME. 

He was born on November 30, 1939, the son of the late Arthur M. Stevens, Sr., and Blanch E. (MacDonald) Stevens of Eastport, Maine.

Art was a 1958 graduate of Shead Memorial High School, in Eastport, Maine. Upon graduation from high school, Art enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and continued his military career with a subsequent enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1975, he joined the Maine Air National Guard, Bangor, ME, and was selected as part of the initial cadre as an in-flight air refueling technician (aka boom operator), conducting worldwide air refueling missions. In 1997, he retired as a MSGT with over 30 years of military service.

While remaining deeply devoted to military service in the Guard, he simultaneously built a successful career in human services counseling. His early experiences as a counselor with the Rural Youth Corps, Maine Indian Education, AFL-CIO, and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Associates lead him to establish his own statewide practice, Stevens Training Employment and Placement Services (STEPS) in Yarmouth, Maine, as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and facilitator. Art always believed in the importance of education, "blossom where you’re planted and it’s never too late to complete a goal." At the age of 60, he proudly earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Art was an avid golfer, an enthusiastic cribbage player and enjoyed his weekly poker games with friends.  He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren on many occasions at family gatherings, sporting events, and times at the lake. 

Art is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Denise Bremner Stevens of North Yarmouth, his sons Arthur M. Stevens, III, (wife Lisa) of East Waterboro; Kevin Stevens (wife Patricia) of Biddeford; Michael Stevens (wife Laura) of Cibolo,Texas and his daughter Shannon Stevens of Cape Elizabeth.  He also leaves two sisters, Nadine Whalen (husband Tom) of Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Sonja Fongemie (husband Dan) of North Fort Myers, Florida, one brother Kevin Stevens (wife Elaine) of Whiting, and one sister-in-law, Judie Stevens (Harry) of Whiting. Art is also survived by twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

In addition to his parents, Arthur was predeceased by brothers Harry Stevens, David Stevens and wife Dorothy, Richard Stevens and wife Kayona, sister Joanne Brotheim and husband Jerry, granddaughter Ashley Stevens and former spouse Carolyn Mahar.

 

At Arthur’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held at the Amvets Hall, 148 North Rd, Yarmouth, Maine, on Saturday June 9, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Military Honors will be rendered at 2:00pm.

 

 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Arthur are encouraged to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Art’s sense of humor, quick wit, caring heart and generous spirit will be missed.

 

Waverly A. (Wormwood) Turgo

Portland, ME - Waverly A. Turgo (Wormwood)  78, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2018 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Waverly was born on December 5, 1939 at Mercy Hospital in Portland to Edwin Wormwood and Velma Veldina Jones of East Sebago. She attended primary and secondary school at Potter Academy in Sebago.

Early in her life, she attended school for Secretarial Science and worked as a personal secretary for business firms in Boston and Portland. She then worked in Custodial Service for Crosby Loughlin Steel Mill on Fore Street in Portland. In her later years, she found her calling in early childhood development as a pre-school teacher at the Portland YMCA Childcare Program, where she had the privilege of tutoring her own grandson and many more of Greater Portland’s inner-city children.

Waverly was a country girl from a remarkably well regarded family in Sebago; she was one of six children and her beginnings were humble. These formative years would be the catalyst for her reputation as a person that would teach life-long lessons of acceptance, forgiveness, encouragement, sharing and mentoring throughout her life. All of this done with great care, love and understanding.

Portland, where she eventually moved to and would call home. She started out in Sagamore Village as a young mother and would soon find a home in Munjoy Hill where she would live for nine years, raising three children. It wasn’t until she moved to Danforth Heights in the West End where she planted her family roots and made an indelible mark on the lives of others. Most knew Waverly as a loving, kind soul; however, she had a balance of sternness and feistiness that provided a good balance and ultimately garnered great respect. She had taken in as many twenty misguided children and adults that had lost their way in life over a span of fifty years. She was somewhat of an unofficial foster parent that would not say no to someone in need. Whether a person suffered through neglect, abuse addiction, or alcoholism she was always there for people. Some stayed and accepted shelter, shower and food for a day; others would stay for months and even years. She could find the beautiful soul in people and cultivate it, always encouraging a sense of self-belief, confidence, strength within and renewal that would eventually prepare them for the world again. Wavery had experienced great loss and grief, and she experienced great joy and success, both on her own and through her children. In the end despite pain and suffering, she smiled more than any other time in her life, because she knew she left a legacy of a truly wonderful person who had given far more than she received. Her greatest accomplishment came in 2003 when as a Foster Grandparent through the Friends Program of Manchester, NH she volunteered for a youth mentoring program. She chose to work with troubled at risk youth ages 6-17 years old. That year she received a national recognition from then President George W. bush as Volunteer Foster Grandparent of the year for the State of New Hampshire, it was the at risk youth that she mentored and loved, that nominated her and subsequently campaigned for the recognition.

Waverly enjoyed sketching, art, whittling, music, dancing, singing, cooking, the outdoors, the beach, swimming, old time westerns and a good joke.

She is predeceased by her parents Edwin and Velma (Veldina) Wormwood of Sebago ME, brother Alston Wormwood of Standish ME, sisters Wildreth Burnell of Sebago ME, Sharon Demers of Bridgton ME, Donna Lee of Bar Harbor and her loving partner Paul Gleisberg formerly of Manchester, NH.

Waverly is survived by her two daughters Melody L. LaJoie and her husband Rodney LaJoie of Waterboro ME and Bethany M. Dyer of Buxton ME; her two sons Christopher Dyer of Biddeford ME and Joel F. Turgo and his fiancé Lisa A. Platt of Portland ME and her brother Roald Wormwood of Alfred, ME. She is also survived by Marvin Ewing of Maine-father of Melody, her former husband’s Roger Dyer of Maine and Florencio (Joe) Turgo of Fairfield CA. She also leaves behind six Grandchildren, Justin Perry of Porter ME, and predeased granddaughter in law, Rebecca Perry, Brandon Perry and Emily Barkley of Otisfild, ME, Kasie Wooley of Chelsea, ME, Kendon Perry of Otisfield, ME, Jamie Carda of Minneapolis, MN, Christopher LaJoie of Parsonfield, ME as well as ten Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial visitation on Sunday April 15, 2018 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St. Portland ME, from 1 - 4 pm with a time of remembrance and sharing to begin at 3:00 pm in the upstairs chapel. A reception and celebration of Waverly’s life will be held in the downstairs function hall from 4 - 6pm.

Flowers and be delivered to the Maine Irish Heritage Center after 11 am on Sunday April 15

Gordon A. Glover

South Freeport, ME - Gordon Andrews Glover, 93, a longtime resident of South Freeport, Maine, died April 11, 2018 at Bay Square in Yarmouth, Maine. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, he enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Force immediately following his graduation from Melrose High School. As a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, he was still a teenager when he flew the first of 30 missions over Nazi Germany during World War II. At the end of the war, he met Lynn Lewis, a Wheelock College student, on a blind date.  They celebrated their 70th anniversary this past summer.  Assisted by the GI Bill, he graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Tennessee. 

 

Gordon began his career as a reporter and New England news chief for the Associated Press; later, he was the award-winning editor and publisher of his own weekly newspaper, The Citizen of Morris County, in suburban New Jersey.  He worked in Washington, D.C., as a speechwriter for a United States senator, and in New York City as Editorial Page Editor for the New York Daily News. 

 

Environmental issues animated many of his lifelong passions, and as program officer with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, he worked to fund many environmental initiatives—his support helped return wolves to Yellowstone Park -- and he was instrumental in the creation of The Environmental Grantmakers Association. He enriched every community he was a part of, including serving on the Family Services board of Morris County, NJ, and the Mountain Lakes, NJ, School Board.   He was also a founder of the Woods & Lakes Run, a Mountain Lakes tradition now in its 41st year.    

 

He continued to work, with dignity and consequence, just as hard in retirement in South Freeport, Maine. He served on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and several national environmental boards.  Locally, he served on the boards of Freeport Community Services, and the Freeport Rotary Club. 

 

He enjoyed and was challenged by the great outdoors.  He loved hiking the Appalachian Trail; swimming at the Freeport YMCA; sailing on both coasts; skiing at Sugarloaf; and soaring above the Delaware Water Gap and the White Mountains in his glider. 

 

His beloved wife, Lynn, passed away in January. He leaves his four children: Susan Lynn Glover; Margaret Christina Douglas (Gerry); Barbara Glover Shane (John); William Lewis Glover (Mary Lynn); and eight grandchildren - Alison Douglas, Chloe Douglas Brehm, Charles Shane, Riley Shane, Reed Godlewski, Margaret Glover, Sara Jane Glover, and Ginny Glover Bowen.  He was overjoyed to welcome his first two great-grandchildren this past year. 

 

The family thanks the staff at Bay Square for their kind and loving care.

 

A celebration of his life will be held later in the spring.

Raymond H. "Ramie" Frank

Old Orchard Beach, ME – Raymond H. ”Ramie” Frank, 63, passed away unexpectedly at his Father’s home in Scarborough on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

 

Ramie was born October 30, 1954 in Portland, ME a son of Raymond G. Frank of Scarborough and the late Shirley M. (LaPlain) Frank.

 

Ramie worked for EW Noyes and Sons for many years as well as doing construction for many more.  Ramie loved going to The Eagles Club and playing pool and could also be found playing cards.  He also enjoyed long drives an traveled to New Hampshire often.

 

Besides his Father, he will be forever missed by his daughter, Amanda J. Shaw of Old Orchard Beach, ME. He also leaves his four sisters Sandy Boothby and her husband Tom of Portland, ME, Valerie Chadwick and her husband John of Portland ME, Terry Reynolds and her husband Craig of South Portland, ME and Melissa Frank of Portland, ME; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.  He was also the brother of the late Kevin Frank.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 11a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel within Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.

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