Edward A. "Groovy Ed" Bailey Jr.

Westbrook, ME – Edward A. “Groovy Ed” Bailey Jr., 62, of Westbrook, ME passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 2, 1954, the beloved son of Fay (St. Pierre) Bailey of Yarmouth and the late Edward A. Bailey Sr.

Ed or “Groove” as he was sometimes called, grew up in South Portland, where he attended local area schools, enjoyed playing little league, riding his bike and looking for snakes. 

As a teenager, Ed enjoyed music and learned how to play the guitar, even buying his younger brother Steve his very first guitar. During the 70's, Ed could be found practicing magic; he would entertain family and friends with his magic skills. Ed was a skilled boxer, enjoyed playing college football cards, and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan. He especially enjoyed playing cribbage and fishing, taking his granddaughter MyKayla on her very first fishing trip at the age of five. He was also on a dart team for several years. 

Ed, known by some as “Hoss” worked for many years as a machinist for the shoe shop industry.  He was most recently employed by Maine Medical Center Environmental Services. Back in his “shoe shop days” Ed often enjoyed “kicking back a few” after work with his friends.

Ed was a kind soul and will always be remembered as being a hard worker, laid back, easy going and a lover of peace.

Ed is survived by a daughter Michelle M. Bailey and her fiancé Brian Perkins, a son Shawn E. Bailey and his grandchildren Mykayla C. Bailey, Caleb M. Bailey, Colin E. Bailey, Layne D. Bailey and Addelaide A. Cloutier.  He also leaves his siblings Steve Bailey Sr. and his fiancé Jessica Hines, Colin Bailey and his wife Toni, Michael Bailey and his wife Patty and RaeJean Bailey, also his Aunt Lynn St. Pierre of Illinois as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and his “Brother from another Mother” Mike Plummer.  He was also the father of the late Christina L. Bailey and the grandfather of the late Khloe P. Bailey and Brian Perkins Jr. He was also predeceased by his best friend Andrew Levesque. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Profenno’s Bar & Grill (upstairs) 934 Main Street, Westbrook, ME. 

Karen J. (Kay) Brown

Lewiston, ME - Karen J. (Kay) Brown of Lewiston passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at CMMC with her family by her side from complications from a long illness. Karen was only 59.

Karen was born in Waltham, Massachusetts the middle of 5 children to Alfred W. and Constance J, Kay. She loved to cook, crochet, the ocean and her family, especially her 4 legged children. She always went out of her way to help those in need and to think of others and animals before herself. She had a really big heart.

Karen was a 1975 graduate of Montpelier High School and held a bachelor’s degree in science from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. She worked as a Lab Technician for over 30 years at various places in MA and ME.

Karen will be greatly missed by her sister Vickie of Minot, mother Connie, husband David and her 3 dogs. Life will not be the same and much sadder without her in it.

She was predeceased by her father Alfred W. who she missed so much and has joined now after almost 30 years.

Karen is survived by her husband David, 4 legged kids Ellie May, Casey and Josie; his Sisters Vickie Olfene and her husband Todd of Minot and Leslie Rose and husband Robert of West End, NC; his Brother Peter Kay of New Port New, VA and 5 nieces, 1 nephew, 3 grandnieces and 2 grandnephews.

The Family would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff on Y3 for helping Karen and the family during this very sad time.

In her memory, Karen would like people to donate to their local ASPCA.

Hugo M. Sonagere

Auburn, ME – Hugo Mark Sonagere, age 88, passed away on March 6, 2017 at The Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.  

He was born January 12, 1929 to the late Alessandro and Pia (Satore) as one of seven children.  In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  As a member of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Hugo served during the Korean War. 

In 1953 he returned home and joined the Local Tile Union 77 out of Newark NJ.  In 1954 he married Egidia, and they began their family journey of 65 years together. 

He was devoted to his family and treasured his time and special moments with his children and grandchildren.  He was an avid gardener who loved birds and animals. 

Hugo is survived by his wife Egidia (Romano) of 63 years, his son Kenneth Sonagere and wife Kathy, his daughter Lisa Eckerson and husband Willard, and grandchildren; Matthew, Alison, Kate, Melissa. 

A private family service will be held at a later time. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hugo’s memory to the New Jersey Audubon Society, njaudubon.org,  

 

Matthew J. "Ozzy" Harrington

Portland, ME – Matthew J. “Ozzy” Harrington, 40, died unexpectedly in Chelsea, ME on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 while visiting his Father. 

He was born in Portland, ME on June 28, 1976 a son of John S. Harrington and his wife Kendra of Chelsea, ME and the late Celetta E. (Coombs) Harrington.  He grew up in South Portland, attending local area schools and graduated from South Portland High School. 

Ozzy worked as a tow truck driver for a few different companies in the area but mostly for Maietta Towing in Scarborough.  Matt struggled w/ recovery and is now finally at peace and with his beloved Mother. 

Besides his father John, he is survived by his son Zachary Harrington and his daughter Madison Harrington and their Mother Katie Martin all of Saco, ME.  He also leaves his sister Melissa Chason and her husband Mike of Portland, nephews Gaige Hamilton, Noah Chason and Evin Chason and nieces Celetta Richards and Sydney Chason as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Matt’s life on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. 

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to:

Matt Harrington Children’s Fund

c/o Melissa Chason

9 Cornell Street 

Portland, ME 04103

Newton E. Towle III

Yarmouth, ME - Newton Earle Towle III, aged 73 of Yarmouth, ME died on 2/27/2017 at home after a brief illness. He was born on 1/13/1944 in Portland, ME.  His father was Newton Earle Towle II, a pilot missing in action over Japan in WWII. His mother was Florence Drinkwater and he was raised by both his mother and his stepfather Nicholas Davis.

He spent his childhood in Cumberland with his sisters Lucy, Susan, Jane, Marilyn and brother Nick until 7th grade when he moved to Yarmouth.  He attended North Yarmouth Academy, but when Yarmouth built its High School he and his wife Mary were members of the first graduating class of 1962. His best friends in high school were Mark Storms and David Curren.  He married Mary E. Croudis on August 29th, 1964 in Yarmouth.  He graduated from Southern Maine Vocational Technical School, was employed briefly as an auto mechanic, enlisted in the Army and finally became a telecommunication systems repair technician.  

After retirement he did home repairs and volunteered at his church.  He served his country as a Sargent in the Army stationed in Germany and Texas from 1966 through 1970. He enjoyed square dancing, hiking, camping, running, paraplanes, singing in Choir for Higher, Promise Keepers men's events, and repairing and designing stained glass.  He was an active member of First Baptist Church Yarmouth and went on many mission trips with the Technical Assistance Program installing donated telephone systems in mission hospitals, radio stations, and hostels in Haiti, Côte de Ivoire, Kenya, Costa Rica, Hungary and India. 

His favorite place in the world was the boys' orphanage in India, The Children's Fellowship of India, which he visited five times.  A hard worker, he really enjoyed helping others with anything needed, especially by providing AV services to the church, Morning Light Ministry and African weddings.  In later years he volunteered with his wife at Maine Greyhound Placement Services and enjoyed monthly bean suppers with the other local members of his High School graduating class.  

He is survived by his wife Mary Towle of Yarmouth, daughter Genanne and her husband Tim Brandon of Yarmouth, son Mike and his wife Alissa Towle of Cumberland, granddaughter Miranda and her husband Bill Gildart of Yarmouth, grandson Daniel and his wife Hailey Jordan of Hopedale, Massachusetts, grandson Justin Maldonado of Colorado, granddaughter Sami and her husband Kris Hutchins of Standish, granddaughter Elizabeth Towle of Cumberland, and four great-granddaughters, his sister Lucy and her husband Warren Spence of New Jersey, sister Susan and her husband Glen Cummings of Florida, sister Jane and her husband Craig Westlake of New Hampshire, sister Marilyn and her husband Howard Doucette of Portland and brother Rev. Nicholas and his wife Rev. Mary Angela Davis of Ellsworth.  He loved to laugh and cared about the details of people's lives.  

His funeral service will be on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church Yarmouth with reception to follow, officiated by Rev. Ric Ochsner.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Children's Fellowship of India, 151 Plum Creek Road, North East, MD 21901 (website www.cfindia.org).  The family would like to express their gratitude to CHANS Hospice of Brunswick, ME.

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