Kittery, ME - Kenneth "Ken" Gerald Gray, age 59, passed away peacefully at his home in Kittery on July 25, 2018. Ken attended school at Traip Academy in Kittery, graduating high school from Daycroft School in Greenwich, CT in 1977. He completed his bachelor’s degree in both English and Education from The Principia College in Elsah, IL in 1982.
Ken was a substitute teacher at Traip Academy in the 1980’s, and left New England for California where he was a quality control specialist for Koo Koo Roo, a West Coast restaurant chain for several years. He returned to the seacoast in 1999 to assist his father, and has resided in Kittery for the remainder of his life.
Ken loved reading, and was also an avid cribbage, backgammon, and scrabble player. He was a passionate sports fan, following the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots. Ken also excelled in playing basketball, football, baseball, and running track in his school years. He will long be remembered by his family and friends for his uncanny memory and ability to recall past facts and events.
Ken is predeceased by his mother Marjorie C. Gray (1999), and father Henry W. Gray (2018) of Kittery. He is survived by two brothers, Warren (Sandra) Gray of York, ME, and Ronald (Christine) Gray of Natick, MA, one sister, Cheryl (Gray) Scroggins (Joel Scroggins) of Jacksonville, FL, one niece, Jessica Gray of Palm Bay, FL, and one nephew, James Gray of York, ME. He is also survived by two aunts, Marilyn Campbell of Marlborough, MA, Margaret Geary of Chelmsford, MA, and cousins Christine Sweeney, and Suzanne Lawlor.
A private service will be celebrated by immediate family, and no public service is planned.
Hope Island, ME - John Cacoulidis, 85, died July 23, 2018 on Hope Island, Cumberland County, Maine, the private island residence he developed with his beloved wife, Phyllis Cacoulidis, who, herself, passed away on Hope Island May 6, 2016. They will be laid to rest together.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece he served in military campaigns with the Allied forces during World War II and later emigrated to the United States where he became a proud American Citizen. Mr. Cacoulidis established himself as a master builder in the construction industry and was a widely respected entrepreneur. He founded Grand Metro Builders of New York where he designed, developed, managed and owned his own class A office and industrial properties. He had real estate holdings in New York and Maine. Mr. Cacoulidis also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Old Westbury, N.Y.
Mr. Cacoulidis was well known for his acumen in the construction industry understanding complex methodologies, directing and working well with all trades employed on his projects. He was also a well-respected businessman known for his innovative deal making and entrepreneurial vision. In addition to his own properties, he was involved in various public works projects at Kennedy Airport and the 1970’s renovation of Yankee Stadium. Mr. Cacoulidis and his wife purchased Hope Island in 1993 and transformed it into a private island paradise with love and devotion where he and his wife cared for a wide array of animals many of which were rescued. He is survived by his son, his three daughters and his granddaughter.
Cape Elizabeth, ME - We lost our very special dad, friend, and husband of 65 years on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Robert H. Tripler passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Born in the Bronx, NY, son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Tripler, Robert “Trip” Tripler and graduated from Bronx High School of Science and Gettysburg College. Joined the Navy during WWII, and went on to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
He worked for Price Waterhouse in NYC, traveled in Europe, where he met his wife, and worked as Commissary Manager at the American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. After receiving a teaching degree at Hofstra University, Trip taught business courses at Baldwin and Uniondale High Schools on Long Island, until retiring to Maine to be closer to his daughter and family. He enjoyed many delightful summers working at Kamp Kohut, in Oxford, Maine, which is now owned and operated by the family. He was very active in the American Civil Liberties Union, The Democratic Party and local politics. He was passionate about his family, writing, skiing and playing bridge.
Survived by his wife Elsebeth Tripler, daughter Lisa Tripler (Daniel Rapaport), son Scott Tripler (Patricia Somerville), and grandchildren, Julie Rapaport (Greg Levine), Carly Rapaport (Alex Vargas), Keith, Abby and Genny Tripler.
A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church in South Portland at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Portland Soup Kitchen, The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice to spread good will, and make the world a friendlier, kinder place.
Auburn, Maine - Sandra King Bolduc, 77, passed away peacefully at home July 26 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the daughter of James F. King and Eileen N. King (Poloski), being the youngest of 6 siblings. Born on January 1, 1941 in Portland Maine, she attended Portland schools and graduated from Edward Little High School.
She married Maurice Bolduc on January 25, 1958.
Sandra was an avid reader, cross stitcher and knitter. She enjoyed traveling.
She was always up for an adventure, be it traveling to Florida to see her eldest daughter or a journey along the Maine coast. Her love for the Maine coastline stemmed from her early years spent growing up on Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Promenade. Even in her later life she always enjoyed a picnic lunch with Amato’s sandwiches overlooking Casco Bay. Sandy would often recount pleasant memories of road trips taken with her husband to California to visit family.
Sandy was a kind loving woman who always put the needs of others before her own. Time spent with her grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to her face.
Sandy, together with her husband, raised five children. She instilled in all of them a strong sense of family, a love of reading, and an appreciation of the value of perseverance in all aspects of life.
Sandy worked for Androscoggin County Head Start for more than 30 years. She will be sorely missed by all who had been fortunate enough to know her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Vincent and Dick King and her sister Frances (Bette) Howland.
Sandy is survived by her husband of sixty years, Maurice; her sons Kyle and wife Monique of Bangor; Stephen and wife Paula of Mechanic Falls; James and wife Cynthia of Auburn; daughters Sandra Cullinan and husband Michael of Kissimmee FL; and Eileen Fanjoy and husband Brent of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, William King of Buxton and James King of Mountain Home, Idaho. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Also surviving her are her two loving cats, Mr. Biggles and Eden.
A private celebration of Sandy's life will be held at a later date.
Donald A. Mothes, 82, died early Friday morning, July 20, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Born October 6, 1935, in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Carl and Lillian Mothes, Don grew up as the youngest of three brothers, developing lifelong interests in nature and landscapes, gardening, classical music and opera, art, American history, and reading.
Don’s family later moved to Manchester, N.H., where Don graduated from West High School in 1953. At West, he excelled in academics; participated in art, yearbook and drama; and played clarinet in the high school band, receiving state recognition.
In 1958, Don married Joan Ramsay, who he met at popular weekend dances in Manchester. They were married for 37 years and had one son, James Barry Mothes, born in 1963, who lives in Portland and is an English teacher and hockey coach at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.
After taking courses at the University of New Hampshire in advanced mathematics and correspondent courses in technical drafting and engineering, Don worked for many years as a technical draftsman for Honeywell in Manchester, N.H., and later Jewell Instruments. In the late-1970s, Don built on his lifelong love for nature and landscape and founded Evergreen Landscaping, a business he sustained for several years.
Don moved to Portland in 1995 with life-threatening pancreatitis. To be closer to his son, he was moved from a hospital in Manchester to Maine Medical Center, where he underwent additional surgeries and recovered after months of rehabilitation.
Over the past 23 years, Don has lived in Yarmouth, Scarborough, and Portland. He lived at Seventy-Five State Street in Portland from 2001 until 2014. Since 2014, he lived at St. Joseph’s Residence on Washington Avenue in Portland.
Don enjoyed spending time along the coast, particularly at Fort Williams, Two Lights, Scarborough Beach, and Pine Point, and eating classic New England seafoods. He enjoyed attending classical music performances of the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium, as well as listening to classical music every day on a stereo or radio. He loved nature, particularly flowers, shrubs and bushes, and trees, and the changing colors of the leaves each fall. In earlier years, Don also enjoyed skiing, tennis, hiking, and visiting places of historical interest.
One of the most rewarding experiences in Don’s life was pastel painting, which he started in the early 2000s. Over the years, Don created many Maine and New Hampshire-inspired landscapes and coastal scenes. He had one-man shows at the Congress Street Coffee by Design and the Portland Public Library. His work was also selected and shown through Maine’s Very Special Artists (VSA) program, which focuses on art and artmaking for people with disabilities. In 2007, his piece “Kancamagus Highway” was selected for a juried show at the State Capitol in Augusta, which included a welcome reception at the Blaine House.
Don is survived by his son, James Barry Mothes and his daughter-in-law, Anne Tommaso of Portland, Maine; and a sister-in-law and four nieces and a nephew living in and around Manchester, N.H. His former wife, Joan Mothes, 84, lives in Manchester, N.H.
Don and his son, Barry, gratefully thank the staff and residents at St Joseph’s Residence, particularly the Unit A staff and Dr. Richard Marino; Aaron Dunn-Hoffman; Dr. David M. Johnson; Candance Kingsley; the staffs at Seventy-Five State Street and Maine Medical Center, and all our friends and family for their loving support, care, and friendship over these years.
A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be held, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 1:30 pm, at St. Joseph’s Residence at 1133 Washington Avenue in Portland. Family and friends are also invited to a burial and graveside service that will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester, N.H., at 10:00 am on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a reception to follow directly afterwards.