Portland, ME - Alex Floridino, 19, died unexpectedly on September 20, 2017, in Portland, ME.
Alex was born in Portland, Maine on May 16, 1998, the son of Craig Carrigan and Christina Floridino.
Alex was a family man above all else. He was very respectful and always greeted you with a wide smile and a warm hug.
Despite being diagnosed with osteosarcoma as a child, Alex never lost that smile and positive attitude. While the cancer robbed Al of his ability to continue playing sports, he was an avid fan. He got to enjoy Celtics and sox games with his dad. Like his dad, Alex was a diehard Steelers fan who would get constant rubbing from the rest of his family, all Pats fans.
Alex really enjoyed going to Cape Cod to visit "Ballgame," which is what he called his grandpa Ted. He loved their boating trips in the Cape with Ballgame and his partner Rose.
Like most Italians, Alex loved to eat. He really enjoyed his mother's cooking as well going out to eat.
Alex loved to laugh. Despite all his struggles his smooth character, charismatic charm, and great sense of humor touched countless people throughout his life.
Alex was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Mike Floridino and paternal grandmother Emma Carrigan. He is survived by his father Craig Carrigan, mother Christina Floridino, brothers Derrick and Cameron; sister Adrianna; paternal grandfather Theodore Carrigan and his partner Rose Tribou of Buzzards Bay, MA; maternal great-grandmother Effie Cash; grandmother Barbara Floridino; Aunts Krista Carrigan, Ann Marie and Barbie Floridino; uncles Mikey Floridino and Ethan Bixler; cousins Tatum Philbrook, Jordan, Christina, Zoe, JD, Marcus, Domenic, Tyler, Acadia, and Colton; nephew Joey and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 9-11a.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 476 Summit St. Portland, Maine. Immmeditaly following will be a funeral service. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Alex's guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alex's Memorial Fund https://www.gofundme.com/jvyj7-memorial-fund-for-alex
Westbrook, ME - Jason James "JJ” Meyer, 46, of Westbrook passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
JJ was born in Portland, Maine to Victor E. Meyer and Margaret Iezzi-Meyer. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School. He also attended school in Northern California, where he lived for a period. He attended college at UNE in Biddeford for Marine Biology.
JJ was a fisherman early on then a roofer and a painter. He loved his dogs, Gracie and Brooklyn, and liked spending time on the river with them.
JJ loved life, his family and friends; especially his granddaughter Zaylah, fiancé Amanda, his kids Jason and Emily, and the dogs. Jay always wore a smile, had a heart of gold and would help out anyone in need. He was smart, fun, and had a good sense of humor. He is loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
JJ is predeceased by all of his grandparents, his father Victor, and his sister Heather Poulin. He's survived by his mother Margaret ("Mickey") and his brothers Dickie and Eric, his two children Jason J. Beaumier and Emily R. Meyer, his granddaughter Zaylah, his fiancée Amanda Davis and her two children. He's also survived by his nephews Michael, Eric, and MacGyver; as well as his great nephew Mason (whom he loved being an Uncle to,) and by his nieces Tia, Kayla, and Sarah. Jay is also survived by his family and many good friends.
A Service will be held on Sat. 9/23 @ 2:00 pm with Pastor Jeff presiding and a Celebration of Life to follow from 2-7pm @ 36 Anthoine Rd. Windham. All are welcome. (There will be refreshments after the service.)
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the family to assist with expenses. Thank you.
Auburn, ME - Virginia Thompson Houston of Poland Maine passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the age of 94.
“Ginny” was born December 8, 1922 in Byron, Maine, the daughter of Alfred N. and Eunice H. Thompson. Ginny attended Auburn Schools and graduated from Edward Little High School with the class of 1941. She was active in sports. She graduated from Auburn Maine School of Commerce. She worked many years at Mechanics Savings Bank.
Ginny married Stanley E. Houston of Durham on July 8, 1945 at the High Street Congregational Church in New Auburn. They resided in Auburn and spent summers at the family camp in Otisfield. They moved to Poland, ME in the early 70s. She spent her later winters in Spring Hill, FL.
She was active in numerous clubs and organizations. She enjoyed playing cards on Saturdays with a special group of friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother Raymond Thompson and her son-in-law Frederick Walters.
She is survived by her daughters Sheryl Walters of Poland, ME and her companion Stephen Cox and Janice Rawson. She also leaves her grandchildren Pamela Oberg and her husband Chris of Somersworth, NH, Katie Rawson and her husband Ryan Wire of West Hills, CA, Paul Rawson Jr. and his wife Caitlin of Poland ME, and Nathanial Rawson of Bloomington, IN as well as her great grandchildren Alexis Oberg, Keegan, Connor and Mackenzie Rawson, her brother-in-law John Houston of Topsham and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank her caregivers at Schooner Estates and Clover Manor.
A graveside service will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Responsible Pet Care P.O. Box 82 Norway, ME 04268 as she loved her daughter’s two cats or the Poland Recreation Dept. 1231 Maine St, Poland, ME 04272 as she loved watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports.
South Portland- Ralph Leroy Ricahrds,92, longtime residents of Cape Elizabeth and Buxton died peacefully on September 12, 2017 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough.
He was born in Grand Lake Stream during a heavy snow on January 31, 1925, with the attending doctor transported to Grand Lake Stream by horse and sleigh.
Ralph graduated from Princeton High School in 1943. The three boys from his graduating call all enlisted into the service with two going to Europe and on to the Pacific. Ralph joined as a U.S. Paratrooper serving for three years in Europe during World War II in the 13th and 82nd Airborne. He marched with the 82nd Parachute Infantry Division in New York City, the largest parade held following the Allied Victory in Europe.
Ralph earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the University of Maine at Orono with graduate work at Boston University. He started his career in education as a science teacher in the small town of Brownville Junction, continued as principal at Mechanic Falls and then became the longest serving administrator as high school principal for Cape Elizabeth. HE was a member of the Maine Teachers’ Association Executive Committee and former President of the State Principals; Association. He also belonged to several local organizations where he resided.
In 1951 he married his best friend and love of his life Barbara Ann Cook of Woodland after meeting at the Woodland Labor Day Fair.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 66 years, his sons, G Bion Ricards and his wife Muriel of Rockport, and Scott D. Richards and his wife Pamela of Cape Elizabeth, his two grandchildren Wesley and Elle Richards, his sister Ria Furbish of Austin, Texas and sister-in-law Norma Richards of Dover-Foxcroft and a niece and four nephews. Both his sons are grateful to their father for all he taught them whether it was wood working, falling a tree in the woods, writing, plumbing and having the general ability to take on most any project. He never hesitated to tell them how much he loved them.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Philip Richards and brother-in-law Roger Furbish.
Ralph had a subtle downeast humor, a tremendous work ethic, boundless energy and was said to have four loves: snowmobiling, gardening, cutting wood and his wife Barbara. He always had a huge bountiful garden including a Christmas tree farm and liked to give his produce away to family, friends and the needy. Later he focused on organic gardening. He and his wife enjoyed traveling the United States, Canada and Europe. He hung a print of Henry David Thoreau’s quote in the family room “Man looks at his woodpile with a kind of affections,” To Ralph there never seemed to be enough dry stacked hardwood for the winter season ahead. He spent several months each year at the family camp that he built with his father on Big Lake near Princeton.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and thoughtful staff of the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough for the care of Ralph.
Memorial gifts may be made online to the Maine Veterans Home at Mainevets.org or by mail at: Maine Veterans’ Home, 290 Route 1 Scarborough Maine, 04074. A private committal service is planned.
Westbrook, ME – Evelyn Renna, 94, of Westbrook, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Renna.
She was born in Vinalhaven, ME on April 11, 1923 a daughter of the late Freeman & Gladies (Bradstreet) Hopkins. She grew up in Vinalhaven, attending local area schools and graduating from Vinalhaven High School in 1941. While living in Vinalhaven she met her husband, a fisherman by the name of Joseph Paul Renna, of the coast of the island.
Evelyn was a lifelong resident of Portland; she spent fifteen years at Health Tex and looked after many children throughout her life. Children were her greatest joy as she was constantly surrounded them, whether they were her own, her grandchildren or even neighborhood kids; she would treat them as her own and would do anything they needed.
Evelyn is survived by three daughters, Tamara Coxe of Westbrook, Deborah Budroe and her husband Rob Grover of Windham and Rosalind Foster and her husband Gary of Westbrook. She also leaves nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. She also was the mother of the late Laurie Renna, who died in April 2017.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, 1460 Broadway, South Portland, ME.