Maynard E. Braley

New Gloucester, ME - Maynard Edson Braley, age 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 30, 2018 at the Hospice House in Auburn. 

 

He was born November 1, 1944 in Auburn, ME a son of the late Erwin and Julia (Fuller) Braley.  He was a 1963 graduate of Edward Little High School. Maynard was also a member of the Mason's for at least 30 years.  


He worked for most of his life as a delivery driver for Sears retiring at the age of 50. Then driving for Bedard Pharmacy and Evergreen Subaru also working at Point Sebago repairing RV's.    

Maynard loved his boat and his house on the lake.  He had a second family at the lake, there was not a day that he did not walk down to the beach and chat with everyone and go for a boat ride.  

 
Maynard is lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Diane Braley of Auburn, his nephews, Tracy and Susan Braley of Cocoa, FL, Troy and April Braley of Clermont FL; his niece: Kristine and Michael Stone of Hermon ME.  He also leaves his grand nieces and nephews, Sara Braley and fiancée Rob Williams of Merritt Island FL, Mackenzie, Jacob, and Matthew Stone of Hermon ME.  He was also the brother of the late Loring Braley.

The family wishes to thank Hospice House for such kind care in his last days.  

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside memorial service on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11 am at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, ME.

James R. "Jamie" McLafferty

Auburn-James Robert McLafferty (aka Jamie, Jim and Jimmy) passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Odd Fellows Home in Auburn after a long illness.  He was born on January 27, 1938 to Joseph and Lurlene (Ross) McLafferty of Rangeley. 

 

As a child he was described as rambunctious, upbeat and “always on the run.”  He graduated from Rangeley High School in 1955 where he played varsity basketball and was one of nine classmates.  He then went to the University of Maine to get his bachelor’s degree and, after two years, entered the Navy where he became a weatherman on the aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid.  James often talked about how the Navy gave him direction in life.  After his discharge, he reenrolled in the University of Maine, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. 

 

He began his career as an accountant for Ernest and Sherman Shapiro in Lewiston, and then as the Controller for Eastland Shoe Company in Freeport, retiring after twenty years.

 

James was a Mason and belonged to the Tranquil Lodge #29 in Auburn.  He was a loving and dedicated father, proud grandparent, avid outdoorsman, carpenter and hobbyist.  He loved skiing, fishing, hunting, trap shooting, fly tying, model building and furniture making.  In 1988 he met the true love of his life, Diane.  They soon married and together had an amazing journey of companionship, love and happiness. 

 

Besides his loving wife of thirty years, he leaves behind his son Robert (Erica) of Springfield, IL and grandchildren Bryant and Lesley, and daughter Sue Croteau of Auburn and granddaughter Dominique, and sisters Brenda Manchester of Mechanic Falls and Susan Coombs of Durham, NH.  He also leaves behind Diane’s children Jennifer (Tom) Gubbins of South Pomfret, VT and their children Andrew, Lily and Hannah, Stephan (Katy) Hatch of Lexington, MA and their children Ethan, Eve and Sam, and Matthew (Terri) Hatch of Olathe, KS and their children Camdyn and Finn, who all also loved and knew him as Papa Jimmy. 

 

He was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother Joey.  James touched the lives of many, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.  The family would like to thank Odd Fellows Home for their excellent and loving care.   

 

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Rangeley.

Cathy M. (Pooler) Cushing

South Portland, ME - Cathy Mae Cushing left this world on June 14, 2018 in Scarborough, Maine after a long courageous battle with cancer.  

She was born in Portland, Maine, October 6, 1950; the daughter of Stanley H Pooler and Catherine A Spiller. She was raised in South Portland, Maine attending South Portland schools.

After retiring from Unum in 2013, Cathy spent much of her time with family and friends at her campsite in Naples, Maine. She loved traveling, making numerous trips to Nevada to visit with her son and enjoying the many sites and stops along the way.

Cathy was a breath of fresh air to all she encountered. She always had a warm smile and a hearty laugh to share. She will be greatly missed by all who came to know and love her.

Cathy was predeceased by her parents; husband Elliott Cushing, his brother, Stanley Pooler and his wife LeeAnne. She is survived by her loving partner Francis J Millett of South Portland, son Elliot Cushing and partner Scott Bernier of Las Vegas, Nevada, son Brian Cushing and his wife Kriss of Waterboro, Maine, sisters Ellen Nielsen of Old Orchard Beach and Bobby Ellis of Berwick and brother Phillip Pooler and his wife Dawn of Kennebunk, along with several nieces and nephews.

Her family wishes to thank the staff of nurses and doctors at MMC for their loving and professional care.

Donna J. Anderson

Westbrook, ME - Donna Jean Anderson, of Westbrook, ME, 66, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Cedars in Portland.

She was born on December 7, 1951 in Caribou, ME a daughter of the late Warren E. & Marjory C. (Kelley) Anderson.  She grew up in Caribou, attending local area schools and graduated from Caribou High School.  She then went on to attend Northern Maine Community College.

Donna was a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked throughout Maine and Kirkland, Washington.  She retired from Springbrook Nursing Home in Westbrook.

She is survived by children Brian Jacobs Jr. And his wife Kristean of Westbrook and Daniel Jacobs of Gastonia, NC.  She also leaves her grandchildren Christopher Jacobs of St. Agatha, ME and Zachary Jacobs of Westbrook, ME as well as her brother Richard Anderson of Clinton, CT, her sister Hallie Milton of North Haverhill, NH and several nieces and nephews.  She was also the sister of the late Ronald W. and Rodney Anderson.

A graveside service will be held at New Sweden Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her parents in New Sweden, ME.  The date and time will be announced late summer or early fall.


Benjamin A. Hubley

 

Portland, ME - Benjamin Arthur Hubley died of natural causes at his residence in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on June 14, 2018. He was 97 years old. 

 

The son of Stella Jane Middleton Hubley and Percy Lee Hubley, Ben was born in Goshen, N.B., in 1920. The family emigrated to the U.S. and the Augusta, Maine, area in 1924. Intrigued by his family history, Ben later made several genealogical research trips to Canada. 

 

He grew up on Pleasant Hill Road, Augusta. To earn money, as he later recalled, he’d sell wild water lilies and the publication Grit. 

 

Ben graduated from Cony High School. In his teens he was “mic-struck” — captivated by radio — and founded a Cony Radio Club. Through the weekly club broadcast on WRDO, Ben got to know Harriette Hall, a cellist who performed with her sisters as the Hall Trio on the show. Ben and Hattie married in 1941.

 

Prior to World War II, Ben earned high marks at the Massachusetts Radio School, Boston, becoming well qualified for U.S. Army Signal Corps service after Pearl Harbor. As an operator-technician in the radio-relay network supporting Gen. Eisenhower's headquarters, Ben served in North Africa, Malta, France and Italy. His role in repairing an antenna while under fire in Anzio, Italy, was recognized by the Kennebec Journal newspaper.

 

After the war, he worked in radio in Massachusetts — where his duties at WMNB, in North Adams, included broadcasting in knee-deep floodwaters and hosting “The Song Shop” — and then in Vermont until 1958, when he became station manager at WCSH Radio in Portland, Maine. At that point, the Hubley family bought the house in South Portland, Maine, where Ben and Hattie would reside for 55 years.

 

Ben moved to WCSH-TV and the field of advertising sales in 1967, and retired from the station as regional sales director in 1985.

 

Though a very private man, Ben was funny, wise and devoted to his family. His interests included music and literature (notably Emerson), gardening and cooking, fishing, bird watching, riding his bike to yard sales, amateur radio and computers.

 

He was predeceased by his wife, Harriette Linnell Hall Hubley, in 2017; by sisters Rosa and Carole; by brothers Leslie, Cecil and one who died unnamed at birth; by his parents; and by a son, Dennis.

 

Ben is survived by his children: daughters Susan and Nancy, and Nancy's partner, Hiram Torres; son Douglas and Douglas’ wife, Gretchen; by his sister Shirley; and by nieces and nephews.

 

The family expresses its deep gratitude to the staff at Cape Memory Care, Cape Elizabeth, for their unfailing kindness and compassion toward Ben and Hattie, especially during their final weeks. We’re also deeply grateful to the staff of Beacon Hospice for making Ben’s departure as easy as possible for all concerned.

 

No public service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Maine Audubon Society in Ben’s honor will be appreciated: https://www.maineaudubon.org/support/give/.

 

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