Shirley Gates Smith

Died: Mar 10, 2012
Shirley Gates Smith
Shirley Gates Smith, 89, Co-Founder of Spurwink School
Shirley Gates Smith, 89, passed away on March 10, 2012, at Falmouth by the Sea after a long decline in health.
She was born April 4, 1922, in Augusta, Maine to Donald and Eugenia Ayers Gates, their first of four daughters. She was educated in local schools and graduated from Cony High School, class of 1940. Following business school, she secured a job as a secretary at the State House, where she stayed until 1949. In 1946, she was assigned to work with a new State representative, Edmund Muskie.
On March 20, 1948, she married Richard M. Smith, whom she had met in grade school at age 10. They moved to Portland and rented an apartment on Munjoy Hill overlooking the Eastern Promenade. Here they had their first child, Nicholas, in 1953. Together they moved to St. Louis Missouri, so that her husband could attend graduate school at Washington University. Their second child, Vana, was born during this stay. Their hope and goal was always to return to their beloved home state. The move was delayed when her husband was offered a job as executive director of the Baird Children’s Home in Burlington, Vermont. They detoured there until 1960 and then finally were able to relocate back to Maine.
They purchased a farm on Riverside St. for the site of their new residential treatment center which they founded that same year, Spurwink School, later to become Spurwink Services, still in existence. Her husband was the director and teacher, while she handled the business end of the operation. The early years were a struggle, but Shirley’s accounting and money management skills helped keep it afloat. Over the next 10 years, they lived at the school, working to develop and expand the center while raising their two children at the school.
In 1970, the Smiths divorced but continued to work together at Spurwink until Shirley’s retirement in 1978, when she moved to Scarborough. She remained there in her own home until 2008, when she moved into assisted living at Scarborough Terrace. A year ago, her declining health required her to transfer to the nursing facility of Falmouth by the Sea. 
Shirley was a master of multitasking. She was an extremely accomplished seamstress, producing countless fine garments over the years, including costumes and party dresses for her two granddaughters. She loved to keep house, garden, cook, and bake.   Her garden at Spurwink produced an abundance of fresh vegetables yearly, including the annual endless supply of zucchini. Her chocolate chip cookie recipe became a local classic. Long before it was fashionable, she was interested in vitamins and healthy eating. For many years, she made her own yogurt and cultivated a taste for wheat germ and brewers yeast. Upon her retirement, she became an avid reader, an activity she pursued until her vision declined a few years ago. 
Shirley is survived by her son, Nicholas Smith of Brooklyn, New York; her daughter, Vana Carmona and husband Ralph, of Portland, Maine; her two granddaughters, Lonicera Lyttle of Turin, Italy; and Poppy Lyttle of New York. She is also survived by two sisters, Jeanalys Ballard and Beverly Naoum, both of Augusta. A third sister, Dawn Morgan, predeceased her in 2010. 
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Scarborough Terrace, Falmouth by the Sea, and Beacon Hospice for their thoughtful caring of Shirley over the last few years. They also wish to thank Shirley’s dear friend, Colleen Snyder, for all her assistance and generosity, which she has so freely given to make Shirley’s later life more pleasant.
According to Shirley’s request, no services will be held. Persons wishing to acknowledge her long and full life can make a donation in her name to a cause of their own choosing.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Shirley’s guestbook.

Ethan Daniel Sicotte

Died: Mar 9, 2012
Ethan Daniel Sicotte
Ethan Sicotte died after a tumultuous battle that he fought valiantly for many years. His death came on his own terms on March 9th, 2012.
Born and raised in Greenfield, Ethan had lived in Portland, ME for the past 14 years.
Ethan was predeceased by his grandparents Rene and Stella Sicotte, and E. Kenneth Sweet. Ethan is survived by his parents, Dennis and Melinda (Sweet) Sicotte of Portland; his grandmother Shirley Sweet of Greenfield, MA; his sister Sadie Perry and her sons Robert, Nathan, Camden and Brodie, and her daughter Kaci Perry and her husband Bryan Rodriguez; his brother Aaron Sicotte and his wife Colette and their children Jaden, Brady and Isabel; his long-time girlfriend Monica Jarnport; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and friends from around the globe.
There will be a private memorial service for family.
 In lieu of flowers please send a donation in Ethan’s name to your local public library.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Ethan’s guestbook.

Robert A. Smedberg

Died: Mar 1, 2012
Waterville -- Robert A. J. Smedberg, 71, of Waterville died on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Maine General Medical Center. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Ware) Smedberg.
Robert was born in Chelsea, Maine on July 3, 1940 a son of the late George Herbert & Noella Christine (St. Hiliare) Smedberg Sr. He attended local area schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.
He was a mill worker, working for Woolin Mill and Diamen Match before retiring.
Bob enjoyed the outdoors including hunting fishing and boating and he also had an avid interest in horse racing. His favorite pastime though had to be dancing. Robert was a man on the go, always keeping busy; if not with his hobbies he would be busy helping others around him. He was a genuinely caring person, always wanting to please and never allowing anyone to leave his home hungry.
Besides his wife, Beverly, he is survived by his children Caroline Smedberg of Bangor, Robert Smedberg Jr. of Attleboro, MA, Diane Smedberg of Taunton, MA, Nancy Wertz of East Taunton, MA and Debbie Smedberg of Norton, MA; his step-children Tony Gilbert of Heartland, ME, Brian Gilbert of Benton, ME, Georgette Boudreau of Sidney, ME, Ruthann Tillinghast of Madison, ME and Paula Taylor of Waterville, ME. He also leaves three brothers Herbert George Smedberg of Foxborough, MA, Harry Smedberg of Fairfield, ME, Ellis Smedberg of North Ansen, ME and four sisters Georgetta Francis of Cape Brenton, Canada, Anna Littlefield of Indianapolis, IN, Eva May Karause of Fairfield, ME and Barbara Quirion of Stratum, NH, along with several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends, including his beloved dog Sarah.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with military honors on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Robert’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Maine State Credit Union FBO
Beverly (Roy) Smedberg
200 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04330

Deborah L. Randall

Died: Mar 4, 2012
Deborah L. Randall
Deborah Lee Caldwell Randall, age 56, of Patten, Searsport and Portland, Maine, died peacefully at her home in Portland on March 4, 2012.
Deborah was born March 17, 1955 to Beulah Jean Shaw Caldwell and Phillip Vaughn Caldwell of Patten. She graduated from Katahdin High School.
Debbie owned and operated Mt. Ephraim Kennel in Searsport, Maine, until 1989 where she bred and raised German Shepherds.  She was a professional show handler, expert obedience trainer and member of the AKC. Debbie loved wildlife and the outdoors. She was an avid camper, fisherwoman and swimmer. She had a green thumb, and pampered many vegetables and houseplants. She was a bright and lively lady with many friends of all ages who loved her open mind and ready laugh. She treasured her family.
Debbie is survived by her three daughters, Sonya Irish Root, Cassie Irish and Mariah Randall, her granddaughters, Maren and Annaleigh Root, her brother Delmont Caldwell, her nieces Tara Prespolis and Raquel Lane and their children Amber and Ellie Tapley and Sydney and Garett Sanders.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at her daughter Sonya’s home, 41 Collins Pond Rd, Windham, on Friday, March 9 at 5:30 pm. An internment is planned for the spring at the Caldwell plot in Sherman Mills Cemetery.

Joseph Craig Palmacci

Died: Feb 28, 2012
Joseph Craig Palmacci
Portland, ME-Joseph Craig Palmacci age 62 of Portland died Tuesday February 28, 2012 at Maine Medical Center. 
He was born in Portland, Maine on June 20, 1949 the son of Joseph B. and Viola M. Aliberti Palmacci. Joseph was a graduate of Cheverus High School class of 1967 and Boston College class of 1971.
He worked as a professional salesman for Cremark Inc. and Discover Maine Magazine. Joseph played piano in many local venues in Portland. He was a talented musician who could play by ear.
Joseph is survived by his mother Viola Palmacci of Yarmouth, a sister and brother in law Gina and David Stokes of Yarmouth, a sister Jo Ann Palmacci of Wells, a brother and sister in law Jed and Bonnie Palmacci of Park City, Utah, a brother Gregory Palmacci of Dallas, TX, his partner Dorothy Mae Morgan of Las Vegas, NV, and several nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by his father Joseph B. Palmacci.
There are no visiting hours scheduled. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday March 2 at 11AM in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yarmouth. 
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services 981 Forest Ave. Portland, Maine.

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