Deborah E. (Noyes) Gillespie

Died: Dec 3, 2011
Deborah E. (Noyes) Gillespie
Scarborough, ME – Deborah E. Gillespie, 65, of Scarborough, ME passed away at The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a long courageous battle with brain cancer.
 
Debbie was born December 12, 1945 in Bangor, ME to Fred A. Noyes and Gladys H. Noyes of Old Town, ME. Debbie attended local schools graduating from Old Town High School in 1964. While in school Debbie played the trumpet in the band and excelled in athletics, particularly basketball and softball. Following her high school graduation, she attended the University of Maine in Orono majoring in both Physical Education and English. It was during this time she would meet the love of her life, Ted Gillespie.
 
Debbie was nineteen and Ted just seventeen, fresh out of high school and attending a summer program at the university, when they met at the York Commons where Debbie was working for the summer. From the time they met, the two were nearly inseparable. Ted made many trips to Old Town to see Debbie following the end of the summer program. Debbie, never afraid to try new things, one day surprised Ted by arriving in Portland with just what she could fit in her luggage and the drive to do whatever was necessary to make a home for herself in the “big city”. Within a few days she managed to get a job at H.P. Hood, find an apartment and, with a little help, even get the electricity turned on. Over time, their love blossomed and they were married April 20, 1968 and welcomed their daughter in February of the following year.
 
Debbie spent the next years making a home for her family as well as working outside the home. Once her daughter entered high school, Debbie decided that she would pursue one of her passions and open her own restaurant. She and Ted bought a vacant building in Cape Elizabeth and turned it into Kettle Cove Take-Out and Dairy Bar in 1985 and ran it until it was sold in 1994. Debbie ran the food side with an unfailing drive for quality and Ted became something of an ice cream expert creating new recipes. Over the years the business employed numerous local teens some of whom came to be thought of as family and continue to keep in touch to this day.
 
Debbie spent thirteen years working as an Assistant Manager at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Wells following the sale of her business. She thrived on hard work and dedication. If there was something that needed to be done, Debbie would ensure it was taken care of.
 
Debbie also enjoyed spending time with family and friends camping, cross country skiing, going to the beach or just relaxing at home. She and Ted were also Corvette enthusiasts and members the Maine Coastal Cruisers and the Vettes of Coastal Maine. They enjoyed attending car club events, cruises and car shows throughout New England and Canada. In the winter months when the restaurant was closed, she and Ted would travel the country in an RV exploring the lighthouses up and down the east coast, soaking up some sun in Florida and visiting their daughter and her family in Oklahoma before they relocated to Maine.
 
Family was first with Debbie and she had fun watching her grandson participate in sports. She often accompanied her daughter and grandson on trips to various hockey tournaments throughout the New England area where the three would take side trips to explore interesting places they found along the way. Playing detective when her daughter would inevitably leave her purse someplace in their travels and joining her grandson in taking great delight in keeping his mother awake during the nights spent in the hotels.
 
After her diagnosis, Debbie found comfort in her belief in God and his plan for her and the friends she made while attending The Rock Church with her husband.
 
Debbie is survived by her husband, of 43 years, Ted Gillespie of Scarborough; her daughter Kim Wood and her husband James of South Portland and her grandson Jared Wood also of South Portland. She also leaves behind her sisters Phyllis Bulduc of Old Town and Margaret Noyes of East Madison along with numerous nieces and nephews and many, many good friends.
 
A celebration of Debbie's life is planned for Saturday December 17th @ 2pm at The Rock Church located at 66 Gorham Road in Scarborough, ME.

Gertrude M. Dudley

Died: Dec 1, 2011
Gertrude M. Dudley
Portland, ME – Gertrude M. (Sullivan) Dudley, 87, of Portland died Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Barron Center. She was the wife of the late Mahlon Dudley Sr., who died in September 1990.
 
Gertrude was born in Portland on January 14, 1924 a daughter of the late Nathan & Myrtle (Sawyer) Sullivan and had been a Portland resident all of her life. She attended local area schools and graduated from Deering High School.
 
She had been employed at B & M Baked Beans for twenty five years before retiring and then went to work as a housekeeper for the Woodford’s Congregational Church in Portland.
 
Gertrude enjoyed shopping as well as doing crafts; crocheting was her favorite and was famous for her Irish knit sweaters. Her family also came first; she was completely devoted to them and her animals came in a close second. She enjoyed the feeling she received by caring for others.
 
She is survived by her daughter Marlene Hammond and her husband John of Portland, her two sons Mahlon Dudley Jr. and his wife Sandy of South Portland and Nathan Dudley and his wife Debbie of Sebago. She also leaves seven grandchildren Christine, Jim, Kathy, Bobby, Danny, Keith and Val as well as fifteen great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
 
A private interment will be held at a later date at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland.
 
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made to:
The Barron Center
1145 Brighton Ave.
Portland, ME 04102
 
For further information and to sign Gertrude’s guest book, please visit www.advantageportland.com

Nelson D. Collins Sr.

Died: Nov 29, 2011
Nelson D. Collins Sr.
Yarmouth, ME – Nelson David Collins Sr., 46, of Auburn and formerly of Florida, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
 
Nelson was born in Westbrook, ME a son of the late Carlene V. (Edwards) Rhinehart and Wayne N. Collins of Yarmouth. 
 
Nelson recently moved back to Maine, living with his brother and his wife in Auburn, after spending the past 20 years in Florida. He enjoyed working with his hands and worked as a self-employed tile and marble contractor.
 
He enjoyed most sports, however his favorite was NASCAR.
 
Besides his father he is survived by his step mother Sheila Collins also of Yarmouth and his son Nelson D. Collins Jr. of Florida. He also leaves his brother Dwayne Collins and his wife Tina of Auburn and his twin sister Nada Russell of Loveland, CO. He was also the brother of the late Teresa Campbell.
 
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth will be private.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to:
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102

Arthur M. Johnson

Died: Dec 1, 2011
Arthur M. Johnson
Brunswick, ME – Arthur Marshall Johnson, 54, of Brunswick and formerly of Zephyrhills, FL died peacefully after a period of declining health on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Mid Coast Hospital.
 
Arthur was born on September 10, 1957 in Springfield, MA a son of the late Richard A. Johnson and Jane E. (Miller) Johnson of Brunswick. He grew up in Hampden and North Andover, MA and after finishing school he traveled the continental US for several years before settling in Florida, where he met Patricia Napora, the mother of his three children.
 
While in Florida, Arthur began a career as a finish carpenter, working for Manuel Construction. He later brought his talents to New Hampshire and began his own business. 
 
He was an avid hunter and member of the North American Hunting Club and the Wildlife Federation. Due to his extensive travels, Arthur became quite the storyteller. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile, the twinkle in his eye and the love of his children and family. 
 
Besides his mother, he is survived by his son Patrick A. Johnson of Burke, VA; his two daughters Jeannette D. Johnson of Evart, MI and Elizabeth W. Napora of Big Rapids, MI and his three grandchildren Haylee, Jake and William. He also leaves his three sisters Lynn D. Johnson of Brunswick, Susan L. Johansson and her husband Peter of Salem, NH and Nancy E. Johnson and her husband Geoff of Topsham, ME as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jarl R. Johnson who died September 1, 2001.
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory to:
Palliative Care Services
c/o Mid Coast Hospital
123 Medical Center Drive
Brunswick, ME 04011
 
For further information and to sign Arthur’s guest book please visit www.advantageportland.com

Mitchell A. Kessler

Died: Nov 18, 2011
Mitchell A. Kessler
Augusta-Mitchell A. Kessler, 25, of Portland and Old Orchard Beach, passed away on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
He was born in Portland on March 24, 1986, the only child of Richard and Carlene Kessler. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 2004 and from the University of Southern Maine in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
While attending USM, he worked for the City of Portland, Recreation Division in the before and after care program at Hall School. He was loved by the staff and kids.
Mitch was loving, loyal, funny, charming, athletic, smart, generous and a kind hearted person. He had a wonderful group of friends that he loved (too numerous to list) but they know who they are.
He had a passion for golf, basketball, baseball, music, dancing, hanging with friends, poker, sneakers and sun glasses. He loved his two mini bull terrier dogs (Snoopy and Jetta).
Mitchell is survived by his parents, Richard and Carlene, his “Bubbe”, Eleanor Kessler, great aunt, Gertrude Schloff, aunts and uncles: Maxine Kessler, Ken and Betty Kessler, Raymond and Elinor Fogg, Francine & Steve Macisso, Robert and Tracey Fogg, Carole and Don Dunphe and many special cousins. Extended family: Patty Jo Walton, Diane and Kenny Shone, “O” Diane Hopkins, Tom and Ann Kussy, Gerry Pelletier, Janice Kimball, Elizabeth Morgan, Elizabeth Cummings and Tammy Bellino. Special thanks to: Tom Dyhrberg, Mike and Dee Dee Couture, the guardian angels of the Portland PD, and especially his longtime girlfriend, Sarah Paiement.
His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Nothing will ever be the same. We will miss your million dollar smile that could light up a room and that twinkle in those beautiful brown eyes when we knew you were up to something.  In spite of this heart breaking tragedy, Mitchell has left this world a hero by donating his organs to the New England Organ Bank. His generous gift has already saved several lives. Rest in peace sweet cakes. No services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life will be held sometime in the future.
“Irish Blessing”
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mitchell’s name to:
City of Portland
Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund
134 Congress Street
Suite 2
Portland, Maine 04101
 
“Peace”

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