Carol Marie (Whitten) Lemay

Died: May 8, 2012
Carol Marie (Whitten) Lemay
Scarborough, ME – Carol Marie (Whitten) Lemay, 53, of Scarborough died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She was the wife of John P. Lemay. 
She was born in Portland on February 12, 1959 a daughter of the late Lawrence & Mary Eleanor (Dyer) Whitten and step daughter of the late Rodney Scoville. She attended schools in Milford, CT, Portland, Bangor, and Biddeford, ME.
She and her husband John have been married for the past 30 years, making their home in Scarborough, Maine
She was a stitcher for Joseph Herman Shoe Co. and for L.L.Bean Inc., and a CNA for various nursing homes.
Carol was a communicant of various Catholic and non-denominational churches.
She was active in a Writing Club at the Preble Street Resource Center.
She also acted in a play in support of the homeless, through the Preble Street Resource Center.
Carol was special in more ways to count or tell about, and she was also a person with special challenges.
Besides her husband John, she is survived by her daughter Sarah Lemay, sister Linda Knowlton and brother Richard Dyer, and eight nieces and nephews
Among her special needs, she suffered from a life-long illness called Bi-polar Disorder on a daily basis, of which, she often had no control of.  This was one of the many crosses Carol had to bear, but she remained a warrior right to the end.
Carol was a free spirit, so much that, in her earlier years, she carried the name “free.” She did have a way about her that she surely liked to exercise her independence, but in the end, her heart was true to her family. Through many times of breakup, a permanent time apart was not an option and her dogged stubbornness to keep the family together is something I will be thankful for and cherish until eternity.
She loved to be loved and loved to love. When she could, one of her passions was to immerse herself in the homeless community and share her experiences with the people there. She would then come home and share this with her husband, which was a lot to take in, but this was her bread of life, and she just had to share it with those she loved. She touched countless hearts and was equally comforted by their love and support for her.
She had a heart as pure as the driven snow. She had a childlike innocence to her that was reflected in her outgoing nature. I often called her “my little girl.” She loved everyone and everything. She was completely blind to a person’s faults or failures. She was a purely generous spirit who would literally give her last dime to someone if they needed it. Pomp and circumstance were not part of her. She did not have much, and she did not ask for much, only people who were willing to recognize her as a person without judging. What little she did have, she was willing to give.
She was of Native American/French descent, part of the Micmac and Maliseet Tribes, and loved to collect Indian trinkets, music, and meet people who shared similar ethnicities. She was my “Indian Princess.”
Carol brought uniqueness and personality to a whole new level, in how she was so open to anyone, friendly, and playful. If she saw a person walking in front of the house –whether she knew them or not - she would open the door and customarily say “Hi. How are you?”  
Her heart was overflowing with love and kindness. She loved her family and gave everything she had to it. She enjoyed knitting and crotcheting, photography, playing scrabble online and connecting with family and friends on Facebook, tending to her four cats, and doing for her family and friends. She loved to work on crafts and give them to people; anything from baby blankets to mittens and doll dresses.
She also loved to cook scrambled eggs and her mother’s famous red flannel hash. She loved country music and reciting poems or words to old songs she was particularly fond of. She had a peculiar melancholy sentimentality to when she would sing her favorite “oldies” ballads or melodies that were touching. She appreciated photography, art, looking at the clouds, and babies – oh! Babies! Each baby was special and beautiful.
Carol taught me many things; how to match colors and styles in my clothes, how to love everyone, how not to take life so seriously, and what is truly important in life and what isn’t. She was my Resident Mother Theresa.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at the Lost Coin Café, on 40 Portland Street, Portland from 4 – 6 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2012, including a period of sharing and a eulogy from 5:00 to 6:00PM.
Special Thanks to the Preble Street Resource Center, Homeless Health, Amistad, the Trauma Intervention Program, Mary-Beth Sullivan, Peggy Paine, Peggy Akers, and Dan Wolfman.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Carol’s guestbook.

Chatherine C. Shaw

Died: May 6, 2012
Chatherine C. Shaw
Peaks Island, ME -- Catherine Castle Shaw, 70, of Peaks Island passed away peacefully on May 6, 2012 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by her family and friends. 
 
Cathy was born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Priscilla and James Castle. She grew up in Topsfield, MA and attended Mt. Holyoke College for two years before marrying Ronald Shaw and starting her family. Cathy lived for 33 years in Merrimac, MA before moving to Peaks Island, ME in 1996.  While raising two daughters, Cathy completed her degree in early childhood education at Salem State College and was a co-founder of the Merrimack Childcare Center. In later years she became the bookkeeper for the Merrimack River Watershed Council and then established her own business, which provided bookkeeping services for numerous small businesses on Peaks Island and in the Portland area.
 
Cathy lived a life of service to her community. An active member of the Merrimac United Methodist Church and then the Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church, she gave of herself willingly wherever she saw a need.   Her faith and humanity were obvious to all that met her and she touched the lives of many people. 
 
Cathy is survived by her loving husband Ron, her daughters Alison MacMullin and Leslie Shaw, son-in-law Steven MacMullin, grandsons Paul and Evan MacMullin, brother Paul Castle and his wife Stephanie, sister-in-law Valerie Lipsett, brother-in-law Gordon Shaw and his wife Jean, several nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. 
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. 
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church, 3 Church St., Peaks Island, ME 04108 or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Catherine’s guestbook.

Richard C. "Dick" Thomes

Died: Apr 26, 2012
Richard C.
WESTBROOK — Richard C. “Dick” Thomes, 75, of Westbrook, died Thursday, April 26 at Springbrook Nursing Home. He was born in Portland on May 26, 1936, a son of Charles Jr. and Shirley (Swinyer) Thomes. He attended local schools graduating from Deering High School in 1956.
He was an avid New York Giants fan and enjoyed watching old Westerns.
Dick was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, Peter, William, and Michael, and a daughter, Kelly Thomes.
Survivors include four sons; Richard Thomes Jr. and his wife Pam of South Portland, Michael Thomes of Hollis, John Thomes and his wife Patti of South Portland, and Steven Thomes of Cape Elizabeth; eight grandchildren, many cousins, a niece and a nephew.
Private graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

Julie Willette

Died: Apr 27, 2012
Julie Willette
Portland, ME – JulieWillette, 86, of Portland passed way Friday, April 27, 2012 at St. Joseph Manor. She was the wife of the late Joseph Williette Sr.
 
She was born in Fort Kent, ME on February 7, 1926 a daughter of the late Baptiste and Eveline (Boule’) Guimond. She moved to Portland at a young age and has been a Portland area resident most of her life.
 
Julie worked many jobs during her life to help support her large family.
 
She loved to travel, especially with her son Stephen and also enjoyed reading and cooking. Her children were constantly calling for cooking tips and recipes; some of her specialties were American Chop Suey and Hamburger Gravy.
 
She is survived by her sons Joseph Willette Jr. of Lewiston, Stephen Willette and his wife Nancy of The Villages, FL, Paul WIllette and his ex-wife Laurie Quattrucci of Portland, Mark Willette of Westbrook and William “Bill” WIllette and his wife Laura Lee of Wells. She also leaves her only daughter Ann Swiontkowski of Lewiston as well as sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of the late Richard Nelson, James Willette and Peter Willette.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Chapel, 307 Congress Street, Portland.
 
Burial in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland will be private.
 
Flowers can be sent to the Guild Hall Pastoral Center, 307 Congress Street, Portland.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Julie’s guestbook.

Robert B. Hodgkin Sr.

Died: Apr 24, 2012
Robert B. Hodgkin Sr.
Portland, ME – Robert B. Hodgkin, Sr., 71, of Portland died Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Maine Medical Center. He was the husband of Yvonne F. (Gallardo) Hodgkin.
 
He was born in Gorham, ME on December 17, 1940 a son of the late Herman P & Emma Elizabeth (Gemery) Hodgkin. Bob was a lifelong resident of the Portland area, including Gorham and Westbrook.
 
He went on to join the Navy at age 17, between 1957 and 1963. While serving in Japan during the Vietnam Conflict he flew P2V Bombers, also called sub chasers of the coast of Vietnam. 
 
Bob worked in the plumbing industry for over 40 years after returning from war for Union 716 out of Augusta and retired with the title of Master Plumber.
 
He enjoyed reading, his favorites were westerns and the Bible and he also kept his mind sharp doing crossword puzzles. One of his favorite things to do, besides puttering around the house, was spoiling his grandchildren. He will also be remembered for his cooking, some of his specialties were his American Chop Suey and his Italian Spaghetti Sauce.
 
Besides his wife of fifty years Yvonne, he leaves his daughter Tanya Hodgkin and her fiancee WIlliam Wolfe of Margate, FL and his son Robert B. Hodgkin Jr. and his wife Becky of South Casco, ME as well as his three grandchildren Stephanie Lundy and her husband Gordon of Portland, Nicholas Hodgkin of Gorham and Mackenzie Wolfe of Margate, FL. He also leaves his three great granddaughters Olivia, Sarah and Alisha Lundy all of Portland, his brother Richard Hodgkin and his sister Rose Harriman, both of Gorham and several nieces and nephews. She was also the father of the late Sherri-Jo Hodgkin who passed away in 2010.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of gathering this Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 11 am – 12 pm at the White Memorial Church, 97 Allen Ave., Portland followed by a memorial service at 12 pm at the church, officiated by Pastor Greg Carter.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Bob’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to:
The White Memorial Church
97 Allen Ave
Portland, ME 04103

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