Russell Stanley Welch

Died: Jun 29, 2012
Russell Stanley Welch
Portland, ME – Russell “Stanley” Welch, 65, of Conway, NH and a longtime Amesbury, MA resident, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born in Amesbury, MA on February 25, 1947 a son of the late Russell F. and Lillian D. (Perkins) Welch. He grew up in Amesbury and graduated from Amesbury High School and went on to work for the former Bailey Company for 38 years.
Russell was a member of the West Newbury Handtub Association and more recently he belonged to the Polish Club in Amesbury and the Mountain –Meadow Riders Snowmobile Club of North Conway, NH.
Russell leaves his best friends, Edward and Greta Paulhus of North Conway, NH, with whom he made his home for more than a decade. He also leaves his three brothers Ronald Welch of Seabrook, NH, John Welch and his wife Nancy of Newton, NH, and Roger Welch and his wife Linda of Amesbury, MA as well as five nieces, Susan, Carol, Kellie and Amanda Welch and Catherine Swain and her husband John, a nephew John Welch Jr. and his wife Sarah, six great nieces and three great nephews. He also leaves his cousins Barbara Perusse and her children Edward and Denise. He was also the brother of the late Fred Welch, who passed away in 1988 and David Welch who passed away in 2012.
At Russell’s request services will be private.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Russell’s guestbook.

Edmund B. Hardin

Died: Jun 28, 2012
Edmund B. Hardin
Saco - Edmund Barton Hardin was born in Grafton, West Virginia on January 22, 1922. He passed to his rest on June 28, 2012 at Atlantic Heights in Saco. He was 90 years old.
He graduated from Loma Linda University with an M.D. degree and followed that with a residency in Internal Medicine. He taught on the faculties of UCLA and Loma Linda University Medical Schools.
He served in the army as a Captain/Major for two plus years at the 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. While there he was married to Dessa Weisz of Hurdsfield, North Dakota on January 4, 1956.
He spent many years in private medical practice in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He served a missionary assignment in teaching residents and interns in Manila, Philippine Islands. And again later after retirement he spent sever short terms as a consultant at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China. He and his family enjoyed their many years meeting new people and working with other culture groups.
He resided the last 16 years at 18 Woodhaven Drive in Kennebunk. He was a man of integrity and faithfulness. He was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
He is survived by his wife Dessa and his three children, Steven Hardin, M.D. of Redlands, California, Deborah Bidaut and her husband Luc and grandson Thomas of Newport-on-Tay, Scotland, and Janna Overfield and her husband Chris and grandson Toby of London, England.
He found joy in life in his many travels and the beauties and workings of nature; and especially great joy in his two grandsons.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit to sign Edmund’s guest book.

James D. Holmes

Died: Jun 22, 2012
James D. Holmes
Scarborough, ME – James D. Holmes, 67, of Scarborough, went home to God's loving arms on Friday, June 22, 2012 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his adoring family by his side. He was the loving husband of Barbara E. (Williams) Holmes.
Jim was born on October 16, 1944 in Portland, ME, a son of the late Cyril & Gladys (Cannon) Holmes. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School.
He spent the last 18 years as the General Manager and Locksmith for Lock, Stock & Barrel in Portland.
Barbara and Jim were married in 1965 in Portland and began to raise their family. Second only to the Lord, his wife and son’s family were the center of everything he did.
James was an active member of the Rock Church for the past 10 years, serving as the lead usher for many years and was instrumental in starting the Men’s Group at the Church. He had a passion for serving people as well as being a surrogate grandfather to the children of the church; he was always on bended knee welcoming the children.
Jim enjoyed playing golf with his son and best friend Marty and had a passion for muscle cars, attending car shows as far away as Pennsylvania. He restored and was very proud of his 1969 Dodge GTX, which he entered into several car shows, winning first prize at Bonny Eagle one year.
He will be sadly missed by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, his beloved son Keith E. Holmes and wife LoriAnn, and granddaughter Rebecca, all of Oakland, ME. He also leaves his three sisters, Donna Croce and her husband Carl of Westbrook, Sandra Yates and her husband Gary of Casco, ME, Linda Welch formerly of Westbrook, as well as brother Dennis Holmes and his wife Faye of Scarborough, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Staff at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House as well as his home care team. Also many thanks go out to the Rock Church family and all of the loving friends and family members who walked this journey with us; we celebrate each and every one of you. Caren and Theresa Gayle, thank you for your love and support, and for being our eyes and ears. Pastor Eric, you are our rock, our strength, and our shepherd.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Jim’s life to be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. at EastPoint Christian Church, City Line Drive, Portland. 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit to sign Jim’s guest book.
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s desire was to have donations made to:
The Rock Church
Benevolence Fund
66 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04074

Edward J. Spear

Died: Jun 22, 2012
Edward J. Spear
Saco, ME – Edward James Spear, 58, of Portland died on Friday June 22, 2012 at Evergreen Manor in Saco.
Eddie, as he was known by all who loved him was born in Portland on May 3, 1954 to Norman and Cecelia (Kane) Spear, the youngest of their five sons.
He graduated from Portland High School, where he was an avid student athlete, particularly interested in basketball. In his youth Eddie was a devout Catholic and had considered entering the priesthood at one time. 
He has been described by his relatives as a “fine young man” in his teens. In his final year of high school he began to show signs of what would subsequently become a severe, chronic mental illness. This curtailed some of his dreams and he lived with his parents into his adulthood. When his parents were no longer able to care for him, he became a beloved member of the Shalom House Community and has lived in several of their residences in Portland over the years.
Eddie was a man who was very pleasant and welcoming and would say he believed in “only goodness and kindness to everybody.” He would greet the staff at his residence by opening the door for them and saying “welcome to your second home.”
Even though Eddie lived on a limited income, he was very generous to his friends and would give away small amounts of money and items to help them out. He often put the needs of others before his own. For many years he enjoyed long walks around the city of Portland and watching basketball games.
In recent years Eddie had a close relationship with his Aunt Ann Balzano until her death in June of 2011, calling her most days.
He is predeceased by his parents Norman and Cecelia Spear as well as his brother Thomas Spear. He is survived by his brothers Norman, Michael both of Portland and Coleman Spear and his wife Nancie of Windham as well as all the staff at Shalom House who have worked with and cared for him over the years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland with Rev. Lawrence Conley.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit to sign Eddie’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Eddie’s memory to:
Shalom House Inc.
106 Gilman Street
Portland, ME 04102

Emil J. Spear

Died: Jun 16, 2012
Emil J. Spear
Yarmouth, ME – Emil J. Spear, 60, of Yarmouth and formerly of Portland, died on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center after a long illness. Emil is now at peace with his mother and father.
Emil was born in Portland, ME on December 6, 1951 a son of the late Howard J. & Patricia E. (Fantasia) Spear. He grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and playing little league baseball.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Portland.
Emil enjoyed rooting for all the Boston area sports teams. He also loved classical music.
He is survived by his daughter Kristal Vargo-Ward and his granddaughter Bailey Donna Ward, both of Raymond; his brother Howard F. Spear and his wife Eleanor of Westbrook; his two sisters Donna M. (Spear) Flaherty of Lewiston and Patricia A. Wheeler-Crichton and her husband David of South Portland; and additional brothers Richard A., William R. and Leo S. Clark all of Portland, James A. Clark of Lewiston and Harry W. Clark of Westbrook as well as several nieces and nephews. Emil was also the brother of the late Andrew Y. Skinner.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to both the Nappi family at the Melon Street Market in Portland and the staff at Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center for their kindness, support and care for Emil over the years.
There will be no services.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Emil’s guestbook.
Memorial contributions may be made in Emil’s name to:
Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center
Patient Activities
370 Portland St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096

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