Frances V. (Reise) Posey Sidway

Scarborough, ME – Frances V. Reise–‐Posey–‐Sidway, 94, died peacefully on Saturday, October 10, 2015 surrounded by her family.  She was a daughter of the late Antone and Frances Brazil Reise of Portsmouth, RI. 

Frances attended RI School of Design where she studied Fashion Design.  She worked At the Navy Base in Newport, RI as a draftsman, designing torpedo components. Later she taught tailoring at Swinburne School in Newport, RI, Adult Education at Portsmouth High  School and Elmhurst Academy. She also worked as a seamstress, designing and making wardrobes.  She was an avid quilt maker and was always busy with her gardening and many projects.  

Predeceased by her children, Michael D. Posey and Linda F. Posey; Frances is survived by her daughter Jayne M. Butler of Newport, RI and her son John C. Posey of Scarborough, ME; six grandchildren: Deana and Denise Robinson, Britney Butler of Newport, RI; Michael, Jenna and Jack Posey, all of Scarborough, ME; and five Great grandchildren: Jazmyn, John, Malik and Reise Butler and Mia Posey.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Rd., Scarborough, ME.  Reception following in the church hall. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Southern Maine Dialysis Center 

1600 Congress St.

Portland, ME 04102


For the blanket warmer fund.

June J. (Pheeney) Ryder

{jcomments off}Portland, ME — June Jacqueline (Ashley) Ryder of Portland died quietly at home on the morning of October 8th at the age of 86.

She was born in Millinocket Maine, the third daughter of the late Charles and Elsie (Dumas) Pheeney. After graduating from Sterns High School June left Millinocket moving to New York and then Boston, where she met and married William Ryder; later settling in Portland with her two children. 

June is survived by her daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, her son, John Charles, and her three grandchildren, Emily Grace, William Henrik, and Emma Elizabeth. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, 17 October, 2015 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at The First Parish in Portland Maine, Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress Street (in the Parish House).

* Folks are encouraged to share memories and condolences at the memorial service as opposed to online.

Walter F. Crean Jr.

Lewiston, ME – Walter F. Crean, Jr. 72, of Lewiston, died on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at CMMC surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of the late Nancy J. (Hern) Crean who died in 2014. 

He was born in Beverly, MA on October 12, 1942.  Walter worked for the Town of Yarmouth for twenty five years and also was on the volunteer fire department for both Yarmouth and Lisbon. 

He made friends wherever he went; Walter was a very kind hearted man as well as a loving father, husband, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. 

He is survived by his daughter Cathy Sirois and her husband Jerry of Leeds and his son Walter T. Crean-Carter and his partner Roy Carter of Augusta.  He also leaves his granddaughters Kelsey and Marissa Williamson, his grandson Hunter Sirois and great grandson Maddox Treasure as well as his brothers Tom Crean and his wife Liz of Beverly, MA and Lenny Crean and his wife Debbie of Peabody, MA and several nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 12 noon at Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth.


Sandra L. (Fillion) Spescha

Portland, ME – Sandra L. (Fillion) Spescha, 58, of Gray died on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Barron Center after a long illness. 

Sandy was born in Rantoul, IL on March 23, 1957 a daughter of the late Richard Fillion and Betty Lou (Brown) Fillion of Portland.  She grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and graduating from Portland High School as a member of the class of 1975.  She then went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Andover College, and also took accounting courses at SMVTI from 1978- 79. 

She spent around two years working for Norman David Lincoln Mercury in Westbrook, then spent a few years at Sea Fresh on the waterfront in Portland.  Sandy then moved to Mass. And worked for the Beverly Hospital for four years or so, but eventually moved back to Maine and worked for Holden Company, D’Angelos, Mancini Electric and Mobil in Windham until retiring due to illness; even then she still worked as a Notary Public. 

Sandy loved animals, especially cats and dogs and cared for many of them throughout her life.  She enjoyed playing Cribbage with her Mom and internet games; she also could be found tending to her vegetable garden and rooting for the New England Patriots. 

Besides her Mother, she is survived by her daughter, Brandy Goodwin and her husband Joseph of Raymond, her two granddaughters Laura and Lexi, her three siblings Caril Schultz and her husband Rusty of Satsuma, AL, Richard Fillion of New Hampshire and Melissa Davis and her partner David Morton of Saco.  She also leaves two step brothers Gary Scribner and his wife Sharon of Florida and Richard Scribner and his wife Stacy of Iowa, a step sister Sandra Scribner-Merlin and her husband Dan Morales of Harrison, ME as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Windham First Church of the Nazarene, 823 Gray Road Windham, ME.  Interment will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Sandy’s memory can be made to:

Animal Refugee League

449 Stroudwater Street


Westbrook, ME 04092

Paul W. “Buddy” Smith

South Portland – Paul W. “Buddy” Smith, 54, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at his home.

Buddy was born on April 18, 1961 in Portland, Maine to Judith Robbins Smith and Paul W. Smith Sr. As a young child Buddy moved to Limington where he was raised by his mother and step father Joseph R. Siciliani. Buddy graduated from Bonney Eagle High School in 1979 as a member of the 5th Maine Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

He moved to Windham in 1987 and married Michele Latini in 1988. Windham is where Buddy called home, raising his two children Paul and Carly Smith.

Buddy worked for United Van Lines after high school, moving then to NAPA Auto Parts in Westbrook where he worked for 17 years in the customer service department. After NAPA he worked at Morong Falmouth, VIP auto parts and Sebago Lake Chevrolet.

Buddy loved plants, flowers, bird watching and going to the ocean for quality sun time. He was someone who would help others in any way that he could and always wanted there to be a smile on your face.

Paul “Buddy” Smith was survived by his two children Paul N. Smith of Portland and Carly L. Smith of Windham, his Stepfather Joseph R. Siciliani, siblings Kelly E. Hague, Margaret Boudreau, Jennifer Siciliani, Joseph Siciliani, Sally Cocco. He also leaves nieces and nephews Alex I. Hague, Hannah M. Hague, John A. Siciliani, Gianna G. Pride, Michael Cocco, Moriah Siciliani and Trenton Norberg. Buddy was predeceased by his mother, Judith R. Siciliani and sister Cynthia L. Siciliani.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on October 17, 2015 from 11am to 3pm at the home of Margaret Boudreau, located at 729 Ossipee Trail, Limington, Maine.