George H. Wentworth

Portland, ME — George H. Wentworth, 74, of Portland, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Portland Center for Assisted Living.  Raised in Cornish, Maine, George was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 5, 1942, the son of Herbert Wentworth and Josephine (St. Pierre) Wentworth.  

 

Always full of humor, he enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with funny stories and singing while and playing his guitar.  George was an avid baseball and hockey fan but harness racing was his true passion and he began his career as the owner, trainer and driver of Standardbred horses in the early 1960’s.  On February 5, 1977, he married Diane Ward and together they raced horses in Maine until Diane’s death in 2010.  

 

In 1981, George earned the nickname of “Long-shot George” when he drove Rod’s Faybill in a race at Scarborough Downs, going off at odds of 681/1.  When the favorites broke stride at the top of the stretch, George steered his horse wide and won the race, resulting in a harness racing world record payoff of $1,365.80 for a single $2 win ticket wager, a record which still stands today.  

 

Survivors include his siblings, Nancy St. Clair, of Lyman; Elaine Terroni, of Portland; and Alan Wentworth of Cornish; his children, Susan Wentworth, of Lewiston; Amy Carbone, of Lebanon; Peter Wentworth, of Sanford; and Mark Wentworth of Springvale; and eight grandchildren.  George was predeceased by his wife, Diane, in 2010; his parents; a sister, Janet Douglass; and a granddaughter, Savannah Picard.  

 

Honoring his wishes, there will be no funeral service.  Friends and family are invited to gather at Scarborough Downs on Sunday, December 4, for a race in George’s memory

Patricia A. (Rowland) Conant

Houston, TX – Patricia A. (Rowland) Conant, 83, of Houston, TX and South Bristol ME died on Monday, November 21, 2016 at her home in Maine.  She was the wife of Charles N. Conant, MD. 

She was born on July 4, 1933 in New Brunswick, NJ a daughter of the late Maurice W. & Averil M. (Camp) Rowland.  She grew up in New Brunswick, attending local area schools and graduated from New Brunswick High School and later attended Hiram College. 

Patricia was a faithful member of Memorial Drive United Melodist Church in Houston and enjoyed knitting, reading and gardening. 

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, she is survived by her husband Charles, her daughters Terri Taylor and her husband Richard of Edgecomb, ME, Karen Grizzard and her husband Brian of Rockwall, TX, Donna Balkema and her husband Gary of Mahwah, NJ, Patti Barnes and her husband Gary of Round Hill, VA and Charlene Wilson and her husband Jason of Houston, TX.  She also leaves her grandchildren Jenn Barahona, Michael Watson, Rob Balkema, Brian Taylor, Brad Watson, Chris Taylor, Maureen Estep, Charlie Barnes, Alex Wilson and Cassie Wilson as well as seven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She also leaves her sister Elizabeth Jean Rowland Dunham of Monroe Township, NJ. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Drive United Melodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to:

Miles Home Health & Hospice

40 Belvedere Road

Damariscotta, ME 04543

Malcolm M. Hare Jr.

Lewiston, ME – Malcolm M. Hare, Jr., 84, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Androscoggin Hospice House.  He was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 17, 1932, son of the late Malcolm and Blanche (Cote) Hare Sr..  Following his mother’s death, he was raised by his grandparents, Josephine and Edward Cote.  He moved to North Fort Myers from Syracuse, NY, in 1988 to be with his beloved Red Sox’s for Spring Training. 

He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950 where he was known for his great athletic abilities as a basketball player.  He served in the Marines in the Korean War.  He owned his own business as an electronic manufacturer’s representative until his retirement in 1989.  He had a compassion for people, a great sense of humor and an enthusiasm for life that never went unnoticed.  He was an avid tennis player.  He and his deceased wife of 59 years enjoyed swimming, entertaining family and friends and traveling the world together. 

Survivors include daughters:  Sue Ann Morgan of The Villages, FL and Elaine Hare of West Palm Beach, FL.  Sons:  Malcolm Hare III of Tampa, FL and William Hare (Catherine) of Encinitas, CA.  Sister-in-law Jean and Marc Fournier of Lewiston, ME, 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and dear friend, Denise Gats at Montello Heights. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Montello Heights, Lewiston, ME and the Androscoggin Home and Hospice for the compassionate care and loving support throughout Malcolm’s ending life journey. 

Please join us for a celebration of Malcolm’s life at Montello Heights, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor sunroom. 

 

 

Jules J. Deschamps

Cape Elizabeth, ME – Jules J Deschamps,83, of Cape Elizabeth passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME.

Jules was born in Lawrence MA on June 27, 1933 a son of the late August and Amanda (Levesque) Deschamps. He married Christian R Forcinal from Paris France on Dec 22 ,1956 in Lawrence Mass. He graduated from Francis College of Engineering at the Lowell Technology Institute in 1959.

He worked as an engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor for 15 years and then Digital Computer Corporation for another 15 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the army from May 1, 1953 to April 8, 1955. 

Jules is survived by his wife Christiane R Deschamps, two sons William J Deschamps, Bruce J Deschamps, and three grandchildren Christopher Deschamps, Benjamin Deschamps, and Jessica Deschamps.

 

A private graveside service, with military honors, will take place at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth.

Edward J. Martin

Westbrook, ME – Edward J. Martin, 74, of Westbrook, passed away at his home, on Friday, November 18, 2016 after a long battle with COPD. He was the husband of the late Kathryn (Davis) Martin, who died on December 5, 2006.  

He was born on March 17, 1942 in Portsmouth, NH son of the late James & Elizabeth (Green) Martin. He grew up in South Portland, ME, attending local area schools and graduated from South Portland High School. He joined the Navy in 1963 and served for 4 years. 

 

Edward was a delivery driver for Oakhurst, where he met his wife, and later for Lepage Bakeries until retiring due to health reason. He enjoyed everything that had to do with Trains, from models to the real thing, including being a member of Maine Narrow Gage Railroad. He would spend every Sunday afternoon down at the Narrow Gage punching tickets on the train rides until his health declined. He was a long-time member of Central Square Baptist Church in Portland. He had a strong bond with his 2 cats Rusty and Oreo. During baseball or football seasons the Red Sox game or the Patriot’s game would always be on the television.  

 

He is survived by his daughter Christine M. Heavel and her husband Ernest “Lee” and his grandson Keith Heavel, all of Westbrook. 

 

The family would like to send out a very special thank you to all the VNA workers who helped them over the past months and especially the last few weeks. Ed really enjoyed all the visits, and they made this very difficult time a little easier with all the support they got from the VNA.  

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood Street, Portland. His interment will follow in Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.

 

Ronald R. Cloutier

Saco, ME – Ronald Raymond Cloutier, 74, formerly of East Hartford, CT died on Monday, November 14, 2016 at his home.  

He was born in Lewiston, ME on August 26, 1942 a son of the late Lucien and Adrienne (Martineau) Cloutier.  He attended local area schools and graduated from St. Dominic’s High School in 1962. 

 

Ron served his country proudly as a member of the United States Air Force from 1966 – 1968.  He then spent forty years working for Pratt Whitney in East Hartford, CT.   

 

He enjoyed spending time at Old Orchard Beach, where he vacationed while living in Connecticut.  He loved Maine seafood and enjoyed lobster at his favorite restaurant, the Clambake in Old Orchard Beach. 

 

Ron is survived by his brother Roger Cloutier and his wife Frances of Lewiston, his nieces Christina Mayberry and her husband Steven of Denmark, ME and Caryn Amadei of Lewiston.  He also leaves a great nephew Adam Mayberry of Portland and great nieces Tessa and Eliza Amadei of Lewiston as well as his great friends George Benson, Gene Pesta and Steve Knapik of East Hartford, CT.  He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Robert Cloutier. 

 

A private family service is being planned for the spring.

 

Margaret (Cochrane) Moore

Kennebunk, ME — Margaret (Cochrane) Moore, 97, of Kennebunk died on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at her home.  She was the wife of the late Leslie A. Moore, who died in 1967. 

She was born on January 24, 1919 in Highland Park, MI a daughter of the late John & Florence (Rogers) Cochrane and sister of the late John Cochrane Jr. and Robert Cochrane. 

Margaret worked as an office manager for GEMCO Electric in Clawson, MI for many years until retiring in 1986 to join her daughter and grandchildren in Kennebunk.  She was also a proud member of the Daughters of Scotia and served as Past Chief Daughter at the Highland Mary Lodge in Michigan. In Kennebunk she was a member of the Senior Center of Lower Village, where she was a bridge club regular, and the Fifty Plus Club, where she served as secretary. 

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra K. Humphries of Kennebunk, and her son, Alan B. Moore and his wife Deanna of Grapevine, TX.  She also leaves two grandchildren, Jessica M. Humphries of Philadelphia, PA, and Ian B. Humphries of Sandy, Utah and 4 great grandchildren, Keira, Aiden, Ryann and Liam Humphries all of Sandy, Utah, as well as a sister-in-law Barbara Cochrane of Oak Park, MI, a cousin, John Muir, a nephew, William Cochrane, and two nieces, Patricia Smith and Bonnie Fegley.  

There are no services scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Senior Center of Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME, St Jude’s Hospital, the Shriners Hospitals or Disabled American Veteran charity. 

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Hospice of Southern Maine. Your kindness and support will not soon be forgotten.

 

Donald P. Dickinson

Windham, ME — Don Dickinson, beloved husband of 54 years to wife Elaine, died at home under the guidance and steadfast care of VNA Hospice, on Sunday, November 13, after living with the limitations of stroke and progressive dementia for nearly 6 years.  Regardless of limitation, Don was quick to say thank you for each day in prayer. 

Don was a native of Salem MA, a graduate of Gordon College and Divinity school, and served churches in Wales and Charlestown, MA, retiring from ministry after 22 years of service, from First Calvary Baptist in North Andover, MA in 1993. 

Don served in many capacities; he was president of The Baptist Home of MA, The Ocean Park Association, The Pines, and the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches.  He was on the board of the American Baptist Churches, USA for eight years. 

Upon retirement, Don found his 18th century home and began its restoration.  He lived history and shared the house with the third graders of Windham, as they learned about their local history, for many years.  The house was also open to the Windham Historical Society.

Don is survived by his wife Elaine Dickinson, his sister Caroline Hahlbeck; his children: Holly Dickinson Amidon and David Dickinson, David’s wife Kristy Dickinson, and his grandchildren: Daniel Amidon, Jessica, Emma, and Andrew (A.J.) Dickinson. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Saturday, December 3, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at United Baptist Church, 318 Main Street, Saco.  A Memorial will follow at 10:30 at the United Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to:

United Baptist Church

318 Main St

Saco, Me.

Or

VNA Hospice

50 Foden Rd 

South Portland, ME 04106

Jesse J. Rafstedt

Lewiston, Me – Jesse J. Rafstedt, 37, of Lewiston, died unexpectedly at his home on November 15, 2016.  Jesse was born on September 1, 1979 a son of Penny (Rafstedt) Chamberlain and her husband Kurt of Rumney, NH. 

He was a very outgoing person and enjoyed going to concerts, especially The Grateful Dead and Phish.  However, most of all he loved spending time with his four year old daughter. 

Besides his mother and step-father Jesse is survived by his daughter Eliza Rafstedt of Biddeford, a brother Eric Duvefelt of Bangor, ME and a sister Kiffany Marrisa of Canandaique, NY.  He also leaves an uncle, Steve Rafstedt of Memphis, TN. 

Services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for his daughter, Eliza is being setup, donation can be sent c/o:

Penny Chamberlain

PO Box 173 

Rumney, NH 03266

James M. “Big Jim” Semple Jr.

South Hiram, ME – James M. “Big Jim” Semple Jr., 84, died on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  He was the husband of Lucy R. (Taylor) Semple. 

He was born in Portland, ME on October 24, 1932 a son of the late James M. “Mel” & Doris (Sorenson) Semple Sr. Jim attended the Portland school system, including Portland High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. 

Jim enlisted in the Air Force in December 1952 and began working for SD Warren, Westbrook Division of Scott Paper in 1956.  He retired in 1986 as a supervisor in the Solvent Coater Division.  After he retired, Jim worked part-time at a golf course as a starter-ranger in Florida. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf and was very close to his beloved dogs Cheyenne and Tammi.  He was an avid New England sport fan, routing for the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox, as well as a Braves fan. 

Besides his wife Lucy, he is survived by his sons Glenn S. Semple and his wife Polla of Gorham, ME and James M. Semple III and his wife Becky of Baldwin, ME.  He also leaves three grandchildren Tyler, Erika and Derek as well as a sister Joyce Johnson of Lyman, ME, a brother Bob Semple of Naples, ME and a step son Steve Ridlon of Albuquerque, NM.  He was also the step father of the late Charlie and Deane Ridlon. 

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

Gosnell Memorial House

11 Hunnewell Road

 

Scarborough, ME 04074