Sandra (King) Bolduc


Auburn, Maine – Sandra King Bolduc, 77, passed away peacefully at home July 26 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. 


She was the daughter of James F. King and Eileen N. King (Poloski), being the youngest of 6 siblings. Born on January 1, 1941 in Portland Maine, she attended Portland schools and graduated from Edward Little High School.

She married Maurice Bolduc on January 25, 1958.


Sandra was an avid reader, cross stitcher and knitter. She enjoyed traveling.


She was always up for an adventure, be it traveling to Florida to see her eldest daughter or a journey along the Maine coast. Her love for the Maine coastline stemmed from her early years spent growing up on Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Promenade. Even in her later life she always enjoyed a picnic lunch with Amato’s sandwiches overlooking Casco Bay. Sandy would often recount pleasant memories of road trips taken with her husband to California to visit family.


Sandy was a kind loving woman who always put the needs of others before her own.  Time spent with her grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to her face.


Sandy, together with her husband, raised five children. She instilled in all of them a strong sense of family, a love of reading, and an appreciation of the value of perseverance in all aspects of life.


Sandy worked for Androscoggin County Head Start for more than 30 years.  She will be sorely missed by all who had been fortunate enough to know her.


She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Vincent and Dick King and her sister Frances (Bette) Howland.


Sandy is survived by her husband of sixty years, Maurice; her sons Kyle and wife Monique of Bangor; Stephen and wife Paula of Mechanic Falls; James and wife Cynthia of Auburn; daughters Sandra Cullinan and husband Michael of Kissimmee FL; and Eileen Fanjoy and husband Brent of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, William King of Buxton and James King of Mountain Home, Idaho. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Also surviving her are her two loving cats, Mr. Biggles and Eden.


A private celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at a later date.


Robert H. Tripler

Cape Elizabeth, ME – We lost our very special dad, friend, and husband of 65 years on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Robert H. Tripler passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. 

Born in the Bronx, NY, son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Tripler, Robert “Trip” Tripler and graduated from Bronx High School of Science and Gettysburg College.  Joined the Navy during WWII, and went on to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.   

He worked for Price Waterhouse in NYC, traveled in Europe, where he met his wife, and worked as Commissary Manager at the American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark.  After receiving a teaching degree at Hofstra University, Trip taught business courses at Baldwin and Uniondale High Schools on Long Island, until retiring to Maine to be closer to his daughter and family.  He enjoyed many delightful summers working at Kamp Kohut, in Oxford, Maine, which is now owned and operated by the family.  He was very active in the American Civil Liberties Union, The Democratic Party and local politics.  He was passionate about his family, writing, skiing and playing bridge.  

Survived by his wife Elsebeth Tripler, daughter Lisa Tripler (Daniel Rapaport), son Scott Tripler (Patricia Somerville), and grandchildren, Julie Rapaport (Greg Levine), Carly Rapaport (Alex Vargas), Keith, Abby and Genny Tripler.  

A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Portland Soup Kitchen, The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice to spread good will, and make the world a friendlier, kinder place.

Donald A. Mothes

Donald A. Mothes, 82, died early Friday morning, July 20, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.


Born October 6, 1935, in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Carl and Lillian Mothes, Don grew up as the youngest of three brothers, developing lifelong interests in nature and landscapes, gardening, classical music and opera, art, American history, and reading.


Don’s family later moved to Manchester, N.H., where Don graduated from West High School in 1953. At West, he excelled in academics; participated in art, yearbook and drama; and played clarinet in the high school band, receiving state recognition.


In 1958, Don married Joan Ramsay, who he met at popular weekend dances in Manchester. They were married for 37 years and had one son, James Barry Mothes, born in 1963, who lives in Portland and is an English teacher and hockey coach at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.


After taking courses at the University of New Hampshire in advanced mathematics and correspondent courses in technical drafting and engineering, Don worked for many years as a technical draftsman for Honeywell in Manchester, N.H., and later Jewell Instruments. In the late-1970s, Don built on his lifelong love for nature and landscape and founded Evergreen Landscaping, a business he sustained for several years.


Don moved to Portland in 1995 with life-threatening pancreatitis. To be closer to his son, he was moved from a hospital in Manchester to Maine Medical Center, where he underwent additional surgeries and recovered after months of rehabilitation.


Over the past 23 years, Don has lived in Yarmouth, Scarborough, and Portland. He lived at Seventy-Five State Street in Portland from 2001 until 2014. Since 2014, he lived at St. Joseph’s Residence on Washington Avenue in Portland.


Don enjoyed spending time along the coast, particularly at Fort Williams, Two Lights, Scarborough Beach, and Pine Point, and eating classic New England seafoods. He enjoyed attending classical music performances of the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium, as well as listening to classical music every day on a stereo or radio. He loved nature, particularly flowers, shrubs and bushes, and trees, and the changing colors of the leaves each fall. In earlier years, Don also enjoyed skiing, tennis, hiking, and visiting places of historical interest.


One of the most rewarding experiences in Don’s life was pastel painting, which he started in the early 2000s. Over the years, Don created many Maine and New Hampshire-inspired landscapes and coastal scenes. He had one-man shows at the Congress Street Coffee by Design and the Portland Public Library. His work was also selected and shown through Maine’s Very Special Artists (VSA) program, which focuses on art and artmaking for people with disabilities. In 2007, his piece “Kancamagus Highway” was selected for a juried show at the State Capitol in Augusta, which included a welcome reception at the Blaine House.


Don is survived by his son, James Barry Mothes and his daughter-in-law, Anne Tommaso of Portland, Maine; and a sister-in-law and four nieces and a nephew living in and around Manchester, N.H. His former wife, Joan Mothes, 84, lives in Manchester, N.H.


Don and his son, Barry, gratefully thank the staff and residents at St Joseph’s Residence, particularly the Unit A staff and Dr. Richard Marino; Aaron Dunn-Hoffman; Dr. David M. Johnson; Candance Kingsley; the staffs at Seventy-Five State Street and Maine Medical Center, and all our friends and family for their loving support, care, and friendship over these years.


A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be held, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 1:30 pm, at St. Joseph’s Residence at 1133 Washington Avenue in Portland. Family and friends are also invited to a burial and graveside service that will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester, N.H., at 10:00 am on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a reception to follow directly afterwards.

Claire Z. Cramer

Portland, ME – Claire Z. Cramer, a born writer who channeled her passion for sailing and food into a vibrant career in journalism, died unexpectedly on July 6, 2018 in Portland, ME. She was 64 years old. The middle child of the late Effie and James Zisson, Claire made her home in the Northeast, where she wrote and edited for a variety of nautical publishers, newspapers and magazines, from Newport, RI, to northern Maine. Settling in Portland in 2000, she copy edited “Portland Undercover,” a hip guide to the city, and in the process explored most every neighborhood and street in her new home town. She then went on to write the influential “Taste and Tell” column for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram newspapers from 2001 – 2004, recognizing early on the burgeoning local food scene. Most recently, Claire served at Portland Monthly magazine, where she was assistant editor and publisher, writing her popular “Hungry Eye” department, as well as significant stories and interviews with cultural figures in the area. Her final column will appear in the September 2018 issue. 


Curious, smart, enthusiastic and always respectful of her subjects, Claire wrote in depth about the farmers, fishermen, merchants, artists and ideas that comprise the heart of the city she grew to love. The day she died, Claire left her home with every intention of returning: windows flung wide to the stiff breeze off the water and the sound of the wheeling gulls; wine chilling and wonderful things in the fridge for dinner. 

Claire Cramer is deeply mourned by her sister and brother-in-law, Jami and Paul Giovanopoulos, and their children: her niece and godchild, Luca Giovanopoulos and her nephew Theo Giovanopoulos. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Zisson, and his family. Claire will be missed by her cousins and extended family, as well as a wide circle of dear friends and colleagues who remember her loyal heart and wry wit, and will always prize her marvelous eye-roll on those few occasions when words failed her.  

Adam M. Ruffino

Buxton, ME – Adam Martin Ruffino was born September 26, 1989 in Brooklyn, NY to Judith Ruffino. When he was 8 years old his family moved to Maine where he grew up attending Portland schools. As a teen he spent most of his time with his friends and family on Munjoy Hill. Adam loved animals, especially reptiles (and his idol crocodile hunter Steve Irwin) and enjoyed fishing, swimming, writing and the hustle of the city.  


Adam was sadly discovered alone on the streets of Portland after an apparent drug overdose on July 19, 2018. Unfortunately for the last several years Adam had been battling a rapidly increasing heroin addiction. He had been clean for the last couple of months and relapsed last week after attempting to stay sober with the help of family members. During his brief stint with sobriety he was happy, vibrant, and full of laughter. Within that time Adam spoke of looking forward to the future for the first time in many years and we were hopeful that he was finally on the road to recovery but life often has other plans. 


Adam is predeceased by his mother Judith, and his best friend, his beloved dog Duke. He is survived by his brothers Frank Ruffino of Brooklyn, NY, Randy Ruffino of Sanford, Angelo Ruffino and his wife Danielle of Buxton, and Jessie Ruffino of Waterboro. He also leaves behind his niece and nephew Korina and Frank Ruffino of New Jersey as well as nephews Trevor Ruffino and Bryson Knudsen of Sanford, a large extended family and a few close friends who truly loved him and tried to help him throughout the years. 


Cremation will be private with his ashes going home with his loving brother Angelo where he was staying safely the week before he lost his way. A public memorial will be organized and announced at a later date.  


If you would like to make a donation to honor Adam we suggest Operation Hope, a group designed to help addicts in Maine get into treatment programs and rehab facilities. For more information visit their website at  

Lennice D. (Harris) Godbout

AUBURN – Lennice Dorothy Godbout left peacefully for home on Monday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. “Leni” was born in Hartland, Maine on May 17, 1938 to Lennice and Norma Harris. She grew up on Taylor Pond in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, where she met and later married her lifelong love, Lionel R. Godbout.

Leni had a deep love of her family, friends, and gardening. Her life’s motto, “Bloom where you’re planted,” was reflected in her daily interactions with family and friends. She and Red settled down in Minot, Maine where they faithfully raised their four children. She had a blessed life working, playing badminton, and reading Agatha Christie mystery novels. Leni instilled a sense of fair play and compassion in her children while playing board games and reading to them.

Upon Red’s passing, Leni moved from Minot into Barker Mill Arms Apartments in Auburn, where she fostered many close friendships and tended a flower garden.

Leni is survived by her four children; Daphne, David, Debora, and Daniel; as well as six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the professional and kind staff at Schooner Estates and Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn for making our Mom’s last two years comfortable and peaceful.

The family will be having a private memorial service at a later date.There are no services scheduled at this time

Dorothy (Lessard) Dube Peers

Sanford, ME – Dorothy (Lessard) Dube Peers, 78, of Sanford died on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.


She was born on March 27, 1940 at the former Webber Hospital in Biddeford, ME a daughter of the late Roland & Germaine (Duplessis) Lessard Baillargean.  She attended Biddeford Catholic Schools, graduating from St. Joseph’s High School.  While attending high school, Dorothy taught CCD (Religious Education) classes.


Through the years she enjoyed playing cards, board games, Bingo and teaching others to play Mahjong Tiles, which she played with the ladies from the 50’s club.  Dorothy enjoyed digging for Quahog clams and attending plays.  During the early to mid 70’s, she sold “ARTEX” (aka: liquid embroidery), she had a knack for painting flowers.


Dorothy had a passion for cooking where she enjoyed feeding her family, relatives and friends.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Dorothy is survived by her three children Donna (Dube) Michaud and her husband Robert, Daniel Dube and his wife Rebecca and Dolores (Dube) Houde and her husband Scott as well as six grandchildren Darlene, Mindy, Sarah, Brian, Jason and Courtney and two great grandchildren Madison and Kyra.  She also leaves her sister Nancy Czarniecki and her husband John and their children Kathy Hentz and Sean Czarniecki.


Per Dorothy’s request, there will be no services.


Please visit to sign Dorothy’s guestbook and leave comments and condolences for the family.


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


Gosnell Memorial Hospice House


11 Hunnewell Road


Scarborough, ME 04074


Karen E. (Fenton) Sweeney

GORHAM, ME – Karen Elizabeth (Fenton) Sweeney of Gorham, ME and formerly of Presque Isle, ME passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 83 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Karen was born January 27, 1935 in Richmond, Michigan to Kenneth and Katherine (Watson) Fenton. She attended Richmond High and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. She taught elementary school in Michigan, Ohio and finally at Gouldville Elementary School in Presque Isle, ME where she taught fifth grade for many years and continued to volunteer in the same classrooms after her retirement in 1990.

She was particularly proud that many of the students she taught in elementary school returned to visit her through their high school years and afterwards, to express their appreciation for her service to them in their earlier years. Karen was also particularly fond of the many dogs and cats she included in her life, particularly her small dogs, which were always by her side. She also enjoyed visiting with her family in Southern Maine.

Karen is predeceased by her husband William E Sweeney Sr. of Presque Isle, ME and her twin brother Keith Fenton of Richmond, MI. She leaves behind her children Matthew Davies of Westbrook, ME, Leslie A Nee and partner Jerry Farina of Gorham, ME and Dana K Davies and husband Tim Shelley of Gray, ME. Karen also leaves behind her grandchildren Jasmine Smith, Brianna Nee, Shannon Nee and Fiona Nee, all of Gorham, ME, as well as her great-grandchildren Ella and Calvin Stuart of Gorham, ME.

Per Karen’s wishes, there will be a private graveside service attended by family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Karen’s life on Sunday July 22, 2018 at one o’clock at the home of Leslie Nee, 10 Beverly Lane, Gorham, ME.

If desired, you may make donations in lieu of flowers in honor of Karen to the Houlton Humane Society, 263 Callaghan Rd, Houlton, ME 04730

William J. Countey

It is with great sadness that the family of William James Countey announces his passing after a brief illness, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 63 years.   

Having moved often while growing up, Bill planted roots in New Hampshire to raise a loving and active family, before living out the rest of his life quietly in Maine.  He maintained a love of being with, and understanding all things in nature, hunting, tinkering, as well as a God-given gift with pencil, oils, and watercolor on canvas. 

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his Mother, Irene Countey, his children, Christina (Dan) Gorgone, William (Melissa) Countey, and Thomas (Stephanie) Countey, and their mother, Brenda (Cathy) Countey. Bill will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Trey, Aiden, Alexia, Charlie, and Camden and by his siblings, James (Linda) Countey, Kathleen Haddock, Dorothy (George) Gies, Patrick (Stacie) Countey, Debra Robinson, John Countey, Robert (Kathy) Countey, Edward (Michele) Countey, and Barbara Countey. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Robert Countey, and his brother, David Countey.  Bill also leaves behind many cousins, nephews, and nieces. 

Bill’s desire was to return, as ash, to the New England earth he coveted and stewarded the best he could, wishing that no formal ceremony be held. 

(Iris) Elaine W. Purington

Gray, ME – (Iris) Elaine Whitten Purington, was born in Boston on June 28, 1927, daughter of Ralph and Margaret Whitten.  Elaine moved to Portland at the age of 12 and went to the Cummings School and then Deering High School graduating in 1943.  She married Donald Purington in 1949 and raised four children in the house they built in her father’s vegetable garden on Jackson St.   

They summered in the camp they built on Little Sebago Lake in Gray. She worked as a secretary for Union Mutual (UNUM), Travelers Insurance, Nelson & Small, and the Portland Water District. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years. She was a long time member of the North Deering Congregational Church.  

Elaine was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Ralph Henry Whitten, Jr. and Carl Ernest Whitten, as well as her husband, Donald Purington.  

She is survived by her brothers, David “Pete” Whitten and his wife Cheryl of Florida and Richard Whitten and his wife Mary Ellen of Oregon. She also leaves her four children; Stephen Purington and his wife, Alice, Karen White and her partner Ed Getty, Lisa Jordan and her husband Wayne and Susan Marean and her husband Steve; as well as six grandchildren; Jim and Joe White, Andrea Laskey and Kim Bickford, and Wesley and Chase Marean, three great grandchildren, Emily White, Forrest and Iris Laskey and many nieces and nephews across the country.


Friends & family are invited to camp on August 3, 2018 at 4 p.m. for a celebration of Elaine’s life.

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

Little Sebago Lake Association

PO Box 912

Windham, ME 04062-0912