James P. “Pete” Dionne

South Portland, ME – James P. “Pete” Dionne, 57, of South Portland passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at his home.

He was born in Biddeford, ME on January 6, 1961 a son of the late Joseph T.R. & Marjorie “Ruth” (Lombard) Dionne.  He graduated from Plainfield High School.

Pete spent some time working in warehouses; however, spent most of his working career doing pipe fitting for concrete construction companies.

He was best known for his love of sports; as a youth Pete played football, baseball and basketball and served as a coach for football and baseball.  As an adult, Pete played softball as often as he could, it was his favorite activity.

He is survived by his two daughters Jackie and her husband Jason of Old Orchard Beach and Jocelyn of Sanford, ME.  He also leaves two granddaughters NaKeisha of Old Orchard Beach and Savannah of Lyman and four grandsons Lucas, Sebastian and Isiah all of Caribou and Omar of Sanford; as well as two sisters Cathy and Michelle of South Portland, three brothers Joe of Connecticut, John of Florida and Jean of Wells, four nephews, five nieces, six great nephews and three great nieces.

Pete did not want a traditional funeral service, but did want a family gathering and barbeque; which will be held at a date, time and location to be announced in the spring.


Charles A. Bartlett


FALMOUTH – Charles A. Bartlett Jr., 87, of Falmouth, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Joan E. (Bennett) Bartlett.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1931, in Portland, a son of the late Charles A. and Ann (Houston) Bartlett Sr. He moved to Yarmouth as a child and attended North Yarmouth Academy.

Charles served in the Korean Conflict
as a Navy Sonar Operator for four years before being honorably discharged. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in math from Boston University and a master’s in special education and adult education from the University of Maine. He taught special education in the Portland School System, P.R.E.P, and Drug and Alcohol Center, ELAN. He taught for 34 years with a passion for helping young people to find their way in life.

He loved entertaining folks with music and played piano, guitar, ukulele and banjo. He traveled the world and enjoyed learning new languages with his wife Joan by his side. Charles was an active member of the J.C.’s, he was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner at Kora Temple and Toastmaster.

Besides his wife of 61 years, Joan, he is survived by his daughter Joanne R. (Bartlett) Majka and his son Charles A. Bartlett III. He also leaves a grandson Collin A. Bartlett, three granddaughters Kaurie, Jaclyn and Lexi; as well as two great grandchildren Evan and Jace.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at the Embassy Suites of Portland, 1050 Westbrook St., Portland, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, from 4 – 8 p.m.

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

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
217 Landing Rd.
Westbrook, ME 04092


Daniel E. “Buck” Spaulding

“Buck” Daniel Earland Spaulding, 78, passed peacefully in his Scarborough, Maine home surrounded by love on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.   He was a kind and devout husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend, mentor, servant of God, disciple of Christ, and was a beloved man to all who knew him.

Buck was born in Syracuse, New York on March 1, 1940, to Cay Farmer Spaulding and Daniel Evander Spaulding,  He grew up in Central NY and attended Manlius Military Academy and graduated from Niagara University in 1963.  Upon graduation he entered the Navy and served in active duty in Vietnam. Buck married the love of his life, Kathi Ryan Travis on June 27, 1969 in Fayetteville, NY where they resided until they moved to the western part of the state to open a retail clothing store in East Aurora.  In 1981, Buck, Kathi and their six children made their home in Kennebunk, Maine.

He was a humble and gracious man who was always quietly doing for others and impacted his world greatly by embodying Christ’s love.  He was also an avid sportsman and he enjoyed many skiing and baseball adventures, including playing semi-pro baseball post college. Golf was a lifetime pursuit and practice.  He spent the majority of his career as a sales representative.

Buck is survived by his beloved wife and dance partner, Kathi and their six children, Timothy (and Barb) Spaulding, Andrew Spaulding (and Mariah Freesen), Carey (and Steve) Yescott, Ryan Spaulding, Molly Spaulding, and Kathryn (and Justin) Park and to each one he was an example of unconditional love. He was the biggest fan on the sidelines of his 8 grandchildren’s lives, Amanda Spaulding, Travis Spaulding, Kiley Cyr, Keeton Kendricks, Hadlee Yescott, Jeremiah Park, Selah Park, and Bodhi Spaulding. And a very proud Poppy to his 3 great grandchildren, Julia Spaulding, Damon Taylor, and Timothy Taylor. Buck was also grateful for his five siblings, who were all dear to his heart, Art Spaulding, Kathy Haley, Jean Loftus, Mark Spaulding, and Mary Cay Casler.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 31st from 4 to 7pm and Buck’s Celebration of Life Service is to be hosted on Friday, February 1st at 11:00 am, at his home church, Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Parkway South Portland, Maine, 04106.

All who knew him, know this to be true and trust he left confidently assured that, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” ~ 2 Timothy 4:7

Well done, good and faithful servant!

In honor of his commitment to the value of mentoring men in the way of Christ’s love, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to this good work. Go to: https://pushpay.com/g/eastpointchurch?src=hpp and click “Men’s Ministry – In Memory of Buck Spaulding,” in the drop down menu to donate in his memory.

Kristina E. O’Brien

Kristina Eve O’Brien, 44, of Portland, died at Maine Medical Center on January 19, 2019.


She was born on September 11, 1974, daughter of Stephen O’Brien and Bonnie (Howell)O’Brien.  She grew up in Standish and attended Bonney Eagle High School.   Kristina was always a free spirit, but unfortunately struggled for many years with the challenges and consequences of addiction.   


She was predeceased by her father, Stephen O’Brien, her grandmothers Nancy (O’Brien) Lewis and V. Diane Howell, her uncle Michael O’Brien, and her cousin Jason Howell.


She is survived by her mother Bonnie, daughter Shealynn O’Brien, uncle Keith Lewis and his wife Renee of Portland, aunt Donna Baker and her husband Dale of Portland, uncle Mark Howell and his wife Tina of Georgia, uncle John Howell of Standish, many cousins, extended family and friends.


There will be no funeral service.    


Cards, condolences, words of encouragement, etc. can be sent to: 

Bonnie and Shealynn O’Brien

151 North Street, No. 213

Portland, Maine 04101    


Karen A. Leavitt

Biddeford, ME – Karen Ann Leavitt was born January 10, 1941 to Ralph and Eva Thompson and passed away on her 78th birthday, January 10, 2019.

She was adopted and raised by the late Foster and Elvie Leavitt Sr. in Saco and graduated from Thornton Academy.  Karen worked for a time in Boston, MA at an Insurance Company, before moving to Dover, NH where she spent over twenty-five years at UNH doing custodial work.

She is survived by her grateful son Douglas Leavitt and his wife Carole Jones as well as her brother Robert Thompson and his wife Kaye and her sister Shirley Silvestre and her husband Sonny.  She also leaves her nephews Michael and Chris Leavitt and nieces LeAnn and Laine Leavitt.  She was also the sister of the late June Thompson and Foster Leavitt Jr.

Burial will take place in the spring


William H. “Bill” Dame

Yarmouth – William “Bill” H. Dame, 73, passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side at Gosnell Memorial House in Scarborough on January 2, 2019 after a brief but courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is predeceased by his wife Linda B. Dame.

William was one of 7 children, born October 31, 1945 in Portland to Naomi E. Hanscom and Alfred O. Dame. Bill “duck” (as they called him in high school) graduated from Gorham High School with the class of 1964. He excelled in sports, often being mentioned in the newspaper for his athletic abilities especially in track and cross country.

He worked locally at North Yarmouth Academy for 28 years in the maintenance department, where he was well liked by students, faculty and parents. In fact, one year the school year book was dedicated to him.  Bill was a resident in Yarmouth for over 40 years and will most definitely be missed by the community.

Bill was a kind, gentle and loving husband/father. He was dedicated to his wife caring for her at home before she passed in 2009. He was extremely close with his daughter, Kristy. They were always together and shared an unbreakable bond. Many laughs were shared in the Dame household, as Bill was always making up funny rhymes and rap lyrics to entertain his wife and daughter. Bill was an extremely giving person, always putting others first. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, watching the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox games. He lived for the weekends when he could spend time with his granddaughter “Bella”, taking her to eat at her favorite restaurant, McDonalds and watching her play on the playground equipment near his home. He was so very proud to be Bella’s grandpa.

He is survived by his loving daughter Kristy Dame, son in law William Perry and the light of his life Isabella Perry his granddaughter of Lewiston, Maine, only surviving sibling Dorothy Burnham and husband James Burnham of Gorham, Maine, Sister in law Emily Nadeau and husband Richard Nadeau of Minot, many cherished cousins and adored nieces and nephews. Bill will surely be missed by all those who love him.  

Bill was welcomed at the gates of heaven by his wife Linda B. Dame, mother Naomi, his brothers George, Robert, Alfred and Thomas Dame, sister Arlene Brehart, along with many other treasured family members and friends who have passed before him.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life gathering at the Yarmouth History Center, 118 E Elm Street Yarmouth, ME 04096 on February 2, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Guests may park across the street at the Royal River Park.


Paul Miller

Augusta, ME – Paul Miller Jr., 59, died on January 14, 2019 at Maine General Hospital Augusta. He was born on November 1, 1959 to Paul Morrison Miller Sr. and Marjorie A (Levier) Childs, both of Portland ME. 

Paul was self-employed as a handyman and could fix anything, he enjoyed working on cars and electronics. He was also employed at Harvey’s T.V for twenty years in Portland. He took good care of his mother; making sure she was able to get everywhere she desired or needed to go, such as the beauty shop and other shopping adventures. 

Paul enjoyed gambling, bingo and Country Music and we must mention his love for the talents of Elvis Presley; he also enjoyed old movies and singing. His favorite pass time was spending time with his family, especially his mother. Paul would help anyone and make friends easily; he has helped so many and touched so many lives, everyone he met just fell in love with him. 

He is survived by his Mother Marjorie Childs the love of his life Betty Willett; His brothers, Jay Miller, Jeff Miller, Scott Miller ,Donny Miller and Steven Beaupre. Paul also leaves his sisters Pam Miller, Cheryl Miller, Donna Miller, Sharon Tanguay, Tammy Lapointe and Julie Miller.

There are no services planned at this time for Paul.

James C. Emery


Scarborough, ME – James C. Emery, 68, passed away after a long illness on Dec 31, 2018.


He was born in Portland on August 18, 1950 to Donald & Sonia Emery. He was a graduate of Scarborough High School and the New Brunswick Bible Institute, Woodstock, NB, Canada.


He was employed for many years first at Snow’s Canning and then Barber Foods before driving local delivery for Advance Auto Parts. Some may have known him for his times working at Sandy Cove Bible Camp in New Brunswick, Canada. Church was very important to him; he was very active in his church until health issues sadly made it no longer possible.


‘Jim’, as he was more often called, had a very outgoing personality and a heart of gold. His interest in a variety of topics guaranteed enjoyable engaging conversations. The neighborhood elderly ladies could count on him for kind deeds or caring assistance. James was an avid sports fan who enthusiastically supported Scarborough school sports and all New England’s professional teams.


James’ light and love will be greatly missed by his wife Gayle Kervin Emery, previously of Moncton, NB Canada, his son Seth Emery of Scarborough, brother Raymond Emery and wife Marie, sisters Patricia Emery and Tris Tirol. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Franklin Emery.


A very special thank you to the CNAs and RNs on R7 at the Maine Medical Center who were particularly caring and thoughtful to both James and the family.


There will be no services as per his request. You are invited to join the family for an open house to celebrate his life on Saturday, January 26th between 1-3 pm at his sister Patricia’s home on 18 Church St, Scarborough.


Those who wish may make gifts ‘In Memory of James Emery’ to Project GRACE, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, PO Box 6846, Scarborough, ME, 04070. Phone: 207-883-5111.


Charles D. Aceto

Standish, ME – Charles Donatello Aceto, 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, late on the evening of January 2, 2019 at his home in Standish.  

In addition to his many beloved friends, Charlie leaves behind six loving children, including five daughters; Jean Fahey of Lovell, ME, Lisa Duffey of Rochester, NH, Nicole Harper of Meredith, NH, Maria Candage of Salt Lake City, UT, and Lucia Aceto-Babbitt of Windham, ME, and one son, Nick Aceto of Portland, ME. Charlie was an affable, dear friend to many and proud son of an Italian Immigrant mother and father, Thomas Aceto and Hilda Breggia of Portland who emigrated from Lettomanopello, Italy near the turn of the 20th century.  

Charlie spoke lovingly of his time as a child growing up in the neighborhood along Hammond Street in Portland with his mother, father, brother Rocco, and sister Nicola. Charlie married Mary-Jo Ridge on August 3, 1963, moving his family to a home Charlie built in the Deering neighborhood to raise their six children over more than 20 years and where he founded his heating, ventilation, and air conditioning business, C.D. Aceto Company, serving Portland and Greater Portland proudly for more than 30 years. 

Charlie was a deeply passionate, charismatic, hard-working man who loved his family and friends. Charlie leaves six children and 16 grandchildren, predeceased by his sister Nicola Franciose, nee Aceto, and beloved grandson William Duffey.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peters Catholic Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10 a.m.  A private burial will be held in the Spring at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Nancy L. (Coffin) LaMarque

North Yarmouth, ME – Nancy Lee (Coffin) LaMarque, 63, of North Yarmouth passed away at her home on Monday, December 17, 2018.  She was the wife of James T. LaMarque. 

She was born on January 4, 1955 in Houlton, ME a daughter of the late Theodore and Margaret Coffin.  Nancy grew up on Presque Isle, attending local area schools and graduated from Presque Isle High School.  Following high school, she attended and graduated from UMPG with a BA in Theatre. 

Nancy held various jobs in the Landscaping industry.  She was also very involved with English Springer Spaniel rescue and rehoming.  

Besides her husband Jim, she is survived by her sister Lucinda “Cindy” Coffin of Westboro, MA.

Services will be private and held at a later date. 

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

ESSBARC (English Springer Spaniel rescue and rehoming)

P. O. Box 256

Yarmouth, ME 04096