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Place an Obituary Honor the memory of a loved one with an in Memoriam, Card of Thanks or purchase a Memorial Bookmark For more information contact the Bangor Daily News Obituaries Department by email or reach us by phone, please call 207-990-8128 (toll-free 800-432-7964). Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. …

Obituaries a trove of information

In newspaper readership surveys it is not surprising to learn that the obituary pages rank high with readers over a certain age, and for the most basic of reasons: The brief biographical sketches tell us interesting things about the lives of  fellow citizens. Often, the listing of lifetime experiences and …

Rest of the obituary

Kent Ward closes his column, “One man’s case for the human touch in obituaries” (BDN, Feb. 3-4), with these words: “If I could receive one final note from my cherished pen pal, F. Penrose Hopkins, The Wallagrass Institute’s resident curmudgeon, I have absolutely no doubt what the message would be: …

Make obituaries clear, historically accurate

I’ve been thinking about obituaries, having helped write a number of them over the years. There’s no right or wrong way, but there are things we can do to provide for clarity and historical …

BDN Web site features obituaries back to 2003

What’s my favorite Web site? That’s an easy question with two answers. You can call it or Either address will get you there. The exciting news for today is that our obituary archive for the last few years, which was off-line for a bit while we put up …

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012: Obituaries, comics and robocalls

Make your voice heard Now that the elections are over, it is my hope that our newly elected and re-elected state and federal representatives will waste no time in focusing on the issues of concern to older Mainers and their families. Issues such as financial and health security are of …

BDN Web site features obituaries back to 2003

The exciting news for today is that our obituary archive for the last few years, which was off-line for a bit while we put up the new Web site, is back better than ever.

Obituary illuminates ancestor

How often I’ve searched for an obituary on a forebear I thought merited a nice little write-up and found a measly three-line death notice — or worse yet, nothing.

One man’s case for the human touch in obituaries

It was a sad day when I picked up the morning newspaper to learn that Lt. Col. Frank P. Hopkins, 82, U.S. Air Force, retired, had died at his beloved home in Wallagrass on Jan. 30. We had been pen pals since I first encountered his biting wit years ago …

Newspaper’s obituaries easily accessible online, in microfilm archives

Obituaries can be a great source of genealogical information, and a wonderful remembrance of a loved one. To see what a newspaper has to offer in obituaries online, go to its Web site. For the Bangor Daily News, go to or and click on Obituaries. The Web page …

News of resurrection puts Jesus’ obituary on hold

“Hold that obit!” It’s 11:23 Sunday evening, A.D. 30, and we’re in the editorial offices of the Jerusalem Daily Journal. On Friday afternoon a man known locally as Jesus of Nazareth was publicly executed on Skull Hill, just northwest of the city wall. According to the governor’s office, the body …

Obituary: David James Norton (1967-2012)

Condolences left by friends and family describe Norton as dedicated, generous and bright with a friendly and engaging personality. He loved his job at USM and his co-workers and was often putting in extra hours. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family at home, but also by …

Circles, points and lines: Spiritual reflections on time

The obituaries page of the April 15 Bangor Daily News carried a story of the death of Antony Flew, a British philosopher and atheist who late in life changed his mind and converted to belief in a Creator.


COREA and THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Graveside services for Karen Sjostrom Hedger will be held 1 p.m. June 25 at Prospect Harbor Cemetery. To view her obituary visit

Thomas and Nora Turner

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A memorial service for Thomas and Nora Turner, who died April 8, 2009, and April 11, 2013, respectively, will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church. Complete obituaries may be viewed at


ST. ALBANS – Eugene Sheridan, 49, died Sept. 6, 2007. Obituaries are published in the Waterville Morning Sentinel and the Rolling Thunder Express. Those who wish may sign an online guest register at

Funeral director puts obits on Web

SANFORD – Tired of newspapers’ stringent editorial policies, a Maine funeral director is taking the obituary publishing business to cyberspace. David Heald, owner of Heald Funeral Homes in Springvale and Limerick, has launched a Web site with the purpose of publishing obituaries on the Internet. For Heald, the new method …

Extend travel plans

Like many people who read the newspaper, I read the obituaries to see if my name is there. If it is I will cancel my plans for that day and just relax. However, in reading many of the obituaries I have noticed that a number of people proclaim that they …


BELFAST – Maxine D. Black, 91, longtime Depositors Trust Co. employee, died peacefully Friday, May 27, 2011, surrounded by her family at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport. In keeping with Maxine’s wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 …