Obituaries

 
 
Peter Re lifts his baton to conduct the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in this file photo.

Former Bangor Symphony Orchestra conductor dies at 97

By Nick McCrea on July 27, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
Peter Re led the 120-year-old symphony from 1964 to 1975.

Frank Hodsoll, NEA chairman who championed arts under Reagan, dies at 78

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on July 27, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
Frank Hodsoll, a self-described bureaucratic “gnome” who emerged as a surprisingly persistent champion of cultural funding and programming as President Ronald Reagan’s chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, died July 24 at a hospice center in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 78. His death, from cancer, was confirmed …

John McMullan, tough-minded former Miami Herald editor, dies at 95

By Howard Cohen, Joan Chrissos and Martin Merzer, Miami Herald on July 27, 2016, at 8:07 a.m.
In his final column, published on June 26, 1983, he wrote: “This, then, becomes my epitaph. I’ll be satisfied if it only reads: An editor who cared.”

Gary Paxton, music maverick who produced ‘Monster Mash,’ dies at 77

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on July 27, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Gary S. Paxton, a musical maverick who wrote more than 2,000 songs and produced the pop hits “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash” and who later overcame addiction and transitioned to a career as a gospel musician, died July 17.

Youree Harris, TV psychic known as Miss Cleo, dies at 53

By David J. Neal, Miami Herald on July 26, 2016, at 9:17 p.m.
Miss Cleo, the late-night TV pitchwoman for psychic services on the telephone, died Tuesday in South Florida.

on July 26, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Ruth Marie (Uhl) Bessel, 86, of Searsport, Maine, passed away peaceably on July 1, 2016 in Belfast. She was born in New York, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 1929. Mrs. Bessel moved to Danbury, Conn. and then to New Fairfield, Conn. in 1945. She was a member of the Danbury High …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
HAMPDEN AND SPRINGHILL, FLA. – Geraldine “Gerry” Lounsbury, 91, passed away July 25, 2016, after a brief illness, with her husband of 65 years, and her family by her side. She was born in Hampden, October 6, 1924, daughter of Jack and Cora Rawcliffe. On June 16, 1946, Gerry graduated …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
HOULTON AND EAST MILLINOCKET – Russell F. Taylor, 87, left peacefully to be with his Lord Jesus, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence. He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Ludlow, the son of Frederick and Daisy (Hall) Taylor. Following high school, Russell served in the United States …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
NASHUA, NH – Raymond C. Powles, Jr., 86, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died peacefully on July 21, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (McDevitt) Powles with whom he spent 50 wonderful years of marriage. Ray was born on October 10, 1929, in …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
SAINT ALBANS – Ida Mae Cayford (Connie) passed away peacefully on July 23, 2016, at a Bingham nursing home. She was born February 2, 1920, in St. Albans, a daughter of Wesley and Mary (Vicnaire) Frost. Ida married Carl Cayford (deceased 1985) in Feb. 1938, and had three children, Ivan …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
WINSLOW – Leonard “Len” Parent, 74, of Winslow, passed away July 25, 2016, in Portland. Len was the last Parent to be born in the Parent Settlement in Lille on November 6, 1941. He worked at Pratt Whitney where he learned his trade and taught it for twelve years. He …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
Gary V. Tweedie, 56, passed away unexpectedly July 25, 2016. He was born in Ellsworth, April 7, 1960, the son of Robert and Beulah (Powell) Tweedie. Gary enjoyed playing and watching sports. He loved to hunt and fish. He graduated from Hampden Academy in 1978 and worked for many years …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
Pembroke – Sterling D. Crowe, 85, LTC (RET) US Army, died July 11, 2016, in Pembroke. He was born at Northeast Harbor on August 23, 1930, the son of Sterling Rood and Verna (Frost) Crowe. Dave married Marion Evelyn Luce on March 28, 1952, at Readfield. He served in the …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
Paul C. Caron passed away July 24, 2016, surrounded by family. He was born May 25, 1932, in Caribou and worked for the State until his retirement. He was predeceased by his first wife, Viola. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Gladys; children, Paul O. Caron, Kevin J. …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
ROCKLAND – Joseph John Pietroski, Sr. 93, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2016, at the Sussman House in Rockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 1st, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway in Rockland. Private interment will be held at …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Gus was a successful entrepreneur and businessman but more than that – he was a multi-talented human being who loved people and with his ready sense of humor was great fun to be with. He was born in Madawaska, Maine up on the Canadian border to Augustus P. Gregory, Sr. …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
BANGOR – Samuel “Sam” John Cooper passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Sam was born in Vestal, New York on September 3rd, 1936. He was a graduate of Johnson City High school in Johnson City, N.Y. He served proudly in the United States Air …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
BLUE HILL – Alton “Tony” Downer, 96, died peacefully July 24, 2016, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital after a long and happy life. He was born March 30, 1920, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Guy and Ruth Adams Downer. Tony graduated from Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., in …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Van Buren – Rita M. Jambard, aka Rita Bard, 91, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at a Caribou hospital. She was born June 19, 1925, in Lawrence, MA, to the late Joseph and Emilie (Levesque) Laverdiere and was raised in Van Buren. Rita was a parishioner of St. Bruno-St. Remi …

on July 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you. We love and miss you very much. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. The bond is still strong between mother and daughter. Give Chris and Nichol a big hug and kiss from us all. Big hugs from us all to …