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Obituaries

  • Richard B. Leonard, 85: Talented artist gave of himself to others

    PORTLAND — Richard "Dick" B. Leonard, 85, of Portland, died Dec. 31 at The Barron Center. Leonard was born in Portland on June 21, 1929, the son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Graney) Leonard. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 1947, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from ...

  • Venise Kronstrand, 89

    BRUNSWICK — Venise "Jackie" Kronstrand, 89, of Brunswick, died Dec. 10, with her children by her side. Kronstrand was born in Brunswick on Sept. 20, 1925, the daughter of Earl and Alvine (Gaudreau) Leavitt, of Topsham. She attended Brunswick High School and worked for 30 years as a c...

  • Joseph R. Melrose Jr., 79

    BATH — Joseph R. Melrose Jr., 79, of Bedford Street, died Dec. 16 at Hawthorne House in Freeport. He was born in Bath on March 16, 1935, a son of Joseph R. and Mildred C. (Ward) Melrose. He attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School in 1953. On June 26, 1960, h...

  • Camille L. Gagne, 69: Local pharmacist loved family, service to others

    TOPSHAM — Camille L. Gagne, 69, of Cathance Road, died Dec. 20 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born July 15, 1945, in Brunswick, the son of Camille E. and Laurence Theberge Gagne. He attended St. John’s School in Brunswick and graduated from St. Domin...

  • Samantha J.C. Smith, 46: Star athlete 'went the distance' in battling illness

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Samantha Jean (Coons) Smith, 46, formerly of South Portland, died peacefully Dec. 21 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, with her family by her side. Smith was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2012, and fought a courageous battle against the disease ...

  • Craig A. Libby, 61

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Craig A. Libby, 61, of South Portland, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18. He was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Portland, the son of Calvin and Sally (Huff) Libby. Raised in Gorham, he graduated from Gorham High School in 1971. He then continued his education in the electric field...

  • Elmer S. Williams Jr., 81: Veteran, master builder shared talents with others

    FREEPORT — Elmer “Sonny” Scherer Williams Jr., 81, died Dec. 18 with his family by his side, after a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Freeport on Oct. 4, 1933, a son of Eva (Thompson) and Elmer S. Williams Sr. He was drafted into the U.S. Ar...

  • Wilma E.D. Kinney, 91

    PORTLAND — Wilma Elizabeth DeTar Kinney, 91, died Dec. 17. She was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Anthony, Kansas, and graduated from high school there. Soon afterward, she moved to Stratford, Connecticut, at the invitation of her older brother, Don, and his family. Kinney attended bu...

  • Melissa J.R. Bourque, 47: A mother's caring extended to schools, church, community

    PORTLAND — Melissa Jane Rector Bourque, 47, died Dec. 25 at her home in Portland, with her family by her side, after a long and courageous battle with Crohn's disease and colon cancer. Bourque was born in Boston on Oct. 31, 1967, the only daughter and youngest of four children of Jan...

  • Marion M. Gilmore, 87

    BATH — Marion M. Gilmore, 87, of Middle Street, died peacefully at her home Dec. 13, surrounded by her family. She was born in Springfield on March 1, 1927, a daughter of Percy and Lottie Smith. In 1943, she moved to Bath, where she raised her four children with love and pride.