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Obituaries

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  • Stanley B. Sylvester, 90: Physician was busy volunteer, entrepreneur in retirement

    TOPSHAM — Stanley B. Sylvester, 90, of The Highlands in Topsham, died April 10 after a brief illness. He was born in Portland, the son of Allan W. and Dora H. Sylvester, and grew up near Woodfords Corner. In 1942, he graduated from Deering High School, where he excelled as a mem...

  • Elsie E. Brown, 94

    HARPSWELL — Elsie E. Brown, 94, of Cundy’s Harbor, died April 11, surrounded by her daughters. She was born Dec. 18, 1920, in West Point, the twelfth child of Herman Sr. and Inez (Gilliam) Smith. She grew up in West Point and attended Phippsburg schools. She married...

  • 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...

  • Mary F. Cook, 84

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Mary Flanders ("Nanny") Cook, 84, of Cape Elizabeth, died Dec. 17 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. Cook was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 1, 1930, to Robert and Mary Flanders. She attended Miss Porter's...