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Obituaries

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  • Lillie J.S. Morris, 91

    BATH — Lillie Josephine Svik Morris, 91, died Nov. 5, surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in Bath. Born June 8, 1923, Morris was raised on a farm in Clarkson, Nebraska, before the family moved to Omaha during World War II. She married Burman “Bill” ...

  • Robert S. Takagi, 88

    BRUNSWICK — Robert S. Takagi, 88, of Oakwood Terrace, died Nov. 1 at his home. He was born in Hood River, Oregon, on April 28, 1926, the son of George and Hisae (Yamasaki) Takagi. He attended Hood River schools before being interned in the Tule Lake and Minidoka internment camps...

  • Laurie (Cockburn) Butler, 44: Inspired others by her strength of spirit

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Laurie Butler, 44, died Sept. 25 with her loving family and friends by her side. Her tenacious spirit helped her fight a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Born on Aug. 15, 1967, in Brunswick, to William Cockburn and Winnifred (Mosher) Merrill, she gr...

  • Michael E. Barriault, 64: Photographer with a zest for life

    PORTLAND — Michael Edward Barriault, 64, died Sept. 18, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief, noble confrontation with terminal cancer. Born in Old Town Maine in 1947, he grew up in Presque Isle and Augusta where he graduated Cony High School. Later on he attended Georgia...

  • Ella Priestly, 90

    BATH — Ella Priestly, 90, died Sept. 16 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. On July 31, 1921, she was born in Sanford, a daughter of John and Ivy (Mitchell) McCullough. She was raised at the Shaker Village in New Gloucester, and later moved to Bath, where she managed Mary's Re...

  • Virginia M. Dea

    BRUNSWICK — Virginia Moran Dea, of Sunnybrook Village in Brunswick, died peacefully in her late 90s Sept. 16 at Parkview Hospital. Her three children were with her during her last days. She never disclosed her true age, even making herself younger on her driver’s license. Years...

  • Christopher R. Grasse, 68: Known for his artistic, selfless, kind nature

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Christopher Robert Grasse, 68, died Sept. 16 after a courageous struggle with cancer. Born July 1, 1943, in Portland, the son of Robert Grasse and Frances Grasse, a well-known piano teacher. After he graduated from South Portland High School he spent a post-gr...

  • Joseph S. Bryant, 80: Former Brunswick school principal, guidance counselor

    BRUNSWICK — Joseph Stanley Bryant, 80, died Sept. 18. Born in Buckfield, on March 23, 1931, he was a graduate of Paris High School in South Paris, where he was active in sports. After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English at Colby College in 1953, he began his...

  • Lawrence R. England, 98

    FALMOUTH — Lawrence Russell England, 98, of Falmouth, died Sept. 13 after a brief illness. Born on Feb. 25, 1913, in Medford, Mass., he was a son of George Russell and Sarah Alice (MacLean) England. He worked as a cabinetmaker with his company, L. R. England & Son, in Winc...

  • Frederick D. Osgood, 72: Known as a 'character,' adored his grandson

    ARLINGTON, Mass. — Frederick D. “Fred” Osgood, 72, formerly of Cumberland Center, died Sept. 13 in Cambridge, Mass., after a brief illness. Born on April 28, 1939, in Portland, a son of Edward W. and Dorothy E. (Jewer) Osgood, he graduated from Greely Institute in Cumberl...