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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...

  • Christine Lillian Toohey, 84: Dedicated mother and fashionista

    SCARBOROUGH — Christine Lillian Toohey, 84, died Feb. 5 at the Holbrook Health Center of Piper Shores after a brief illness. Toohey was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Feb. 21, 1927, to George and Mary Clements. She grew up in New York City and Cambridge, Mass., and attended Holy Cross ...

  • Harmon D. York, 78

    HARPSWELL — Harmon D. York, 78, died Jan. 30 at the home of his daughter. He was born in Cundy's Harbor on Sept. 27, 1933, and was the son of Dana W. and Bertha E. Toothaker York. He grew up and attended schools in Bath and graduated from Morse High School in 1951. On March 29...

  • Michael D. Elwell, 51

    BRUNSWICK — Michael D. Elwell, 51, of Bath, formerly Brunswick, died Feb. 1. He was born in Brunswick on April 11, 1960 to James M. Elwell Jr. and Gloria D. Moody Elwell. He attended Brunswick schools and Husson Business College. He was a self-employed clammer for most of his ...

  • Theresa Ann Fitzgerald, 76

    TOPSHAM – Theresa Ann Fitzgerald, 76, died Jan. 29 in Boston, Mass., surrounded by her loving family. She was a daughter of Irving and Matilda Layton of Bath. She worked as an administrative technician at Bath Iron Works until she retired in 2000. Theresa is survived by her so...

  • Ellen Elizabeth Proctor, 66

    HARPSWELL — Ellen Elizabeth Proctor, 66, died Jan. 31 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Proctor was born on Feb. 15, 1945, to Frank and Ruth Downs Peabody in Bath. She was educated in the Harpswell school system and later graduated from Brunswick High School. She graduated from th...

  • Josephine M. Bernier, 95

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Josephine M. Bernier, 95, a former Brunswick resident, died Jan. 17 at Savannah Courts in Oviedo, Fla. She was born in Topsham on Oct. 7, 1915, and was the daughter of Thomas and Leah Fournier Powers. She attended Brunswick schools and in 1946 married Adrian Be...

  • Witby Prescott Tousignant, 7 months

    PORTLAND — Witby Prescott Tousignant, 7 months, died quietly in the arms of his parents, Peter M. Tousignant and Rebeccah C. Schaffner-Sousignant on Jan. 28. He was born on June 25, 2011. Tousignant was born with a severe congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syn...

  • James "Brother" Ross, 83: A lifelong fisherman with a hearty laugh

    PORTLAND — James "Brother" Ross, 83, died at Mercy Hospital on Feb. 1 after a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer. He was born on June 9, 1928, on Chebeague Island, one of four children of Etta and James W. Ross St. He became known as "Brother" very early in his life by his ol...