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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Colette L. Craine, 80: Former military wife, enjoyed bridge

    PORTLAND — Colette L. Craine, 80, died Sept. 4 at St. Joseph's Manor with her loving family at her side, following several years of illness. Born in Portland, the daughter of Dr. Philip and Anna Gauthier, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1948, attended New Rochelle Co...

  • Richard L. Cooper, 74: A true 'Mainer'

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Richard L. “Dick” Cooper, 74, of South Portland, died Sept. 9 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a long battle with heart disease. A true Mainer, he was a dedicated hunter, fisherman and camper who loved spending time outdoors. For 20 year...