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Obituaries

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  • Joy J. O’Brien, 60: Longtime state Senate secretary exemplified public service

    PORTLAND — Joy J. O’Brien, 60, the longest-serving secretary of the Maine Senate in history, died Oct. 15 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, to John ("Jack") and Jadine O'Brien in Brockton, Massachusetts. After moving to Portland, she grew up...

  • Marilyn Lajoie, 83

    TOPSHAM — Marilyn Lajoie, 83, died peacefully Sept. 30. Born Aug. 21, 1931, Lajoie was the daughter of Irene and Lloyd Pierce of Bucksport. The family relocated to Sanford, where she graduated from high school. In 1953, she married Aldore Lajoie, who was active in the U.S. Air Force....

  • John B. Long, 85

    BRUNSWICK — John B. Long, 85, died Nov. 24 at Bodwell Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brunswick. He was born on Nov. 19, 1924, in Corona, Calif.. After graduating from Riverside City College, he served in the U.S. Navy and fought in many battles at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, as wel...

  • Dorothy B. (Doughty) Black, 91: Former Orr's Island postmaster

    ORR'S ISLAND — Dorothy Bernice Doughty Black, 91, died while sleeping at her home Nov. 14. On July 21, 1918, she was born on Bailey Island, the daughter of G.W. "Wash" Doughty and Jennie Palmer Munsey Doughty. She married Ralph H. Black on Jan. 30, 1941. Their home on Orr...

  • Raymond A. Bernier, 73

    TOPSHAM — Raymond A. Bernier, 73, died unexpectedly at his home Nov. 22. He is survived by his sister, Doris St. Onge and her husband George of Brunswick; several cousins; nieces and nephews. There will be no services. Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Fed...

  • Mary A. James, 87

    FREEPORT — Mary A. James, 87, died Nov. 25 at Hawthorne House in Freeport. She was born in Woodland, a daughter of Paul M. and Susan (Bires) Ivanisin and graduated from local schools. During World War II she was a drill press operator and inspector for airplane parts for General...

  • H. Donald "Don" Cheney, 85

    FREEPORT — H. Donald "Don" Cheney, 85, died peacefully Oct. 29 surrounded by family. Born on May 26, 1924, in Auburn, N.Y., he was a son of William Warren Cheney and Ella Clark Cheney. In October 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in the 446th Bomb Gro...

  • Samuel A. Wilkinson III, 83: Attorney known for love of life, people

    CUMBERLAND — Samuel A. "Sam" Wilkinson III, 83, died Nov. 17 following an illness of several months.

  • Michelle L. Stackpole, 54: Avid Red Sox fan

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Michelle Lynn Stackpole, 54, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, died Nov. 7 at Marin General Hospital from a brain aneurysm. On Dec. 19, 1954, she was born in Portland on her mother's birthday, the daughter of Jerry and Joanne Mitchell Stackpole. She attended schools in...

  • Richard L. Hatch, 91: Generous philanthropist left vast legacy

    TOPSHAM — Richard L. Hatch, 91, died November 18, 2009, at his Topsham home. On Jan. 10, 1918, he was born in New York City, the son of Harold Hatch and Margaret Milliken Hatch. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School and attended Yale University, graduating in 1941. Over ...