Died: Oct 19, 2012
Courtney G. Austin

KENNEBUNKPORT – After a brief illness, Courtney George Austin died on Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarbourgh. He was 71. Mr. Austin was born in Biddeford, Maine, on March 24, 1941, the oldest son of the late Courtney Chester and Gertrude Austin. As a young boy, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, the late George and Nancy McLean, in Turbat’s Creek, later recalling that they were “so poor that they ate lobster everyday” – referring to a time before lobster became popular and fishermen had to live on their catch.

He was taken in by the Small Family, owners of the Shawmut Inn, when he was twelve years old, living and working at the famous oceanfront resort as a busboy, waiter, and Maitre d’ until his early twenties. Because the Shawmut was an “American Plan” hotel, guests were served three full meals a day, meaning long hours for $10 a week plus tips. All the same, Mr. Austin always remained grateful to the Smalls and afterward told countless stories about the colorful, even outrageous, personalities of staff and guests who returned year after year, including actors Charles Laughton, Jane Morgan, Betty White and Bette Davis.

Graduating from Kennebunk High School in 1959, he studied accounting in Portland and served six years in the Maine Air National Guard. While still working nights at the Shawmut, Mr. Austin was an accountant at Mainco, a large school supply company operated out of a mansion on the Kennebunk River, before founding Austin Co. Ltd. in 1965, opening Austin’s Hardware, Goodies Candies, The Inn Town Hotel, and other commercial properties in Dock Square. His stores were well known for their unique stock of cooking utensils for “gourmets and gadgeteers.”

Although he and his wife, Gail, wintered in Vero Beach, Florida, they returned to Maine every summer. For those who knew him, Mr. Austin was a window into what it was like growing up in an undeveloped Kennebunkport, where people still had outhouses, saw the Fire of ’47, walked across Cape Porpoise Harbor when the salt water froze once during the winter, and there were few houses between the Colony Hotel and the Shawmut Inn.

Mr. Austin is survived by Gail, his wife of 47 years, his brother Michael, his children, Steven, Ian, and Alyson, and his grandchildren Ryan, Evan, Hana, Morgan, and Andrew. A memorial service will be announced in the spring.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland.  Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Mr. Austin’s guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the

Kennebunkport Historical Society

125 North Street  

Kennebunkport, ME 04046

 

Died: Oct 15, 2012
Donald Mark Adams
Scarborough, ME – Donald M. Adams, 63, of Biddeford and formerly of Pecos, New Mexico died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, October 15, 2012 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  He was the husband of Autumn D. (Witcraft) Adams.
 
He was born in Waterville, Maine on January 19, 1949 a son of the late Donald R. Adams & Ellen A. (Phillips) Durkee. He grew up in Portland and attended Portland schools.
 
During the Vietnam War he proudly served his country in the US Army.  He was a member of the VFW.
 
Don worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years and then as a truck driver for the US Post Office before retiring in 1995.
 
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his stepfather Bob Durkee; children Seanna Lobue and her husband Chris, William Adams and his wife Sophia and Dawn Adele Adams and her fiancé James Goodine. He leaves five grandchildren, Autumn, Caleb, Devon, Hailee Jo and Katrina; his three sisters Sylvia White and her husband Fred, Elizabeth White and her husband John, Peggy Strout and her husband Cliff, and his brother Randall Adams and his wife Pam along with several nieces and nephews.
 
He was an avid dog lover and will be missed by his two labs Luke and Sam, his Rottweiler Rowdy and his Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua, Pito, who was by his side until the end.
 
Services will be held at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
 
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
or
Portland Vet Center
475 Stevens Ave
Portland, ME 04103
Died: Oct 6, 2012
Aurore (Martin) Mercier
Auburn, ME -- Aurore Mercier, 91, of Lewiston, died peacefully on Saturday Oct. 6, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.
 
She was born on August 31, 1921, in Saint-Quentin NB, Canada, a daughter of the late Abel and Angeline (Desjardin) Martin.
 
She was educated in Lewiston schools and had been employed in local textile and shoe industries.
 
“Ora” married the love of her life, Valmont Mercieron May 18, 1946, who predeceased her earlier this year. After retirement, she and “Val” enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. She enjoyed reading, and cooking, and was an accomplished seamstress.
 
Aurore is survived by her son John and his wife Debbie; her son Bob; her grandchildren Stephanie, Jim, Lauren and Lindsay; great-grandchildren Caitlyn, Jacob, Carter, Ella, Coleman and Julia.
 
A memorial mass will be held on October 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston, Me.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Aurore’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Androscoggin Hospice House at 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, Me 04210.
Died: Oct 13, 2012
Charlotte J. (Goulet) Lessard
Lewiston- Charlotte J. (Goulet) Lessard, 88 passed away after a short illness at d'Youville Pavilion.
 
She was born July 30, 1924 in Lewiston, one of 16 children, to Ernest and Sylvia (Turcotte) Goulet.
 
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her for making them laugh and smile every day.
 
She is survived by two sons George P.Lessard and wife Diane of Lisbon Falls, Paul R.Lessard and wife Susan of Auburn and one daughter Charlene Arruda of Mass; two brothers, George Goulet of Lewiston and Paul Goulet of Sabattus, a step-brother Dick Goulet of Lewiston; four sisters, Rachelle Hendersen and Suzanne Platten of California, Vivian Roy of Lewiston and Pauline Gelinas Dubois of Minot and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also leaves a beloved friend and sister-in-law Fernand Carey of Florida. 
 
She was predeceased by her husband Paul N.Lessard , daughter Sandra L.Veilleux, son Richard E.Lessard and son-in-law Manuel Arruda, as well as one sister, Madelaine; eight brothers, Robert, Richard (Cookie), Marcel (Mike), Raymond, Camille, Albert (Buzz), Romeo and Roger Goulet.
 
The family wants to thank the Staff at d'Youville Pavilion for their special care and love they gave her.
 
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Charlotte’s guestbook.
Died: Oct 5, 2012
Anthony Michael Stevens
 Scarborough, ME – Anthony Michael Stevens, 25, of Shapleigh, ME died on Friday October 5, 2012 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

If I ever leave this world alive
I'll thank for all the things you did in my life
If I ever leave this world alive
I'll come back down and sit beside your
Feet tonight
Wherever I am you'll always be
More than just a memory

If I ever leave this world alive
If I ever leave this world alive
I'll take on all the sadness
That I left behind
If I ever leave this world alive
The madness that you feel will soon subside
So in a word don't she'd a tear
I'll be here when it all gets weird
If I ever leave this world alive

So when in doubt just call my name
Just before you go insane
If I ever leave this world
Hey I may never leave this world
But if I ever leave this world alive

She says I'm okay; I'm alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right

She says I'm okay; I'm alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right
Yeah should be alright

 

He is survived by his wife Tashia, his daughters Tei and Tempy and many who loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 and will be an all day event starting at 12 noon at 38 Ferguson Road Shapleigh, ME.

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