Collins SueLewiston, ME – Sturcha “Sue” May Collins, 80, of Auburn, died on Monday, March 4, 2013 at Central Maine Medical Center.


Sue was born in Anson, ME on March 27, 1932 a daughter of the late Philip J. & Bernice E. (McLeod) Stewart.


In her younger years she worked at a shoe manufacturer; after her children where grown she went back to work, this time as a hotel clerk for a couple of different hotel chains.


Sue was an active member, for many years, of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Topsham and enjoyed such things as cake decorating, craft fairs, embroidery, knitting, and crocheting baby blankets. One of her greatest loves was the Boston Red Sox. From opening day until the final pitch of the season, life revolved around the Red Sox schedule. She attended games as often as she could and even kept track of all the stats.


Sue is survived by two sons, Fran Collins and Stuart Collins of Marlboro, MA, four daughters, Debbie Williams and her husband Ralph of Topsham, Doreen Walters and her husband Ed of Lisbon Falls, Diane Morse and her husband Kenneth of Brunswick, and Darlene Hall of Auburn as well as a daughter-in-law Victoria Collins of Marlboro, MA, and a son-in-law Jeff Hall of Auburn. She also leaves twelve grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Jennifer, Jessica, Melanie, Kenny, Matthew, Garrett, Natalie, Zachery, Brittany, and Kaitlynn, ten great grandchildren, Owen, Autumn, Issac, Summer, Courtny, Trinity, Kaiya, Lillian, Xander, and Kadyn and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Dora Dube, Duncan, Nelson, and Cyrus Stewart.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Roman Road, Topsham. Burial will follow in Mt Calvary Cemetery, Lisbon, ME.

Flowers may be sent or memorial donations can be made to:

Tabernacle Baptist Church

PO Box 367

Roman Road

Topsham, ME 04086

Ducharme Daniel397Lyman, ME – Daniel A. Ducharme, 42, of Clearwater, FL and formerly of Lewiston, died on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his mother’s home in Lyman.

He was born in Lewiston, ME on September 21, 1970 a son of Maurice E. Ducharme of Freeport and Bernice F. (Filiault) Ducharme of Lyman. He grew up in Lewiston, attending local schools and graduating from Lewiston High School. After High School he attended the Galen Health Institutes and obtained an Associate’s degree in Nursing. He then went on to work as an LPN for Windmore Health and Rehab Institutes in Florida.

Daniel enjoyed tennis and skiing and was an avid Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fan. He stayed faithful to his hometown teams even after moving to Florida.

Besides his parents he is survived by his sister Kara Monette, her husband Gregg and their children Cameron & Conner all of Berwick, ME. He also leaves his step son Daniel Thurston, whom he raised, as well as his beloved dog “Jack”. He was also the beloved brother of the late Timothy B. Ducharme, who died on June 18, 2009 and the grandson of the late Joseph & Bernadette Filiault and Albert & Alma Ducharme.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, 985 Portland Road, Kennebunk, ME.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel’s memory can be made to York Hospital Hospice & Palliative Care or Hospice of Southern Maine.


Sampson ThomasLimington, ME – Thomas L. Sampson Sr., 34, of Limington died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at him home. He was the husband of Deanna J. (Hinkley) Sampson.

Tom was born in Portland, ME on August 14, 1978 a son of Timothy R. & Susan R. (Doughty) Sampson Sr. of Buxton. He grew up in Buxton, attending local area schools and married Deanna on June 7, 2003.

Tom was a welder by trade, working for several different local companies over the years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his crowning achievement coming a few years back when he got his moose. He was also a strong family man, spending as much time as he could with his kids and parents.

Besides his wife and parents he is survived by his three children Jerrica, Thomas Jr. and Tegan. He also leaves his maternal grandparents Harold & Harriet Doughty of Buxton, a sister-n-law     Sally Sampson of Buxton and two aunts Barbara Davis and Sheila Sampson, both of Buxton , an Aunt and Uncle Carmen and Mark Estabrook of Limington, and an Uncle, Harold E. Doughty Jr. of Buxton. He was also the brother of the late Timothy R. Sampson Jr., who died May 11, 2011.

There will be no services.

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

Portland, ME -- Blair R. Higgins, 82, died Feb 27, 2013 at his home.

Born April 12, 1930 in Portland, he was the son of H. Stanley and Hazel (Gribbin) Higgins. He attended Portland High School where he received the prestigious Brown Medal upon graduation. He was a graduate of Gorham Teachers College and the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BS in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Elementary Guidance.

For 17 years he worked in the So Berwick and Windham school systems holding a variety of positions including teacher, assistant principal and guidance counselor. He followed his teaching career with work as a maintenance technician at the Maine Mall Sears store from which he retired after 20 years. He also worked at Esposito’s Restaurant as a bartender and at the former WDCS classical radio station as an announcer.

He was an avid handball player continuing the game into his 70s. He was also a talented piano player exposing all around him to sounds of beautiful music.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Mary Louise (Sanborn) Higgins, his granddaughter Tasha Higgins and his sister Suzanne Stevens.

He is survived by his wife Ruth (Brower) Higgins of Portland; his children: Mary Lindstrom and husband Keith of Oxford; Catherine Lacina and husband Steven of Waite; Peter Higgins and Joshua Higgins, both of Portland; his stepchildren: Ellen McCabe and husband David of Portland; Michael Bozner and wife Lailie of Phoenix, Arizona; 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no service; however, a party celebrating his life will be held at Espo’s Trattoria, 1335 Congress St, Portland on Mar 17, 2013 from 1 to 3:30 PM. Come enjoy reminiscing about Blair with family and friends. No mourning allowed!

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

VNA Home Health & Hospice

50 Foden Rd

South Portland, ME 04106

Leeman Sandra394Windham, ME – Sandra L. (Hatt) Leeman, 75, of Windham died peacefully in her home on Monday, February 25, 2013 with her family by her side. She was the wife of Robert M. Leeman.

She was born in Portland, ME on January 2, 1938 a daughter of the late Clinton W. & Violet (Caron) Hatt. She grew up in Westbrook and was a graduate of South Portland High School. While in high school Sandy was a majorette, cheerleader as well as a member of the tumbling team and the library staff.

She spent 30 years in the health care field; working as a Home Health Aide for Holy Innocents Community Health Services and as a CNA for Ledgewood Nursing Home.

Sandy enjoyed Camping, Swimming, Clogging and Gardening.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her four sons John, Michael and Thomas Leeman, all of Windham, and Robert Leeman Jr. of Florida. She also leaves eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as her sister Jean Clemons of Gray, her two brothers Edward Hatt of Hollis and Stephen Hatt of Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

At her request services will be private.

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

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