Portland, ME – Jeffrey L. Smith, 51, of Portland died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his home with his wife by his side. He was the husband of Elissa J. Moran.
He was born in Waterville, ME on March 30, 1961, a son of the late Albert L. Smith and Lorraine (Higgins) Smith of Troy, ME. Jeff grew up in Waterville, and graduated from Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Falmouth. From there he went on to obtain a degree in photography and graphic arts from NTID at Rochester Institute of Technology.
After college, Jeff moved back to Maine and started working in the photo lab industry in Waterville and Bangor. After meeting Elissa he moved to South Portland and began working for 60 Minute Photo, where he became very well known for his talents within the industry. Jeff and Elissa married in 1997. After a brief stint at LL Bean, he was recruited for Goodwill’s retail division in 2006. He was the safety team lead for the Maine Mall location of which he was very proud.
He also was a student of Huard’s Dojo in Winslow, where he obtained the title of 3rd degree black belt in Shotokan & Jujitsu. After moving south he also went on to join Aaron Parker’s Saco River Martial Arts in Bar Mills and achieved his 1st degree black belt in Taijutsu.
Among his many talents he was also a member of Portland Fencing, where he excelled. He also enjoyed the outdoors, biking and meditation. Jeff was an avid photographer, widely known for his ability to capture the beauty of the natural world with his camera. His favorite subject however, was his granddaughters. He was one of their primary care givers and was utterly devoted to them.
Besides his wife and mother he is survived by his son Michael Ellis and his wife Jennifer of Poland Spring and his two granddaughters Jasmine and Madeline. He also leaves his five siblings, Albert (Sandy) Smith and his wife Colleen of Bangor, ME; Kathleen Denis and her husband Dave of Bucksport, ME, Victoria Davis of Wenham, MA, Elizabeth Youts and her husband Kevin of Beverly, MA and Eleanor Ferris and her husband Frederick of Durham NH. Jeff leaves behind a nephew, Joshua Davis, and nieces, Meghan Smith MacDonald, Alia Davis Jackson, Adreanna Denis, Marissa Denis, Caitrin Ferris, Keira Ferris, and Ashling Ferris.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Baxter School for the Deaf, Falmouth in the Draper Gym at 1 p.m. with Meryl Troop officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME, please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jeff’s guestbook.
Jay, ME- Debra E. Staples, 65 of Jay died on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at her family’s farm, with her children by her side.
She was born in Livermore Falls, ME a daughter of the late Clarence R. & Ruth (James) Staples.
Debbie Held various occupations over the years, most recent at the multipurpose center in Lewiston. She considered her children her great accomplishment. She was a one of a kind grandmother and inspired everyone to live life to the fullest!
She enjoyed playing cards, horseshoes and family gatherings at Dummers Beach. Debbie was also an avid Country Music fan and loved listening to her brother Gary play the guitar and sing. She was very light on her feet and was an exceptional dancer.
She is survived by her son Jason Plummer and her five daughters Amanda Plummer and her husband Marty, Bobbi-Jo Vining and her husband Tim, Stacy Gregory and her husband Rick, Kelly Parker and Shelly Dubuc and her husband Dave. She also leaves her eleven grandchildren Dakota, Dylan, Shane, Savannah, Autumn, Andrew, Amber, Ashley, Ryan, Nathan and Brittany and seven great grandchildren as well as her brothers Randy and Gary, sister Lorna, Joane and Betty and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Leroy and James and two sisters, Pat and Roberta.
There will be a family gathering that all are welcome to attend; please contact Debbie’s children for the date, time and location.
Arrangments are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Debbie’s guestbook.
Yarmouth, ME – Anita Mary (Connor) Campus, 93, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Coastal Manor.
Anita was born in Waterbury, CT on September 6, 1919 and lived at Coastal Manor where she was cared for with love by the staff for the past seven years. She was predeceased by her husband Bernard Campus (her husband at age 32), her parents Mary (Nolan) and of County Kerry, Ireland, Julia Nolan (devoted Aunt), Rosemary Conner (Sister), Bernadette Campus (Daughter), and Nathan Stewart (Grandson).
She is survived by her daughter Mary Ellen (Campus) Clayman and her husband James of Freeport, ME, her son Donald Campus of Yarmouth, ME, her grandson Jason Stewart and his wife Emily of Stow, MA, her granddaughter Julia Campus of Yarmouth, ME, and her great grandson Nathan Wesley Stewart of Stow, MA.
Burial will be held in New St. Joseph Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Burial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen
307 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
The Nathan Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund
At Maine Maritime College
c/o Mary Ellen Clayman
55 Cranberry Ridge Road
Freeport, ME 04032
Her family will remember her for her strength and love. She endured pain and sadness that cannot be described in words.
When we set an example of honesty our children, will be honest;
When we encircle them with love, they will be loving;
When we practice tolerance, they will be tolerant;
When we meet life with laughter and a twinkle in our eye, they will develop a sense of humor.
~ Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Auburn, ME – Maryanne Eva D. Davis, 68, of Fayette, ME passed away on Monday, January 14, 2012 at the Auburn Hospice House.
She was born in Portland, ME on July 7, 1944 a daughter of the late Lawrence & Pauline (Stinson) Craney Sr. Maryanne grew up Wilton, ME, attending Wilton Academy.
She was very proud to have obtained her cosmetologist license from Bernard’s in Lewiston and even prouder to have owned her own Salon for fifteen years in Jay and Fayette. During that time she also owned and operated the Inn Towne Lounge in Livermore Falls until it was destroyed by fire in 1993. At that point she obtained her CDL license and worked as a cross country truck driver for about three years before returning to Maine to reestablish the Inn Towne Lounge II.
Maryanne enjoyed cribbage, flower gardening and traveling; one of her favorite trips was when she surprised her son in Florida for his 50th Birthday. She also spent much time watching the Loons at her home on Tilton Pond.
She is survived by her son Duane Wright of Dunedin, FL and her daughter Wanda Bryant and her companion Michael Campbell of Hebron. She also leaves her grandson Sean Bryant and his wife Kelly and their three daughters Zion, Eden and Lydia of Mechanic Falls, her granddaughter Lindsey Bryant and her two sons Chase and Levi of Turner as well as two brothers, Bradford Craney of Strong and Dana Craney of Warren, seven sisters, Theresa Durrell of Stratton, Ruth Newton of Lewiston, Althea Roberson of Cambridge, MD, Janice Reardon of Bangor, Nancy Foster of Limington, Julia Cote of Livermore and Laurie Jones of Port Charlotte, FL and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Lawrence and Harry Craney was the last of “the three sisters”, who included Doreen E. Maheux and Galeen Buckley.
A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to view and sign Maryanne’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Auburn Hospice House
236 Stetson Road
Auburn, ME 04210
Auburn, ME – Clifford Page Sr., 86, of Greene died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Auburn Hospice House after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Violet (Burbe) Page who died in 1959.
He was born in Hamlin, ME on July 18m 1926 a son of the late Joseph & Mary (Roy) Page. He grew up in Van Buren, ME and married Violet on February 18, 1946.
Clifford works as a heavy equipment mechanic all of his working life, spending the final years before retiring in 1998 at Morrison & Sylvester Inc, in Auburn.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in both Auburn and Augusta as well as the Fraternal Oder of Eagles in Auburn. He greatly enjoyed Beano as well as dancing. He would constantly be on the lookout for a place to dance including the Eagles, where he would often take his daughter Diane and her husband and several single’s clubs in the area.
He is survived by five children Diane Michaud and her husband of Greene, Robert Page Sr. of Bangor, Mona Douglass and her husband Ivan of Greene, Muriel Page of Auburn and Clifford Page Jr. of Greene as well as ten grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He also leaves four sisters Joyce McClay of Bangor, Irene Burbe of Caribou, Mildred Lavasseur of New Jersey and Shirley Seal of Florida as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the Father of the late Ruth & Marleen Page and the Brother of the late Aura St. Louis, Jeannette Raymond, Alma Lefadierre, Mona St. Louis and Lawrence Page.
A memorial service & burial in Riverside Cemetery will be held in the spring in Orono.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Clifford’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Auburn Hospice House
236 Stetson Road
Auburn, ME 04210