Augusta- Raymond A. Frost, 90, of Mechanic Falls, died at Togus hospice May 23, 2013, of a long battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Mechanic Falls, August 1st 1922, son of Albert R. Frost and Evis Bridge Frost. He attended Mechanic Falls schools. He volunteered for the Army Air Force in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Corporal E4. He married his wife Dorothy Hall on September 12, 1955.
Raymond was employed by Waterfalls Tissue (Marcel Paper) of Mechanic Falls as a shipper. He enjoyed writing letters to dignitaries. His passions were planes, ships, and picking wild flowers and sharing them with people in the community. He was a life-time member of the V.F.W.
He was survived by his wife Dorothy of 58 years and his six sons; Greg and wife Karen of Melbourne Florida, Christopher and wife Jackie of South Paris, Carl of Mechanic Falls, Mike and partner Anita Chabot of Lewiston, Dana and fiancé Julie Hayman of South Paris, Donald and wife Linda of Mechanic Falls, daughter Theresa Toothaker and husband David of South Paris, and Brother Vernard of Scarborough. He was survived by 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Marguerite Larock, Charlotte Hartley, and Lola Collins, and grandson Christopher Toothaker.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 29 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at Pathway Vineyard Church Auditorium, 12 Foss Road, Lewiston, Maine. Graveside Services to follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn at 1:00 p.m.
Alice Ruth Bryce, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19 with her family and Fallbrook Woods residence staff by her side after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born on December 24, 1925 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and raised on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada by adoptive parents Freeman Afton and Alice Batson. Ruth later moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to complete her high school education at Cambridge High and Latin School.
After graduating, Ruth worked for John Hancock where she met her great friend and future sister-in-law, Mary Bryce, who introduced Ruth to her brother, Jack. Jack and Ruth were married in 1947 and later moved to West Boylston, Massachusetts where they raised their three children, Jack, Carol and Bill.
Ruth worked for the West Boylston Public Schools, Holden Nursing Home and Worcester County National Bank. Ruth and Jack retired to Naples, Florida and continued to spend their summers at Pine River Pond in New Hampshire to be close to family and northern friends.
She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of West Boylston, was a Sunday school teacher, a den mother and participated in a variety of social organizations. Ruth enjoyed attending her husband’s company conferences across the country and their ocean cruises
Ruth is remembered as being a wonderful friend to many from Campobello, Cambridge, West Boylston, Pine River Pond, Naples and finally Maine.
Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years, John Bryce, and by her eldest son, John Bryce Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Bryce Bibeau and her husband Paul of Scarborough, ME; son, Bill Bryce, and his fiancée, Cheryl Connor of Worcester, MA; daughter-in-law Elizabeth E. Bryce of Salem, MA; grandchildren David Bryce Bibeau; William Bryce Jr; Sarah Bryce; and many very special nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held in West Boylston, MA.
Ruth’s family would like to thank Dr. Robert Fraser of Intermed for his years of warmth and care and Fallbrook Woods for their kindness and compassion during Ruth’s residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made in Ruth’s memory to:
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
383 US Route 1, Suite 2C
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Gorham, ME -- Faith Ione (Dunning, Walter) Strople, 76, died peacefully May 15th in her daughter Cathy’s home while on hospice care in Gorham, Maine.
She was born the youngest of 12 on Nov. 19, 1936 in Owego, NY to Floyd Dunning and Hazel (Pierson). She graduated high school and then, in March of 1956, married her first husband an officer in the Air Force. Following her husband around the country, she had 3 children in 2 1/2 years; one in New York the next in Texas and the last in California. Divorced in 1972,she found her center watching the waves at Rye Beach NH, landed her first job outside the home since she was married, and raised three wild teenage daughters all on her own. And she did it with panache - hot pants and go-go boots! Always good with numbers and finance, she started her career making minimum wage at HR Block in Portsmouth NH but quickly progressed to working at Aetna Life Insurance in Portland, Maine. In 1978 she married Robert Strople, the love of her life. They moved from Maine to New Jersey to Pennsylvania to Ohio eventually landing in Worcester, MA. In 1989 she worked for Mechanics Bank and then in 1992 the Bank of Boston. This is when she became an avid golfer and was also on the Board of Directors for the Rape Crisis Center. In 2003 she retired and moved to warmer climes near her children in Virginia Beach, VA. She now could golf year round and rekindle her love of swimming not to mention go the movies every other day. In March 2013 her health forced her to give up her much treasured independence and she spent her last days watching a Maine spring start with a record late snowfall, ease into beautiful April showers and end with the explosion of May flowers. Her middle daughter had the honor of singing hymns and lullabies to her as she fell into her last sleep Wednesday night while her eldest daughter held her hand. Joined by 2 of her granddaughters at 11:45 pm, there were 4 strong women relatives in a group hug beside her bed as she went. Her life was celebrated in the wee hours of the morning just how she would have wanted it, with a toast of wine and stories of her antics. She was an amazing, hard working, intelligent woman who lived life with gusto including bungee jumping, skydiving and whitewater rafting. A feminist while they were still defining the word, she empowered her children and grandchildren to shoot for the stars. She was very proud of the fact that all of them went to college, a luxury she never had for herself.
She was survived by her children Nancy Wick and spouse David in Virginia, Cathy Walter (Flanagan) in Maine, Patty Weyzen and spouse Frank in Maryland; her 7 grandchildren Lisa (Wick ,Coombs) Yancey, Amy & Brian Wick, Whitney & Kevin Flanagan and Robert & Joseph Weyzen; great grandson Tyler Coombs and of course her infamous golfing buddies from Massachusetts.
She was adamant that there be no fuss after her death.
The family asks that you give a flower to a friend today and let them know they are loved.
When you see a butterfly, smile, and remember Faith…. she loved them so.
Scarborough, ME – Kerry Anne (Dunne) Perez, 58, of Old Orchard Beach passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
She was born on February 21, 1955, in Biddeford to Martin Henry & Patrice Jane (Sprague) Dunne.
Our Mother will always be remembered as a woman with many spirits, her long battle with metastatic Breast Cancer showed all around her the strength, confidence and courage she had. She followed her own heart and intuition leaving behind all the noise and opinions of others, especially the doctors.
She enjoyed watching the Red Sox, absolutely loved her little do “Gizmo” and her grandchildren will always remember her crafting, baking and telling stories. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her brother Sean Dunne, her Son Raymond Dunne and her three Daughters Leticia Millette, Madalyn Chabot and Chantale Njenga. She also leaves her grandchildren Trayton Dunne, Kadin Dunne, Devin Millette, Isabella Njenga, Emily Chabot, Corbin Millette, Gabriella Njenga and Alexis Millette as well as her doggie “Gizmo”
There are no services planned at this time.
Portland, ME - James Bryant Neptune, 62 years young of Gorham lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday May 15 2013 at Maine Medical Center.
Jimmy was born August 29, 1950 in Portland the son of the late Fernald Neptune and Rose Ferrante and attended Portland Schools. He was a proud Tribal member of the Penobscot Indian Nation.
He was a self-taught, very artistic and talented Mason creating many beautiful sites of brick and rock from Maine to Massachusetts and he was always very proud of the finished product and how they have stood the test of time. He will remain a part of New England through his work for eternity.
Jimmy always had a twisted sense of humor and a great outlook on life, even on his darkest days especially with a little help from Mary Jane.
He was an avid chess player “I can beat you in 6 moves” he used to say. He loved to go fishing, play his guitar, build small wooden boats, play softball, tinker with cars and ride his motorcycle.
He was passionate for life and loved his family, friends and pets dearly.
He is pre-deceased by the love of his life May Brown in 2010 and his beloved son Denis in 1990.
He is survived by his daughters Tammy Neptune and her son Andrew of Buxton and Melissa Neptune and son Steven of Springfield, Mass, Amanda Neptune and her partner Jason Foshay and their children Jonathan, Sophia and Jessa of Scarborough, his son Philip Neptune and his partner Annie Brown and their children Sabrina and Nylah of Portland and his daughter Jennifer Neptune Schroeder and her husband Paul and their children Serenity, Bailey and Calvin of Chesapeake, VA. He also leaves his sisters Linda and Bernadette of Portland, as well as his friends Derrick, Billy, Joey, Brian, Larry, Dave and the crew at the coffee shop in Westbrook to name a few, and several cousins in the Portland area.
A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland.
He and his son Denis will be laid to rest on Thursday May 23, 2013 at Calvary Cemetery following the service.