George A. Stinnett, 89, of Portland, passed away at his home on October 27, 2016.

 

He was born July 31, 1927, at home in South Portland, Me, the son of late Jesse W. Stinnett and Margaret Pray.

 

He attended school at Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island while his father was serving in the Army.  They later moved to Portland where he attended Portland Schools. George joined the service as a Combat Merchant Marine at the age of 15 serving on many Liberty Ships, such as the S.S  Oakey L. Alexander, which split in two off the coast of Cape Elizabeth in 1947. He was very proud of his service to his country during World War II, as he followed in his father’s footsteps.  He was always sharing his many stories that involved many foreign countries, such as France where a German POW gave him a buzz cut, or in Brussels, where he brought back home the statue of Manneken Pis, the Brussels fountain Boy or the Japanese Sword from the beaches of New Guinea.  His ship carried supplies to General MacArthur in the Pacific Theatre.

 

After his return, he married Anne Howard Brasier in February 1947, in Portland.  He spent the rest of his life after returning from Military,  working at HP Hood Dairy doing many positions, from janitor, to cleaning the machine, working in the Ice Cream Plant and eventually driving Tractor Trailer, one of the many joys of driving was seeing the beautiful country, he loved riding in Vermont through the mountains in the old rigs.

 

He was a member of the American Legion and member of the US Naval Institute.  He was an avid railroad fan, loved to read up on trains, or anything World War II related.  He would spend many weekends at Bookland buying a new book and spending the following week reading. 

Many summers were spent on Little Sebago Lake at the camp , swimming , boating, and spending time with his family on the water until he and Anne sold the camp to purchase an in ground swimming pool. He would spend many days cleaning and perfecting the clarity of the water so it was just perfect to go swimming. Many grandchildren learned to swim in the backyard pool.

 

George was a caring, loving grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren.  There were many trips to amusement parks all over the country, as well as, historical venues such as Washington DC’s Arlington Cemetery.

 

He was predeceased by his wife Anne B. Stinnett., his parents Jesse and Margaret, as well as his sister Carlina Hatch and brother Richard Stinnett. He is survived by his sister Barbara Wildes and his only daughter and son-in-law, Paul and Gayle Beote of Portland; his grandchildren, Laura and William Carignan, Brian and Tammy Beote and Amy Beote; his Great Grandchildren are Bethany Beote, Shane Beote, Shannon Beote and Nicole Carignan.  Last but not least his Great Great Grandchild Zeke DeWever, he was always so impressed that he lived long enough to see.

George also had a soft spot in his heart for animals, especially his Bichon Frise named Silly, whom was by his side until he passed away.

 

A service is to be held Friday at Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Refuge League. 

Portland, ME -- Henrietta Juhl passed away in the afternoon on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine after a short illness.

Henrietta was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on July 27, 1921.

She was the daughter of Henry Urban and Anna (Kundyra) of Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Her three children survive Henrietta:  Linda Fairburn (Eric Poulin) of Waterville, Maine; Edward (Susan) Juhl of Portland, Maine and Raymond (Ginger) Juhl of Whiteville, North Carolina.  Two grand children:  Jonathan Juhl and Grace Juhl of Whiteville, North and several nieces and nephews. 

Henrietta was predeceased by her parents Henry & Anna (Kundyra) Urban, a brother Thaddeus (Anne) Urban and sister Caroline Yeadon (William) all of Holyoke, Massachusetts, her late husband Raymond E. Juhl of Mesa, Arizona and her longtime companion John Alfred Reid of Skowhegan, Maine. 

Henrietta was a homemaker who worked as a waitress, hostess and was an Avon sales associate for many years.  She loved her family and enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, playing Beano, buying lottery tickets and shopping.   

Remembrances may be posted on the web site of Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services of Portland, Maine.  The family wishes to thank the staff of the assisted living community of 75 State Street, the Maine Medical Center Emergency Department and Gosnell Hospice House for the excellent care they provided to Henrietta.  

Those desiring may make donations to: 

Seventy-Five State Street, 75 State St. Portland, Maine 04101

Portland, ME -- James Jay Stack, Ph.D., 83, died Oct 21 surrounded by his loving family at home at the Atrium at the Cedars in Portland, ME. He lived 41 years in Fayetteville, NY. 

He was born in Berwyn, IL.  After graduation from Northwestern U. in 1954, he joined the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany.  He returned stateside to take graduate psychology degrees at Ohio U. in Athens and then The Ohio State U. in Columbus.  Appointed to the faculty of the Kennedy Center of Vanderbilt U., he directed the Child Study Center there, teaching and supervising clinical psychology graduate students. 

In 1973 he moved to Syracuse, NY to join efforts to transform the old state hospital system into a modern  community-based mental health system, first by developing a new psychology department at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, and later by developing and directing a model satellite program in the neighboring Madison County.  He co-founded the NYS Association of County Mental Health Directors. 

Both in academic and clinical settings, he supervised and mentored clinical psychology students.  Over many years of helping children and adults in private practice, he was rewarded by letters and comments from clients whom he had helped to effect positive life changes. 

 Everyone noted his fine sense of humor.  He loved music and playing piano.  As a private pilot and scuba diver, he soared through the sky and plumbed the undersea waters.  Now he has a new world to explore. 

Survivors include Lois, his wife of 63 years; son James S. and daughter-in-law Lin of Naperville, IL, and son Terence R. and daughter-in-law Gail of South Portland, ME; Illinois grandchildren Andrew and Katelyn; Maine grandchildren Allison and Elliot; sister Bette Eilers of River Forest, IL; brother- and sister-in-law Barbara and Ronald Hager of Portland; nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Leo A Stack, Jr. 

A family celebration of his life is planned for spring.  Memorial gifts in his honor may be made to the fund for The Cedars’ new Skilled Care and Memory Care Households, with checks payable to The Cedars Development, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04103 or to Visiting Nurse Development Office, 144 State St., Portland, ME 04101.

South Portland, ME – Brian L. Witham, 71, of South Portland passed away peacefully on Friday, October 21, 2016 after battling a long illness.  He was the husband of Nancy A. (Valley) Witham. 

Brian was loved by many and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  He is best remembered by his sense of humor and loving heart for everyone he met. 

Brian retired from the Maine Medical Center Lab in 1998 and was a member of Grace Bible Church in Gorham. 

Besides his wife of 49 years, he is survived by his two sons Scott C. Witham of South Portland and Christopher J. Witham and his wife Erin of Windham and his six grandchildren Ryan, Kelsey, Amanda, Aiden, Connor and Jordan Witham as well as four great grandchildren.  He also leaves five siblings Walter Wright and his wife Beverly of New Hampshire, Marlene LaRose of South Portland, Gwendolyn Ricci of Portland, Bruce Witham of Ohio and Barry Witham and his wife Becky of Saco.  He was also the son of the late Bertram L. & Mary A. (Jordan) Witham and a brother of the late Bradley Witham. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church, 74 Deering Road Gorham. 

 

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations to a charity of your choice.

Gloria “Babe” Perry, 70, died Saturday October 15, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was at home surrounded by her family.

Gloria was born in Millinocket, Maine to Arthur and Sophie (Madore) McLean. She attended South Portland schools and lived at Fort Preble Military Fort growing up. She married Randall Perry of Portland and they celebrated more than 50 wonderful years of marriage together.

She is predeceased by both her parents and a sister, Dot Damush of California.

Her other siblings include Jack Mclean of Brunswick, Issabelle   Shea of Thomaston, Robert Mclean of Westbrook and Helen Daly of Georgia.

She is survived by her husband Randall Perry of Westbrook and canine friend “Sally” and three children, Terry Cuomo of Otisfield, Tammy Jacobs of Westbrook and Joseph Perry also of Westbrook as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In her younger years Gloria was an avid roller skater, golfer and she played on two different bowling leagues for many years.  She also had a candy making business that she and Tammy demonstrated parties for. She loved going to craft fairs and yard sales with her daughter Terry. Gloria also did ceramics for many years with both of her daughters.

Of course we cannot forget her true love of Beano in which her mother shared as well. They were both very well known in the local Beano halls all over the Greater Portland area.

 

Services will be held at South Windham Community Church, 31 Main St. Windham, ME 04062 on October 29th, 2016 at 3:00PM.

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