“Fair winds and following seas, Linny, you will never be forgotten”

 

A great man, Linwood Johnson, known to friends and family affectionately as “Linny”, was received by God at 6:37 AM on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, Maine.  Linny was born in Portland, Maine on July 18, 1932, to the late James Alloyd Johnson and Beatrice Elinor Garrison.  Linny attended Portland Public Schools, and was a proud veteran of the Unites States Navy, serving during the Korean conflict.  He worked in the environmental field for over 35 years, with both Clean Harbors and Seacoast in the greater Portland area.  Linny enjoyed playing pool, horseshoes and cribbage.  He also loved music, cooking and most of all spending time with his grandchildren, who he loved with all of his heart.  He was known by family and friends for his strength and courage, and he was always good for a smile, a quick joke, and some great food.

Linny is survived by his wife of 40 years, Candice C. (McLaughlin) Johnson; his sons, Michael E. Johnson, of Portland, and Linwood E. Johnson, Jr, of Delaware; his daughters, Sunny A.E. Johnson Russo and her husband Anthony of Lisbon, Linette E. Gamache and her husband Paul of Vassalboro, Laureen N. Johnson of Lynn, Massachusetts; his sisters Judith Tolbert of Denver, Colorado, Janet Johnson of Standish, and B. Joan Wright of Detroit; a special niece Heidi Jo Johnson L’Heureux, a lifelong friend, Ken Chapman and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Linwood was predeceased by his son Jeffery L. Johnson, a sister Mary Johnson Terrell, and brothers James A. (“Sonny”), Frank ("Jet”), Lloyd, and James C. (“Jimmy”) Johnson.

The Johnson family is grateful for the care Linny received by the staff of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in his final days, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Linny’s  name to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, Maine 04075.

There will be a graveside service at the New VA Cemetery on Mount Vernon Road in Augusta on June 9th, 2015 at 10:00 am.  After the graveside services, there will be a gathering at Hyatt Old Port, in the Glass Lounge, on 433 Fore Street, Portland, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

 

Auburn, ME – Richard W. Ham, 91, of Auburn, died on Friday May 8, 2015 at Clover Manor. 

He was born on February 19, 1924 in Harrisburg, PA; and was adopted by the late William F. & Suzanne (Mulford) Ham.  He attended St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC and summered in Turner, ME.  He went on to attend Farmington State Teacher’s College. 

He served his country proudly as a member of the US Army during WWII.  Upon returning from Germany, Dick married Marion Norman and they settled in Turner, ME. 

He spent his working days doing several different jobs including a farmer, a die cutter, a teacher and Maine Guide. 

Dick’s greatest joys in life were spending summers at his camp on Big Indian Pond and the time spent with his many canine companions. 

He is survived by his former wife’s Marion N. Ham of Yarmouth, ME and Joyce Ham of South Paris, ME, his three daughters Vicki Delaski of Silver Cliff, WI, Kim Ham and Terri Ham, both of Turner, ME and his son Robert Ham of Auburn, ME.  He also leaves four grandchildren Johanna Richmond of Greene, ME, Peter Richmond of Phillips, ME, Kristina Delaski of Chicago, IL and Anthony Delaski of Covington, KY, two great grandchildren, Erin Watts of Hanahan, SC and Abigail Webster-Delaski of Covington, KY and 2 great great grandchildren Eli Montieth and Lucas Anderson, both of Hanahan, SC.  He was also the Father of the late Roberta Richmond and the brother of the late Patten Ham. 

Services will be private.

 

Scarborough, ME – Isabel J. (Boucher) Johnson, 94, of Biddeford and formerly of Long Island, ME died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  She was the wife of the late Earl A. Johnson, who passed away on December 1, 2001. 

Isabel was born on May 10, 1921 in Biddeford, ME a daughter of the late Ephrem J. & Albertine (Lemire) Boucher.  She attended Biddeford schools, graduating from Biddeford High School.  She returned to Biddeford about 18 months ago after spending her entire married life on Long Island, ironically living at Biddeford Estates, which was formerly Webber Hospital, the hospital she was born in. 

She was a homemaker and loving mother to her three children; once the children were on their own, she went to work at the Bonanza Steak House in Portland, where she was proud of being named Employee of the Month. 

Isabel was a member of the Long Island Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War and a member of the Long Island Civic Association.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and she loved to bake; the children on Long Island always knew there would be a special treat waiting for them at Isabel’s house. 

She is survived by her three children, Earl Johnson and his wife Kathy of Irwin, PA, Kathy Graffam of Dracut, MA and Judith French of Long Island, ME and her grandchildren Stephanie Pyle and her husband David of Hollis, NH, Timothy Johnson and his wife Patricia of Hempfield, PA, David Johnson and his wife Melynda of Rahway, NJ, Richard Graffam of Derry, NH, James Graffam of Dracut, MA, Jarod Johnson of Long Island, ME and Bonny Graffam of Center Barnstead, NH and fourteen great grandchildren.  She also leaves her siblings Edmund Boucher and his wife Marilyn of Smithfield, ME and Muriel Martel of Biddeford, ME as well as sister-in-laws Carolyn Peterson and Sylvia Horr.  She was also the grandmother of the late Kendall Graffam and was also predeceased by four other siblings. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial donations can be made to:

Changing Tides

772 Island Ave.

Long Island, ME 04050

or

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road

 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Falmouth, ME -- Mark Alan Benjamin of Falmouth passed away on May 12, 2015 after a tenacious battle against the cruel Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. Mark never gave up hope, and became a lasting inspiration for many people. 

Mark was an accomplished drummer who had an affinity for Led Zeppelin and drummer John Henry Bonham. He worked in the food service industry up and down the east coast from Maine to Florida. And anyone who had chocolate was his friend. 

People saw in Mark a life force, a zest for living, a hope for the future, and a wonderful sense of humor, all which never faltered even with the advancing ALS. Most telling of all, Mark never complained, but rather conveyed concerns for people with far less problems than he. Mark's content of character will be missed but not forgotten. 

The family wishes to extend gratitude to Falmouth by the Sea. Mark was grateful for the excellent care and repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the professionalism of the staff. 

Mark is survived by his mother Elma Benjamin of Falmouth, sisters Dorothy Oliver of Chelmsford MA and Mary Louis Benjamin of Henderson NV, and brother Kevin Benjamin of South Portland. He also leaves three nieces, Nicole and Brynn Oliver of Chelmsford MA, and Jennifer Benjamin of South Portland as well as two nephews, Winston Oliver of Chelmsford MA, and Andrew Benjamin of South Portland. 

Please donate to:

ALS Association

Gift Processing Center

P. O. Box 6051

 

Albert Lea, MN. 56007

Scarborough, ME -- Jan Bragdon, 72, died peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2015 after 18 months fighting a courageous battle with cancer at the Gosnell Memorial House.

She was born September 19, 1942 a beloved daughter of Sumner and Mildred Bragdon. Jan is survived by her partner of 26 years Joseph "Terry" Hansen,  her daughter Debbie Grant, her sister Sandy her grandson Rick Gerrish and her granddaughter Wendy Howe. She also leaves four great granddaughters Tatianna, Alyssa, Skyler and Hadley as well as a special sister in law Judy turner and her niece Jessica.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her oldest granddaughter for being there and helping with care of her Grammie as well as the entire staff of Hospice of Southern Maine and The folks at the Maine Cancer Center for Medicine for all there wonderful efforts. Another special thank you to the special nurse that was with us everyday, they are truly the angels of mercy; and thank you to everyone for all your kindness during this difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 747  Portland Road, Saco from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please bring any pictures of Jan that you might have to share.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jan's memory can be made to:

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One

Scarborough, ME 04074

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