Westbrook – Harold A. Smith passed away August 29, 2016 just after reaching his 93rd birthday. Smitty was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Harold P. and Harriet Newcomb Smith, on August 17, 1923, the fourth of eight children. He grew up and att
ended schools in the Mattapan area of Boston. In January 1941 he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific aboard the USS North Carolina throughout WWII, receiving a Purple Heart for injuries received from a misfiring gun in Turret 1. He re-enlisted during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Valley Forge.
While the North Carolina was in for repairs in Portland, Maine he met Barbara Mitchell, exchanging letters while overseas and getting married in 1944. They moved to Boston after WWII for a short stay, returning to Portland in 1948. They raised their family in Portland, where Harold worked as a cabinet maker for McDonald’s Lumber & Windham Millwork. He continued his career in the manufactured housing industry with New England Homes and Coastal Structures, eventually retiring from Roberts Office Supply.
He was very proud of his naval service, chronicling those days in a self-published book, Naval Service of Harold A. Smith. He participated in several crew reunions during his retirement making many trips to the North Carolina, now a museum in Wilmington, NC. A particularly proud trip was in 2015 when he traveled to the reunion and was able to share his ship with his great grandson.
Harold was active in Babe Ruth Baseball at the local, state, regional and national levels. He also loved hosting lobster feasts for family and Babe Ruth friends, becoming quite the sight with his chef hat and apron as he steamed lobsters and sipped on his scotch.
Harold was predeceased by his parents, sisters Florence Durbin, Helen Natale, Dorothy Dunne; brothers Joseph and Robert; his second wife, Roberta Melendy Smith and his son, James H. Smith.
He is survived by his brother Edward and wife Joan, California; his sister Ruth Peterson, New York; his children Tom and wife Lisa Cormier-Smith, Casco; Peter and his partner Gloria Charles, Utah; Betty Caton and husband Don, Portland; daughter-in-law, Joanne Kozlowski Smith; his grandchildren Matt and wife Kimberly Smith, Gorham; Trista Smith and partner, Craig Wilcox, Casco; Todd Smith and wife Ashley, Westbrook; Joel Smith, Utah, Luke Smith, California, Mike Caton and wife, Elizabeth, Boston; Sarah Caton and husband Eric Davidson, San Francisco; and Katie Caton, Portland. Great grandchildren Keegan Wilcox and Elle Davidson. He is also survived by his first wife and friend, Barbara Mitchell Smith as well as several nieces and nephews.
There will a graveside service on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 am at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery, Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME.
Smitty’s family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Avita of Stroudwater for their care and compassion over the last few months, particularly in these last two weeks.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Harold’s memory to:
Friends of the Battleship North Carolina
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
PO Box 480
Wilmington, NC 28402.
Augusta, ME – Ronald C. Bickford, 59, of Augusta died unexpectedly on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Maine General Hospital.
He was born on October 22, 1956 in Easton, PA a son of the late Chester D. Bickford and Mary (Gale) Vandewalker. He grew up in Watertown, NY, attending local area schools and graduating from Watertown High School in 1975.
Ron loved the beach and baseball. He also volunteered his time in The Bridges Program in Watertown, NY.
Besides his mother Mary, he is survived by two sisters, Connie Bickford of Dundee, NY and Ginny Jordan of Westbrook, ME and a brother Sherman Bickford of Westbrook, ME. He was also the brother of the late Marsha Roch.
A Memorial Service will be held at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to your local food bank would be appreciated.
Sandra Strout, 77, of Poland, passed away Thursday, August 18 at her home surrounded by her family.
Sandra Florice Maxwell was born February 26, 1939 to Verge Morrell & George Maxwell of Gray, Maine.
Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family, drinking morning tea with her daughter’s, and weekend long trips to camp!
Sandra was married to Raymond Arthur Strout on July 30, 1955. They just celebrated 61 years of marriage!
Survived by her (Husband) Raymond A. Strout, (Daughter’s) Roberta Darlene Douglass, Melinda Pauline Whitworth, and Rachel Abrena Strout, and many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Great Great-Grandchild.
Thank you to Auburn Hospice for the home visits and making sure our wife/mom was comfortable.
Family & Friends will be notified when celebration of life will take place.
Arundel, ME - Raymond L. Ward, 72, of Arundel, Maine, passed Tuesday afternoon surrounded by loved ones. He was the husband of Carol Ann (Paul) Ward.
Born in Old Orchard Beach Maine, he traveled some but eventually settled down in Arundel. He was well known in his community, and respected and revered by many.
Ray's profession of choice was auto body mechanics, and being his own boss enabled him to do what he loved for a living. He was passionate about classic cars, boats, and American made motorcycles.
Ray had many hobbies, but was most well-known for his carpentry, gardening, and cooking. His abomination for cold weather didn't stop him during the bitter winter months, tapping trees to make his own maple syrup made it worthwhile. Ray had a relentless drive to figure out how things worked and would tinker on practically anything. He was always willing to help anyone in need and did so with a giving heart.
Ray spent his years of retirement frequenting bluegrass festivals, and was adored by most everyone he came across. He was known at these events as "Chicken Ray", and wouldn't be caught without his signature cowboy hat. If he had charged for his famous fried chicken he would have brought in more revenue than the festivals themselves.
Ray was predeceased by both parents, and his four sisters, Joan, Pauline, Bertha, and Delia; as well as his oldest son Scott of Guilford.
He is survived by his wife Carol Ward of Arundel, his children: Vanessa St. Pierre and her husband Dale of Summerville, S.C., Mark Wormwood of Wellington, Israel Gardner of Arundel, Raymond Jr. Location unknown and Andrea York of Arundel; his six grandchildren, Makara and Brent Gardner, Erin St. Pierre, & Maggie-Rae, Aubri and Kaius York, and his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a special group of individuals that he would often call his extended adopted family, who shall lovingly be referred to as the "Bluegrass Mafia of Angels."
Services will be private.
Lewiston, ME – Dennis E. Whitmore, 72, of Lewiston died on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born in Bangor, ME on October 13, 1943 a son of the late Albert & Katherine (Perkins) Whitmore. Dennis served his country in the United States Air Force entering the day after his seventeenth birthday.
He was an oil burner mechanic who serviced equipment in many locations for over forty years. Dennis enjoyed gardening, music of all kinds, watching the Red Sox and Patriots, old westerns, fishing, cooking and loved his pets. He had fond memories of his childhood growing up in Bangor, ME, his adventures in Greenland and was married twice, to Connie and Karen.
He is survived by two sons; Kristopher Whitmore and his wife Michelle of Dedham, ME and Dennis Hollyfield of NC and four daughters; Kathryn Whitmore and her partner, John of South Portland, ME, Koreen Whitmore and her partner, Shawn of Franklin, ME, Karrie Swindler and her husband, Michael of Westbrook, ME and Vicki Simmons of NC. He also leaves grandchildren Hailey, Reagan, Leah, Ethan and Austin as well as a sister-in-law Maryellen Whitmore of Fort Myers, FL, a niece, Nadine and nephew, Albie. He was also the brother of the late Al Whitmore.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans’ Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.