Nickerson MaynardScarborough, ME – Maynard Bryant “Nick” Nickerson Jr., 86, of Waterboro and formerly of Mexico died on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was the husband of Carol (Bixby) Nickerson.

Nick was born in Mexico, ME on June 29, 1927 a son of the late Maynard B. & Hazel (Bartlett) Nickerson Sr. He attended local area schools and graduated from Mexico High School. He remained a Mexico resident until marrying Carol on April 16, 1994, when they moved to Waterboro.

As a young man he enjoyed working for Oakdale Golf Course, however spent most of his life working for the former Oxford Paper Co. After his retirement he went to work part time at Oxford Lanes.

Nick, sometimes affectionately referred to as “Budman” was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Rumford as well as the Waterboro Eagles. He also enjoyed playing cribbage, his trips to Canada, hunting and ice-fishing, and was an excellent candlepin bowler. His great joy however was spending time out on his boat, whether he was fishing or just relaxing.

Besides his wife of nineteen years, Carol, he is survived by two daughters Linda Davis of South Portland and Janet Sanchez of Gainesville, FL; two step-sons, Elliot Knox of Mexico, ME and Michael Knox of Turner and a step-daughter Shelly Richard and her husband Glen of Waterboro. He also leaves ten grandchildren Allen Davis, Christopher Davis, Jason Sanchez, Michael Davis, Stephen Sanchez and his wife Yoanys, Zachary Richard, Steven, Travis, Angela and Briana Knox; seven great grandchildren Angelina Sanchez-Dow, William Atwell, Angelina Sanchez, Amarra Sanchez, Jennifer and Angel Davis and Jospeh Sanchez and three great great grandchildren Owen Swenson, Tristan and Zoe Dow as well as a brother Dale Nickerson of Rumford, twin sisters Brenda Nickerson of Mexico and Glenda Porter and her husband Charles of Lake Suzy, FL and many nieces and nephews. He also was the grandfather of the late Lacy Richard who died on November 18, 2012.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with military honors to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Pinegrove Cemetery, Route 108 in Canton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. To sign Nick’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family please visit

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

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One #1

Scarborough, ME 04074 

Villandry ClaudetteClaudette C. Villandry passed away at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on September 26th, surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 22, 1941 in Biddeford Maine, the daughter of Fernand M. X. Cote and Rose Hélène Salvas Cote. She graduated from Thornton Academy, Class of 1958 and St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Class of 1961. This was followed by

appointments at Webber Hospital, New England Deaconess Hospital and Maine Medical Center. She married Philip J. Villandry MD on June 6, 1964. Following his military obligations, they returned to Maine and settled in Cape Elizabeth, their home at the time of her death.

Claudette had many interests. During the later portion of her life, she developed a deep interest in esoteric studies that took her to many ancient sacred sites around the world. These studies opened and expanded her understanding of the Christic power of love.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Philip: children, Renée Margaret of Colchester, Vermont; Margo Rose of New York; Beth Anne of Maine; and Philip William of Portland, Maine. She is also survived by her brother Richard Cote and his wife Monique of New Hampshire, her sisters and their spouses: Dianne Cote Eager of Florida, widow of Storer Eager; Vivian and Basil Newton of Bangor; Claire and Frank McTiernan of Portland; and Celeste and Bob Chabot of Biddeford, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.

She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. A gathering to offer condolences, celebrate her life and share memories with the family

Will be held at Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, October 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

In Lieu of flowers gifts may be mailed to:

Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Rte One, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074

Palmer StevenScarborough, ME – Steven E. Palmer, 56, of Portland died on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

He was born on November 29, 1956 a son of the late Byron E. Palmer, who died in 1987 and Annie L (Brown) Palmer of Richmond, ME. Steven attended Nathan Clifford Elementary School; followed by Hellen M. King Junior High School. He attended Portland High School until the 10th grade and later went on to earn his GED.

Steven worked in the mail room of the Portland Press Herald along with being employed for Carr Brothers Produce, S. Prower, Cianbro, Williams Brothers Construction, Congdon Transportation – Deering Junction Warehouse and VIP Charter Coach.

He was a member of the Mayflower Society and a former member of the Portland Republican City Committee. As a youth he was active in the Boy Scouts and also served as a poll worker in several elections as well as a Notary Public for the State.

Steve enjoyed talking about politics and current events; he collected old photographs of various construction sites and other memorabilia associated with Bancroft & Martin Steel where his Father worked for over 20 years. He also collected old milk bottles and die cast coin banks. He spent a great amount of time watching political talk shows on the various cable channels and also did extensive research into his family genealogy, tracing his lineage back to William Brewster who traveled on the Mayflower.

Besides his Mother, he is survived by his four Brothers, Byron L. Palmer (and his daughter Melissa), Leroy Palmer, Lester Palmer and Ernest Palmer (and his sons Evan and Elliot and his daughter Allison), as well as several cousins. He is also survived by Tom Wheatley of Bar Harbor, whom Steven enjoyed having lengthy phone conversations with as well as other conversation partners, cousins Pam Spears and Cindy Palmer, and Lillian Allen, the third floor tenant, who also was instrumental in helping with Steven’s care at the end of his struggle with lung cancer.

Relatives and friends are inRichmond Corner Baptist Church combinedvited to attend a memorial service at the Richmond Corner Baptist Church, at the intersection of routes 138 and 197 in Richmond on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. followed by a get together at the home of his brother Ernest Palmer at 475 Brunswick Road in Richmond.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit to sign Steven’s guestbook and leave condolences for

Russell RoxAnn002Scarborough- RoxAnn Evelyn Russell, 56, of Limington, passed away Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at the Gosnell Hospice House.  RoxAnn, the daughter of the late Augustus Henry and Ellen Maria (Mills) Moore, was born October 15th, 1956 in Portland Maine.

RoxAnn went to local Portland schools until graduating from Portland High School in 1974.  Her first job was at H. H. Hays Drug store.  After that she worked at many different place like The Little Red School House in Old Orchard Beach, Sebago Shoe, the city of Hollis as an EMT, a drive-in in Jacksonville Florida and before she retired she was an Assistant Manager at Winkydoo’s Old Fashion Malt Shop in Sulphur, Louisiana.
RoxAnn grew up on Watchic Lake at her family's camp and loved swimming and water skiing. This love of the wilderness continues through her life as she took both her kids and grandkids camping. She took pride in her ability to care for others. RoxAnn always said her door was open to anyone in need. God made her house of elastics!
RoxAnn was part of the Rebekah Assembly of Maine 1.0.0.F.  At one time she was even the president.  She enjoyed roller skating at happy wheels, reading, board games, going to the casino, traveling, looking over her family history and watching her favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. She also loved to collect angels.

RoxAnn is survived by her four children, John A. Fletcher, Matthew B. Fletcher Sr. and his wife Laura, and Tandra J. Peterson and her husband Lucas, Diana Andrews and her husband Scott; six grandchildren, Zackery Fletcher, Jayda L. Fletcher, Matthew B. Fletcher Jr., Braydon L. Peterson, Delany P. Fletcher and Reece A. Peterson; spiritual sister Gayle Guerard and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, greatfriends and grandfriends.  Also the father of RoxAnn’s children, John Fletcher.  Besides her parents she is predeceased by her husband, William J. Russell, a brother, Richard W. Moore Sr. and his wife Linda; a sister, Nancy Wing.

There will be a celebration of life at 108 Hillcrest Rd, Scarborough, ME, on Sunday Sept 22 from 1-4pm.  There will also be a memorial service to honor RoxAnn on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 4pm at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in RoxAnn’s name to the Gosnell Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME, or the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250 Falmouth, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME.

Preston PaulPaul Gilman Preston, Jr died on September 18, 2013 after a long battle with a rare degenerative brain disease. Gil was born on July 21, 1941 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the son of the late Kathleen McNerny and Paul Gilman Preston, Sr. He spent the first 10 years of his life in rural Princeton, Massachusetts, where he first developed his love of the outdoors. The family then relocated to Darien, Connecticut, where Gil completed his secondary education.

Gil was a gifted athlete who played many sports but excelled in football. He was a multiple all-state selection, led his team to a state championship, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gil eventually left CU to join the US Marines and spent the next 3 years serving in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Upon discharge, he resumed his education earning a BS in Journalism cum laude from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Gil spent most of his career working on project financing and operations. After receiving his MBA, Gil returned to Connecticut, started a family, and worked for General Foods in White Plains, NY. From there he moved to Champion International Corporation in Stamford, CT, where he was in charge of the financing for all major domestic construction projects. He loved getting out of the office and working with the paper mill managers and plant engineers, trying to understand the projects from their perspectives. While at Champion, he met his wife, Anne Victoria Berg, and they were married in West Falmouth, MA in 1984.

In 1987, Gil and family moved to Maine where he switched from large to small company work. He was CFO and oversaw operations for two different wood-powered energy companies – first for Swift River Company, based in Portland, and then for Alternative Energy, Inc, based in Bangor. The final stage of his career was spent helping small companies to develop business plans and obtain financing.

Gil was a man of many talents and interests. He was a master mechanic, a plumber and carpenter, could fix any small machine, repaired furniture, grew legendary vegetable gardens, coached innumerable youth soccer teams, made pies with apples from his own trees, and played a mean game of tennis (using both hands). But most of all, his life revolved around his family. He coached all 5 children in soccer, led hikes up mountains all over Maine and New Hampshire, led the singing on long road trips, used any excuse for family ice cream outings, raced everyone down the mountain on skis, and attended countless matches, games, concerts, plays, and meets.

In addition to his parents, Gil was predeceased by his older brother Joseph Franklin Preston IV. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anne, of North Yarmouth, his children Ian Preston (Nina) of Saratoga Springs, NY, Rebecca Preston Mannion (Steven) of Perth, Australia, Samantha P. Travis (Paul) of Columbia Falls, MT, Amanda E. Preston of Boston, and Alexander B. Preston of North Yarmouth. He is also survived by grandchildren Matthew Preston, Kathleen and Robert Mannion, Neve and Landon Travis, and his younger brother F. Peter Preston of Cos Cob, CT.

A celebration of Gil’s life will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Gil’s guest book and to send condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gil’s memory may be made to:

Coastal Humane Society

190 Pleasant Street

Brunswick, ME 04011

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