Scarborough – Gerald “Jerry” Paul Farnsworth, of Westbrook, son of the late Edgar and Evelyn (Platts) Farnsworth, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at age 68, surrounded by his immediate family and many of his friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura Jones Farnsworth and their sons, Adam and Mark Farnsworth, both of Westbrook. Mark and his wife Nichole have two young children, Abigail and James. He also leaves his brother Donald Farnsworth and his wife Barbara of Florida, his niece Nancy Farnsworth and her wife Stacey of Colorado and his nephew David Farnsworth of Florida. He will be fondly remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Reneva Smith of Island Falls.
Jerry left high school to enter the Air Force; there he attended medical tech schools and served his enlistment as a veterinary specialist in a primate lab. He gathered data for the Apollo Project and other government research projects at Wright Patterson AFB.
Jerry achieved 40 years of sobriety through participation in 12 step programs and from the continuity of many friendships that grew from that time in his life. He served as an officer of the Island Falls Fish and Game Club for many years. He enjoyed participation in snowmobile clubs, deep sea fishing tourneys and Island Falls Free Wheelers. He coached successful recreational basketball teams, assisted with Westbrook Little League and Senior League Baseball and enthusiastically supported his boys, neighborhood children and other kids who worked to develop skills in their athletic endeavors from soccer to wrestling.
Jerry planned and built a camp in an out of the way spot in the Maine woods. He rebuilt several houses and enjoyed creating and maintaining landscapes. Most recently he acquired antique snowmobiles and ATV’s to rebuild and restore.
A celebration of life will be held in each of two locations, Westbrook and Island Falls, with details to follow through social media.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or money to your local animal rescue shelter.
Biddeford, ME – Dennis R. Hayward, 66, of Biddeford, died on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Southern Maine Medical Center.
Dennis was born in Portland, ME on July 18, 1948 a son of the late Raymond & Hazel (Ward) Hayward. He attended local area schools, including Portland High School.
He spent twenty eight years working for Rufus Deering Lumber Co. in Portland before retiring due to illness.
He was a member of the Veterans Alliance and the former Voltigeur Club, both in Biddeford. Dennis also enjoyed deer hunting, especially with his Dad and was obsessed with movies, especially war movies; he also collected coins.
He is survived by a son Stephen Hayward and his wife Kelly of Hollis and two daughters Michelle Demers and her fiancée Vaughn Hanson of Biddeford and Melissa Mattson and her husband James of South Portland. He also leaves eleven grandchildren Kayla and her husband David, Kordell, Isaiah, Kyra, Nick, Corbin, Avery, Alex, James, Joey and Liam as well as a great grandchild Brady, four siblings Jerry Hayward and his wife Pearl of Gorham, Joyce Imoto and her husband Harry of Clarksville, TN, James “Jimmy” Hayward and his wife Bonnie of Raymond and Cindy Stoddard of Omaha, NB and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland followed by a graveside service at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street Portland at approximately 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074
North Yarmouth, ME – Philip C. Coffin, 67, a North Yarmouth resident most of his life, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of Nancy C. (Marrotte) Coffin.
Phil was born in Portland, ME on April 16, 1947 a son of the late Philip J. & Marion T. (Stanhope) Coffin. He grew up in North Yarmouth, attending local area schools and graduating from Greeley High School in 1967.
He went to work in the family business, PJ Coffin & Sons at age fourteen and worked his way to Master Plumber before retiring from the business in the early 1980’s. From there he went to work for GE, Bath Iron Works, Airtemp, Warren Mechanical and NPI and then went on to obtain his CNA certificate and worked in the health field until his retirement in 2000.
Phil was a member of the Odd Fellows in Portland as well as the Oil Burners Association. In his spare time he enjoyed mushroom hunting and was taught by Sam Ristich, and was mentioned in his book. Not only did he hunt and sell mushrooms, but he was also the man to see if you wanted Fiddleheads.
He was also an animal lover and greatly enjoyed the company of his elders. He also was a beloved family man, who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons Philip J. “PJ” Coffin and his wife Ginger and Joshua T. Coffin and his wife Erin both of Westbrook, a step daughter Carrie Welsch also of Westbrook and a step son Chris Nute of Casco. He also leaves twelve grandchildren Valerie, Shane, Shannon, Shelby, Sammy, Bailey, Olivia, Rylieh, Desiree, Christopher, Mckenzie and Taryn as well as two great grandchildren, Travis and Blazen, three brothers Gary Coffin and his wife Elizabeth of Rumford, Frank Coffin and his wife Dorothy and Raymond Coffin and his wife Laurie both of North Yarmouth, a sister Kathleen Coffin-Eaton also of North Yarmouth and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Francis Coffin of Errol, NH.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road North Yarmouth. Celebration of Life Supper to follow, please bring your favorite dish to share.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil’s memory can be mailed to:
North Yarmouth Congregational Church Pet Pantry
3 Gray Road
North Yarmouth, ME 04097
or can be brought to the celebration of life on Sunday
Lewiston, ME – Lori Sue Walker, 49 of Hiram, ME died on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Marshwood Center.
She was born in Portland, ME on September 7, 1965 a daughter of the late Sherman Larry & Carolann F. (Sterling) Walker I. She attended Mount Cutler School and graduated from Fort Myers High School in Florida. Lori was a member of the JROTC, the color guard and the honor guard while attending Fort Myers High School.
She was also a member of the girl scouts and enjoyed roller skating, horseback riding, music and dancing and going to the beach.
She is survived by her sister Sheri Lynn Walker – Townsend, her brothers Sherman Larry Walker II and Sean Leslie Walker, her cousin Jeff Walker and her best friend Laura Libby Small.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at the Eliot House and the Marshwood Center.
There will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
33 Roger Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Standish, ME – Richard E. Childs, 57, of Standish, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home.
He was born on September 23, 1957 in Portland, ME a son of the late Richard A. & Helen (Jewitt) Childs. He attended schools in Portland and graduated from Deering High School.
Richard worked for Buxton Oil for many years as an Oil Burner Technician before retiring, and was an active member in the American Legion, the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He enjoyed karaoke as well as tending to his vegetable garden. Richard was also an animal lover and had a special place in his heart for his cat, Daisy Mae and his dogs Brutus and Blackie, who are now deceased.
He is survived by his two sons Richard S. Childs of Scarborough, Shawn M. Childs of Portland; his grandchildren Adrienne N. Childs of Scarborough, Eric S. Childs of Westbrook and Abigail E. Childs also of Westbrook. He also leaves a brother Steven Childs and his wife Joanna of Buxton, his sisters Vickie Cormier and her husband Gary of Yarmouth and Brenda Moody and her husband Steve of Windham, several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Ned Boxer of Sebago. He was also the brother of the late Terri A. Gower.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. A graveside service will follow in the memorial garden section of Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Philip Shearman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richards’s memory can be made to:
Animal Refuge League
449 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092