Lewiston - Claude L. Couture 60 of Poland died Saturday May 14, 2016 at C M M C following a four day stay. Born in Lewiston April 8, 1956 a son of the late Bertrand and Dorothy Gagne Couture he graduated from L H S in the Class of 1974.
Claude was self employed as a finish carpenter and had work at Bush Gardens, worked various construction jobs and held a CDL license driving commercial rigs.
He will be remembered for always helping people in any way he could and never asked for anything in return; he had little in life but was always willing to do with less to help a friend in need. Claude will be missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his daughters Mindy Hansen and husband John of Auburn, and Brandy Griffin of Cisco, TX; his sister Elaine Little of Lewiston, his brother Andre and wife Debbie Couture of Lisbon Falls and his roommate Reggie Grenier of Poland.
He was also predeceased by his brother Danny N. Couture of TN in 2002.
Private burial will be held later this spring.
Gorham, ME - Aubrey Earl Knowlen, 83, of Gorham died on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bloomer) Knowlen for 56 years.
He was born on September 2, 1932 in Bangor, ME along with his twin sister Audrey to the late Ervin and Helen (Rowe) Knowlen of East Holden. Aubrey graduated from Brewer High School in 1950. After high school, in 1951, he joined the US Navy; and upon discharge attended college graduating from Gorham State Teacher’s College.
While attending Gorham State Teachers College, he met Elizabeth Bloomer on an Adventure Club outing while climbing a mountain. They were married on June 7, 1959 and had two sons Scott and Brett.
He taught Industrial Technology for 34 years; first at Bristol High School, then Boothbay Regional High School and finishing his career with 27 years at Mahoney Junior High School in South Portland, ME.
Aubrey was highly active in scouting first as a scout himself and then later as an adult totaling more than 60 years. He loved working with the kids and attended several National Jamborees over the years. He also earned two beads in the Wood Badge Course which is the highest level of scout leader training.
He was also active in the Gorham Lion’s Club for more than 45 years holding all club offices at one time or another. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2011 which recognizes the exemplary service and humanitarian ideas of Lion’s Club members consistent with the purpose of the Lions.
He loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors. He took his two sons on a fishing trip every summer in Washington County. Every year until he was physically unable, he looked forward to hunting deer with his son Brett. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. He and his wife Betty drove across country in 2004 in order to attend a reunion in San Diego of his ship the USS Oglethorpe. He was also a lifelong Red Sox fan and was lucky enough to finally see three World Series Championships that he thought were never going to come.
Besides his wife Betty he is survived by his son Scott Knowlen and his wife Elaine of Winslow and his granddaughter Katie. He also leaves his brother Lt. Colonel Ret. Charles Knowlen and his wife Beverly of Eddington, ME and their daughters Wendy and Tonya as well as nephews Greg and Jeff, sons of his twin sister Audrey and her husband Derwood. His sister Audrey Bemis and her husband and his son Brett Knowlen pre-deceased Aubrey.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Pride’s Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St, Westbrook, ME on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm followed by food and refreshments downstairs at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pride’s Corner Congregational Church or to the Boy Scouts of America.
Sanford, Maine - Joan Power Toomey of Sanford, Maine died on April 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by family and close friends. She was the wife of Thomas Toomey.
Joan was born on September 20, 1951, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frances Power Lee and John Power. While Joan enjoyed a career at Raytheon, it was caring for her son and many nieces and nephews that was her true joy in life. She loved being surrounded by family and friends.
Having lived in Watertown, Woburn, and Billerica, Massachusetts prior to Sanford, Maine, Joan also enjoyed cooking and gardening, Disney movies, crafts, games and cards. And she always won at cribbage and Yahtzee!
Known to many in her family as Auntie, Joan is survived by her husband, Thomas Toomey of Sanford, Maine, her son Jason Power and his wife Tara Gebhardt of Baltimore, Maryland, her stepdaughters, Heather Toomey of Billerica, Massachusetts, and Colleen Toomey of New Hampshire, her siblings, John Power of Billerica, Massachusetts, Mary Foerster and her husband Carl of Vienna, Virginia, Christine Izzo and her husband Carmine of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Michael Power and his wife Susan of Wells, Maine, her nieces and nephews, Kelly Shea, Michael Izzo, Adrienne Izzo, Jonathan Power, Lauren Power, Allyson Izzo Smith, Spencer Power, Mackenzie Power, and Christine Foerster, and close friends Deb Redding, Bob McBride, Marcia Ferro, and Todd Wells. Pre deceased by Frances Power Lee and John Power.
A memorial gathering to celebrate her life will be private.
Auburn, ME - Willie G. Girardin, 87, of Auburn and formerly of Lewiston, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Clover Health Care. He was the husband of the late Doris C. (Charest) Girardin.
He was born in Lewiston on May 22, 1928 a son of the late William & Alexina (Goudreau) Girardin. He grew up on Old Greene Road in Lewiston, attended schools in Lewiston, didn't graduate HS, but later got his GED in the service. In 1946 he joined the US Navy, served two years, followed by four years with the US Army and in 1952 he re-entered the service in the United States Air Force serving 15 years before retiring. His tours in the service include England, Alaska, and Greenland and he spent time as a MP in Switzerland.
He worked at Supreme Slipper and later VIP before his retirement. Willie enjoyed bowling, playing cards and skiing; he was even a member of the ski patrol.
He is survived by his three children, Linda Johnson and her fiancée’ Steve Erikson of Poland, Roger Girardin of Lewiston and Mark Girardin and his wife Pam of Lewiston. He also leaves ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as a sister Jacqueline Dumont of Lewiston, a brother Paul Girardin and his wife Joyce of Greene and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Steve Girardin who died in 1970.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston, ME.
Biddeford, ME – Carlton E. Chapman, 70, of Biddeford died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Southern Maine Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Jeanne (McGrath) Chapman.
He was born in Portland, ME on September 20, 1945.Son to the late George & Edith (Hoar) Chapman. He was one of four children and attended local area schools. After high school he joined the US Army and served active duty for three years, after which he served ten plus years in the National Guard.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Biddeford. Carlton was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors; He loved taking all the kids fishing with him. His favorite past time while at home was playing cribbage and watching any kind of movie, however he would always stop looking once he found something with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne.
He is survived by his children Terri Fitzpatrick and her husband David, Kevin Chapman, Carl Chapman and Marc Chapman, all of Portland. He also leaves eight grandchildren as well as two sisters Ann Wilkins and Sandra Chadbourne, a brother Stephen Chapman and his wife Lorie and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME