Portland, ME – Elizabeth M. “Betty” Cole, 97, of Portland and formerly of Huntington, MA, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at The Cedars. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur M. Cole, who died in September 1997.
Betty was born in Jamaica, NY on April 15, 1919 a daughter of the late Willard B. & Josephine (Russell) Thompson. At age twelve, she moved to Huntington, MA, where she would spend the majority of her life before moving to Portland, ME in 2009 to be closer to her family.
She graduated from Huntington High School as a member of the class of 1936. A year after graduating, she married the love of her life, Arthur M. Cole and started their family a year later. Betty was very active in her community and could often be found at Moltenbrey’s Market where she worked for over fifty years.
She also volunteered at the Gateway Regional Middle School for twenty five years and was very active with the Norwich Hill Church. She enjoyed playing cribbage and crocheting and recently painting, with water colors. However, her favorite activity was spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara Cole Holt and her husband John of Portland, ME, her granddaughter Bethany Buitenhuys and her husband Neil of Portland and her two great granddaughters Emma & Merritt Ryan. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and was the grandmother of the late John “Jay” Holt, who passed away in 2001.
A private burial will be held in Norwich Bridge Cemetery, Huntington, MA at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donation in her memory can be made to:
Gosnell Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
Portland, ME – Robert J. Lebel, 70, died, unexpectedly, on Wednesday November 2, 2016 at Maine Medical Center.
He was born on August 1, 1946 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Claude R. and Helen M. (Rossignol) Lebel. He attended Marist Prep in Framingham, MA, St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT then went on to attend McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Bob worked many years as a Certified Nurse Assistant for both St. Mary’s Health Center in Lewiston and the Peabody House in Portland before retiring.
Bob was active for years helping immigrants to integrate into to their new home. He taught English as a second language as well as facilitating and and supporting them in their daily lives. Before his death, he was learning Arabic language and culture in order to better help new immigrants entering this country. He was also an active member of SAGE and PITA and sang for the Maine Gay Men's Chorus for years.
Bobby was a gentle, kind and unique person. He positively touched the lives of all who crossed his path. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community at 100 State St. in Portland.
He is survived by his siblings Philip Lebel and his wife Marise, Patrick Lebel and his wife Colleen, Normand Lebel and his wife Betty and Cecile Szal and her husband Bruce. He also leaves many special nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life on December 3rd at 100 State St., Portland, Me from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
New Mainer’s Program
c/o First Universalist Unitarian Church
97 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Lewiston, ME -- A very sweet, gentle, funny and much loved man ended his life’s journey on November 3. Robert Caron was born on May 20, 1938 to Joseph and Valeda (Lavasseur) Caron in Lewiston. He married Jeanne Fortier on June 13, 1964 and they were rarely apart.
He served in the navy aboard the destroyer, Newman K. Perry during the Cuban Missile Crisis participating in the blockade. He worked as an appliance tech for over 30 years.
His interests were varied. He loved debating, harness racing, pool, golf and road trips all over the east coast and Canada. He was a long time member of the Webber Avenue Club. He was first and foremost a family man who cherished those times spent together and loved attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne of Lewiston; son Jaimey and wife Denise of Portland; son Randy and partner Mindy Dunleavy of Portland; and his precious daughter Stacey and her partner Rae Ann Gordy of Portland; and his cherished grandson’s Tyler, Kyle, Jack and Benjamin. He is also survived by his brother, Richard and his wife June of Auburn.
He was predeceased by his brothers Eddie, Leo, Roger and Donald and his sisters Irene, Georgette and Dorothy.
Per Bob’s request there will be no services.
We wish to thank everyone at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough for their gentle caring and comfort for out loved one and the peace and serenity allowed for his family members.
Portland, ME -- William (Bill) R. Della Torre, age 58, of Portland, passed away in his home on November 6, 2016 after a brief illness from lung cancer.
Bill was born in Portland, Maine to Richard and Joan DellaTorre on October 22, 1958. Bill attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School. Bill did a work-study program in high school working at Portland Lumber with his father. He also worked at N.T. Fox Lumber. He learned carpentry skills and became a very talented craftsman who assisted many family members and friends with their projects as well as working for himself and various contractors.
Bill was a generous and kind man and his family and friends will remember his adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, skiing and gardening. Even this summer, many of his friends shared enjoying the produce from his vegetable garden.
Bill was also an avid sailor and had vast knowledge of the Casco Bay area. He spent as much time this summer on the ocean as possible, knowing it would be his last summer on this earth.
Bill is survived by his mother, Joan DellaTorre of Westbrook ; sister, Lynne St. Peter and her partner Peter Jenkins of Portland; brother Gary DellaTorre and his wife Corinne of Scarborough and sister Cynthia Pallozzi and her husband John of Windham, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, several nieces and a great-nephew. Bill has a wonderful community of friends who were a major part of his life.
Bill is also survived by children with whom he regrettably did not maintain contact with, but carried love for in his heart.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard DellaTorre.
A funeral is scheduled for Friday, November 11th, at Trinity Church, 580 Forest Avenue, Portland at 1:00 PM with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life. The family would like to especially thank VNA Home Health and Hospice and Bill’s roommates for their loving care of Bill these last few months which enabled Bill to remain at home during his illness.
In honor of Bill's six years of sobriety the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Milestone Foundation, Inc., P O Box T, Old Orchard, ME 04064 in Bill’s memory.
George A. Stinnett, 89, of Portland, passed away at his home on October 27, 2016.
He was born July 31, 1927, at home in South Portland, Me, the son of late Jesse W. Stinnett and Margaret Pray.
He attended school at Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island while his father was serving in the Army. They later moved to Portland where he attended Portland Schools. George joined the service as a Combat Merchant Marine at the age of 15 serving on many Liberty Ships, such as the S.S Oakey L. Alexander, which split in two off the coast of Cape Elizabeth in 1947. He was very proud of his service to his country during World War II, as he followed in his father’s footsteps. He was always sharing his many stories that involved many foreign countries, such as France where a German POW gave him a buzz cut, or in Brussels, where he brought back home the statue of Manneken Pis, the Brussels fountain Boy or the Japanese Sword from the beaches of New Guinea. His ship carried supplies to General MacArthur in the Pacific Theatre.
After his return, he married Anne Howard Brasier in February 1947, in Portland. He spent the rest of his life after returning from Military, working at HP Hood Dairy doing many positions, from janitor, to cleaning the machine, working in the Ice Cream Plant and eventually driving Tractor Trailer, one of the many joys of driving was seeing the beautiful country, he loved riding in Vermont through the mountains in the old rigs.
He was a member of the American Legion and member of the US Naval Institute. He was an avid railroad fan, loved to read up on trains, or anything World War II related. He would spend many weekends at Bookland buying a new book and spending the following week reading.
Many summers were spent on Little Sebago Lake at the camp , swimming , boating, and spending time with his family on the water until he and Anne sold the camp to purchase an in ground swimming pool. He would spend many days cleaning and perfecting the clarity of the water so it was just perfect to go swimming. Many grandchildren learned to swim in the backyard pool.
George was a caring, loving grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren. There were many trips to amusement parks all over the country, as well as, historical venues such as Washington DC’s Arlington Cemetery.
He was predeceased by his wife Anne B. Stinnett., his parents Jesse and Margaret, as well as his sister Carlina Hatch and brother Richard Stinnett. He is survived by his sister Barbara Wildes and his only daughter and son-in-law, Paul and Gayle Beote of Portland; his grandchildren, Laura and William Carignan, Brian and Tammy Beote and Amy Beote; his Great Grandchildren are Bethany Beote, Shane Beote, Shannon Beote and Nicole Carignan. Last but not least his Great Great Grandchild Zeke DeWever, he was always so impressed that he lived long enough to see.
George also had a soft spot in his heart for animals, especially his Bichon Frise named Silly, whom was by his side until he passed away.
A service is to be held Friday at Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Refuge League.