Portland, ME – Kenneth W. Welton, Sr., 71, of New Gloucester, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Maine Medical Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of Susanne M. (Jacobs) Welton.
He was born in Caribou, ME on July 13, 1943, a son of the late Martin E. & Margaret K. (McGillicuddy) Welton. Ken attended schools in Houlton, ME; after which he entered the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy he became an electrician.
After serving, he became a proud member of the IBEW local 567 and worked as a brother of the IBEW in thirty eight states.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion member of forty five years and Past Commander. In 1986 Ken became a charter member of the Gray-New Gloucester Eagles Club.
Besides his loving wife, Ken is survived by his son Kenneth W. Welton Jr. and his daughter Michelle Welton both of Portland. He also leaves Susanne’s children Sean Cormier and his wife Dawn and son Steven Cormier; his sister Mary Garnier and her husband Thomas of So. Carolina and grandchildren Christal, Ivy and Noah , as well as Ken’s former wife Imogene Welton of West Virginia and a daughter-in-law Diane Reid and her daughter Lila. He was also the Father of the late Michael Reid.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Gray – New Gloucester Eagles Club, 341 Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester, ME.
Burial in the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta will be private.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Ken’s guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.
Scarborough, ME -- Leanne Marie Jordan, 43, of Portland, passed away November 6, 2014 following a lifelong battle with kidney disease. She is pre-deceased by her father Dick Jordan who, alongside her mother - Linda Jordan of Portland - spent countless hours and days sitting with Leanne through a battery of hospitalizations and surgeries. Leanne will be fondly remembered by her sister and brother-in-law Melissa and David Farwell, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Stephenie Jordan, and all of her loving aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family. “Auntie Leanne” will especially be remembered by the little ones in her life – LindaRose, AnnMarie, Phoebe and Theo – as it was often the young kids that motivated her to push through her illnesses and spend time with the family. She will also be remembered by her pugdog Fred and his feisty sister Chloe, as they will definitely miss sleeping by her side.
Leanne graduated from Scarborough High School in 1989. After graduation she rented an apartment in Gorham with her friend Tonya. She worked in an office, dated guitarists, listened to ‘Skynard, and held epic parties. For a brief but fun time, and despite recurring fainting spells attributed to anemia, she enjoyed a “normal” life. Unfortunately, her initial diagnosis was wrong, and her symptoms were eventually linked to the combination of a rare blood disorder and kidney disease. Her health began to deteriorate quickly in her early twenties, leading to years of dialysis and ultimately her first kidney transplant, donated by her mom, in 1999. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful, and Leanne returned to dialysis until a second transplant the following year, which also failed. Before her third and final transplant in 2004, she endured a myriad of major health issues, including heart failure, diabetes, blood clots, and two mild strokes. Since the final transplant, although the kidney functioned well, her long-term health continued to falter, due mostly to a life of medications and treatments.
Leanne was a continuous source of strength and amazement to those who knew her. The health ailments with which she was afflicted may have greatly determined the course of her life, but they did not define it. As her dad was fond of saying – she was tough as nails and outlived all nine lives that we originally believed she was given. Despite her frequent illness, Leanne maintained several hobbies. She loved fishing from the dock on Raymond Pond and she painstakingly researched and maintained a detailed family tree, going back several generations to find the origins and history of her immediate and extended families (jordanfam.tribalpages.com). She also maintained a robust circle of friends in online gaming communities, ascending to top ranks in everything from Mobsters to trivia. It was also online that Leanne became acquainted with the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA), and became an active member. Her father’s early death was from a type of cancer linked by the USDoD to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. This buoyed the logical assumption that Leanne’s own congenital illnesses (in addition to her siblings’ autoimmune diseases) were likely linked to her dad’s wartime service and exposure. COVVHA members were strong supporters and allies to Leanne during her final year. Leanne’s family would like to thank the nurses of the Visiting Nurses Association, and the staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Per her wishes, Leanne’s ashes will be released near her father’s grave in Springvale, Maine. A celebration of Leanne’s life will be held from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 9 at the VFW, 50 Peary Terrace in South Portland. All who knew her are invited to come and share condolences, photos, tributes, and funny stories.
In lieu of flowers, Leanne requested that contributions be made to the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, online at http://covvha.net/.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Leanne’s guestbook and to leave condolences and memories with the family.
Portland, ME -- Bradford Hamblin Smith, age 67, of Farmington, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014, after a brief illness at Maine Medical Center, with his family by his side.
Bradford was born to Carrollinn Johansson Smith and Lester Mayhew Smith in Concord, MA on July 31, 1947. He was a graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School and Park University, Parkville, MO.
A full-time real estate broker since 1972, Brad established Bean & Smith Real Estate in 1982 which he continued to manage until February, 2014. He was most recently associated with Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty.
Brad truly enjoyed his work and was an extremely knowledgeable broker having skillfully negotiated the sale of hundreds of properties over the years.
Brad was a former director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, former Rotarian, and a member of the Farmington Elks Club and the Maine Association of Realtors. He was a gifted fundraiser for the causes he championed
On May 29, 1982, Brad married the love of his life, Juanita "Chummy" Bean at the Reed's Mills church in Madrid, ME. Brad was a dearly loved and truly devoted husband and a caring and invested father, instilling in his sons a sense of civic duty, selflessness and responsibility. His love of the outdoors was also passed on to his sons who are now avid outdoorsmen.
Brad was never happier then when enjoying the great outdoors with family & friends whether it be duck, upland bird, or game hunting, fly fishing, gardening, downhill or cross country skiing, or maple sugaring. He also enjoyed walking the beaches and whale and bird watching on White Head Island, New Brunswick where he and his family enjoyed their vacation home. Brad was an extremely out-going man and a loyal and generous friend to many.
Brad is survived by his wife, Chummy, his son, Jeremy, and daughter-in-law, Brooks, and her sons Rowan and Alden of Wayne, ME, his son, Tucker, of Seattle, WA, his brother, Gerald, and sister-in-law, Janet, of Lancaster, MA, his brother, Craig, and husband, Larry Jacobsen, of Portland, OR, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sally & Merit Bean Jr. of Madrid, ME, his brother-in-law, Peter Royce, of Barrington, NH and many nieces and nephews. Brad was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Chandler Smith.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Reed's Mills Church, Reed's Mills Rd., Madrid, ME and a celebration of Brad's life will follow from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at The West Farmington Elks Lodge, School Street, West Farmington, ME.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Brad’s guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
The Care & Share Food Closet
c/o Mary O'Donal
201 Barlen Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Steep Falls- Ernest Arthur Joseph Houle Sr, 69, of Steep Falls, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his residence.Ernest, born on February 22, 1945 in Lewiston, was the youngest son of the late Bertrand and Lauretta (St. Laurent) Houle.
After graduating from high school, Ernest joined the United States Army at the age of 21.He spent the next six years in the Army during the Vietnam War.He then went onto work for Gladu Roofing Company.He was also an avid member of the Westbrook Eagles.
Ernest was a diehard Bruins fan.He also enjoyed watching the Patriots and the Redsox, sitting by the fire with friends and family and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Ernest is predeceased by his two brothers; Donald and Reginald Houle.He is survived by his son; Ernest Houle Jr; three step children; Angela Simpon, Michelle Hallstrom and Bill Gagne; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his older sister, Mrs. Norman (Constance) Nolin.
There will be a graveside service with military honors at Springvale Veterans Cemetery,83 Stanley Rd, Springvale, ME, at 2pm on Friday, November 14, 2014. The following Sunday, November 16, 2014, there will be a celebration of Ernest’s life at the Westbrook Eagles on Spring Street from 12pm to 4 pm.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Ernest’s guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ernest’s name to the VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, Suite 3 South Portland, ME
Portland – Robert Scott Hatch, 74, of South Portland, died on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness. He was the husband of Susan J. Henderson.
Scott was born in South Windham, ME on April 24, 1940, a son of the late William and Estella (Nichols) Hatch. He grew up in Westbrook, attending local area schools and graduating from Westbrook High School.
He spent many years doing electrical work. In his 50’s, he majored in computer programming at USM. Before retirement, he worked in the lawn and garden department at the Wal-Mart in Scarborough.
In his younger years, Scott did stage lighting for community theatre and the Cumberland County Civic Center, he became a member of the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Union. Later, he volunteered on Knightville neighborhood development committees, with the Boy Scout of America and the Red Cross. He was an amateur HAM radio operator with the call sign KBIVYV. Scott enjoyed photography and reading science fiction.
Scott loved his family deeply. Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children Debra Johnston and her husband Wayne of Woodward, OK, Cindy Gale of Limington, Daniel Hatch and his life partner Stacie McClintock of Portland and Jennifer Hatch also of Portland. He also leaves seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as well as his sister Pamela Hatt and her husband Leon of Harrington, ME, his sister-in-law Gayla Hatch of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late William Hatch, who died in 2005.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Woodford’s Club, 179 Woodford’s Street, Portland. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth.
Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, South Portland will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Scott’s memory can be made to:
Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center
23 Commerce Park
Ellsworth, ME 04605