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(March 6, 2004 Bangor Daily News)
FRANK A. SMITH JR.
PEORIA, Ariz. and PRESQUE ISLE - Frank A. Smith Jr. died March 5, 2004, after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Somerville, Mass., the son of Frank A. and Irma C. (Richards) Smith.
Frank was a graduate of Presque Isle High School, Class of 1936, and the University of Maine at Orono, Class of 1938. He was a member of Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity.
He started and operated a successful farm implement business in Caribou in 1938 continuing until 1941, when World War II broke out. Frank served in the U.S. Army (Ordinance) as a captain in the European Theater from 1941-1946 and then returned home to Presque Isle to enter the firm of Gould and Smith, Inc., a farm implement sales and manufacturing company from 1946-1972.
Upon retirement Frank and his wife, Barbara, moved to Bradenton, Fla. Not long after their move, Frank realized that his life to be complete had to be busy and with that in mind, completed several years as credit manager for Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, retiring in 1987. During that time Frank volunteered many hours in their Community Village which brought them many close friends and a very active social life which they both enjoyed. Subsequently they moved to Peoria, Ariz.
During his lifetime Frank belonged to many organizations. Life Member Trinity Masonic Lodge, Anah Temple, Bangor, Sahib Temple, Sarasota, Fla.; Presque Isle City Council 1948-1951; Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce 1947-1972; Presque Isle Rotary Club 1947-1972; Chairman, Building Committee A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital; Board Member, Maine State Chamber of Commerce; Elks Club, Bradenton, Fla. 1978-1987.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Barbara E. (Woodman) Smith; a brother, Robert N. Smith and a brother-in-law, Vernum E. Woodman. He is survived by his daughter, Susan and husband, John McCauley, of Peoria, Ariz.; his son, David and wife, Phyllis, of Caribou; four grandchildren, Faith Ann Lord of Peoria, Ariz., Michelle Mortenson and husband, Niles, of Logandale, Nev.; Kathryn Parker and husband, Ryan, of Logan, Utah; Stephen Smith of Caribou; three great-grandchildren. Also surviving Frank are his two sisters, June Smith and Nannette Colton. He is remembered in many special ways by his nieces and nephews, Mary Smith; long-time friend and sister-in-law; brothers-in-law, Aubrey Smith and John Colton; and childhood friends, John Dow and Milton McRae.
One of the highlights of Frank's life in "The County" was trekking or flying into Harrow Lake for hunting, fishing and friends-of those he had many. Frank so enjoyed being in the company of children of all ages and he particularly loved entertaining the younger ones with his magic. At family gatherings, Frank was a kind of Pied Piper at the event. He could quiet an infant as well as gather a few on his lap for a story; with the older children benefiting from his camping and fishing days. We all knew when "Uncle Frank" or "Grampy" was around by his trademark, whistling. As he would say many times, "Those were the good old days, for sure." Frank will lovingly be remembered by all who knew him.
A private memorial service was held. Contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals, care of Anah Temple Shrine, PO Box 735, Bangor, ME 04401-0735.
April 24, 2004 Bangor Daily News
HARRIS GOODWIN WHITED
FORT FAIRFIELD - Harris G. Whited, 83, husband of Mrs. Frances H. Whited, died Th-ursday evening, April 22, 2004, at a Caribou (Maine) nursing facility, following a long illness. He was Feb. 24, 1921, at Mars Hill, the son of Fred and Edith (Stackpole) Whited.
Harris was a graduate of Ricker Classical Institute, Houlton, and the University of Maine, Orono, with a BS degree in Agronomy and was a member of the
Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity.
He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II, having earned the rank of Lieutenant. Harris was married to Frances Houghton on Feb. 26, 1944. He had 24 years of farming experience as a potato grower and shipper, growing 350 acres of potatoes, peas and beets in the Fort Fairfield area. He was the former field supervisor and managed 1,000 acres of farm land for Vahlsing, Inc., Easton, and was also involved in potato buying for Vahlsing Inc.'s french fry plant. In 1981, he became sales representative for Maine Potato Growers, Presque Isle, responsible for sales of farm machinery, International Harvester trucks and complete lawn and garden line marked by MPG International throughout central and northern Aroostook County.
He was a member of the VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Fort Fairfield, and a member of the Aroostook Valley Country Club, Fort Fairfield. Upon retirement, he engaged in refinishing furniture.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances H. Whited of Fort Fairfield; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Cynthia Whited of East Holden; three daughters, Carol Ann McElwee of Caribou, Kathryn Sunday and her husband, William Jr., of Franklin, Va., Priscilla Fields and her husband, Scott, of Fort Fairfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Edwina Whited of Bridgewater; two sisters, Lydia Baragar and her husband, William, of Indiana, Anne Duvall of Mount Laurel, N.J.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
May 25, 2004, Bangor Daily News
CHARLES 'CB' OSGOOD (PEK Class of 1960):
WALDOBORO - Charles "CB" Osgood, 66, died at home on Friday, May 21, 2004. He was diag-nosed with AML, July 26, 2002. He was born April 3, 1938, in Easton, to Lemuel and Leola (Cyr) Osgood. CB was a life-long athlete and basketball player. He was a multifaceted man, enjoying many endeavors. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, and then worked on early fuel cell research at Willgoose Labs, in Hartford, Conn. He returned to Easton in 1963 to help his father farm. After his father died, he took over the farm. He was a member of the Easton Board of Selectmen.
(After attending the Univ. of Maine at Orono), he earned a degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He later became town manager of Newport; city manager of Ellsworth, and public works director of Sanford and Brunswick.
In the late 80's, CB designed, developed and managed Osgood Farm Homes, an apartment and mobile home complex located on the family farm. It presently is being managed by his grandson, Brooks Osgood and Walter and Cathy Osgood.
CB leaves his wife, Sherrill; sons, Aaron Osgood and his wife, Sharon of Falmouth, Mark Dobson and his wife, Lisa of Alna, Troy Dobson and his wife, Paula of East Hartford, Conn.; his brothers, Walter Osgood and his wife, Cathy of Easton, George Osgood and friend, Priscilla of Waterboro; sisters, Patricia Cready and Ed of Ruskin, Fla., Virginia White and Robert of Caribou; his stepmother, Elza Smith and Don of Presque Isle; his mother-in-law, Norma H. Larsen of Waldoboro; a very special brother-in-law, Jan H. Larsen and his wife, Bridgett of Easton and 11 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Easton High School Athletic Department, Easton, ME 04740. Family address: 6 Osgood Farm, Easton, ME.
The fields he loved to farm, The towns he tried to help, The family he always loved, These memories will be kept Deep within our hearts.
October 11, 2004, Bangor Daily News
DR. HORACE H. GOULD (PEK '31)
Dr. Horace H. Gould, 93, died Oct. 9, 2004, at an Ellsworth (Maine) hospital.
He was born May 4, 1911, at Bucksport, the son of Horace L. and Lenora (Emerson) Gould.
He graduated from E.M.C. Seminary in Bucksport, attended the University of Maine in Orono, and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa.
He also graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 1935, and practiced dentistry in Blue Hill and later in Ellsworth, retiring in 1976.
He was a veteran of World War II with service in the Pacific-Asiatic area earning the rank of Lt. Cmdr., U.S.N.R.
Horace was a past Master of the Ira Berry Lodge of Masons in Blue Hill; a member of Blanquefort Commandary of Ellsworth and Anah Temple Shrine, of Bangor. He was a past president of the Ellsworth Lions Club and of the Surry Garden Club; a member of Surry Community Improvement Association and served on the Surry Planning Board for nine years. He was also a member of the United Baptist Church of Ellsworth. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening.
Horace is survived by a son, Dr. Robert P. Gould and wife, Nancy, of Skowhegan; and a daughter, Nancy Stenger and husband, Rocky, of Gouldsboro; two stepdaughters, Judie Skofield and Jeri Mullin; seven grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren, two great- great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two wives, Mamree (Fraser) Gould in 1953, and Thelma (Stanley) Gould in 2001; a sister, Mildred Hallowell; a brother, Dr. Philip Gould; and two grandsons, Robert Gould and Kirk MacGregor.
Bangor Daily News" October 22, 2004
DRAKE P. MARTELL (Phi Eta Kappa Brother, Class of '05 (intended))
SANGERVILLE - Drake P. Martell, 21, died Oct. 20, 2004, in Sebec, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born Feb. 21, 1983, in Dover-Foxcroft. He was a 2001 graduate of Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, and was attending the University of Maine in Orono.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lisa and Alfred Bourget Jr. of Sangerville; his father, Russell Martell of Monson; four sisters, Chelsi Martell, Courtni Martell, Alli Bourget, and Abbi Bourget, all of Sangerville; a brother, Camryn Martell of Abbot; maternal grandparents, Richard and Rita Provost of Sangerville; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Ashley Martell of North Guilford, and Ansel and Evelyn Preble of Willimantic; two very special aunts, Tina Peasley of Sangerville, and Julie Gilbert of Parkman; many cousins and special friends. A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at the Abbot Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Ray Beless officiating. Private burial was at the Village Cemetery in Sangerville.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to a scholarship fund in Drake's name. Donations can be sent to Lisa Bourget, P.O. Box 33, Sangerville, ME 04479. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.
-- December 2004 --
To our undergrad Brothers:
A brief followup to the tragic death of Phi Eta Brother Drake Martell
on October 20, 2004.....
The Piscataquis County Sheriffs Office official "Traffic Accident Report"
-The accident occurred at about 4 pm on a Wednesday afternoon, in Sebec,
Maine; -The weather was clear, the road was dry; -Drake was NOT the driver, he was sitting in the passenger side front seat;
ARTHUR P. 'ART' RAFFORD (PEK '43)
ASHLAND - Arthur P. Rafford, passed on into God's care Nov. 14, 2004, at the wonderful age of 83, surrounded by his loving family and wonderful and loving caregiver, Rayann Hafford, who he trusted and loved very much.
Art was born June 5, 1921, in Ashland, the only child of Ervin and Florence (Delaite) Rafford. "Faltering in steps in recent days, nothing the same in his same old ways, but now free to go with arms wide open to greet all his loved ones on the other side"
He attended schools in Sheridan and Ashland and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1943, with highest distinction. He returned to Ashland to teach agronomy (agricultural science) at Ashland High School.
In August of 1947, Art was married to Harriet "Hattie" (Boucher) Rafford. Later, he left his teaching career and began to farm the family land. He planted potatoes, and had a herd of Holstein cows and worked long but enjoyable hours with his loving wife Hattie by his side. He loved the earth and watching things grow. He returned to teaching and attended Gorham College where he earned a master's degree in Industrial Arts and once again taught at Ashland High School until his retirement in 1984. He retired to stay home to care for his beloved wife Hattie as she fought a courageous battle with cancer until her passing in 1985.
Art was an easy-going, kind, gentle, generous, and considerate person... a real 'people person.' He never had a bad word to say about anyone and had a large circle of friends who he cherished. He enjoyed the woods very much, hunting, fishing, and especially spending time at his camp on Fish Lake. He was a great story teller but also an equally good listener. Art was a member of the Ashland Rotary Club and had the distinction of being named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a proud member of the Masonic Pioneer Lodge No. 72 AF & AM of Ashland and a member of the Anah Temple Shrine of Bangor.
Arthur is survived by three loving children, Leo Rafford and his wife, Jean (Beaulier), of Yarmouth, Natalie Smith and her husband, Malcolm "Bunky" (PEK) , of Ashland, and Patricia A. Rafford of Ashland; five grandchildren, Melissa Rafford of California, Adam Rafford and Erica Rafford, both of Yarmouth, Katie (Smith) Difrederico and her husband, Louie, of Millinocket, Ted Smith and his wife, Pam, of Pittsfield; one special cousin, Pauline Belyea of Presque Isle, and several loving nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by his special friend, Bob Sturgeon who helped Art along the way and was always there for him. He will also be sadly missed by his constant faithful companion, his dog, Cody. In addition to his wife, Hattie; Art was predeceased by a grandson, Allen Leo Smith, in 1968. Committal service and interment were at the Ashland Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Arthur Rafford Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Lynwood McHatten at the guidance department at Ashland Community High School.
Lawrence R. Sweetser, PEK '32
(from the UMaine Alumni Assoc. website)
Lawrence Richardson Sweetser, 93, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, passed away on November 25, 2004.
He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity, the band, and the track team for four years.
He began his career teaching math and science in Presque Isle and Orono, where he coached tennis and track and field.
He joined the faculty at the University of Maine in 1942 as an instructor in radio communications, engineering, science, and management war training.
In 1943 he began employment with Sylvania as a project engineer and in 1955 became manager of the applications laboratory of the lighting division. He continued at Sylvania until his retirement in 1975.
He was a member of the Masons, Friends of Ipswich Library, and a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a member and former trustee of the First Church in Ipswich and a corporator of Morton Hospital in Taunton. He enjoyed photography, repairing televisions and radios, and spending summers in his home in Dennisport. He is survived by his wife of 65 years and two children including Meredith Sweetser '67.