Published in Bangor Daily News on December 27, 2010:
Donald Greydon Piper, (PEK ’59)
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Ralph D. Howard (PEK ’54)
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Ralph D. Howard died at the age of 78 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Dec. 12, 2010, after a courageous 10 year battle with Parkinson 's disease and recent illness.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1932, in Mexico. Ralph attended local schools and was a 1950 graduate of Mexico High School where he played baseball and basketball. He attended the University of Maine in Orono and was a member of PHI ETA KAPPA.
He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 stationed in Germany. He and his wife, Jane, were able to do some traveling when they lived there. He married Paula Jane Claypool in 1954. Ralph and Jane settled in South Portland where they would raise their five children.
Ralph worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 33 years as a data processing operations director. Ralph was a 50 year member of the First Congregational Church in South Portland where he served as a deacon and an usher and was a member of the Eskimo's Men's Club. Ralph was president of South Portland National Little League Baseball and he started the girls SP National Little League softball program. He also coached in the South Portland Senior League Baseball League. Ralph was elected to the South Portland School Board and served for three and a half years, one of them as chairman. He also was elected to the South Portland City Council, serving for nine years, including three terms as mayor.
In his retirement years Ralph enjoyed working part time at Drillen Hardware where he loved meeting and talking to customers. He volunteered at Skillin School, South Portland High School, the Veteran's Home, Ronald McDonald House and Meals on Wheels.
Ralph always supported his children and then his grandchildren in all of their school, athletic and music activities, rarely missing an event. He loved to spend his summers with his family at his camp at Roxbury Pond where he would hike, fish, kayak and watch the eagles, moose and loons. He loved animals and always had a dog. Ralph was a big fan of all the New England sports teams. He enjoyed playing ping pong, wiffle ball, basketball, cribbage and bridge. As a proud Patriot, the American flag could be seen flying in front of his home. Most of all he loved being with his family and was proud of all of them. He felt blessed to have a close supportive family.
Ralph had a wonderful sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. Always a gentleman, he was honest, diplomatic, and loyal. His actions demonstrated a strong sense of community and service. He was a great supporter of South Portland athletics and school activities. Ralph was a man of few words, but what he said was meaningful and to the point. He will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his parents, Fred I. and Della (Thurston) Howard; and his brother, John. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Paula 'Jane' Howard of South Portland; four daughters, Brenda and her husband Warren Michaelsen of Yarmouth, Donna and her husband Harry D. Clark of South Portland, Pamela and her husband Jude Mulcahey of South Berwick and Beth and her husband Jeff Smith of Merrimac, Mass., and one son, Douglas and his wife Pam of South Portland. He adored his 15 grandchildren, Trevor and Peter Michaelsen, Ben and Tim Clark, Kate, Sarah and Jonathan Mulcahey, Kera, Ryan and Eric Howard, Abbie, Molly, Amanda, Joshua and Cameron Smith; and one great-grandchild, Jacobi. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Pat Howard of South Portland; and several nieces and nephews.
A service was held on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the First Congregational Church, South Portland. Memorial donations in Ralph's name can be made to: The Maine Parkinson's Society, 5 Bucknam Rd., Suite 1A , Falmouth, Maine 04105; the South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars at SPHS DFS, South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, Maine 04106; or to a charity of your choice.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on December 14, 2010
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Alton D. Wilcox (PEK ’37)
PRESQUE ISLE - Alton D. Wilcox, 91, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at his home, after ongoing health problems. He was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Presque Isle, son of James "Bert" and Alice (Michaud) Wilcox.
Alton was a 1935 graduate of Presque Isle High School and went onto graduate from the University of Maine, Orono. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946, and reached the rank of staff sergeant.
After the war, Alton worked many years for Hussey Farms, Caribou Road. He also worked many years for Lane Construction.
Alton enjoyed taking care of his property which was filled with flowers and many trees.
Surviving him are two nephews, Rick Rideout and his wife, Julie, of Woodstock, Vt., and Ron Rideout and his wife, Martha, of Rutland Vt.; a great-niece, Kathryn; a great-nephew, Gregory; a great-great-niece, Gabriella; and a great-great-nephew, Jake. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice (Wilcox) Rideout.
A graveside service was conducted Aug. 17, at Johnson Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Shaw officiating. Arrangements in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle.
Jon M. Whitten (PEK ’62)
Jon M. Whitten, 72, of South Portland died July 7, 2010 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough of end stage renal disease. Jon was born December 13, 1937 in Lincoln, Me. the son of the late Robert E. and Doris E. Whitten. He grew up in Lee and was educated in the Lee schools.
He attended Bates College and graduated from the University of Maine in 1962. Jon excelled in sports playing basketball at Bates and pitching for the University of Maine baseball team.
An avid outdoorsman, Jon loved his camp in Lee and spent a great deal of time hunting and fishing. Jon married Charlene (Morris) Whitten on June 27, 1964. He taught physical education at Lee Academy and was the athletic director at Bonny Eagle High School, where he coached an undefeated baseball team to the Triple C State Championship in 1966. Jon went to work as a process engineer at S.D. Warren in Westbrook from 1966 until his retirement in 1991.
Jon was predeceased by his brother James (also a Brother of Phi Eta Kappa) in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Charlene of South Portland; son Michael Whitten of South Portland; his daughter Julie and her husband Thomas Fitzherbert of South Portland; granddaughter Madeline Fitzherbert; and five nephews and four nieces.
At Jon’s request there was no funeral service. Family and friends were invited to a celebration of his life at his home July 31, 2010. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jon’s name to The Barron Center 1145 Brighton Ave. Portland, Me. 04102 or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House 11 Hunnewell Rd. Scarborough, Me. 04074.
Maitland E. Richardson (PEK ’50)
Maitland E. Richardson, 81, of Skowhegan, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at alocal hospital.
Born in New Sharon, Me on Sept. 12, 1928, he was the son of Barton P. and Beulah (Merrow) Richardson.
Maitland graduated from Williams High School in Oakland in 1946. He later attended and graduated from the University
of Maine, Orono, in 1950 with a BS in Agricultural Economics.
He then entered the United States Army and served with the 40th Infantry Division during the Korean War Conflict. He married Sylvia A. (Richardson) in Yarmouth, ME, on Nov. 29, 1952.
Maitland's work history is as follows; Nichols Incorporated of Exeter, NH, Arbor Acres Farm Incorporated in Glastonbury, CT, partner in Richardson Farms in Skowhegan, and past manager of the Skowhegan State Fair. He was a member of many organizations including, the Skowhegan Federated Church, a past president of the Kennebec Tourism Committee, past directorof the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs, member of the Loan Review Committee for the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, served on the Economic Development Corporation of Maine, Chairman of the Skowhegan Economic Corporation for 25 years, past selectman for the Town of Skowhegan, member of the Skowhegan Rotary Club and past president, member of the Blue Lodge, Skowhegan Masons, member of the Skowhegan Elks Lodge, past County Chairman of the Somerset County Republican Party, a State Representative for 2 terms, and a panelist on the local television show "Keeping Pace". Maitland loved his family and enjoyed politics, golfing, watching the Red Sox, and working on home projects.
He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia of 57 years, 3 children, Suzanne McVay
and her husband Norman G. of Hampden, Elizabeth Steward and her husband Victor
of Skowhegan, and Joel Richardson and his wife Jennifer of Bar Harbor, 5 grandchildren, Sarah A. Marble and her fiancée Bruce Morneault of Bangor, Emily C. and Jordan A. Richardson both of Auburn, AL, and Rachel and Matthew Steward both of Skowhegan, 1 brother, Carroll E. Richardson and his wife Jean of Presque Isle, 1 sister-in-law, Lois Hammann and her husband Willard of Skowhegan, 1 brother-in-law, Donald A. Richardson and his wife Marjorie of FL, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Maitland was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Willa R. McGowan and her husband, Richard F. McGowan.
Donations may be made in Maitland's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or the Skowhegan Federated Church, Music Department, PO Box 504, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
A memorial service was held April 26th at the Skowhegan Federated Church. Burial was held April 27th at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade.
Ronald Edward Stewart (PEK '49)
(June 8, 1925 - May 2, 2010)
Ronald E. Stewart, of Bath, Maine passed away peacefully on May 2, 2010 at the Brentwood Nursing Facility in Yarmouth, Me. He was 84 years old. He was born on June 8, 1925, in St. George, New Brunswick, Canada, to Gordon H. and Mary E. Stewart. His parents brought him to Madawaska, Me. when he was one year old.
He graduated from Edmundston High School in 1942, and then entered the University of Maine in Orono, Me. in the fall of 1942.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June of 1943 and was discharged in 1946 after serving on the U.S.S. Straub, DE 181 in the American and African Theatres of W.W.II.
He returned to the University of Maine, graduating in 1949 with a BA in Public Management. In 1974, he obtained his MA in Political Science from the University of Maine in Augusta. He married Shirley A. Smith of Hampden Highlands, Me. in 1950.
During his career, he served as the town manager of Madawaska, city manager of Brewer, Assistant to the Mayor of Westbrook, city manager of South Portland and the city administrator of Saco. In 1987, he and his wife retired to the western mountains of Maine in Wilton, and in 2000 they moved to Bath, Me.
Stewart was active in many organizations throughout his life, including being president of Madawaska Rotary Club, and being selected by the Maine JC’s (Junior Chamber of Commerce) as one of 3 “Outstanding Young Men of Maine” in 1953. He was on the Orrington school board, a selectman in Wilton and the president of the Wilton Lions Club. He was the State President of AARP and a member of the State Long Term Care Steering Committee under Gov. Angus King. He was the public member of the State Licensing Board of Podiatry Medicine and was a volunteer for Maine’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Stewart had many hobbies. He was an avid stamp collector since childhood, he enjoyed years of golf and playing cribbage with friends and his wife, with whom he played a game or two every day since retiring in 1987. He enjoyed deer hunting with friends and loved to travel, having traveled to all fifty states and ten Canadian provinces, as well as a few trips outside of the United States. He enjoyed reading so much he always belonged to multiple book clubs and was also a prolific writer.
His proudest achievement, and that of his family, was the memoir he had published in 2005 about his early life growing up in Madawaska called “The Land of the Porcupine.” (http://www.islandportpress.com/porcupine.htm).
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann Stewart, their 4 children and 14 grandchildren; a daughter Judith Cosenza of Simsbury, CT and her sons, Matthew and Marcus; a son, Gordon Stewart and his wife Dawn of Deer Isle, Me and their children Cameron, Cole and Ross; Gordon’s children by a previous marriage to Sarah Ballengee Matas of Chadd’s Ford, PA, J. Gordon, his wife Zornitsa, Meredith and W. Harding; a daughter, Nancy Cloutier and her husband Robert, of Bath, Me. Their children, Kristin, Nicole, Andrew and Nathan; a son Douglas and his wife Deborah of Keene, NH and their children Erin and Emma.
A funeral service was held May 6, 2010 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home with Rev Biss officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ronald’s memory to: The American Diabetic Association, or the Alzeimer’s Association of Maine.
Leo P. "Bud" Daigle (PEK '45)
Published in Bangor Daily News on March 20, 2010
Raymond L. Day (PEK '62)
Lew helped build Liberty ships in South Portland and was also in the Merchant Marines during the war. For 35 years Lew was employed by Industrial Risk Insurers as an industrial appraiser. His work brought him to many parts of the country, visiting companies to assess their building and content value.
Lew enjoyed building and spent much of that talent on their 'camp' at Little Sebago Lake. There was always a rock wall, foundation or structure to build somewhere. Lew had a legendary sense of humor which he often expressed in his poetry. He and Fran spent 23 years after retirement, as 'snowbirds'. Those winter months were filled with Jazz jams and spending quality time with so many friends.
The Emery family is greatly appreciative for the dedication and caring attention of the wonderful staff of Dr. Donald Medd, VNA Home Health & Hospice and Mercy Hospital.
Memorial services were held Jan. 22, 2010 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lewis G. Emery to: The Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter 170 U.S. Route 1 Suite 250, Falmouth, Maine 04105.
William W. Treat (PEK ’40)
NAPLES, Fla. - Judge William Wardwell Treat, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Naples Community Hospital after a heart attack. He was born May 23, 1918, to Joshua and Clara Atwood Treat of Winterport.
Published in Bangor Daily News on January 14, 2010