Obituaries, Week of April 5, 2018


BENTON – Randy Damren, 56, of Benton, passed away at his hone, on Friday, February 23, 2018, following a long battle with diabetes. He was born on May 4, 1961, the son of Bunnie Damren and the late Richard Damren, of Norridgewock.

Upon graduation from Skowhegan Area High School, Randy served in the U. S. Navy.

Randy will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, especially fishing.

He is survived by his son, Richard R. Damren, and his fiancée Chantal Beane, of Benton; his granddaughter, Halley Damren, of Benton; his mother, Bunnie Damren, of Norridgewock; a sister, Gina Lauze, and husband Marc, and their family, of Berlin, New Hampshire; and a brother, Steve Damren and wife Katrina, and their family, of Fairfield and Winslow.


WINSLOW – Gertrude M. Bernard died on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, following a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Alexandre and Maria (LaFlamme) Bernard.

She was an alumni of Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and graduated magna cum laude. She did post-graduate studies at Boston University.

She graduated as a cadet nurse during World War II. Following a long career in nursing as an instructor at Metro General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and at St. Margaret Hospital in Boston, she retired, and returned to Winslow to be with her family.

Gertrude leaves a legacy of abundant generosity and unwavering faith; love of nature, especially animals and flowers. She was a very accomplished singer, having sung with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She was a long-active member of her church choir and several other choral groups.

She was predeceased by her parents; four sisters, Florentine, Cecile, Marie Ange, and Laurette Kickham; and three brothers, Roy, Gerald, and Victor Bernard.

She is survived by one sister, Madeline Vigue, of Winslow; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and their families.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, and interment at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations could be made to: ‘Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver Street, Waterville ME 04901


EAST VASSALBORO – Nick Scott, 84, died on Friday, March 23, 2018. He was born in London, England on September 11, 1933. He served in the Royal Air Force, and was a Professor of Theater at University of Maine Farmington for 28 years.

He leaves behind his children, step-children, many grandchildren, and Vivian, his life partner for the past 11.5 years.

We will remember Nick at Shabat Services on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 3 Woodlawn St., Augusta.


WINSLOW – Evelyn M. Frazier, 95, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was born July 24, 1922, in Winslow, the daughter of George and Florida (Quirion) Melanson.

As a young girl she went to work to help support her parents and siblings. She worked as a waitress in her father’s restaurant, The Central Maine Café, among many other Waterville Main Street restaurants. She also worked at C. F. Hathaway, in Waterville, for 28 years and was voted president of the union, local #486, in which she served many terms. She was the former Regent of the Joan of Arc circle, Daughters of Isabella, of Fairfield, as well as a member of the Volunteers of GOD. She was the Grand Warden of the State of Maine chapter for the New England Order Of Protection. She belonged to the Maine Counsel of Senior Citizens, and was also a member of the National Counsel. She was always an advocate for the working class.

She was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Corpus Christi parish.

Her faith was very important to her, she was a very devout Catholic.

She married Shirley Otis Frazier in 1943. They had six children. He predeceased her in 1991. She was also predeceased by five sisters: Carmeline Languet, Irene King, Violette Boulette Sheehan, Lucille Roy Sinclair, Bernadette Melanson; two brothers Robert and Harold Melanson; infant son Bruce; daughter Linda; grandson John Gush; and recently her son Vernon Frazier.

She is survived by her two daughters: Nancy Johnston, of Maine, Bunny Brier, of Idaho; and her son Robert Frazier, of Maine; grandchildren: Tammy, Debra, Sonya, Troy, Bruce, Brian, Laurie, Tracey, Kathleen, Karen, Jeff, Jennifer, and Christopher; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law Donna Frazier; and many nieces and nephews. including nephew Dick Martineau, who helped her for many years with her property.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at


RODGER D. COTE, 52, of Chelsea, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, following a brief illness. Locally, he is survived by a daughter Jennifer L. Cote, of Waterville; a brother, Roland B. Cote, of Oakland, and a sister, Deborah M. Core, of Whitefield.

JOHN E. POTTER SR., 75, of Edgecomb, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at his residence. Locally, he is survived by daughters Beth Jordan and husband Clayton, and Tina Lear and husband Bob, all of Whitefield.

DAVID A. HARTLEY, 49, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018, at his home. Locally, he is survived by his partner, Alan Smith Jr., of Waterville; adopted daughters, Morgan, Taylor nd Quinn, Smith, and a son, Darren Hartley, all of Waterville; his mother Carol Hartley, of Winslow; and a sibling, Terry Hartley, of Winslow.

LAUREN W. RUYBAL, 70, of Waldoboro, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Togus Springs, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by a granddaughter Sierra Sproul and companion Austin Owen, of Washington.

JOYCE ANNE BARBUTO, 48, of Skowhegan, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at her home. Locally, she is survived by nephews Egide III and Robert II, and niece Elise Dostie, all of Fairfield.

CURTIS R. PRIME, 69, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Rebecca Gilman and husband Sonny, of Windsor.


RACHEL M. (BUMPS) CUNNINGHAM, 94, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center. She was born on October 21, 1923, to Arvide and Susie (Martin) Bumps, on the family farm in China. She was employed with the China School Department from 1957 until her retirement in 1992. She worked as a cook in the cafeteria and drive a school bus.


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