Obituaries, Week of September 7, 2017




OAKLAND – Daniel A. Thyng Jr., 51, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville, of a heart attack. He was born on February 8, 1966, in Waterville, the son of Daniel A. Thyng Sr. and Lillian (Gilbert) (Thyng) Tracy.

He attended Oakland schools and worked as a mechanic and truck driver. He was a member of the Fairfield Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed NASCAR and spending time at the lake with friends.

Dan is survived by four children, Rachel Thyng and partner Walter Argraves, of Skowhegan, Ashley Shute, of Belfast, Daniel Thyng III, of Sidney, Chelsea Thyng and partner Justin Fowles, of Owls Head; mother Lillian Tracy, of Oakland; brother, Rick Thyng of North Belgrade; two sisters, Vanessa McFadden and husband Kevin, of Sidney, and Valerie Stephenson and fiancé Bill Maheu, of Fairfield; five grandchildren, April, Brayden, Paradise and Isabelle Shute, and Kyle Argraves; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, maternal and paternal grandparents, brother John Tracy Jr.; and infant granddaughter, Autumn Shute.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, 81 Main St., Fairfield, ME 04937.


SOUTH CHINA – Brian G. Ayer, 73, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born February 14, 1944, in Waterville, the son of Charles D. and Martha (Greenleaf) Ayer.

He graduated from Hampden Academy in 1962, then continued his education at Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, graduating in 1966. He was a member of the Marine Engineer’s Beneficial Association for 34 years and Pacific Coast District #1 (PCD). Brian was employed by Lykes Brothers, American President Lines, Moore McCormick, Prudential Grace, Farrell Lines, United States Lines, and Sea Land CSX. He enjoyed Corvettes, boating, fishing, gardening, home defense (maintenance projects), traveling, coastal traveling, eating out, and collecting tools.

Brian is survived by his wife, Iola L. (Bickford) Ayer, of South China; two daughters, Alexandra Pierce and husband Alan, of Stratford, Connecticut, Laurie Poirier and husband Tim, of Winslow; three sons, Randy Pottle and wife Gail, of Palermo, Micheal Ryan and wife Heather, of Palermo, Brian Aimsler and husband Diamon, of Palm Springs, California; grandchildren, Nathan, Stella, and Lucas Pierce of Stratford, Connecticut, Tyler and Mason Poirier of Winslow, Jamie and Guin Pottle, of Vassalboro, Lindsey Pottle, of Palermo, Colton Ryan, of Palermo; great grandchildren, Trenton Poirier, of Winslow, and Ava Nugent, of Palermo.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Memorial donations may be made to the China Lake Association, PO Box 6215, China, Maine 04926.


WINSLOW – Deane M. Nason, 74, of Winslow, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at his home following a brief illness. Deane was born on June 23, 1943, in Bangor, to Deane F. and Sarepta Nason.

After graduating from Hampden Academy in 1961, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in which he proudly served on active duty for two years and in the reserves for 20 years.

In 1971, he began a more than 40-year career in the real estate business. In 1975, he founded Nason Realty, which is now known as Century 21 Nason Realty. He valued all the relationships he developed in the real estate business, and he particularly enjoyed helping first-time home buyers. During his career, he was actively involved in state and national realtor organizations, which included service as president of the Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Maine Realtors Association and recognition in 2011 by the National Association of Realtors as Realtor Emeritus.

Community service was also important to Deane. He generously contributed to many school and youth activities. He was also an active member of Jaycees, served as an officer of the Winslow youth football program, and served on the board of directors of the Kennebec Sewerage District.

While his business and community were important to Deane, he cherished his family more than anything. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and most recently, great-grandfather. He found his role as “Papa or Pup,” as he was affectionately called by family members upon the birth of his first grandchild more than 28 years ago, to be among the most rewarding aspects of his life.

Deane is survived by Cheryle (Rice), his wife of nearly 56 years; his daughter, Wendy Nivison, and her husband, John, of Winslow, and their children, Lauren and Jack; his son Deane, and his wife, Lisa, of Norwich, Connecticut, and their children, Jessica and Joel; his daughter, Margaret, of Newton, Massachusetts, and her children Griffin (and his wife, Joslyn, and their son, Whyatt) and Ben; his sister, Brenda Young; his brother, Brian Nason, and his wife Carol; his sisters-in-law, Pam Rogers and Genie Hammond; many special nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Deane’s life will be held on Saturday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m., in the Parker-Reed room of the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, on the campus of Colby College, in Waterville.

Memorial donations may be made to Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby St., Waterville, ME 04901.




BENTON – Barry L. Crabbe, 64, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Barry was born on January 30, 1953, in Waterville, the son of Basil and Darlene (Nichols) Crabbe.

He attended Mt. View schools and graduated in 1971. Barry worked in the woods after high school for several years before going to Crow Rope, in Winslow, where he worked for 15 years. He then worked for SnoPro Trailers for eight years until they closed.

Most recently, he worked at Educare, in Waterville, for six years, where he enjoyed interacting with the children, and the children loved their “Mr. Barry.” Barry was also very fond of the teachers he was able to get to know well.

Barry enjoyed his four-wheeling trips he went on with the love of his life, Wendy. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR in his favorite recliner and had started to enjoy watching football.

Barry loved having his grandsons over to play with them and listen to their crazy stories which always made him laugh.

He was very proud of his daughter, Melissa, and loved to tease her constantly, as she did him.

Barry was an amazing man who greatly impacted the lives of those around him. He will be missed by many.

Barry was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Sue Ripley; and brothers-in law, Wayne Ripley and Ted Leighton.

Barry is survived by his wife and best friend, Wendy; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Adam Bonnell; grandsons, Peyton and Elijah; sister, Gay Leighton; father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Betty Paul, whom he thought of as his parents; brother-in-law, Jeff Paul, and his wife Barb; sisters-in law, Kathy Paul, and Penny Ferrigan and husband David, all of whom he thought of as his own family; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at:


ALBION – Pauline Richards, 81, of Albion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. She was born to Ralph and Julia Richards on April 13, 1936.

Pauline is survived by her children, Beverly Dyer, and partner Herbert Tenney, of Dexter; Randall Raymond, and wife Nellie, of Benton; and Pollyanna Richards, of Cornville.

She enjoyed life, her grandkids, and her animals. Pauline will surely be missed as she is now looking down over us.

Memorial donations may be made to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 123 Benton Road, Albion, ME 04910.


MICHAEL P. DENIS, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at his home, following a short battle with cancer. Locally, he is survived by his wife, Margaret Denis; daughter Melissa Denis, of Waterville; son Michael Denis Jr. and companion Brooke Chapman, of Benton; grandson Steve Denis, of Waterville; sisters Debbie Trepanier, of Winslow, and Susan Coates and husband Ed, of Albion.

NANCY A. MALOY, of Windham, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Gosnell Hospice House, in Scarborough. Locally, she is survived by a son, Jim Maloy and wife Vicki, of Vassalboro.


BERTHA F. ROY, 82, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Country Manor, in Coopers Mills. Locally, she is survived by a daughters Tina Collette, of China, and Tammy Roy and companion Alan Glidden, of Coopers Mills.

MICHELLE M. ST. LAURENT, 29, of Hartland, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Larry Bowler, of Windsor.

RICHARD A. COUTURE, 67, of Wickenburg, Arizona, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on October 19, 1949, in Waterville, the son of Kenneth Couture and Marie Rose (Tardiff) Couture. He was educated in the Waterville school system.

DALE PRESCOTT, 75, of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Wetbrook on August 28, 1941, the son of the late Thornton and Edna (Hebert) Prescott. He was a graduate of Waterville High School. Locally, he is survived by a brother, Dana Prescott, of Waterville. He was predeceased by two brothers, Darrell Prescott, and David Prescott, both from the Waterville area.

RUSSELL M. SQUIRE JR., 83, of Stratham, New Hampshire, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, following a long battle with a form of dementia. He was born on July 17, 1933, in Waterville, the son of Russell M. Squire Sr. and Muriel Thomas Squire. He graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1951 and from Colby College, in Waterville, in 1955. He and his wife moved to Stratham in 1986.

LAWRENCE F. RECORD SR., 90, of Palmetto, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, following a long-time battle with cancer and heart disease. He graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China. Locally, he is survived by a son, Lawrence Record Jr. and wife Peggy, of Windsor, and a daughter, Patricia Drake and husband Fred, of Augusta.

WANDA L. ELDRIDGE, 68, of Augusta, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, following a short fight with lung cancer. She was born in East Vassalboro on February 10, 1949, the daughter of the late Archie and Mavice Goodale.

DANIEL I. PRATT, 55, of Belgrade, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at his Belgrade home. Daniel graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1979.

ROSE L. DEPINO, of Mobile, Alabama, 55, formerly of Albion, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from complications of frontotempral degeneration. She was born in Waterville on October 10, 1961, a twin daughter of Virginia (Austin) and Harvey Clark. She grew up in Albion and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, class of 1980.

LOUISE C. FREWIN, 83, of Hampton, New Hampshire, and formerly of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was raised in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1951.


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