OBITUARIES for Thursday, February 2, 2023


CLINTON – Kimberly L. Young, 49, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Kimberly was born in Waterville July 17, 1973, to Earl. L. Young and Linda Stewart Young.

She attended elementary school in Pennsylvania and graduated from Lawrence High School.

Kim became disabled in 2017 as a result of complications from spinal surgery. Since becoming disabled, Kim has faced many medical issues. She was a very strong person, always tried to stay positive, and did her best.

Prior to becoming disabled, Kim worked at Inland Hospital, in Waterville, for several years and later worked providing care to people with disabilities both in residential and in the home setting. Kim loved taking care of people. She especially loved being a mother to her children, Cody and Emily. She always put her children and others first.

Kim had a great sense of humor and still enjoyed dressing up on Halloween to treat her great-nephews, Connor and Owen. She loved animals. She cherished the holidays and any time she could spend with family.

Kimberly is survived by her children, Cody and Emily Mckenna; her sisters, Kathy Ware and her partner Carl Clarke, Sue Dow and her husband Dan; and two brothers, Randall and Ronald Young; a niece, Chelsea Davis and her husband Austin, and their two children Connor and Owen.

A Celebration of Life and graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Kimberly’s memory to the Paralysis Recovery Foundation, 354 North Desplaines St. #3810, Chicago, IL 60661.


BENTON – Vernal A. Hood Jr., 90, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023. He was born on December 6, 1932, one of five children to Vernal and Gladys (Hall) Hood Sr.

“Jack”, as he was known to many, worked at Hollingsworth and Whitney Papere Mill, in Winslow, which became Scott Paper Co. and is now known as SAPPI Fine Papers, in Hinckley, until retiring in July 1991.

Jack loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the Skowhegan Sportsman Club and a lifetime member of the Waterville Elks #905, where this year marked his 50th year membership. Jack cut down his last tree at 88 years old. He will be remembered for his humor, stubbornness, strength, willingness to listen and his love of family.

He is survived by his wife Anne; a daughter, Sherry Lee and her husband George Fernald Jr.; daughter-in-law, Jean Hood; three stepdaughters, Tammy, Denise and Stephanie; one brother, Ron and his family and sister, Sandra and her family; six grandchildren, Troy, Crystal, Vickie, George, Alex and Adam; as well as several great-grandchildren, including one on the way.

Vernal is predeceased by both parents; his first wife, Sylvia; his son, Christopher; and his two sisters, Janice and Beverly.

Celebration of life will be held in the spring.


SEBRING, Fla. – Sharon Lee, 71, of Sebring, Florida, passed away comfortably at home on Friday, January 13, 2023, following a battle with brain cancer. Sharon was born on October 18, 1951, in Waterville to the late Harvey and Ophelia Hunter.

She grew up in Clinton but considered many places home in the towns of Presque Isle and Waterville. After Sharon graduated Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1970, she went on to study English at the University of Maine Presque Isle, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1974.

Sharon and her family moved to Waterville where she continued her career as an English teacher at Waterville Senior High School and later as an employee with KVCAP.

Sharon retired with her husband Bill in 2019, and promptly became snowbirds in the close-nit community of Tanglewood, in Sebring, Florida.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William Lee Jr.; her children Jamie Lee and Ryan Lee; her daughter-in-law, Hilary Lee; her grandchildren Hunter Lee and Mason Lee; her brothers Leroy Hunter, Larry Hunter, Dwayne Hunter, Mark Hunter; her sister, Cathy Hodsdon; and numerous cousins; nieces, and nephews.

A celebration will be planned in the spring.


WINSLOW – George A. Cole, 90, of Winslow, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Woodlands Assisted Living, of Waterville. George was born March 31, 1932, the son of the late Harry B. and Grace C. (Robertson) Cole.

He grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland schools. He joined the Maine National Guard and was honorably discharged in July 1955.

He worked as a truck driver for Keyes Fibre Company, now known as Huhtamaki, of Waterville, for over 30 years. Because he loved driving so much, after retiring he and his wife Carmen purchased a motor home and traveled to many states with the Maine-A-Bagos motor home club and was president from 1989 to 1990, meeting many friends along the way.

They wintered in Zephyr Hills, Florida, for many years until Carmen’s health failed and they could no longer travel. George was Carmen’s primary caregiver until her death in 2009. He catered to her every need no matter how big or small. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and a dear friend to many. The grandchildren have so many fond memories of their Grandpa from rides on his John Deere tractor to greeting them when getting off the school bus at his home. They always had their special treats of Kit Kats and Pepsi to chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. That was just the kind of man he was. Always ready and willing to take care of his family as they meant everything to him.

George is survived by his daughters Hollee Rossignol and her husband Everett, of Oakland, and Cheryl Michaud, of Florence, Arizona; grandchildren Karen Curtis and husband Keith, Mike Rossignol and wife Lisa, Monique Rossignol Gladziszewski and husband Peter, Randy Michaud, Jennifer Michaud and partner Travis, Garry Libby Jr. and wife Bonnie, Cynthia Fillion and husband Jacques; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Rainey (Thomas), Anna Curtis (Tom), Christopher Michaud, Amanda Tower (Danielle) and Heather Libby; great-great-grandchildren, Thomas, Alaina, Amelia, Wyatt and John Rainey.

He was predeceased by is wife of 56 years, Carmen Cole; son, Garry Libby and wife Kathleen, son-in-law, James Michaud; granddaughter, Michelle Michaud; one brother, Harry Cole, sisters Maxine McMannus, Camilla York and Glennis Hall; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to Advantage Funeral Home and Cremation, Portland.

There will be prayers at Pine Grove Cemetery and celebration of life in the Summer of 2023. An announcement will be made at that time.


WINSLOW – Bill Murphy, 69, of Winslow, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 16, 2023, following a brief illness. He was born in Newark, New Jersey.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, served in Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1975.

Bill met his wife, Donna, and moved to Vermont in 1981 where they lived and worked for many years, raising their sons Jared and Ben, and Donna’s daughter and Bill’s stepdaughter, Rebecca Villa. They moved to Maine in 2000.

Bill was an avid fisherman, a talented programmer analyst and a thoughtful, generous and quick-witted man. Always ready with a quip and a smile, he loved woodworking and terrible action movies, hated peas (the man would pick them individually out of his fried rice), and adored his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Phyllis and Pat Murphy; his brother, Jimmy Murphy and his sisters Barbara Murphy and Kathy Osborne.

He leaves behind his sons, Jared Murphy and wife Erica Mitchell, and Ben Murphy and wife Dani Folsom; his grandchildren Simon Curtis and Alice Murphy; his stepdaughter, Rebecca Villa; his brother, Brian Murphy; his sister, Phyllis Carchia; and his ex-wife, Donna Murphy; as well as a monstrous collection of DVDs

His family is planning a celebration of life for the spring as he always wanted to be celebrated and not mourned in death.


WATERVILLE – Sue Ann Belanger, 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Gosnell Hospice House, in Scarborough. Sue was born on May 3, 1953, in Bangor, to Eugene and Rita Sherburne.

She attended school in Bangor, and graduated from Waterville High School. On September 30, 1972, she married Lee Belanger, of Waterville. Together, they raised two children, Erica and Peter. Sue’s greatest love was her family.

Sue is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lee Belanger, of Waterville; daughter, Erica St. Peter and her husband, Joey St. Peter, of Waterville; son, Peter Belanger and his wife, Tracy Belanger, of Brunswick; her grandchildren Sydney Breault, Cole St. Peter, Brody Belanger and Blake Belanger; her great-granddaughters Everlee and Georgie Breault; sisters Lisa Dempsey, Stephanie Brewer and Jackie Madore.

She was predeceased by her sister, Teresa Knotts, and brother, Eugene Sherburne.

A burial and Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074.


NORRIDGEWOCK – Laurie Jeanne Johnson, 59, of Norridgewock, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, following a courageous year-long battle with stage 4 cancer. Laurie was born on April 12, 1963, in Waterville, to Maxine (Williams) Johnson and Larry Johnson.

Laurie grew up in Oakland and graduated from Messalonskee High School in 1981. Laurie completed CNA and EMT courses at Kennebec Valley Technical Institute (now Kennebec Valley Community College), in Fair­field. Laurie will be well remembered for being an EMT firefighter with the Oakland Fire Department.

Laurie was a gourmet cook and enjoyed preparing meals that were her own style.

Laurie is survived by her parents, Larry and Maxine Johnson, of Norridgewock; brothers Dale Johnson, of Norridgewock, and Craig Johnson, of Winslow; niece Kelli Johnson; great-nephew Elijah Baker; great-niece Neveah McKeil, also of Winslow; aunts Linda Alderson, of Waterville, Stella Swett, of Oakland; aunt and uncle Joanne and Richard Arnold, of Florida; many cousins. Laurie leaves behind Brian Luce of Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or Humane Society Waterville Area.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Norridgewock Baptist on a later date. A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield, this coming spring.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting


WATERVILLE – Gary Russell Ballard, 69, died on Friday, January 20, 2023, in Waterville, following a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was born on May 6, 1953, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of late Harry Franklin Ballard Jr., and Ruth E. Ballard.

Gary was a hardworking man, installing flooring as his father had taught him to do as a teenager. Gary owned and operated Ballard’s Carpet Service, of Skowhegan, for many years and worked as a subcontractor out of Waterville. Gary enjoyed working on his vehicles, listening to oldies, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by three daughters, Sarah Ballard Saravino and husband Will, of Tennessee, Missy Ballard Teacher and husband Justin, of Arizona, Amie Ballard, of Waterville, and predeceased by the twins; grandchildren Alexcia, Elizabeth, Brooke, Mason, Logan, Ethan, Dylan, David, Keslie, Kyla and Nevannie; sisters Nancy Harrison, of Richmond, Virginia, and Dawn Ballard Duesing, of Mobile, Alabama; brother, Bob Ballard, of Palmyra; nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and graveside burial of ashes will be held in the spring.


VASSALBORO – Brett Eugene Hoskins, 63, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at home. He was born April 23, 1959, to Harold Hos­kins, and Bev­erly Preble, in Waterville.

Growing up, Brett was active in the Baptist Church, Youth Group, Demoley, and sports in Waterville. After attending Waterville schools, he served in the United States Army from May 1976 to June 1982, followed by the Army Reserves until 1985. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort McClellan, Alabama; and Vaihingen, Germany. He, and Kelly, enjoyed the three years he was stationed in Germany, and they had special memories skiing in the Alps and traveling to Switzerland and Austria. He spent the last 20-plus years working for MainePERS.

On March 10, 1979 he married the love of his life, Kelly. In the years that followed their return from Germany, they started a family, and he was active in coaching his kids in basketball and tee ball, and attending all of their activities throughout the years. He rode the Trek Across Maine, and the Plymouth to Province Town trek, in Massachusetts, with his son. He enjoyed attending New England Patriot games, Boston Red Sox games, various concerts, taking special family vacations each summer, camping, and hunting (though he was quick to remind everyone that he hadn’t shot anything in a couple decades).

For almost 40 years, Brett has been an active Mason with Vassalboro Lodge #54, Oakland Lodge #113, and Augusta Valley Scottish Rites. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #905, in Waterville.

Brett was predeceased by his father, Harold Hoskins, his mother, Beverly Preble; and many aunts and uncles.

Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Kelly; his daughter Katie Jose; his son Barret Hoskins (Beka); nephew and niece, Matt Vincent and Elena Vincent; grandchildren Roslyn, Bryce, Grace, Sydney and Landon; sisters Penny (David) Bard, Robin (Alan) Withee, and Michelle (Rodney) Green; as well as many other nephews and nieces.

On January 28, a service was held at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area; Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers (Christmas program); or the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.


WATERVILLE – Lucille M. Talbot, 88, of Waterville, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, following a long illness. She was born to the late Elie N. and Rose (Mathieu) Viens, February 1, 1934, in Winslow.

Lucille graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 1951 and married her husband of 71 years, Gerard, one month later on July 4.

Lucille was kind and compassionate, opening her home more than once to those who needed it. She was a wise and trusted friend, always ready to lend an ear and share a cup of tea or a box of tissues. She had a funny sense of humor and an infectious laugh, but she was also feisty and stubborn when she felt she needed to be. Lucille was always generous with her love and hugs.

While raising her family, Lucille worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses until her retirement in 2001 from Four Seasons Janitorial.

In her spare time, she enjoyed antique hunting and watching the Montreal Canadiens. Later in life, Lucille became an avid genealogical researcher. She left behind many detailed and organized volumes of meticulously researched and documented family genealogical records.

Lucille is survived by her husband, Gerard J. Talbot; and their three children, Donald and his spouse, Edward Bell, of Lisbon Falls, Angela and her husband, Jerry Bickford, of Sidney, Brenda and her husband, Mark Gosline, of Waterville; a grandchild, Hannah Gosline; one brother, John Viens, of Vassalboro; brother-in-law, Roland Talbot and sisters-in-law Jane (Talbot) Paquet and Suzanne Talbot; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Wilfrid Viens, two brothers-in-law, Brother Roger Paul Talbot and Roger Talbot and a sister-in-law, Orita Couture.

Friends and family are invited to attend visiting hours that will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Graveside services will be held in the spring at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at


WATERVILLE – Lou Ann Tucci, 85, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023. Lou Ann was born on January 14, 1938, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Mary Cathryn Hoke and Leo Paul Zentz.

She attended the University of Maine and Frederick Community College to study art.

Lou Ann moved to Maine in 2007 after the passing of her late husband. In 2020 she married Anthony Tucci and together they started their new lives together.

Lou Ann spent much of her life connecting with her spirituality which also helped her with her sobriety for 53 years. Lou Ann was a mother figure in many of the AA groups she participated in. She was there to support and sponsor many on their respective road to recovery as well. With her many years of AA she was honored to be a guest speaker at various group meetings. In many of her speeches Lou Ann spoke of spirituality, and those who helped her on her sobriety journey with their wise words, their kindness and support over the years. When she wasn’t helping others, she was out gardening her African violets and being a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lou Ann was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Jeanne; and her first husband.

She is survived by her widower, Anthony; her sons David, Charles, and Michael; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; and her three sisters.

A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, February 2, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Tucci family.

In lieu of flowers, in memory of Lou Ann, donations can be made to AA of Maine, 47 Portland St. Portland, ME 04101.


CHINA – Madeline B. Dowe, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Sun­day, January 22, 2023.

Madeline was the fifth of 14 children. She worked many jobs throughout her life. Finally settling down, She and Robert built, owned and operated Dowe’s Variety Store, in South China, for 20 years.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert C. Dowe; and grandsons Justin Hatch and Dennis Dowe; her parents and several siblings.

She is survived by son, Robert C. Dowe II, and wife Jennifer; daughters, Julie Finley and husband John, Kelley Warren; sons, Glenn Dowe, and Donald Dowe and wife Melissa; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; several sisters and brothers; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring. After the service a gathering of family and friends will be held on the back lawn of the Dowe family home where everyone can celebrate the life of this most special woman!

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: The South China Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 325, China, ME 04358, or The American Legion Post #179, in China, 79 Legion Memorial Dr., South China, ME 04358.


WATERVILLE – Marie A. Carr, 96, passed peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the Alfond Center for Health, following a brief illness. She was born in Dexter on July 1, 1926, to the late Albert and Avis (Nelson) Ronco.

Marie was a graduate of N. H. Fay High School, now Dexter High School, and was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella, in Dexter.

Marie enjoyed her travels to Florida, New York, and Cape Cod, Massa­chusetts, and loved spending time with her family. She had been employed by D. W. Adams and Service Merchandise.

She was predeceased by her husband, Merle E. Carr; daughter, Lana Wintle, sons-in-law Calvin Wintle and Thomas Foye; stepmother, Gertrude (Firth) Ronco; sister, Beverly Batey and half-brother, Richard Ronco.

Marie is survived by her son, Peter Carr (Jane), of Manchester; three daughters, Shawna Foye, of Sidney, Judy Bryant (Wayne), of The Villages, Florida, and Jane Haskins, of Westport, New York; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial and committal prayer was held in the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, after the service.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at


WHITEFIELD – Anthony “Tony” Field Marple, 75, passed away peacefully at home on Tues­day, January 24, 2023, following a short struggle with ALS. Tony was born in Nor­walk, Con­necticut, on August 18, 1947, to the late William and Jean (Sutherland) Marple.

He was the husband of Marianne (Burton) Marple, with whom he shared 49 years.

After high school in Wilton, Connecticut, and the Berkshire School, in Massachusetts, he attended Bucknell College and the University of Richmond, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and mathematics. He later received an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut and a graduate certificate in health care finance from the University of South Carolina.

Tony moved to Whitefield in 1984 to take a position as vice president of finance for the Kennebec Valley Medical Center (KVMC), in Augusta. He was proud of his role in keeping the hospital system profitable every year, making it possible to avoid employee layoffs. After the merger of KVMC with Mid-Maine Health System, Tony became executive vice president and treasurer of MaineGeneral Health. He retired in 2006 and in the same year was appointed director of MaineCare, where he worked to introduce a patient-focused managed care approach to Medicaid. Finally, he served as the CFO of Mercy Hospital, in Portland.

Tony loved nature, hiking, running, and farming. He and his son, Keith, hiked all 48 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, and he made hiking trips throughout Maine and in Mexico, Canada, and the Rocky Mountains. He worked to establish a system of hiking trails in Whitefield.

Tony and Marianne’s farm grew to include a 30-acre wild blueberry field, apple trees, a vegetable garden, and woods, all managed by Tony using conservation practices. He practiced what he preached, outfitting his house with solar panels, driving electric cars, and using electric tools as much as possible in order to reduce his own carbon footprint. In 2019 the Marple farm was named Conservation Farm of the Year for Tony’s efforts to preserve the habitat of wild bees and other pollinators.

Tony was an excellent photographer of people and nature. He participated in a number of photography shows and won prizes at the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards, the AMC photo contest, and the Maine Photography Show.

For many years Tony served the Town of Whitefield in various ways – as a Selectman and on the School Board and the Planning Board. In these roles he helped to install solar panels on the fire station, create road signs to keep Amish horse and buggies safe on Whitefield roads, establish the Whitefield Trails Committee, and started the first town newspaper. He also served on the boards of various environmental or health-related groups in Maine, such as the National Resources Council of Maine, Lincoln Health, OnPoint Health Data, and the Maine Health Access Foundation.

Tony worked to protect the Maine wilderness he loved by supporting conservation and efforts to slow down climate change. He served as treasurer of the Mid-Coast Conservancy and lobbied for connecting the Hydro-Québec hydroelectric dam with Maine, which he argued would reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Tony was beloved by friends and family as someone who was hardworking and driven but also generous, down-to-earth, and self-deprecating.

He leaves behind his wife, Marianne; his son, Keith Marple, of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Keith’s daughters Beatrice, Anna, and Kate; his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Pei Yi Marple, of Cuddebackville, New York; his four siblings, Anne James and her husband Rob, Allen Marple, all of Richmond, Virginia, Harriet Plehn, of Worthington, Massachusetts, and Sara Templeman and her husband Bob, of Charlottesville, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial services for Tony will be private. A memorial service is to be held at a later date.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home (

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mid-Coast Conservancy ( or the Environmental Defense Fund (


WATERVILLE – Philippe F. Hebert, 85, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He was born on November 15, 1937, in Waterville, the son of Alphie and Isabelle (Dufour) Hebert.

Philippe graduated from Waterville High School in 1957 and from Thomas College, in Waterville, in 1959, with a degree in accounting.

He worked for Noyes Stove Company, in Waterville, for 13 years and then moved on to work for Bragg’s Auto, in Winslow, from 1973 until he retired in 1995.

On June 27, 1986, Philippe married the love of his life, Patty. After nine years, they moved to Florida and lived there for 23 years. Patty and Philippe shared a wonderful life together for 33 years. She died on October 27, 2017. Following Patty’s death, Philippe returned to Waterville and lived with his sister, Mary Jane Poulin and her husband, Charlie.

He was involved in civic organizations including the Lions Club and Rotary Club. In 1985 and 1986, Philippe was elected Governor of the Lions Club International. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, in Waterville, and in Florida, where he served as Grand Knight for two years.

Philippe was an avid bowler. He was a league member and traveled to many tournaments throughout New England. Philippe was also a softball umpire here in Waterville. He coached Little League baseball for the Waterville Boys Club.

He was predeceased by his parents Alphie and Isabelle Hebert; his sisters Eva Poirier, Jeanette Breau, and Lucille Bates, and brothers Edgar and Albert.

Philippe is survived by his sisters Marie Pelotte, and Mary Jane Poulin, both of Waterville; his brother, Robert Hebert, of Los Angeles, California; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, and condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, P.O. Box 97007, Washington D.C. 20090-7007.


SOUTH CHINA – Barry C.B Blackinton, 61, passed away on Wednesday January 25, 2023, at home. He was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, on August 28, 1961, the son of the late Walter and Edna Blackinton.

He is the husband of Jodi (Ellis) Blackinton with whom he shared 36 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Pilgrim High School, class of 1979. Barry resided in South China for the past seven years and previously in Rhode Island.

He was a US Navy veteran, held the rank of ASM3 and served on the USS Nimitz.

Barry was a small engine mechanic and worked at Bryan’s Lawn Mower Service for many years until having to retire due to ill health.

Barry took great pride in taking care of his wife Jodi. Blessed to have a beautiful grand baby. He also enjoyed being a homebody and puttering around his home. He loved yard work, snow blowing and listening to music. He was an avid New England sports fan especially the New England Patriots. He was a former member of the American Legion Post #43, in Rhode Island.

Barry is survived by his wife, Jodi; son Barry C.B. Blackinton II and his wife Kexuan, of North Carolina; his granddaughter Bethany Blackinton; a niece, and a nephew.

In addition to his mother and father, Barry was predeceased by his siblings Bruce Blackinton, Beth Lourenco and Bonnie O’Keefe.

A graveside service with military honors will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, in May 2023, day to be announced.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral home, 1 Church St., Augusta, where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting


Responsible journalism is hard work!
It is also expensive!

If you enjoy reading The Town Line and the good news we bring you each week, would you consider a donation to help us continue the work we’re doing?

The Town Line is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private foundation, and all donations are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Service code.

To help, please visit our online donation page or mail a check payable to The Town Line, PO Box 89, South China, ME 04358. Your contribution is appreciated!

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *