OBITUARIES for Thursday, February 29, 2024

Remembering Bill Gemmill

The Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) recently lost long-time volunteer and trustee Bill Gemmill when he passed away recently. Bill and his wife Sally have been active and respected LCHA volunteers for many years; his passing is a great loss to LCHA as an organization, but more importantly to the many members of the LCHA community who counted him as a friend.

William Gemmill, 79, of Wiscasset, passed away peacefully at Togus Springs Hospice, on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Born on October 2, 1944, in New York City, he was raised by his parents Huber and Marion Gemmill in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Bill arrived in Wiscasset after retirement and became involved not only with LCHA but also shared his time and talents with the Maine Maritime Museum and Historic New England. We were all fortunate to benefit from his deep interest in decorative and folk arts, his experience as a collector and researcher of historic objects – particularly schoolgirl art, and his love of maritime history.

As he became more invested in the Wiscasset area, he began to add historical artifacts from the region to his collections and generously shared his growing knowledge of local history with LCHA. A faithful and active member of the Stewardship Committee that cares for our Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, Bill was instrumental in the production of the 2018-19 exhibit there, Sails on the Sheepscot. This exhibit was a wonderfully educational and carefully curated show that reflected Bill’s particular interest in nautical history. Bill also contributed to LCHA’s mission by both arranging and giving presentations of his own to the public. His knowledge and kind demeanor always meant his presentations and friendly conversations alike were educational and interesting.

Bill’s contributions to LCHA also included sitting on the finance and investment committee, where all looked to him as a leader with both extensive knowledge and sound judgment. Likewise, as a trustee, Bill demonstrated leadership that helped set the board on a path toward well-considered decisions that kept the organization on track for growth and success. Staff and trustees valued his input and looked for his advice and approval on organization-related decisions.

As Bill stepped back from board activities in recent months, his absence was notable, with several trustees expressing that they missed his guiding presence. Trustee George Keyes wrote, “Bill was a man of great wisdom which he expressed in an understated way with the result that his points or thoughts were of a very soothing nature in shaping further discussion at our trustee or committee meetings… Bill took his responsibilities very seriously and his contribution was of inestimable importance.”

The association was truly fortunate to have Bill among its organization’s leadership and he will be greatly missed. LCHA staff and trustees extend their condolences warmly to Sally at this time.


WATERVILLE – Lee-Paul Veilleux, 52, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024. He was born on November 25, 1971, in Waterville, to his parents Jean-Paul Veilleux and Gabrielle F. Veilleux (Rossignol).

Lee attended Mount Merici Academy, in Waterville, until the sixth grade and continued to Lawrence Jr. and Sr. high schools, in Fairfield, class of 1990. During one summer vacation while in elementary school, Lee became “Youth of the Year” at the Waterville Boys and Girls Club, winning a 10-speed bike which he was very proud of, for his participation/activity efforts for that summer.

Lee, along with his brother Normand, served as Acolytes at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville.

He worked at Goodwill-Hinckley School, in Hinckley, helping at-risk youths finding their way in life. Lee had worked at other jobs such as in accounting with Wal-Mart, advertising for Uncle Henry’s and as an associate at Bull Moose music.

Lee had developed an early love for reading, which led him to write his own short stories and novels and was in the process of getting published. Moreover, Lee had expanded his talent to photography for the illustrations of his writings, and received an online certificate from, “New York State of Photography” course, which furthermore helped him in opening his own photography business. With his creativity, he also received his cosmetology license from the State of Maine. As anyone who knew Lee, he was an enamored a die-hard Superman fan, relating to anything Superman – movies, TV series, and comic books, also becoming a collector of all of these.

Lee will be missed by many of his relatives and friends, including Ron Reynolds and Ethan Pierce, from Central Maine. Lee liked going camping, spending time outdoors and taking road trips with them, and spent much time creating special memories with their families, playing pseudo uncle to their children, who will also miss him dearly.

Lee-Paul was predeceased by his father Jean-Paul Veilleux, and his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Marie-Louise Veilleux, from Canada, and maternal grandparents, Phillip and Louise Rossignol, from Waterville.

He is survived by his mother Gabrielle Veilleux; brother Normand Veilleux; and nephew Tresten Bergeron and wife Tiffany; his Godparents, Raymond and Yvonne Lefebvre, from Winslow; many uncles, aunts, and cousins from Canada and in the U.S.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. There will be light refreshments at the family’s residence, in Fairfield, shortly after his services for those wishing to attend.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lee’s name to the National Kidney Foundation, at Attn: Gift Processing at National Kidney Foundation HQ, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, or online at


FAIRFIELD – Richard “Dickie” McPhail, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on 26 Monument St., Winslow, followed by a celebration of life at the St. John Catholic School, 15 South Garand St.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home. A full obituary can be viewed at and memories and an online guest book can be signed.


FAIRFIELD – Gail Marie Davis, 86, a longtime resident of Fairfield, died on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in Augusta. She was the daughter of Mary and Joseph Leonard, born on November 6, 1937, in Camden.

She attended Vassalboro schools. At age 18 she married Douglas Davis and together they raised three children, Rhonda, Greg, and David. Dougie and Lucille Davis were also Gail’s two stepchildren. Gail was a house wife and personal care assistant for the elderly.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Doug; brother Jimmy, sister Mary; and her eldest son Greg. When Gail was a child, she also lost two of her brothers in a tragic drowning accident.

She is survived by her children Rhonda Levine, David Davis and wife Jill; grandchildren Nicole Levine, Gregory Davis, and Haley Davis; brother Martin and his wife Evelyn and daughter Tiffany; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A spring graveside service and celebration of life will be determined at a later date.


OAKLAND – Jeannine Genest, 78, of Oakland, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Although Jeannine had many health ailments over the years, she courageously battled her illnesses with every fiber of her being. Instead of focusing on herself, she devoted her energy to her family and friends, which resulted in a home that was welcome to all. Over the years, she and Bob hosted many people at their lakefront home, playing one of their favorite board games “tocks”, taking boat rides, chatting, laughing, and cooking large meals for everyone. One thing was certain, anyone who came to visit never left with an empty stomach.

Celebrating holidays with her children and grandchildren was a tradition of utmost importance to her. She maintained close associations with her many relatives and traveled from Fort Kent to Connecticut, visiting with them while spending time reminiscing, playing cards, or visiting a casino. She had a very special lifelong relationship with her aunt Cecile, cousin Louella, and dear friend Pat. On occasion her travels took her to Florida, Las Vegas, and a once in a lifetime cruise to Bermuda.

Jeannine was known for her commitment and dedication to doing what’s right and had a strong work ethic. Prior to her retirement she worked for the Maine DOT Maintenance and Operations, in Fairfield, as an office manager, then moved on to an administrative role in Augusta. Before that she worked at Keyes Fibre Co. (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, and Scott Paper Company, in Winslow. She was also a member of the supervisory committee at KSW Federal Credit Union, in Waterville. Another personal accomplishment, one she was very proud of, was the fact that later in life she was able to continue her studies and graduated from Thomas College, in Waterville, with a degree in business administration.

Because of her caring and generous nature Jeannine will be deeply missed, however her memory will live on through those who loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years Bob; her daughter Renee and husband Rick, son Bob and wife Sacha; granddaughters Chantel and husband Dylan, Lexi, Rylie, Jaidyn; grandson Wyatt; and great-grandson Lucas; her siblings Lulu and Marie; sisters-in-law Susan, Paula and husband Don, Cheryl and husband Steve; brothers-in-law Dale, Mike and wife Peggy; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother Regina and father Renie; her sisters Rita and Jackie, her brother Gil; her mother-in-law Blanche, father-in-law Vincent; and sister-in- law Joan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Notre Dame/ Corpus Christi Parish, 116 Silver St., Waterville. All are welcome and invited to attend a Celebration of Life in the church hall immediately following the Mass.

Please visit Jeannine’s memorial page at https://dsfuneral. com/obituaries/jeannine-genest where condolences, photos, and special memories may be shared.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to carry on Jeaninne’s loving nature and pay it forward with a random act of kindness at


WATERVILLE – Eric B. Fogg, 67, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Eric was born on December 8, 1956, in Waterville, and was the youngest son of Leo and Avena Fogg.

Eric spent 15 years in Connecticut before settling in Vassalboro at the age of 17 where he remained until his passing.

Eric worked for several companies including; Cives Steel Co., in Augusta, Diamond International Co., in Oakland, and Northern Country Concrete before settling in the town of Winslow.

Eric was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. You could always find Eric outside or spending quality time with his family.

Eric was predeceased by both his parents and his brothers, Dana Fogg and Verdel “Bud” Nash; his lifelong partner Robyn Philbrook, of Clinton, and their daughter Brandy Fogg; his parents-in-law Robert and Marie Philbrook, of Clinton; his brother Bruce Nash, of Dolores, Colorado; his cousin Ruth Woodbury; several nieces and nephews; his daughter Brandy and his niece Shenee Foster, of Clinton,.

There will be a celebration of life which will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating towards cremation and burial costs as family had expected more time with Eric. Donations may be sent to Robyn Philbrook, P.O. Box 274, North Vassalboro, ME 04962.


CLINTON – David B. Newell Sr., 67, passed away at home, on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Dave was born in Fairfield on March 15, 1956. He was the son of Thomas I. Newell Sr. and Marjorie A (Ellis) Newell (deceased).

He attended Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and graduated in 1976.

Dave’s career was with Fred’s Vending, in Waterville, where he worked for 25 years. Before that he was a milk delivery man for Fitzpatrick’s Dairy, in Benton. Dave coached the P.A.L. football and baseball teams for more than 20 years. As a true fan he watched the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox every weekend. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He liked the outdoors and camping with family, and he very much enjoyed playing pool and cribbage.

Dave held many lifelong friendships and enjoyed times spent around the campfire telling stories and cracking jokes. Dave was often in charge of safety meetings at camp and encouraged it frequently.

Dave is survived by his wife Tina (Short) Newell of 36 years; son, David and his wife Nicole and their children; daughter, Katie-Lyn and her husband Josh and their children; brothers Tommy and his wife Dru and their family, Danny and his wife Maureen and their family; his sister Mary and her husband Timmy Tinker and their family; his brothers-in-law Dana and girlfriend Liz, John and wife Ali and family, David and girlfriend Jaclyn; his sister-in-law Debbie Short.

Public visitations took place at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, at 107 Main Street, in Fairfield, on February 24, and a service was held following.


FAIRFIELD – Clara Hustus, 99, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was born on June 4, 1924, to Bliss and May Lawrence, in North Abbington, Massachusetts.

She was a long time member of the Clinton Baptist church and enjoyed singing in church and in the choir. She loved her church family. Clara lived a long and full life and was looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday in June.

Clara was an avid reader and spent many hours crocheting. She gave many crocheted doilies to her friends and family. She entered her handiwork into local fairs and was very proud of the ribbons they garnered.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Violette, who died in 1963. She then married Henry Hustus, who died in 2003, her sisters Ruth Lawrence, Marie Hart, and brothers, Paul Lawrence and Bliss Lawrence Jr.

She is survived by her children Louise Violette Dudley (Tim), of Clinton, Laurel Gustafson (Greg), of Clinton, Anthony Violette (Kay), of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Larry Hustus, of Dover, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Melissa, Amy, Meagan, Andrea and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Owen, Natalie, Wyatt, Quinton, Gus, Francis, Luke; and many nieces and nephews; her sister Barbara Witham; brother Robert Lawrence (Linda); and sister-in-law Carol Lawrence.

A celebration of life will take place on Friday, March 1, at the Clinton Baptist Church, at 2 p.m., with refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Pittsfield Village Cemetery.


BOSTON, Massachusetts – Ida-Joyce Levine, 81, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, in Boston, Massa­chusetts, where she had been living for the past few years after spending most of her life at her home in Waterville.

Ida-Joyce’s life revolved around family. She was a daughter, sister, niece, aunt, great-aunt, great-great aunt and friend. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary of those she loved, and she rejoiced in the joys of her family. She had a sharp mind and an excellent memory. She was a valued source of family history, including dates and events, and was appreciated for her caring attention to the details of the lives of her wide circle of family and friends.

Ida-Joyce always made enormous efforts to attend all family milestone events, and they brought her great joy. She excelled at staying in touch with all those she loved and was a wonderful correspondent via phone and written notes. Ida-Joyce graduated from Coburn Classical Institute, in Waterville, and attended Boston University.

She worked for many years as a librarian, first at the Social Law Library, in Boston, and then at the Maine State Library, in Augusta, for decades. She loved her work and her colleagues there who became lifelong friends.

She was an active member of Beth Israel Synagogue, in Waterville, and especially enjoyed events, educational opportunities, and services led by Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, who became a dear friend as well. Ida-Joyce was also active in and supported a Holocaust remembrance group in Maine and attended many Holocaust lectures over the years.

Ida-Joyce loved her home state of Maine and also loved to travel. She traveled to many countries throughout her life and recounted those trips with great detail and enthusiasm. She loved music, had a wonderful singing voice, and was a very talented piano player who played beautifully by ear.

Ida-Joyce is survived by her siblings Judith L. Brody (the late Judge Morton A. Brody), Robert A. Levine (Tobie) and Frederick E. Levine; 11 nieces and nephews; 32 great-nieces and -nephews; and one-great-great-nephew.

She was predeceased by her brother, Julius B. Levine, and by her parents, Lewis L. and Celia G. Levine.

The funeral for Ida-Joyce Levine was held at the Jewish Funeral Home, at 471 Deering Ave., Portland, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Burial followed at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Portland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ida-Joyce’s memory to Beth Israel Congregation, P.O. Box 1882, Waterville, ME 04901.


OAKLAND – Annette Marie Uebelhack, 66, of Oakland, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at home. She was born in Waterville on August 7, 1957, to Ernest and Violet Pelotte and has lived in Oakland her whole life.

Annette was known by different names such as Ma, Mimi, and Mrs. Maples, which she got from the local restaurant she loved. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the friends that came with them. She absolutely loved to crochet for the community; whether it be mittens or blankets, she always wanted to help whenever she could. She was so generous and caring that she would give whatever she had, whether it be coffee or a home cooked meal to anyone she met. She really knew how to make everyone feel welcome and loved.

Annette is predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Violet Pelotte, brothers Alan Pelotte and Robert Pelotte, son Benjamin Uebelhack, grandson Connor Trask, and great granddaughter Leah Wentworth.

She is survived by her husband Russell Uebelhack; sons John Hippler Jr. and wife Cami, of Oakland, Alan Hippler, and wife Melanie, of Augusta, and Neil Uebelhack, of Waterville; daughter, Samantha Allen and husband Jeffery, of Sidney; grandchildren, Rajel Hippler, Michael Hippler, Kaia Trask, Caden Trask, Steven Anthony, Taylor Hippler, Dylan Hippler, and Emily Hippler; two great-grandchildren, Reigan and Caysen Wentworth; her brother and sister; nieces, and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

For more information, please reach out to her family members.

Arrangements are entrusted to the compassionate care of Wheeler Funeral Home, located at 26 Church Street, Oakland. Memories of Annette can be shared, and an online register book can be signed by visiting


WHITEFIELD – Roland J. Gagnon, 88, died Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief illness. He was born in Augusta on January 24, 1936, a son of the late Eugene Gagnon, Sr. and Valeda (Caouette) Gagnon.

Mr. Gagnon attended Augusta schools and was a communicant of St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Augusta.

He had been employed for over 30 years with the State of Maine, Department of Improvements and had previously worked for Pare and Liberty Painters.

Mr. Gagnon enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, archery, outdoor photography, winning prizes for some of his pictures.

In his late teens, he began bodybuilding to help with his asthma.

He was a former member of the Le Club Calumet, in Augusta, Capitol Sportsman’s and Archery Club and area snowmobile clubs.

Mr. Gagnon was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene Jr., Ronald and Roger.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa A. (Thibodeau) Gagnon, of Whitefield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At his request, there will be no public visiting hours or funeral service. Burial will be held in the spring.

Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at



MELBOURNE, Florida – Ira Sylvester, 97, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Born in Waterville, he was the son of the late Elwood and Eva (Hamlin) Sylvester.

Ira was raised on a small farm in East Winslow, attending local schools and working different jobs, including working in the woods and picking up milk at local dairy farms.

In 1955 Ira began a distinguished military and civil service career that sent him and his family around the globe. After retiring in 1991 he and his wife Isobel moved to Florida where he enjoyed life to the fullest.

He was predeceased by his brothers Fred, Merlon and Ralph Sylvester, and sisters Irene Blomiley and Jessie Brooks.

Ira is suvived by his wife of 65 years Isobel (Murdoch) Sylvester; his son Bruce Sylvester and partner Kim, of Oakland, his daughter Shona Cox, of Melbourne, Florida; and three granddaughters Samantha, Melissa and Adhley Sylvester, all of Oakland; and many nephew and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday March 3, 2024, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow.


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