OBITUARIES for Thursday, November 30, 2023


WINSLOW — Roland E Tuttle, 81, passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Roland was born in Winslow, on June 6, 1942, to Randall B & Gertrude (Grant) Tuttle.

He attended Waterville schools, and although he started his work career before completing high school, he later earned his GED.

Roland worked physically demanding jobs his whole life, mainly for George H Mitchell Bottling Co., delivering bottled beverages to multiple Central and Coastal Maine restaurants and bars; and for John Martin’s Manor, in Waterville, where he progressed from dishwasher to line cook for more than 10 years. He also volunteered for the Waterville Fire Dept. and was awarded several medals for his service.

Roland married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” on August 3, 1986; after a short time, they moved in with her mother Martha (Muzzeroll) DeRaps to care for her. Roland was an avid hunter/fisherman, a loyal New England Patriots fan and enjoyed wrestling. He enjoyed taking a tiny camper with Betty to PowWows and local camp sites, and attending antique car shows with his brother David.

He was a member and Deacon at the Second Baptist Church, in Waterville, for more than 30 years and co-leader of the regular church suppers held there with his good friend Ray Dyer – he loved feeding the hungry and raising money to help local people with fuel bills. He loved to sing in the choir, especially with his wife Betty accompanying on the organ. They both loved Jesus and shared that love with everyone they met. He always kept blessed oil with him and was always ready to pray for anyone.

After she passed, he would say he heard her calling his name in the night – he missed her deeply and longed to be reunited with her.

Roland was predeceased by his parents, wife Elizabeth “Betty” (DeRaps) Tuttle; son Roland E Tuttle II; and sister Gloria (Tuttle) Fitch.
He is survived by brother David E Tuttle; stepdaughters Deborah French, Meloney French, and Susan Hixon; daughter-in-law Theresa Tuttle, as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours; there will be a small graveside service in the spring at the Howard Cemetery, in Winslow.


BENTON – Clara J. Nickerson, 80, of Benton, passed away suddenly at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Clara was born July 3, 1943, to George and Clara (Mills) Burns.

Clara attended Fairfield schools. She married the love of her life Richard Nickerson, Oct. 15, 1960.

Clara worked many jobs over the years, retiring from Downeast Energy in 2008. None of those jobs she held were quite as important as her role as Mom and Grammy. Clara was adored by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In her sparetime you could find Clara at a local bingo hall; catching up on Hallmark movies; enjoying a day of cards with her family or at an event for one of her grandchildren.

Clara was predeceased by her parents; her husband Richard; her brother Rodney, sisters Robin, Linda, Bonnie and Pamela; and grandson Justin.

Clara is survived by her children, Robert and partner Trish Cole, of Benton, Laura, of Fairfield, Richard Jr. and wife Connie, of Fairfield, Carolyn “Sue” and partner Gary Steeves, of Albion, and Ryan and his wife Andrea, of Clinton; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister Wendy St. Amand, of Skowhegan; and many nieces and nephews.

At Clara’s request there will be no visiting hours or service.

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, of Fairfield.


WINSLOW – Madeleine Bolduc, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 5, 2023. She was born in Keough, on November 22, 1932, the daughter of Arthur Bolduc and Lorette (Rioux) Bolduc.

Madeleine dedicated 40 plus years of service to Bell Canada as a telephone operator in Lac Megantic and Longueuil, Québec. After retiring, she embraced a new chapter of her life in Winslow to care for her mother.

Her commitment to community was evident through her volunteer work with the elderly at the Muskie Center, where she enjoyed spreading joy and compassion.

A proud descendent of her French-Canadian roots, she often spoke French with her family. It was important to her to preserve the language and traditions that shaped her. She was a big Montreal Canadiens hockey fan and knew every player by heart.

She loved gardening and taking care of her flowers. She could be seen outdoors all the time tending to her flowers. It was in her garden that she found her greatest joy. Her flower beds became a local attraction and a symbol of her love for nature. She also loved taking walks and loved her little dog Pooh Pooh until he passed away. She loved going out to eat with her family.

Madeleine’s zest for life continued through her love of music and dance, often found swaying to the tunes from her record player. In quieter moments when her eyesight diminished, she found solace in playing solitaire, often losing track of time as she laid out card after card. Her memory will continue to bloom in the hearts of those she touched, just as her flowers will return each Spring as a reminder of her presence.

Madeleine is survived by her daughter, Dany Beaudoin, of Waterville; her granddaughter, Kelly Lee and her husband TJ, of Winslow, their two children, Alexa and Raegan.

She was predeceased by her parents; her son-in-law Rick Burgess Sr., and special relatives.

Per her wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Please visit Madeleine’s memorial page at where condolences, photos, and special memories may be shared.


FAIRFIELD – Dennis C. West, 81, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. He was born on May 15, 1942, at Sisters Hospital, in Waterville.

His early years were spent in Connecticut, Maine, and California. In the 1970s he worked on nuclear submarines as a union electrician for General Dynamics, and as head of security for a nuclear power plant in Connecticut. He retired at the age of 35, found that the retired life didn’t suit his energy level, and began working for MSAD #49 as a custodian and a beloved bus driver for more than 40 years, where he touched the lives of countless students and colleagues during his dedicated service.

Dennis was more than just a bus driver. He was a world traveler, having toured various countries in Europe and Asia over the years. His sharp wit and great sense of humor made every journey with him a memorable one, turning routine bus rides into moments filled with laughter. He was known to play rock and roll and share candy with his passengers. The Lawrence Bulldogs, a team he passionately supported, have lost one of their most ardent fans.

A mischievous streak ran through Dennis, making him the undisputed prankster in the family. Whether it was a lump of coal during the holidays or a perfectly chosen humorous card accompanying a birthday gift, his antics brought joy and laughter to those lucky enough to be on the receiving end.

He had a noteworthy friendship with his supervisor Scott Washburn, and his dear friends Joy and Ray Dickey held a special place in his heart.

Dennis leaves behind a legacy of laughter, loyalty, and love. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the rich tapestry of memories he leaves behind. His impact on his family, the school, and the community will endure as a testament to a life well-lived.

In a world that often moves too fast, Dennis C. West taught us the beauty of simplicity, the value of genuine connections, and the enduring power of laughter. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the mischievous spirit and old-school charm that made him a beloved figure in the hearts of many.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Strout, stepfather Gordon Wilmont Strout, and brother Gordon William Strout.

He is survived by his sister, Evelyn West Cairnie, and her extended family, and his late brother Gordon Strout’s sons and grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023, from noon – 2 p.m., at Lawry Brothers, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, Maine. No formal service will be held.

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 Lawrence Bulldogs in honor of Dennis’s unwavering support for the teams.


OAKLAND – Tammy Phillips, 55, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2023, following a strong battle with cancer. Tammy was born on July 13,1968, to Edwin and Angela Mullen.

She attended Oakland schools and graduated from Messalonskee High School in 1989. Tammy became a CNA and loved working in the healthcare field. Over the years she worked in many nursing homes and helped to care for her brother Aaron.

Tammy enjoyed going for car rides, car shows, and spending time with family and friends. Above all, Tammy’s true passion was caring for others. Nursing was very important to her and her calling.

Tammy met her husband Daniel Phillips and together they created their home together in Oakland, right down the road from her parents.

She was predeceased by her father, Edwin Mullen; her brother Aaron; and both sets of grandparents.

Tammy is survived by her husband Daniel Phillips; her children Inge Mullen and Markus Mullen; her grandson Skyler; her mother Angela Mullen; her brothers Shawn and his wife Karen and Dale and his wife Debbie; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.


WATERVILLE – Ken Coro, 89, of Waterville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 13, 2023, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. Ken was born on June 15, 1934, in Benton to Guy E. Coro, Sr. and Ila M. (Hayes) Coro.

He attended schools in both Fairfield and Vassalboro.

He was an avid hunter who taught his children and grandchildren to hunt, along with gun safety. He also enjoyed fishing, Westerns and the Civil War. He was a proud member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Club, the NRA and the Antique Car Club of Maine. He was employed by Scott Paper Co.,, in Winslow, for 34 years.

Ken married the former Janice M. Nickerson on May 23, 1953. Together, they raised eight children. Janice predeceased him in 1998. Ken married Natalie Veilleux on June 25, 2005, who has been a blessing to both him and his family.

Ken is survived by his wife Natalie Coro; his children, Debra Arch, Kenneth H. Coro Jr. and Susan, Ed Coro and Lisa, Craig Coro and Shelley, Tina Trahan and Scott, Sue Hamel and Bill, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, his first wife Janice, children Linda, Bruce, and baby girl Coro. Also, son-in-law, Dan Arch.

A short service was held on Saturday, November 25. A reception followed at the Fairfield VFW, 246 Main St. A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 107 Main Street, Fairfield. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at


WATERVILLE – Angela “Angie” Grenier, 87, of Waterville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Angie was born December 21, 1935, the daughter of Theophile and Sadie (Belanger) St. Amand, of Caribou, and then, moved to Waterville and attended local schools.

She met and fell in love with Roland Grenier. They were married on September 1, 1957. They shared 66 years together. She was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and a fan of Alan Jackson. Throughout her adult life she worked at Waterville Osteopathic Hospital, and then had a private daycare.

She was predeceased by one sister, Madeline Parker, five brothers, Harold, Donald, Ronald, Gerald and Robert; also, daughter Cindy Veilleux; granddaughter, Desiree Grenier; and son-in-law, Steve Albert.

She is survived by her husband, Roland Grenier; two brothers, Norman and Carroll; her children, Steve and Bonnie Jonasson, Gary and Julia Grenier, Terri Jandreau, Gregory and Karen Grenier, Tammy and Kevin Dyer, Stacey and partner Shawn; son-in-law, Eric Veilleux; a daughter-in-law, Paula Grenier; along with her grandchildren, Shasta, Erika, Ryan, Jason, Nicole, Jen, Chloe, Britney, Angela, Alyssa, Cody, Kayla, Allyson and Abigail; and 16 great-grandchildren.

There will be a 10 a.m. Mass, Friday, December 1, 2023, at Notre Dame church, 116 Silver St., in Waterville. Following the Mass, there will be a celebration of life for Angie at the Elks Lodge, in Waterville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901.


MANCHESTER – Reverend Lawrence Edward “Bud” Merckens, 88, of Manchester, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Oak Grove Rehabilitation, Waterville.

Raised in Buffalo, New York, where he was born on April 11, 1935, Mr. Merckens was associated with the family chocolate business until 1960 when he began his studies at Bangor Theological Seminary. Following completion of his seminary studies and further study at the University of Maine he and his family moved to Hallowell in May 1964 to serve as pastor of the Old South Congregational Church, a position he held through August 1975.

In September 1975, along with becoming the pastor of the Riverside Congregational Church, in Vassalboro, where he served until Easter 2019, Mr. Merckens also directed the Cooperative Education program at Hall-Dale High School until 1976. Later that same year he became the coordinator of student work experience for alternative education students at Cony High School, in Augusta, a position he held until June 1999. Since his retirement from public secondary education, along with his pastoral interests and responsibilities he consistently served as an instructor of Ethics and Interpersonal Communication courses through the University of Maine at Augusta at learning centers in Rumford/Mexico, Lewiston/Auburn, Bath/Brunswick as well as Augusta.

A person with many interests, Mr. Merckens found working with persons most fulfilling and tried always to be available for persons seeking his advice regarding career choices or changes, more effective personal communication skills and harmonious relationship techniques, hunger, consumer justice, environmental issues, and spiritual realities.

He and his wife Hilda Sperber Merckens were married in August 1959.

He is survived by his wife Hilda; daughter Heidi Merckens Chadbourne, of Manchester; son Ernst August Merckens III (named for his paternal grandfather) and his partner Susan Sites, of Belgrade; a grandson, Jeffery Tyler Merckens, of Jefferson, and his wife Jill; and his former son-in-law Steven A. Chadbourne, of Wales; two nieces Carol Lee Chappell and Phoebe Dreux Chappell.

He was predeceased by his parents Ernst August Merckens, Jr. and Alice (Hoffman) Merckens, and his sister Alice Merckens Chappell.

While there will be no funeral service an opportunity to celebrate the life of Mr. Merckens is being planned. A time and place will be announced later.

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,

Persons desiring to remember Mr. Merckens can appropriately do so by contributing in his memory to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203 or a charity of one’s choice.


WATERVILLE – Mae Beth Smart passed away at home Thursday, November 16, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She fought like a true warrior and overcame the odds to gain another year full of memories with her family. Her wit and strength will be remembered by all who journeyed with her in the fight.

Mae Beth graduated from Winslow High School in 1973 and went on to spend a good portion of her working career at Al Corey’s Music Center, in Waterville. It was here that she made an abundance of lifelong friends that were more like family. She was able to submerge herself in her love of music … big band, folk, and of course her jazz favorite Ella Fitzgerald.

Mae Beth was predeceased by her father Harry Grant Nickel and her mother, Lois Helen Danforth Nickel.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Richard A. Smart, of Waterville; daughter Meghan and husband Alex Adorno; and her younger daughter Darcie Smart, also of Waterville; her brother Steven Nickel and wife Karen, of Union; sister Lise Nickel, of Winslow; and paternal uncle Jack Nickel Sr. and wife Carleen, of Albion; many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. At Mae Beth’s request, there will be no services.

If you’d like to make a donation in her name, Waterville Hospice and the Harold Alfond Cancer Center are amazing, and her family appreciated their care and support.


PALERMO – Neal Richard Pottle, 78, of Palermo, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in Palermo. Neal was born in Freedom, December 11, 1944, to Robert G. and Esther (Reed) Pottle.

He was raised in North Palermo and graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China. Neal operated as an independent truck driver for 45 years and then drove for JC Stone for the last 12 years.

Neal shared his love of life with all who knew him. Infinitely curious, he was always investing his energy into new pursuits. He was a master of caveman physics and would jokingly say, “I only understand about half of what I know.” This innate curiosity spread to sailing. For years he and Theresa moored their boat in Belfast Harbor and shared that experience with anyone who had an afternoon free.

Neal spent significant time and energy growing potatoes and later growing and milling wheat – thousands of pounds of wheat. Neal was noted for his curiosity about generating electricity through hydro- and wind-power. At one point he attached a propeller to his 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit so he could calculate the RPMs and how much electricity could be generated. His grandchildren have fond memories of Penniless Creek where he made a small scale hydro-electric power generator, where, to their delight, he generated enough electricity to power a light bulb.

He also loved music and shared that love with his wife, children, and grandchildren. This love of music prompted the Friday Night Jam, and eventually led to the Family and Friends Bluegrass Festival. With kids running around, music and goodwill everywhere, Neal was in his element.

Neal had a generous heart. He was giving of anything he had to everyone who crossed his path, full of a deep seated faith that encompassed his whole being. He was a long-time member of the Palermo Christian Church and served the congregation as an elder, a trustee, a Sunday School teacher, and a music leader. When the church needed a new steeple, Neal employed his North Palermo ingenuity and decided that his fifth and sixth grade Sunday School class would build it. Neal and his class built, and raised the current steeple on the Palermo Christian Church.

Neal was the first call family members made if the car broke down, the pipes froze, or if you needed a house moved from Searsport to China. He knew how to fix your roof, plumb your house, and fix your battery. He was always ready with a story or joke. His loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers, Robert, Gerald, and Norman, and grandson Craig.

He is survived by his wife Theresa and children, Ken and wife Michelle, Elaine and husband Derek, Cathy and partner John, Tim and partner Katie; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; numerous “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Visiting Hours will be on Friday, December 8, 2023 2 – 4 p.m., at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Followed by a funeral on Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m., at Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Road, Palermo. The service will be live streamed. Check for streaming information.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department. Mail to Palermo Town Office, 45 North Palermo Road, Palermo, ME 04354, In Memory of Neal Pottle.


WINSLOW – Tamara “Tammy” Lyn (LoCicero) Harkins, 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Red­ington-Fair­view General Hospital, in Skowhegan, following a brief illness. Tammy was born on February 23, 1945, to Joseph and Tamara (Gregoriev) LoCicero, in Albany, California.

She attended schools in Oakland, California, and graduated from Oakland Technical High School. Tammy furthered her education at Oakland Junior College and later The University of Maine at Augusta. She married Floyd Harkins Jr. on May 17, 1964, and moved from California to Maine where together they raised five children.

She worked for Laverdiere’s Drug Stores as a pharmacy technician early on. She then went on to work for the State of Maine Department of Taxation and later, Land Use Regulation until her retirement.

Tammy loved animals, especially dogs and horses. She had many dogs during her lifetime. Tammy was an avid gardener; you could count on seeing her on a warm day working in her beautiful flower gardens. Some of her other hobbies included reading and sewing.

Tammy was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Tamara LoCicero, her husband Floyd Harkins Jr., her in-laws James and Glenda Campbell, brother George LoCicero and sister Carol Miller.

She is survived by her five children, Scott (Heidi) Harkins, Floyd (Amy) Harkins, Lynwood (Linda) Harkins, Kristie (Rob) Kinard, Justin (Kelly) Harkins; 11 grandchildren, Trista (Joey) Bergeron, Cameron (Nicole) Harkins, Chase (Kylee) Harkins, Adam, Drew and Nicholas Harkins, Austen and Hanna Kinard, Cooper, Audrey and Bella Harkins; five great-grandchildren, Aden, Nevaeh, Mayson, Jenson and Lynnox; two brothers, Joseph and Ben LoCicero.

A private service will be held 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 lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a local animal shelter.


WINSLOW – Richard A. McCaslin, 71, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. He was born April 15, 1952, the son of Walter and Katherine (Hodson) McCaslin.

Richard attended local schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1971.

After graduation Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he would meet his future wife of 46 years while stationed in Puerto Rico. After his service, Richard worked for Eastern Electric as an Electrical Rewinder, he was highly sought after. Richard loved being on the lake fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Richard was predeceased by his parents; brother, Michael; and son, Keith.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty (Kathryn); brothers, Jeffrey and wife Tina McCaslin, and Darren and Judy Daigault; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Marilyn, and James.

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


OAKLAND – Anthony William Cocco Jr., 76, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Tony was born December 21, 1946, in Everett, Massachusetts, to parents Anthony Cocco Sr. and Carolyn (Treat) Cocco.

He was a 1964 graduate of Williams High School, in Oakland, and a 1971 graduate of the University of Maine. Tony taught fifth grade and special needs classes at MSAD #47 until 1977.

After leaving teaching, Tony went into the restaurant and club management field. He taught disco lessons, managed The Courthouse at Champions Fitness Club, in Waterville, and was the premier maître d’ at Lombardo’s of Boston, just to name a few.

In 1968 Tony was the New England Coordinator for Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign, an attainment of which he was incredibly proud.

Tony’s accomplishments are by far, too many to mention. From sports, to theater, to politics, he excelled in each of them. His biggest achievement, however, is the legacy he leaves behind as a kind, thoughtful man. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

He was predeceased by both parents, stepmother, Helen Cocco, stepfather, Stacy Trask; and brother-in-law, Marshall Roy.

Tony is survived by his daughter, Laura White and her family, of Kennebunk; his siblings Linda Cocco Roy, of Winslow, Cheryl Cocco Michaud and husband Jerry, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tina Trask Boag and husband David, of Oakland, Valerie Trask Paul and husband John, of Arizona, and Timothy Trask, of Oakland; his nieces and nephews, Matthew Roy and wife Denise, of Winslow, Jess Cassese and husband Sabato, of Portland, Marlo Lawrence and husband Kevin, of Ohio, Kari Parson and husband Jeff, of Tennessee, Kristie Harris, of Tennessee, Bill McKinnon and wife Malin, of Brunswick, Amanda Boag-Breton and husband Patrick, of Oakland, and Andrew Cloutier, of Oakland; and many great-nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Helena Bonnell Gilman, of Kennebunk.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held on January 9, 2024, at noon, at The Pointe Afta, in Winslow. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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


AUGUSTA – Jeannette I. Roy, 94, of Winslow, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Jeannette was born to George and Rose Anna Brousseau, in Waterville, on August 10, 1929.

She received her GED and worked as an inspector for the C.F. Hathaway Co., in Waterville. Jeannette married Richard Donald Roy on November 20, 1948, and raised five children.

Jeannette loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was very creative and artistic and loved making crafts, oil and tole painting, ceramics, macrame and floral arrangements. She also enjoyed music, singing, dancing, gardening and taking care of her many house plants.

She would spend hours playing the guitar and piano and reading was a great past time. Jeannette also adored cats. She was always happy and smiling and enjoyed being with her many friends. Most of all she was a loving wife and mother.

Jeannette was predeceased by her parents George and Rose Anna, sisters Germaine MacDonald and her husband Raymond, Lucille Jacques and her husband Raymond, brothers Lucien Brousseau I and Lucien Brousseau II and his wife Thelma, Adrien Brousseau, Leo Paul Brousseau and Harold Brousseau and granddaughter Kayla Jessie Brown.

Survivors include daughters Nancy J. Roy, of Cummings, Georgia, and her daughter Tammy Kennedy, Doreen A. Roy, of Winslow, Lisa M. Silva and husband Joseph T. Silva, of Fayette; two sons David R. Roy and wife Cathie Roy, of Meridianville, Alabama, and Brian M. Roy, of Portland; grandchildren Travis Bickford and wife Lily Baker, Heather Bickford, Kaitlin Bickford, Melissa A. Hayden and husband Ryan Hayden, Kyle F. Brown, Christopher D. Brown; and great-grandchildren Gavyn and Emma Hayden, Winter Merkens and Brooks Schroeder.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours.

A private graveside service will be held.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Roy family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Resident Activities Fund at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta.


WAYNE – Earle N. Welch, Sr., 88, of Wayne, passed away at home on Tuesday, November 21,2023. He was born in Augusta on July 24, 1935, the son of Norman and Frances (Cady) Welch.

He married Gladys D. Baker, in Windsor, on August 31, 1963, and shared 38 years with her.

Earle was a self-taught, lifelong mechanic who was able to fix almost anything with an engine and was truly a simple man. In his free time, he loved hunting, fishing, dancing, and gardening. Earle was often found helping others with anything for which he was called.

In addition to his parents, Earle is predeceased by his wife, as well as four brothers and three sisters.

Earle leaves behind his three sons, Earle Welch Jr., Carl Welch and his wife Beth, James Welch and his wife Jill; and daughter, Roxanne Zwaga and her husband Chris; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Baxter and Norma Welch; nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 28, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Care, One Church St., Augusta, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at


ALBION – Horace E. Robinson, 82, died peacefully on Saturday, November 25, 2023, in Bangor. He was born on June 9, 1941, in Benton, a son of the late Kelsey and Edith (Chamberlain) Robinson.

He graduated from Besse High School, in Albion, with the class of 1959, and retired from the Maine Department of Transportation after 39 years.

Horace enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and especially Pam’s good cooking. He was a Little League coach and a member of the Sebasticook Lodge #146 A.F & A.M. for over 50 years. He was also an active member of the Shriners of Lewiston and a charter member of the Albion Lions Club. His greatest joy was cooking a turkey for the Lions Thanksgiving meal for the seniors of Albion.

Horace leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Pam; his children, Lauri Keegan (James), of New York, Amy Norwood (Henry), of Illinois, Melinda Pelletier, of Benton, Sherryl Gray, of Florida, and Michael Hughes (Jennifer), of Ohio; 17 grandchildren, which he took great joy in taking all 17 to Disney World; six great-grandchildren and one more on the way; brothers, Gary Robinson (Mary), of Palermo, and Eugene Robinson, of Winslow; sisters, Maxine Dennis, of Augusta, and Joanne Gagnon (Roger), of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and son, Joel Robinson.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2023, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield, with Pastor Nicholas Kozak officiating.

A committal will be held in the spring of 2024 at the Puddledock Cemetery, South Freedom Road, Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to his church, Heritage Reformed Church Fellowship, 325 Main St., Suite 179, Waterville, ME, 04901.

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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pittsfield.



WINSLOW – Frank E Hudson, 90, of Winslow, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Arrangements by Dan and Scott’s,  Skowhegan.


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