OBITUARIES for Thursday, November 4, 2021


WATERVILLE – Theodore “T” Warren Smyth, 36, of Waterville, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October19, 2021. He was born on January 11, 1985, at Framingham Union Hospital, in Framingham, Massachusetts.

“T” graduated from Waterville High School in 2003 and attended University of Maine. He worked for more than 13 years at T-Mobile, most recently as an Instructional Designer.

He is loved and will be missed by his many friends, family, and co-workers. “T” was committed to and proud of his work at T-Mobile, where he was valued for his leadership ability, computer skills and his constant effort to improve himself.

When he was passionate about something he threw himself into it whole-heartedly. He loved music and dance, deep connections, and honest, genuine friendships. He was a loving and devoted father, considering his greatest achievement to be who he was as a father.

He was predeceased by his father, Winfield S. Smyth, of Augusta and Lubec, and his brothers Scott and Andrew Smyth, both of Colorado.

He is survived by his mother, Lucia W. Whittelsey, of Waterville; his sister, Hilary Walton, of Port Royal, South Carolina; and three daughters, Cloe Grace Smyth, Ellie Rose Smyth, Sophie Elena Rae Smyth; stepson, Evan Lavway, and their mother, Kristina Mendez, all of Palermo.

A celebration of life will be held via Zoom at 4 p.m., on Saturday, November 6. If you wish to attend, please let us know at, and the access code will be sent to you.

In lieu of flowers, look for an opportunity to do an act of kindness.


FAIRFIELD – Kenneth A. Marks, Sr., 79, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, following a short battle with cancer. Ken was born on April 1, 1942.

He attended Albion area schools and graduated from “Good Ole Besse High” in 1960.

Ken was a standout basketball and baseball player while attending Besse High. He continued with his love of sports after graduation. He played softball for many years for several local teams. He was also an avid bowler. In his later years he enjoyed golfing.

Ken worked at Smiley’s Dairy, in Winslow, for many years as a milkman, before embarking on his next journey as a master electrician. He worked for his brother Winston at “W. Marks Electric” until Winston retired. Then he branched out on his own and continued to work until age 72.

In his retirement years, Ken enjoyed going for long rides around the State of Maine and playing cards with his wife Andrea, going out to breakfast, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Ken was a member of the Waterville Elks Club.

Ken is survived by his wife, Andrea, of 39 years; his children, Kenneth Marks, Jr. and partner Helena Fowler, Douglas Marks and partner Crystal Roberts, Michael Marks and wife Susan, and Susan Reynolds and partner Ken Miller; his step-daughters, Laura Clifford and husband Dennis, and Amy Strout and husband Ty; 13 grandchildren, Tyler, Kenari, Colby, Brian, Katelyn, Briana, Benjamin, Jake, Maddie, Jackson, Cooper, Lexi and Connor; and great-granddaughter Mili; sisters Ida Stevens and Joan Stevens and husband Stan; brothers, Raymond Marks, Ronald Marks, Winston Marks, Charlie Marks and wife Sarah and Ricky Marks and partner Patty Norton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bruce and LaVina Marks, sisters-in-law, June, Joette, and Jewel Marks, and brother-in-law Elwood Stevens.

At his request, there will be a private graveside ceremony for immediate family only.

Arrangements are in the care of the 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, donations may be made to Interfaith Food Pantry, 23 Lawrence Avenue, Fairfield, Maine 04937.


SIDNEY – Barbara Jean Dudley, 70, of Sidney, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on September 26, 1951, the daughter of Bernard and Phoebe (Carmen) Hinds.

She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1969, where she played basketball and worked as an accountant after school. Shortly after graduation, she got married and moved to Sidney with her husband where they raised their family together.

She volunteered at her children’s school and worked part-time as an administrative assistant at various places in Augusta. For many years she provided childcare for several families and was blessed with four grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed raising children taking them swimming, on nature walks and doing crafts together.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and time spent with family, whether at camp, on an outing or at home. Her tireless caretaking will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her parents; and sister, Patricia.

Barbara is survived by her husband, James Dudley, of Sidney; their children Christy Lajoie (James), of Dayton, and Eric Dudley (Sarah), of Gorham; grandchildren Alyssa and Ian Lajoie and Aidan and Grace Dudley; her siblings Elizabeth, Jeffrey and Douglas; as well as several cousins; nieces and nephews; and in-laws.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Cottle Cemetery, in Augusta.

Arrangements are entrusted with Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Care, One Church St., Augusta.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home website:

In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations to the James J.Bean School, 2896 Middle Road, Sidney, ME 04330.


WATERVILLE – Ernest E. Roberge, 70, died on Wednesday October 20, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit. He was the son of Ernest C. and Theresa (Myron) Roberge.

He attended schools in the Waterville area and graduated from Waterville High School in 1969. He retired from Keyes Fibre (now Huhtamaki) after 38 years, in 2015, working in the maintenance department. He was also very proud of his work with his local union and as a safety planner.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Arthur.

He is survived by his spouse, Debbie; two sons, Kevin and Scott; two granddaughters.

There was a graveside service at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, on Tuesday November 2.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made at the Michael J. Fox Foundation at, or to donate to save an orangutan at http://www.the, or to a charity of your choice that you think he would have supported.


WATERVILLE – Fernand J. Duval, 87, passed away following a courageous battle at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville, on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Fernand was born on November 13, 1933, in Fairfield, the son of Joseph and Sylvane Duval.

Fernand worked filling vending machines for Fred’s Vending, in Waterville. He attended Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville, throughout the years. Fernand enjoyed listening to old country music on his records. He and his wife Francine were part of the Heart of Maine Square Dancing Club. He also enjoyed taking Francine on dates to different fast-food restaurants. After his retirement he and Francine enjoyed going to Bingo one or two times a week.

Fernand was predeceased by his parents, father-in-law, Francis LaBrecque; and a brother Raymond Duval and his wife Anne, and daughter, Brenda Paquet.

Fernand is survived by his wife of 36 years, Francine; son, John Duval and Joanne, of Biddeford; daughters, Diane Paquette and Jeff, of Durham, New Hampshire, Melissa Duval, of Scarborough; mother-in-law, Sandra LaBrecque; son-in-law Scott Paquet; brothers-in-law, Paul LaBrecque and Jane, of Winslow, Ronald LaBrecque and Nancy, of Albion; daughters-in-law, Janelle LeBreton and Gary, of Winslow, Patrice Clarke and Rick, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina; his five grandchildren, Marc, Stephanie, Courtney, Elizabeth, and Hanna; three great-grandchildren, Alec, Luc, and Lea; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 30, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Waterville. Following the Mass, burial was held in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville.

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


VASSALBORO – John W. Bragg, 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his daughter Terri’s home on Friday, October 22, 2021. He was born May 20, 1931, to Frank Leon Bragg and Vivian Marie Bragg (Abbott)

He was a graduate of Waterville High School, after which he joined the United States Air Force, where he served as a radar operator, in Wisconsin. He married the former Albertine Theresa York, of Winslow, while in Wisconsin. Upon his discharge from the military, they returned to Maine and shortly there after he went to work for New England Telephone Company retiring after 35 years to care for his parents.

After the loss of his wife, he started a new life with Carleen Miller.

He enjoyed spending time with all his children and grandchildren, going for long rides as he and Carleen often did. Even traveling to the west coast and Las Vegas for his grandson’s wedding and graduation at Parris Island. He always loved having cows on his family farm and when his grandson got cows, he enjoyed watching him work on the farm, even helping with the haying up until this year. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.

He was an active member of the Masons for 66 years, being a member of the Vassalboro Lodge and Waterville Lodge, he was very involved until the last couple of years when his eyesight started failing him.

He is survived by his five children, John and his wife Patti, of Clyde Texas, Michael, and his wife Susan, of Vassalboro, Kathi Hawkins, of Clyde, Texas, Terri McPherson, and her husband Conrad, of Vassalboro, and Cheryl Csengery and her husband Joe, of Vassalboro; stepchildren Brenda Blair and her husband Michael, of Clinton, Jeff Miller, of China, Wayne Miller and Ken Miller, both of Winslow; along with 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Albertine, his second love Carleen; one grandson, Andrew Keaten; and two stepsons, Steven Miller and Bruce Miller

There will be a celebration of life Sunday, November 7, at noon at the Waterville Masonic Lodge, 250 County Rd., Waterville. His committal will be Saturday, November 13, at 11 a.m., at the Nichols Cemetery, on the Oak Grove Rd., Vassalboro, ME 04989.

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


WATERVILLE – Margaret M. Cassidy, 73, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021, at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, in Auburn. She was born September 24, 1948, in Waterville, the daughter of Lyonnell and Mary (Joyce) Cassidy.

She graduated from the University of Maine, class of 1988. She was employed at Continental Airlines in reservations for most of her adult career and had jobs at various retail stores later in life.

Margaret was involved with Weeks Mills Fire and Rescue briefly and was a member of the church or Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and loved her church family dearly.

She loved to shop and go out for lunch with her mom and family. She painted and was a bit crafty, loved to read a good book, and socialize with all of her friends who were so very dear to her.

She is survived by her son, James P. Herard and wife Teresa, of Utah, daughters Elizabeth Laversa and husband Anthony, of Palermo, Katherine Herard and significant other, Adams Oaks, of South China; grandchildren Elliott Herard and Harrison Herard, both of Utah, Thayden Lawrence, Solon Lawrence, Gaberiel Laversa, LisaBella Laversa, all of Palermo, Lillian Herard, and Jordan Oakes, both of South China; brothers John Cassidy and wife Cheryl, of Connecticut, Mike Cassidy, of Bangor, Brian Cassidy and wife Ann, of Colorado, Dan Cassidy, of Maine, Tom Cassidy and wife Kathleen, of Winslow, Scott Cassidy and wife Cindy, of Windham; and her many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, November 5, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

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


WATERVILLE – Mark Robert Westman, 69, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 23, 2021. Mark was born May 1952, in Caribou, and moved to Waterville in the early 1960s with his family. He is the third child of Orick and Marjorie (Danforth) Westman.

Mark attended the Waterville school system, graduating from Waterville Senior High School in 1969. It was at this point he joined the Navy.We will all best remember Mark for his service to our country which he did so very proudly from 1970 to 1974 serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, released from active duty, and transferred to naval reserve until 1976. It was during this service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Mark dabbled in many kinds of work, some of which included working for F.W. Webb, and eventually retiring from L.L.Bean after 15 years.

He was also a member of the Elks Club, in Waterville. He enjoyed his retirement traveling, eating out, playing cribbage with friends, and watching the New England Patriots. Mark loved being around people and being outside with nature.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Barbara Varney, who passed in 2019.

Mark is survived by his longtime partner, Christie Chevonelle, of Waterville; daughter, Megan Ring and granddaughter Rowen Ring, of Florida; sisters Judith Westman, of Skowhegan, Evelyn Carter and husband Troy, of Vassalboro, and Patricia Hagerty, of Hinckley; brother, Robert Westman, of Fairfield; nephew and godchild, Sinjin Rancourt and wife Amber, of Winslow; and many cousins; nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Mark’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours.

He will be cremated and buried at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., in Augusta. Services were held at the cemetery, on November 3, at the burial site itself. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport.

Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared at In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Waterville Animal Shelter, in Waterville.


WATERVILLE – Cecile B. Pasha, 92, of Waterville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 25, 2021. Cecile was born May 3, to Joseph and Ida May (Giroux) Breton.

She attended school in Waterville, graduating from Mount Merici Academy in 1947. Attended Thomas College, in Waterville, then worked for the Morning Sentinel, married Robert Gagne and raised four children. She enjoyed traveling all over the world and spending time with her family, including her sisters, known as “The Breton Girls”.

In addition to her parents, Cecile was predeceased by her husband, Robert Gagne, and later Bill Pasha; sister, Mildred Roy.

Cecile is survived by her daughter, Giselle Birmingham; three sons, Paul (Nancy) Gagne, Marc (Mary) Gagne and Luke (Carrian) Gagne; grandchildren, Ethan (Megan) Birmingham, Christian (Krystle) Gagne, Marissa (Chris) Hyland, Joseph Gagne, Ryan Gagne, Miranda, Noah and Sam Gagne; great-grandchildren Avery, Reed and Shea Birmingham, Libby Gagne, Tanner Hyland; sister, Jackie Grenier; many nieces, nephews; cousins; and in-laws.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville on November 6, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Merici Academy, 18 Mt. Merci Ave., Waterville ME 04901.


VASSALBORO – Sharon A. Pooler, 64, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born March 29, 1957, in Waterville, the daughter of Bob and Helen Nason.

She graduated from Quabbin Regional Jr./Sr. High School, in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1975. On August 25, 1992, she married Frederick “Rick” Pooler, in Vassalboro. Sharon worked a variety of jobs throughout her life, that included Diamond Match Co., in Oakland, C.F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, in Waterville, and with her family at N and H Discount and Redemption, in Oakland. She enjoyed spending time with and spoiling her animals, watching movies, reading, playing computer games and going to Bingo.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 29 years, Rick Pooler, of Vassalboro; daughter, Beth (Harder) Kern and husband Mark, of Eden Valley, Minnesota; grandchildren, Michael Kern, Samantha Kern and Tyler Kern, all of Eden Valley, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Kay Pooler, of Vassalboro; sister, Shelley Pushard and husband Scott, of Windsor; brother, Robert “Bob” Nason Jr. and wife Sharise, of Norridgewock; numerous other family members, including step-siblings; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Bob and Helen Nason; father-in-law, Edgar “Spike” Pooler; and many other family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Sharon’s memory to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville ME 04901.


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