Dec 13, 1948 - Nov 14, 2023
Apr 17, 1955 - Feb 25, 2024
It is with a heavy heart we tell of the passing of Elizabeth “Betsy” Fitzgerald on February 25, 2024, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, with family by her side. Betsy was born on April 17, 1955, in Biddeford, ME, the first born of Marlowe and Judith LeBarge of Kennebunk. Betsy was a 1973 graduate of Kennebunk High School and attended SMVTI (now SMCC) for culinary arts. She was married to Jim Fitzgerald in 1997 and they made their home in Kennebunkport. Betsy was a top-notch realtor in York County and surrounding area for many years. She received many awards and accolades. Betsy was also very involved in the Kennebunkport business and local community. Betsy loved to travel and was able to visit many places all over the world. She took a few family trips to Walt Disney World, too. Christmas was very special to Betsy, and she loved decorating her home. Entertaining for any event was always on the list for Bets! She loved to entertain! For many years, she was involved with all of the Prelude activities. You could always count on Betsy for help! She loved animals. All animals! During high school she competed in horse shows with her horse, Little Straw. Betsy always had a dog…Amber, Asta, Binky, Everett, and Frankie to name a few! Cats, too…Ting Ting being her favorite. She had birds also…Skittles was a favorite. Betsy was predeceased by her parents, and by her husband, Jim (2022). She is survived by her siblings, Laurie, Deborah, Kristen and Jonathan; her daughter, Cheyenne (Sam) and 2 grandsons, Bryson and Rowen who were very special to her. She is also survived by Aunt and Uncle- Sonny and Jan Hutchins, a special cousin Kathy, cousins, nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Services will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Maine, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME, 04074. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence please visit Betsy’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com Arrangements are in the care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
Kathleen Alice Regan
Oct 20, 1950 - Feb 28, 2024
Portland - Kathleen Alice Regan, 73, died peacefully on February 28, 2024 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough surrounded by family following a courageous battle with lymphoma. She had previously faced and defeated lymphoma three times. Kathleen was born on October 20, 1950 in Portland, daughter of the late Francis and Alice (Ward) Regan. She grew up in Portland, graduating from St. Patrick’s School, Cathedral High School and the University of Southern Maine. She worked as a Social Worker for the City of Portland and had multiple roles with L.L. Bean spanning decades. She lived for several years in Florida, but returned home to Maine in the fall of 2019. Kathleen had beautiful blue eyes and a smile that was irresistible. A naturally social person, she made friends everywhere she went, creating lifelong connections. She loved to travel, in recent years going to Ireland and eastern Canadian Provinces, drink coffee, laugh with her many friends, but most of all she loved spending time with her husband and family. Kathleen is survived by her husband of 13 years, David Foster; her children; Kate and husband Stephen Barnabe of West Greenwich, RI, Meg Jenkins and partner James Schuerch of Vestal, NY, and Daniel Jenkins and partner Shelly Gibson of Portland; step-son, Douglas Foster of Taiwan; grandson, Cooper Barnabe; sister, Suzanne Regan and husband Beryl Bellman; twin sister, Arleen “Cookie” Wescott and husband Fred Gorell; and brother Charles and wife Debbie Regan; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff from Mass General Hospital, Maine Medical Center and the Gosnell Hospice House who cared for her over the past few weeks. Visiting hours celebrating Kathleen's life will be held from 4-7pm on Monday, March 4, 2024, at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service will be held at 10am at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, immediately followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kathleen’s memory to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Maine, 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074; and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087
William A. Littlefield
Jul 07, 1930 - Feb 22, 2024
Sangerville – William “Bill” A. Littlefield, 93, passed away peacefully February 22, 2024, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Scarborough. He was born July 7, 1930, in Guilford, the son of Merle F. and Eva R. (Whittier) Littlefield. In 1993, Bill’s special birthday gift was his grandson, Devin Nichols. From that day forward, they celebrated their birthdays together. Upon graduating from Guilford High School, Bill proudly served in the United States Army and then the Air Force. He settled in Illinois where he and his first wife, Donna, raised their three girls in the home he built. He shared his love of bowling and football with some of his girls. Bill was a Ham Radio Operator and during the Vietnam Conflict, he relayed messages between the soldiers and their families nationwide. Upon his return to Sangerville in 1973, he met and married, “Dottie” Cunningham. On January 2, 1984, they opened Dottie’s Restaurant in Guilford. Bill took the early 4:00 a.m. shift, working the grill and feeding the local men before they went off to work. He was the bookkeeper and carpenter remodeling an old building that they were both so proud of. Retiring in 1994, Bill spent his days woodworking, hunting, fishing, and taking care of Dottie. Bill is survived by his children:Sharon Yocum, Nancy Littlefield, Terri Geier and her husband, Robert; his step-children: Fred Cunningham and his wife, Emily, Steve Cunningham and his wife, Debbie, Roxanne Cunningham and her partner, Bill Herbert, Michelle Nichols and her partner, Rick Hall, Jr.; his grandchildren: Matt, Bill, Leigh, Lindsey, Max, Michele, Jason, Ryan, Brooke, Kylie, Haley, Devin, Chelsea and Dale; his 13 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Donna (Dunkle) Littlefield, his second wife, Dorothy (Leeman) Littlefield, brothers, Merle Jr. and Joseph Drexel Littlefield, and sister, Edwina Morrill. He will be remembered by several special nieces and nephews. Bill’s special friends, Dale Henderson and Steve Coval, helped him remain at Oakes Manor after Dottie’s passing. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Burial with military honors will be in the Village Cemetery, Abbot. Arrangements are in the care of The Lary Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Home, Activities Department, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Daniel Gerard Reny
Mar 23, 1947 - Feb 20, 2024
VASSALBORO – Daniel (Danny) Gerard Reny passed away peacefully on February 20, 2024 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough with his loving wife and daughters at his side. He was born in Waterville, Maine on March 23, 1947, the son of Gerard and Marie (Beaudoin) Reny. Danny grew up in Fairfield working on the family farm with his parents, brothers (David and Kenneth (Kenny)) and sisters (Ann, Jean, Barbara (Barbie) and Susan) and was a graduate of Fairfield High School’s Class of 1966. On April 7, 1969 he married the love of his life, Eva June (Hawk) Reny. They were happily married for 54 years at the time of his death. In 1968 Danny enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate. He was a plankowner and served on the USS Detroit (AOE-4) until being honorably discharged at the rank of E-4 (Petty Officer Third Class) in 1971. Following his discharge, Danny and June settled in Vassalboro where they raised their three children. Danny worked as an auto mechanic, including co-owning his own garage in Waterville with his brother-in-law Robert (R&H Motors). In 1982 Danny changed careers and accepted a position as the Auto Body Instructor at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. Danny ultimately took over as instructor for the Auto Mechanics program until retiring in 2013. You could find Danny keeping busy working in his garden, taking care of the various farm animals that always seemed to find their way into his barn, or woodworking in his woodshop. He loved when his children and grandchildren would visit and always made sure the lawn games were ready to go. He was always a teacher at heart and loved to share his knowledge and experience with his children and grandchildren. Together, Danny and June lived life to its fullest. They loved to laugh, go camping, travel to visit family and making lifelong memories with children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Danny is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, June Reny, his three children: son Daniel and his wife Tricia of Norfolk, VA, daughter Kami and her fiancé Chris of Vienna, daughter Kendra and her husband Jared of Raymond, NH, grandchildren: Hunter Reny of Fairfax, VA, Lucas Reny of Fairfax, VA, Brady Bickford of Waterville, Camdyn Bickford of Vienna, Jackson Wall of Raymond, NH and Everleigh Wall of Raymond, NH, as well as his brothers David and Kenny and sisters Ann, Jean, Barbie and Susan and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough for their compassion, dedication, and exquisite care over the past few months. God bless you all as you continue to care for Maine’s Veterans. Our hearts may be broken, but we are comforted by knowing you are in Heaven. A service will be held at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta at noon on the 15th of March with a celebration of life to follow at St. Bridget Center in North Vassalboro from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. To share memories of Danny or to leave the family an online condolence , please visit www.athutchins.com At the family’s request, donations may be made in Danny’s name to a charity of one’s personal choice. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Daniel Gerard Reny, please visit our
Susan Andrea Montgomery
Oct 22, 1942 - Feb 23, 2024
Scarborough Susan Andrea (DeHoff) Montgomery, 81, our dear and beautiful mother, passed away gently and quietly, surrounded by family, on February 23, 2024. She was the daughter of Dr. John B. and Mabelle Audrey (Dunn) DeHoff. Mom was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and, in her adult life, she was a long-time resident of Brookside, NJ; London, England; Denver, CO; and most recently, Scarborough, ME. Mom was a humble, private person, who loved a good story and learning about others. She was the keeper of the family genealogy with a memory for the names and connections in the family tree, as well as colorful commentary. She wrote the very best cards and letters to her family and friends, and we will all miss receiving a letter from her in the mail. Mom acted throughout her life with peaceful and intentional purpose and might have attributed her quiet strength and ever-gracious nature to her mother. Her compassion, strong empathy, accepting embrace of everyone, and love for silliness could be attributed to her father. She gave to people what she read from them - if someone was down, she gave sincere support; if someone was jovial, she was right in on the fun. Her patience was unmatched - just ask her daughters. She made truly sincere friendships with the most wonderful people. Mom had a curiosity and love of learning, and she encouraged this in others at every age. She found interest in myriad topics. You always wanted her on your team in a game of Trivial Pursuit. She would say there was always something to be learned from every experience. Mom believed strongly in saints and angels and especially that they were with her on this journey over the past few months. Perhaps her best nugget of advice came from a poem: “Have no doubt that the Universe is unfolding as it should,” to which she would add, “...and it will turn out even better than we can imagine.” In 2015, Mom attended her fifty-fifth high school reunion in Baltimore and reignited a very old friendship with Thomas Baker. They were married in Maine in 2019. Beginning in 2016, they summered in Maine and wintered in Denver, before moving to Maine full-time in 2021. Her time in Maine was devoted to exploring her favorite state, music and the arts, service on several Piper Shores community committees, enjoying time with her knitting groups, reading, and Tom. She attended high school at Baltimore Friends School, graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in History and earned a Masters of Library Science at Rutgers University. She had a fulfilling career in information research, working for the Passaic Township Library and various companies. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Baker; two daughters, Joanna Wilhelm and husband John Hawes and Camilla and husband Kent Modesitt; two grandchildren, Sam and Amelia Modesitt; brother, Howard DeHoff and his wife Lucy Horton; father of her children, William Montgomery. She is terribly, horribly missed, but we know she is in an amazing place. Life is short; eat dessert first and read good books. Arrangements are under the direction of Conroy-Tully Walker, South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland.
Wilfred J Giroux Jr.
Jun 10, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024
Wilfred "Bill" J Giroux Jr., age 84, of Scarborough, Maine passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024.
Barbara Anne Brown Ray
Feb 03, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024
CAPE ELIZABETH - Barbara Anne Brown Ray, 85, of Cape Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Scarborough Terrace in Scarborough, Maine, of natural causes. She was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on February 3, 1939, the daughter of the late Philip and Margaret Brown. Barbara was a Class of 1957 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School where she was an excellent student and basketball cheerleader. Following high school, she studied at Becker Junior College. After college, Barbara returned to Cape Elizabeth to start her family and career. This is where she married her high school sweetheart Creed (Teddy) Ray and together they were happily married for 60 years before his death in 2019. Her career included working as a paralegal at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, she was a real estate salesperson for several years while her boys were playing sports and growing up and then spent 16 years working for the Town of Cape Elizabeth as the Executive Assistant to the Town Manager before retiring in 2003. For Barbara, family and her community were everything! Her passion for her family was a life-long commitment to always love, protect and to give her children every opportunity in life. She was always their biggest fan and was always in the stands cheering and on special occasions you would hear her patented whistle of support. This support would continue later in life as she was always visible watching her son Jim coaching Varsity Boys’ Basketball at Cape Elizabeth High School. She loved her friends (especially her Club57 friends), her family pets and especially loved her kitty cats as they were her special companions over the years. Barbara was a life-long resident of Cape Elizabeth, and she made a positive impact her entire life as a citizen and employee of the community. In addition to her predeceased husband Ted, family members include her four boys, Creed IV and wife Renelle, James Ray and wife Susan, Philip Ray and his wife MT, and her late son Brian Ray; seven grandchildren, Nicholas and wife Lauren, Thomas and wife Gabe, Creed V, Kelli and her husband Drew, Kyle, Alex, and Kaitlyn; two great grandchildren Parker and Tommy John; two deceased siblings, Bob and Bill Brown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special thanks to her caregivers Cathy Rand and Carol Craig plus the staff at Scarborough Terrace for their care and support during her final months. The burial will be private for immediate family at a later date. Please join the family for visiting hours to celebrate Barbara’s life at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. A reception following the visitation hours will be held at Willow’s, 740 Broadway, South Portland. For online condolences, please visit the website at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the American Cancer Society at https://donate.cancer.org .
Molly Josephine Urquhart
Sep 17, 1987 - Feb 22, 2024
Molly Josephine Urquhart, 36, died peacefully on February 22, 2024 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. Molly is survived by daughters Annabelle Santiago and River Simpson; parents Steven Urquhart, mother Megan Manchester, stepfather Sean Foley, Sr.; brother Sean Foley, Jr.; sisters Emma Urquhart and Dana Foley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. “The most interesting plants grow in the shade.” “If you were fortunate enough to understand Molly, you were lucky enough to love her.”
Oct 30, 1936 - Feb 21, 2024
Scarborough - Late Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by his loving family, John “Jack” “Dad” “Grampie” “Padre” “Papa” Kachmar, 87, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Maine Medical Center on February 21, 2024. Jack was born to John J. and Muriel (Dickinson) Kachmar on October 30, 1936. Jack was born in Anson, Maine on the 2nd story of a neighbor’s house on Spear Hill. He graduated from Madison High School where he lettered in 3 sports all 4 years. He was offered scholarships at UMaine and Colby to play football, but opted to attend Bentley College of Accounting on the advice of his Uncle George Chervenak telling him accounting had a much more promising future. He spent two years working for United Fruit Company in Panama before being drafted into the US Army where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He met the love of his life, Patricia Ann (Sabourin) Kachmar, “somewhere over Chicago”. This was just one of the many stories Jack would tell his kids and grandkids many times over the years. They married in 1962 in Concord, NH. They raised their family of 5 children in a wonderful neighborhood in Scarborough, Maine where you could hear the large black bell ring to call the kids home for dinner. Jack had an accomplished career at Liberty Mutual where he worked for 37 years. He insured thousands of families in Greater Portland. Jack had a very special gift to maintain loyalty to both his family and his career. An aspect he enjoyed in his work was the flexibility it provided. He made it a priority to be home for dinner every night. Many evenings, he would take a call from a client in need who had been in an accident, had a house fire or had a death in the family. Jack was never much of one for technology. His frugality afforded him many things in life including the option to retire when he wanted to. The day of his retirement, his manager came to him and said “Jack, you haven’t answered a single email” he responded with a click of a “delete all” button and off he went, of course, this may not be exactly how it happened but was another of Jack’s many “stories”. He was extremely involved in the community as well. He coached little league and he was a member of the Elks. Aside from raising his family, two of his proudest achievements included helping Pat further her education through two Masters degrees all while raising 5 spirited children together, and being an integral part of the fundraising team for St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Scarborough. There were many nights where he would get home from his sales job and start making calls for the new church. Those who knew Jack knew he loved his family but they also knew he loved to travel. His favorite destinations included Hawaii, Florida, Japan, Santa Fe and Wyoming, where he was always ready to “Cowboy up”. Of note, that same aforementioned frugality afforded him the ability to bring all of his children and grandchildren to Hawaii in 2004. The trip of a lifetime. This obituary would not be complete without mentioning Jack’s enviable, perfectly-manicured lawn, his love of flowers displayed beautifully around his yard and his love of music. His music collection was wide and varied, ranging from The Eagles to Patsy Cline to Don Ho. He enjoyed seeing Don Ho live and even met him several times in Hawaii. Jack is survived by his five children; Lisa K. Hall (Jim), Lue Kachmar, John E. Kachmar (Ingrid), Nancy A. Kachmar (Joe) and James P. Kachmar (Amber), several grandchildren; Michael J. Kennedy-Kachmar, Vanessa A. Atherton (Ryan), John Spencer W. Kachmar, Sydney A. P. Kachmar, Gabriel M. Gifford, Lyle J. Kachmar and Alvin P. Kachmar. He is also survived by several cousins and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, of 35 years, his father, mother, step mother and two sisters. The Kachmar family would like to thank Maine Veteran’s Home for caring for our dad. Friends and Family are invited to visiting hours on Sunday, March 3 from 11AM-1PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 4 at 10:15AM followed by an 11AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Jack's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWalker.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, or Smile Train.
Merton Franklin Brackett
May 03, 1926 - Feb 20, 2024
Merton Franklin Brackett, 97, beloved husband for 61 years to the late Carolyn Brackett of Scarborough, passed away at his home on February 20, 2024. He was born on May 3, 1926, to the late Guy and May (Russell) Brackett, in Limington, on the Brackett family homestead built on land given to Bracketts who fought in the Revolutionary War.Mert and his brother Manley, grew up on the farm with their parents and a variety of animals. He and Manley hunted and fished to supplement the food produced on the farm and continued to enjoy those activities for sport as a younger man. He attended the one-room Longfellow School in Limington Village through eighth grade, fondly remembering he was one of the boys responsible for keeping the woodstove burning in cold weather. He received his high school education at Limington Academy and was one of five in his graduating class. He loved to recall that he was voted “class beauty” his senior year!In 1944, at age 18, Merton joined the Navy in WWII as an air crewman. He was trained to be an aviation gunner, and later, a radio operator. By the time he had completed Operations Training and was sent overseas, Merton was an aviation radio gunner on an aircraft carrier stationed in the Pacific.After his service, Merton attended the University of Maine at Orono and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity and was a champion in the 160 lb. wrestling division. During the summers, he worked for the Department of Transportation on survey crews in southern Maine.Merton graduated from UMO in 1950, received his license to be a Professional Engineer, and began work with the State Highway Commission that same year. He spent his entire professional career with the DOT, beginning as a project engineer, and advancing through the ranks of Division 6 before retiring after a 43-year career, serving for 25 years as Division Engineer.Mert and Carolyn married in 1958 and moved to Scarborough in 1959 to lovingly raise a family. Mert was a devoted husband and father who put his family first in all his decisions. Merton is survived by his son Dr. Jeffrey Brackett and wife Jennifer (Scarborough), his daughter Mary Sullivan and husband Robert (Bolton, CT), three cherished grandchildren: Bethany, Hannah, and Joshua Sullivan, Josh’s wife Arielle and two beautiful great granddaughters, Oakleigh Eva and Sienna May.Merton will always be remembered as a friend to many and the most wonderful guardian of the love of his life, Carolyn. When Merton could no longer see and Carolyn could no longer walk, they lived life together as his niece Diane once said, “Carolyn was his eyes, and Mert was her feet.” They were an extraordinary team continuing to live alone at home for many years.Mert was an excellent farmer too, planting huge gardens in the fields behind their house, growing a multitude of vegetables, fruit, and Christmas trees he would cut and share with people who needed one. He built a small cottage at Brackett Point in Biddeford and for many years, held a lobster license to fish 12-15 traps in Curtis Cove, indulging his family with fresh-caught lobsters and very special family dinners. He and Carolyn were both active in the Blue Point Church, with Mert being on the vestry and in leadership for many years.Mert always had an engineering mindset and kept meticulous records and notes. He could go back to any previous year and tell us when he planted his radishes - or how many lobsters he caught on Memorial Day. He was organized, creative and inventive, always the one to solve a problem with wisdom and logic. It was yet another reason that he and Carolyn were able to continue living at home.Mert was also a cherished grandfather. His grandchildren have wonderful memories of special toys he made, elaborate breakfasts he cooked, “tea parties” and laughter sitting around the kitchen table, his lobsters, home-grown fresh fruit and vegetables, trading hunting and fishing stories with Josh, and a lifetime of love.In addition to Carolyn and his parents, Merton is predeceased by his best friend and brother Manley, a very special sister-in-law, Virginia Brackett, and many friends.Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11am on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Blue Point Church 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 Rte. 1, Scarborough will be handling arrangements. A private burial service will be held at Limington Village Cemetery later in the spring.The family wishes to express our very deepest, heartfelt gratitude to our partners in care the past ten years - the wonderful caregivers and staff from D&C Home Care, for their truly extraordinary professionalism, compassion, thoughtfulness, and love. All of us are better people for knowing them. We are grateful as well for Hospice of So. ME and their kind support nurses, as Mert defied the odds many times over the past two years!In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in Merton’s name to Blue Point Church, 236 Pine Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Merton Franklin Brackett, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.