Andover Obituaries Beginning with "Q & R"

Q & R


Edgar G. Radcliff, 1938-2007 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 4, 2007)


   Cape Coral, FL. Edger G. Radcliff, 69, died on June 26, 2007 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL.


   He was born in West Paris on April 6, 1938, the son of Gerald and Annie (Marino) Radcliff. He was a graduate of Mexico High School Class of 1956.


   He worked for 42 years at the Boise Cascade Mill in Rumford, retiring in 1997. He was a resident of Florida for eight years.


   He was a dedicated husband and loving father, and was known for his generous heart and very strong faith.


He served in the National Guard for four years, and served as a member of the Knights of Columbus for several years, where he was in 3rd degree.


 Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Joyce (Mcdonald) Radcliff; two sons, Joseph A. Radcliff and wife, Tammy, and Mark J. Radcliff and friend, Bobby-Jo Ladd; three daughters, Crystal Martin and husband, Red, and Debbie and Bonnie Radcliff; four brothers Jerry Radcliff and wife, Dot, Tom Radcliff and wife, Janice, Raymond Radcliff and wife, Janice, and Robert Radcliff and wife, Stephanie; three sisters, Lucy Morrill and husband, Fred, Peggy Lavado and husband, John, and Gloria Vaznis and husband, Larry; seven granddaughters, three grandsons and three great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


  He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Radcliff; and a grandson, John Caponi.


  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at St. Theresa's Church in Mexico.                                     


Guy Ramey, Abt. 1987-1918 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 1, 1918)


   Mr. Ramey, who came to Andover in March, ill with consumption, passed away at the home of Ed Hodsdon and wife, Saturday, May 25 [1918] aged 21 years. He is survived by a widow [Abbie Hodsdon] and infant [Alliston].

Clarence A. Rand, 1878 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Clarence Albert [Bert] Rand, 65, a prominent citizen of Andover, died suddenly at 5 p. m. Sunday afternoon [January 4, 1944] in a hospital at Berlin, N. H., after a few days illness.

  Mr. and Mrs. Rand closed their house in Andover at Christmas time and were spending the holidays with their son, C. Winslow Rand, and his family of Berlin, N. H.

  Mr. Rand was born in Andover April 5, 1878, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rand. He was a member of Lone Mountain Grange, vice president of the Andover Water Company and was interested in all public works for the good of the town.

  He leaves his wife, Miriam Winslow Rand; two children, a son, C. Winslow Rand of Berlin, N. H., and a daughter, Miriam Rand, an Army nurse in New Zealand; three grandchildren and a brother, Samuel  Rand of Dixfield. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon.

Dorothy R. (Donald) Rand, Abt. 1909 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  MANCHESTER, N.H. - Dorothy Ross Rand, 85, formerly of Cape Canaveral, Fla. and Berlin, N.H., died July 12, 1994 at the Mammoth Nursing Home in Manchester following a long illness.

  She was born in Sherbrook, P.Q, the daughter of Duncan and Lavina Ross Donald. She graduated from the University of Maine and taught school for a short time in Berlin, N.H. and Andover.

  She married Clarence W. Rand of Andover, who died in 1986.

  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) Young of Bedford, N.H.; two sons, Roderick Rand of Berlin, N.H. and Duncan Rand of Fairplay, Ky.; a brother, Donald Ross of Winnipeg, Manitoba; a sister Mrs. C. Mark (Muriel) Macho of Wichita, Ks.; seven grandchildren and some nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Ross of Rodney, Ontario.

  Graveside services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, July 23, 1984 at the Rand Family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. Arrangements are under the direction of Dunning Funeral Home of Manchester, N.H.

Edward N. Rand, 1876-1930 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 7, 1930)

   Edward rand, aged 54, of Andover, died Friday night [March 1, 1930] at the Rumford Community Hospital after a week’s illness. Mr. Rand was born in Philadelphia, the son of the late David and Marian Homer rand. He was a member of Bear River Grange, Newry, and of Cabot Lodge, K. of P. Andover.

   He is survived by two sons, Chester and Howard rand; two brothers, Clarence Albert, of Andover, and Samuel Rand of Dixfield; also an uncle, Samuel Rand; and a cousin, Mrs. Dorothy Scott, of Andover, and an aunt, Mrs. Kate Hodsdon of Lewiston

Ezra D. Rand, 1848-1922 (From the Rumford Falls Times, October 28, 1922)

   Mr. E. D. Rand [the son of Nahum Rand and Dolly C. (Brister) Rand] died very suddenly Friday, Oct. 20th [1922]. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. Mr. Wills of Rumford Center and Rev. Mr. Robinson of Andover.

Howard W. Rand, 1910 - 1991  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

RUMFORD - Howard Wayne Rand, 81, widower of Elizabeth Bickford Rand of 12 Kerr Street, died October 27, 1991 at the Victorian Villa Nursing Home in Canton  where he had resided for the past three years.

He was born July 9, 1910 in Andover, the son of Edward and Sadie Merrill Rand and was a graduate of Andover High School in 1928. He attended McIntosh College in Dover, N.H. for two years.

Rand was retired from the electrical department of the Oxford Paper Co. with over 41 years of service and was a member of the 25 and 40 Year Clubs of Retired Oxford Employees.

He is survived by a son, Wayne Rand of Providence, R.I.; two daughters, Mrs. Jacques (Shirley) Dumolin of Duluth, Minn. and Mrs. Richard (Mary) Binnette of Jay; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Miriam (Winslow) Rand, 1878 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs Miriam Winslow Rand, 65, widow of Clarence Albert Rand, died early Friday morning [March 17, 1944] at Elsie's Nursing Home, Rumford, following a short illness.

  Since the death of Mr. Rand in January, Mrs Rand had made her home with her son, Clarence Winslow Rand of Berlin, N. H.

  Mrs Rand was born in Portland the daughter on Mr. and Mrs J. N. Winslow, but lived many years in Andover. She was a member of the First Congregational church, of which she was its treasurer for several years, the Ladies Aid, a member of the Kings Daughters Society, Lone Mountain Grange, the Andover Friday Club, a trustee of the Andover Water Company and a trustee of the Andover Public Library.

  She is survived by a son, Clarence Winslow Rand of Berlin, N. H.; a daughter, Miriam Rand, an Army Nurse in New Zealand, and three grandchildren.

  Funeral services were held from the First Congregational church Sunday afternoon and were largely attended. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, of Scarboro, a former pastor, officiated.

  The bearers were Frank Newton, I. E. Mills, Hanson Lohnes and Fred French. Burial was in the family lot in Woodlawn cemetery.  

Samuel P. Rand, 1857 - 1940 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Funeral services for Samuel P. Rand [the son of Nahum and Dolly C. (Brister) Rand], Andover, were held from the Congregational church there Wednesday, November 27 [1940] with Rev. George W. M. Keyes officiating, assisted by Cabot Lodge K. of P., which gave its impressive service. Mr. Rand was a charter member of the lodge.

  The bearers, members of the order, were Waldo Merrill, Merton Fox, Harold Falkenham, Philip Learned, George Stowell Jr., and Merle Akers. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

  Among those attending were Walter Rand, Berlin, N. H.; Mrs Harry Hall, Mrs Faye McKinnon, Rumford, Mrs Grace Thomas and daughter, Mrs Sadie Garbotz, Roxbury.

Douglas H. Reed, 1929 - 2003, (Obituary from The Bethel Citizen, October 30, 2003 and Rumford Falls Times, October 29, 2003)

  Douglas H. Reed of Enfield, Conn., passed away on Oct. 19, 2003.

  Douglas was born in Andover on June 16, 1929. He was the son of Beatrice (Warren) and John Hylan Reed. He graduated from Andover High School in 1947 and was salutatorian of his class. He joined the Air Force shortly after graduating and was honorably discharged in 1951.

   He worked at Pratt and Whitney division of United Technologies in East Hartford, Conn., for 37 years. He retired in 1989.

   Douglas and Doris Glover were married in 1955, and have lived in Connecticut ever since. He leaves his wife. Doris, of 48 years; and a daughter, Dale and her husband Robert Bihlmeyer, also of Enfield. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.  He was also predeceased by his sister, Barbara, and his brother, Ted.

   Donations may be made in his honor to the charity of your choice.

J. Hylan Reed, 1902 - 1965 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - J. [John] Hylan Reed, 63, a local painting contractor, died Saturday [August 21, 1965] at his home here.

  He was born at Roxbury, July 23, 1902, son of Joseph and Katherine Hylan Reed. He had been a resident here for 37 years.

  Surviving are his widow, Beatrice Warren Reed, a daughter, Mrs. John Grover of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sons, Douglas H. of Thompsonville, Conn.. and Theodore M. of Woodbridge, N. J.; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Virgin, of Mexico, Mrs. Madeline Virgin of West Peru, and Mrs. Victor Vdanowski of Boston; two brothers, Harold and Joseph of Roxbury.

  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday from 3 Franklin St., Rumford, with the Rev. Carl Kingsbury officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Theodore M. Reed Jr.,  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

Theodore M. “Ted” Reed Jr., died Thursday , March 8 [no year given, but after 1989], as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Rumford, a son of Theodore M. and Margaret Tyler Reed. He attended Bethel schools and graduated from the University of Maine, Presque Isle in 1982 with a degree in environmental science.

In 1981, he married Carrie J. Lothrop of Ashland. They moved to east Brunswick in 1982 and made their home in West Point for the past two years.

He was employed at Bath Iron Works for four years and worked for Shelburne Laboratories of Vermont for three years. In 1989 he started his own consulting firm, Masardis Group, Inc. of Brunswick.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Bath, and of the National Asbestos Council.

Surviving are his wife of West Point,; two sons, W. Tyler Reed and Samuel Reed; twin daughters Courtney Jeanne and Caroline Margaret, all of West Point; his mother and stepfather, Margaret and Robert Record of Harrisville, Mich.; maternal grandmother Stella Tyler of Bethel; paternal grandmother Beatrice Dresser of Andover; two sisters, Tammy M. Mills of Bethel and Tara Record of Harrisville.

  Theodore M. Reed, Sr., 1938 - 1980  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Theodore M. Reed, Sr., formerly of Andover, died unexpectedly at his residence in Kittery, Tuesday, March 25, 1980.

  He was born on Dec. 1, 1938 in Rumford, the son of John Hylan and Beatrice Warren Reed. He graduated from Andover High School in the class of 1956 and had served in the U. S. Navy. Mr. Reed was employed as a bus driver by Trailways Transportation and for the past nine years for Greyhound Bus Transportation.

  Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Beatrice Dresser, Andover; a brother, Douglas H. Reed, Enfield, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Flaherty, Lakewood, Colo.; a son, Theodore M. Reed Jr., Presque Isle; and a daughter, Miss Tammy Reed, Sitka, Alaska.

  Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. David Wuori officiating. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.

William Reiss, 1894 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - William Reiss, 59, died Thursday [ December 24, 1953] at Veteran's Hospital, Togus, where he had been a patient nine days.

  Mr. Reiss was born Aug. 30, 1894, at New York City, son of William and Bertha Stetler Reiss. He had worked as a clerk for New York City Transit Co., retiring in June and moving to this town. He served in the U. S. Navy in World War I and during the Mexican Border War of 1916. He was a member of Federal Lodge, No. 888, F. and A.M., New York City; Robert Shand Post, No. 1641, VFW, Rumford.

  Surviving are his widow, the former Ida May Wilson; a sister, Miss Wilma, New York City.

  DIED At Togus, Dec. 24, William Reiss of Andover. Funeral services Sunday at 2 P.M. at the Coulombe Funeral Home. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Andover, with Masonic services, Friends may call at the Coulombe Funeral Home.

Daniel B. Remington Sr, 1944-2009  (Obituary provided by Mike Stowell, 5-7-09)

     METHUEN, Mass. -- Daniel B. Remington Sr., 64, died Monday at the Sunbridge Colonial Heights Rehabilitation Center. He was born and educated in Rumford, the son of the late Paul Hale and Cecilia (Campbell).

   For many years he was a Truck Driver for PAC Moore and Air Transportation. A highly decorated Vietnam War veteran Daniel served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a former POW. He received two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star with the 1st Cavalry Division, and was General Westmoreland’s flight Engineer during the Vietnam War, prior to being honorably discharged. He was a member of the Order of the Purple Heart.

   Daniel was a Bow Hunter, Safety Instructor for fish and game of Portland, Maine. Daniel owned a helicopter that he used to fly sick children from Maine to Boston's Logan International Airport in order to get them on a plane to visit Disney World in Florida. (He called it the Angel Run). It had been used in the past to transfer Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to and from
Washington, Martha’s Vineyard, and Portsmouth Naval Base.

   Daniel was survived by his wife, Diane E. Perrett-Pellegrino Remington. He is survived by his children, Daniel B. Remington and his wife Rodalynn, Russell E. Remington and his wife Jenny and Holly McMahann, Tricia Benner and her husband Charles; three brothers Billy Remington, Douglas and his wife Beverly Remington, and Shawn Remington, two sisters, Terry and Kelly; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   Dan was predeceased by his step-father Francis E. Remington; and his brother Francis Jr. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233
Lawrence St.
, in Methuen, Mass. Funeral services will take place on Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. For directions and to send online condolences please visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caritas Holy Family Hospital Birthing Center 70 East St. Methuen,
Massachusetts 01844 Daniel B. Remington Sr.

Edward R. Remington, 1920 – 2005 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, March 17, 2005)


  Edward "Ed" R. Remington, 84, a resident of Main Street, Livermore Falls, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at the d'Youville Pavilion, Lewiston, where he had been a patient since December.


  He was born on Dec. 25, 1920, in Andover, the son of Ralph E. and Ruth Hutchins Remington and attended the schools of Andover. He also attended sheet metal school and diesel automotive school.


  He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, stationed in Europe with the transportation unit. He later met his wife, June, in York Beach while working as a taxi driver. On May 28, 1946, he married June L. Curtis in York Beach. They made their home in Massachusetts, until moving to Livermore Falls in 1952.


  He worked for Isaacson Lumber Co. in Livermore Falls as a long-haul trucker, retiring on March 1, 1985, after 36 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Livermore Falls and the VFW, Frank L. Mitchell, Post 3335 of Jay. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing the guitar and harmonica. He and his wife enjoyed participating in musicals at the Forest Lakes Resort in Florida, where they played the parts of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.


   He is survived by his wife of 58 years of Livermore Falls and Florida; a daughter, Linda Joy Chase and her husband Parker of St. Peters, Mo.; four brothers, Francis and Harold of Loveland, Colo., Robert of Florida, and Stanley of Fayette; three sisters, Arlene Harrington of East Bethel, Kay DeVona of Skowhegan and Charmaine Cote of Farmington, N.H.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Clarence Remington.


  Funeral services, with full military honors, were held Monday, March 14, at the First Baptist Church of Livermore Falls. Spring interment will be at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. If desired, contributions may be made in Ed's memory to the First Baptist Church of Livermore Falls, 25 Church Street, Livermore Falls, ME 04254. Messages of condolence may be sent to inley@exploremaine.

Francis E. Remington, Jr., 1943 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Francis E. Remington Jr., 51, former resident of Andover and living in Cheyenne, Wyo., died in Georgia, on Oct. 23, 1994. He was born June 5, 1943, at Rumford Community Hospital, the oldest son of Francis and the late Cecilia Campbell Remington. He graduated from Andover High School in the class of 1961. He moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where he worked as a tractor-trailer driver.

  He is survived by his father, Francis Remington Sr. of Loveland, Colo.; his wife Ginny of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one son and four daughters; four brothers and two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth E. (Hutchins) Remington, 1901 - 1987  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Mrs. Ruth A. Remington, 85, of York died May 31, 1987, at York Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born in Andover, [Aug. 16, 1901] the daughter of Eben and Susie (Poor) Hutchins and attended Andover schools.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Ralph E. Remington of York; five sons, Edward of Livermore Falls, Francis and Harold of Lovewell, Col., Stanley of Fayette, and Robert of York; three daughters, Arlene Harrington of Bethel, Kathleen Devona of Skowhegan, and Charmaine Cote of Rochester, N.H..; three sisters, Laura Staples of Portland, Catherine McGuire and Dora Morton of Andover; 39 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by two sons, Clarence of Bethel and Raymond of York.

Stanley W. 'Curly' Remington, 1926-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, February 27, 2007)

TOGUS - Stanley W. "Curly" Remington, 80, of Fayette, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 25, at the VA Medical Center in Togus, with his loving family by his side.

   He was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Andover, the sixth child of Ralph and Ruth (Hutchins) Remington. He served his country six years with the U.S. Navy during World War II and four years with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On May 23, 1958, he married Marilyn Demont in Andover. They lived in Livermore Falls, Lisbon and Fayette for several years.

   He worked as a long haul truck driver for over 40 years, retiring at the age of 62, in 1988. He continued to drive locally part time.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, ski-jumping and was a member of the Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335 in Jay. He was a passionate and talented musician, having played for years with various groups.

   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Fayette; two daughters, Sheila Pylican, of Lewiston, and Brenda Martin, and her life partner, Dana Bradstreet, of Lisbon Falls; three brothers, Francis Remington, of Colo., Harold Remington, of Mo., and Robert Remington, of Fla.; three sisters, Arlene Harrington, of Bethel, Charmaine Cote, of Farmington, N.H., and Kay DeVona, of Skowhegan; a sister-in-law, Thelma Remington, of Bethel; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   He was predeceased by brothers, Raymond, Clarence and Edward Remington.

Louise Dickinson Rich, 1903 - 1991  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)


BOSTON (AP) - Louise Dickinson Rich, who wrote about her adopted state of Maine for four decades but was best known for her first book, “We Took to the Woods,” has died at the age of 87.

Mrs. Rich made her home in the Maine woods, of which she often wrote. The family’s home, Forest Lodge, was at Middle Dam on the Rapid River between Umbagog and Richardson, two of the Rangeley chain of lakes in the rugged, mountainous western  Maine.

Mrs. Rich died Tuesday [April 9, 1991] of congestive heart failure at her daughter’s home in Mattapoisett.

She was born in Huntington [MA] and spent her childhood in Bridgewater, where her father was the editor of a weekly newspaper. Mrs. Rich was educated at the Bridgewater State Teachers College and went on to teach English at high schools in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

Mrs. Rich married her husband, Ralph Eugene Rich, a metallurgical engineer whom she met on a Maine canoe trip in 1933. They raised their two children together before he died unexpectedly of heart disease in 1944.

The autobiographical “We Took to the Woods,” became an instant best sell in 1942. In it she self-analyzed simply and humorously, the sudden change in life of a city-reared teacher transplanted to the Maine wilderness.

She once wrote that she was not upset by a lack of neighbors, electricity, indoor plumbing or accessible stores.

“The only thing I really missed,” she wrote, “was a library, and that I missed terribly.”

Among her other books were “Happy the Land,” “Start of the Trail,” and “My Neck of the Woods.”

After a brief , second, unsuccessful marriage, Mrs. Rich left the Rangeley area for the Maine coast. In 1956, she wrote “The Coast of Maine,” a popular account of coastal lore and history.

Two years later, her book “The Peninsula,” a historical account of the Gouldsboro Peninsula, a long finger of land running into the Atlantic just east of Bar Harbor, was published.

In a series of historical books she expanded her field beyond Maine. These included: “The First Book of New England,” “The First Book of Early Settlers,” and “The First Book of New World Explorers.”

She also wrote “State O’ Maine,” and “Three of a Kind.” 

Mrs. Rich broke her long residence in Maine to return to Massachusetts for several years in the early 1970s, but came back to Maine and lived at Crowley Island in Corea at the tip of her beloved peninsula.

There, she continued writing well into her 70s.

Mrs. Rich is survived by her daughter, Dinah Anderson, a son, Rufus of Dresden, Maine, a sister, Alice D. Hake of Mattapoisett, and a grandson.

Ralph Eugene Rich, 1890 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Ashes of Ralph Rich To Be Taken To Rapid River

  The ashes of Ralph Eugene Rich, who was cremated at Mt. Auburn Crematory, Cambridge, Mass., will be returned to his home at Rapid River, near Middle Dam, where his life with his wife, Mrs Louise Dickinson Rich, furnished the background for her popular book, "We Took to the Woods."

  The death of Mr. Rich occurred suddenly, probably from cerebral hemorrhage, Tuesday night of last week [December 18, 1944] after they had retired.

  The body was brought here the following day. It remained at the Meader and Son funeral home until Friday night, so that friends might call, but by request of the deceased there was no funeral service, and it was requested no flowers be sent.

  Mr. Rich had lived 11 years at Rapid River, in the region where he had been vacationing since he was 12 years old. He was born April 11, 1890, in Boston, the son of Isaac Baker and Pauline van Babo Rich.

  He was a mechanical engineer. He graduated from the Noble Greenough School, Boston, and from Harvard University. He was in business in Pasadena, Cal., a few years, and in 1917 went to Chicago where he owned a foundry. Later he worked for the National Machine Company, doing research on tapping nuts. He retired in 1933 and went to Middle Dam to live.

  Surviving besides his widow are three children; Sally, l9, a student at Katherine Gibbs school Boston, by a previous marriage, and Rufus, eight and Dinah, two who are living in Andover this winter, and a sister, Maude Rich, Boston.

Maurice A. Richard, 1925-2005  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, April 27, 2005)


   MEXICO - Maurice A. Richard, 79, died Tuesday, April 24, at his residence. He lived on Riverside Park drive in Mexico.

  Born in Rumford, on Nov. 28, 1925, he was a son of Wilfred and Ida (Lemay) Richard. He attended schools in Upton and Newry.

   He served in the U.S. Navy as a fireman first class from 1944 to 1946. For more than 40 years he worked at Boise Cascade until his retirement in 1986 as a machine tender on the super calendars.

   He was a communicant of St. Athanasius and St. John Church. He loved the outdoors and going to camp on East B Hill. He was a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post 24, American Legion, Robert Shand Post 1641, VFW, Rumford Falls Aerie 1248, FOE and LeParesseux Snowshoe Club.

   He was married in Rumford, on June 7, 1947, to his devoted wife, Adeline Arsenault, who survives of Mexico. Other survivors include two daughters, Peggy Rench and her husband, Frank, of Mexico and Susan Patrick and her husband, William, of Greenbush; three sons, Larry Richard of Upton, Gary Richard and his wife, Debbie, of Andover and Jerry Richard and his wife, Kathy, of Rumford; three sisters, Belle Nadeau of Rumford, Irene Gallant and husband, Ivon, of Rumford and Marilyn "Suzy" Fournier and her husband, Roger, of Mexico; three brothers, Alfred Richard of Mexico, Edmund Richard and his wife, Jeannette, of Sabattus and Donald Richard and his wife, Joyce, of Farmington; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

   He was predeceased by a sister, Blondie McKenna; and two brothers, Omer and Leonard.

Paul E. Richard, 1939 - 2002  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal Sept. 6, 2002)

LEWISTON - Paul Eugene Richard, 62, husband of Beatrice Hamner Richard of 20 Riverside Ave., Mexico, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 at the Central Maine Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Jay the son of James and Evangeline Dube Richard. A resident of this community most of his life, he was a communicant of St. Athanasius St. John Church in Rumford. He graduated from Andover High School in the Class of 1958 and served in the Maine National Guard for eight years from 1955 - 1963.

Mr. Richard was employed at the Rumford-Mexico Sewage Treatment Plant in the maintenance department and had just received a plaque for 25 years of continuous service. He was a member of the Napoleon Ouellette Post 24, American Legion, LeParasseux Snowshoe Club, the Rumford Aerie 1248 Fraternal Order of Eagles, Life member of the Fryeburg Fair Asso. and Maine Country Music Association.

He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and found great pleasure in Bluegrass music, playing the guitar and the jamming sessions at Gene Towle’s house. He also enjoyed traveling in his R.V. to go camping.

Surviving besides his wife of Mexico are a daughter, Paula Lee and her fiancée, Daniel Wells of East Andover; a stepdaughter, Christie Brown and her companion Jon Young; two sons, Daniel and his wife Theresa of Rumford and Douglas and his wife Lisa of Ilion, N.Y.; three stepsons, Bill and Anna Brown of Peru, Joshua and Sheri Brown and Adam Brown all of Mexico; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Raymond of Mexico and Victor of Peru.

He was predeceased by a son, James Everett Richard.

Alton Everett Richards, 1917 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified source)

  Alton Everett Richards, born November 25, 1917 in Andover, Maine, died after a lengthy illness on October 26 1994 at his home in Kent. (Washington) He graduated from Andover High School in 1936.

  He was a lieutenant in the United States Army Transportation Corps during World War II in England and Europe. He met and married his wife, Marion Rees, in Plymouth, England in June 1945. After living in Germany, they returned to the United State in January 1950. He lived in South King County for the past 41 years.

  He was an avid horseman, outdoorsman, bowler, and chess player up until the last few months of his life.

  He is survived by his wife, Marion; Four daughters, Sandra LaBelle, Crystal Perrow, Francine Harvey and Susan Ennes; and eight grandchildren.

 His parents were Harold W. and H. Elizabeth (Baker) Richards both of Andover. He was predeceased by two sisters Evelyn Doggett of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Althea Hutchins of East Andover. He is also survived by two brothers, George Calvin of Peacedale R.I., and H. Frank of Lewiston, Maine.

David Alton Richards 1890-1918 (Front page story from the Rumford Falls Times, January 26, 1918)

Andover Boy Dies at Camp Greene


   CAMP GREENE, CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SPECIALTO THE TIMES – David Alton Richards, of Andover, ME, died here Tuesday [January 22, 1918]. He was a member of Battery B, First Maine Heavy Artillery. The body will be sent to his home.


   (Andover news, Rumford Falls Times, January 26, 1918)


   Word was received Wednesday of the death of Alton Richards, who was stationed a Camp Green, North Carolina. He had been ill in a hospital for several days with measles. He leaves a father, David Richards; a sister, Mrs. Hervey Hall, and a brother, Harold Richards, all of this town. The remains will be brought to Andover as soon as possible. Mr. Richards and family have the sympathy of the whole community. 

Elizabeth (Baker) Richards, 1896 - 1967  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Mrs. Elizabeth Richards, 71, died unexpectedly Wednesday [Nov. 22, 1967] at her home.

She was born Feb. 19, 1896, at Andover, the daughter of Simon and Dorothy Rhodes Baker. Mrs. Richards was a grade school teacher for many years, retiring in 1960. She was a life-long resident here and was a member of the Ladies Aid of the Andover Congregational Church and the Retired Teachers Ass’n, She was the widow of Harold W. Richards.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Doggett, Topsham, and Mrs. Althea Hutchins, Andover; three sons, Alton E. of Seattle, Wash., Frank of Lewiston and George of Peasedale, R.I.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Carl Kingsbury officiating.  

George C. Richards, 1930 – 2004  (Obituary from The Providence Journal, Providence, RI, January 20, 2004)

George C. Richards, 73, of Old Mountain Road, South Kingstown, and also of La Belle, Florida, a retired machinist, died Friday [January 17, 2004] at his winter home, in La Belle.

He was the husband of Carolyn (Allen) Richards. They had been married for 50 years. Born in Andover, Maine, [May 13, 1930] the son of the late Harold and Hannah (Baker) Richards, he had lived in South Kingstown for more than 50 years.

Mr. Richards had been a machinist at the former Harris Graphics, in Stonington, Connecticut, for many years before retiring. 

An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the American Legion. 

Mr. Richards had coached Little League baseball, and was a big fan of the Red Sox (baseball team). He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, reading, and watching movies. 

Besides his wife, he leaves, three sons, Bruce Richards of Derry, New Hampshire, and Ronald and Jeffrey Richards, both of Wakefield (RI); and nine grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held on Thursday 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 305 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett (RI). Burial, with military honors, will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter (RI).

H. Frank Richards, 1927 - 2001  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  LEWISTON - H. Frank Richards, 74, a resident of 21 Theresa Ave., died suddenly on arrival at the Central Maine Medical Center Friday evening, Aug. 24 [2001].

  He was born in Andover on Jan. 7, 1927, the son of Harold and Elizabeth Baker Richards. He was graduate of Bryant College at Providence, R.I., with the class of 1949. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. On June 12, 1948, in Wickford, R.I., he married the former Lucille Rounds. For 25 years he was employed as an account representative for Moore Business Forms. He was a member of the local Toastmasters Club holding a regional office, and a longtime member and past president of the Auburn-Lewiston Kiwanis Club where he had been recognized for his efforts by the club and Kiwanis International. He was currently serving as secretary of the club. He had served as chairman of the Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast committee for many years. He also served on the board of directors for many terms. He was instrumental in forming the Junior Achievement at Lewiston High School and also the youth groups affiliated with Kiwanis, the Key and Keyette Clubs at Lewiston High School, St. Doms High School and Edward Little High School. He was a member of Ashlar Lodge 105 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Auburn, Lewiston Lodge of Perfection, Auburn Council Princes of Jerusalem, H.H. Dickey Chapter Rose Croix, Maine Consistory Valley of Portland 32nd degree and Kora Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Lewiston.

  He is survived by his wife of 52 years of Lewiston; two sons, Gary Richards of Auburn and Mark Richards of Maynard, Mass.; a daughter, Kim Richards Stone of Worcester, Mass.; and a brother, George Richards of Peacedale, R.I. He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.

Harold Richards, 1887 - 1938 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Funeral services for Harold Richards[ husband of Elizabeth (Baker) Richards and the son of David and Lizzie H. Richards], Andover, were held from the Andover Congregational church, Tuesday afternoon, November 29 [1938] at 2 o'clock. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, the pastor of the church, officiated.

  The bearers were Clarence Hall, T. H. Learned, David Glines and Harry Gibbs. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Homer R. Richards, Sr., 1893 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Andover Man Commits Suicide; Body Found in Cellar of Home

  ANDOVER - Homer R. Richards, Sr., 61, of Andover, was found dead Saturday [December 19, 1953] at 9:15 a.m. in the cellar of his home. He was found by his friend, Irving Bailey, also of Andover, who called at the Richards home and found a note on a desk in the parlor.

  Bailey went to the cellar where he found the victim, and another note in his pocket. He notified deputies Stanley Wiggins and Louis Fontaine, both of Rumford.

  Authorities revealed that the suicide had been committed with a Savage rifle, the victim having sent a .303 bullet through his head. The medical examiner was Dr. J. A. Greene of Rumford.

  Mrs. Richards lived in Portland. Richards was retired, having been in the garage business in Andover.

  Born Aug. 19, 1893, he was the son of Wallace and Elizabeth Cutting Richards. He was a member of Walton Lodge, No. 117, K of P.

  Besides his widow, the former Marguerite Broadman, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Poor, Andover; three sons, Burton, Buffalo, N. Y.; Homer Jr., Pattonville, Mo.; and Stephen, Fort Wayne, Ind.; three grandchildren and two nieces.

Died- At Andover, Dec. 19, Homer R. Richards Sr. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Dec. 22 at 10 A.M. at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford, Mrs. Easter Peters officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Friends may call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home.

Homer R. Richards, Jr., 1919 - 1998  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Homer R. Richards Jr., 78, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at the DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He had resided in St. Ann, Mo., and had lived in that area the past 50 years.

  He was born in Andover on Feb. 20, 1919, the son of Homer and Marguerite (Broadman) Richards. He was a graduate of Andover High School in the Class of 1936 where he was active in baseball and basketball.

  He worked for McDonald-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo., for over 36 years until his retirement as an inspector.

  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. William (Penny Richards) Talboys of Hamburg, N.Y.; one son, Peter G. and his wife Tina of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

  Graveside services will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, at the convenience of the family.

Ida Myra (Cutting) Richards, 1857-1932 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 5, 1933)

   Mrs. Ida Richards, widow of the late Wallace Richards, died at her home on Upton street, Andover, Saturday morning [December 31, 1932] from the effects of a paralytic shock suffered early Thursday.

   Mrs. Richards. Whose 75th birthday was Friday, December 30, was born in Andover, the daughter of Elmyra Roberts and David Cutting. About 54 years ago she married [Stephen] Wallace Richards, who died in 1929. Five children were born to them, four of who are living; Sheridan S. and Homer R., Mrs. Harry M. Poor and Mrs. Mattie Warren, all of Andover. Fred, the oldest son, died in 1929. She is also survived by a brother, Homer Cutting, and five grandchildren.

   Mrs. Richards was a charter member of Lone Mountain Grange and an active member of the Methodist church when it was in existence.

   Funeral services were held from the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon and were largely attended. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, pastor of the church officiated. Interment was in the family lot in Woodlawn cemetery.

M. Marguerite Richards, 1895 - 1960 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper, probably in the Portland area)

  Mrs. M. Marguerite Richards, R.N., 65, widow of Homer Richards, of 460 St. John St., died yesterday at her residence after a long illness.

  She was born in Chester, Pa., July 2, 1895, daughter of the late Almore Broadman and Mrs. Charlotte B. Hanson of Portland.

  Mrs. Richards received her nurse's training at Community Hospital, Rumford. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star.

  Surviving besides her mother are three sons, Burton, of Portland; Homer, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Steven, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three grandchildren.

  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 1 William St., with Rev. Lawrence D. Porter of the Thornton Heights Methodist Church, South Portland, officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Stephen A. Richards, 1920 – 1975 (Story from the Ft. Wayne, IN News Sentinel, April 16, 1975)

 Memorial Service Set For Air Crash Victim

   A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Lezey-Dickey-Haggard Home for Funerals in Waynedale [IN] for Stephen A. Richards, 54, of R. R. 1, Ossian, manager of aircraft operations for Magnavox Co. who was killed Monday night [April 14, 1975] in the crash of a company plane near Pinehurst, N.C.

   Services will be in Wausau, Wis., with arrangements by Brainard-McCunn funeral home for Eugene F. Barlow, 39, of R R. 1, Yoder, the plane’s co-pilot.

   Graveside services for Richards will be Saturday in Andover, ME. Preferred memorials are gifts to favorite charities.

   Richards, a native of Andover, joined Magnavox in 1953. Surviving are his wife, June; a daughter, Mrs. Vito Cucinelli, of Ft. Wayne, and a brother, Homer, of St. Louis.

Stephen Sheridan Richards, 1889 - 1945 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Stephen Sheridan Richards died at 8 o'clock Wednesday night [April 4, 1945] at the Rumford Community hospital following a shock of paralysis sustained early in the morning. He was a lifelong resident of Andover where he was born October 19, 1889, the son of Wallace and Ida Cutting Richards.

  He was a graduate of Andover High School and was engaged in farming.

 A veteran of World War I, Mr. Richards was much interested in the events of the present war.

  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs Mattie Warren with whom he lived and Mrs Lizzie Poor of Andover; one brother, Homer R. Richards, also of Andover, and two nieces, Mrs Charles Cutting, Richmond, Va., and Mrs Hylan Reed, of Andover; three nephews, Burton, Homer R. and Stephen Richards of Buffalo, N. Y.

  Funeral services were held in the Congregational church, Saturday afternoon at 2, o'clock, conducted by Rev. Linwood C. Potter. Mrs Minerva Grace sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," accompanied by Mrs Hazel Fox.

  The bearers were Charles Cutting, Homer Richards, George Berringer and Milton Crossman.

  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

  Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cutting and son, Buddy, Richmond, Va.; Mrs Lizzie Poor, Lewiston, and Homer Richards, Buffalo, N. Y.

Stephen Wallace Richards, 1852-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 18, 1929)

   Stephen Wallace Richards, of Andover, died suddenly Monday morning [September 9, 1929] at his home on Upton Street after several months of failing health.

   Mr. Richards, who was 77 years of age, was born in Upton, the son of the late Stephen and Lydia (Brooks) Richards. He was a charter member of Lone Mountain Grange; a member of the early Methodist Church; and had served the Town as Selectman and Superintendent of schools for a number of years.

   Surviving are his wife, (who was Ida Cutting) of Andover) three sons, Sheridan S., Homer R., and Fred, of Andover; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Poor and Mrs. Mattie Warren, of Andover; also five grandchildren. A brother, Dave Richards, resides in South Andover.

   Mr. and Mrs. Richards celebrated their Golden Wedding early in this year. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 2 P.M. with Rev. Charles Cummings of auburn officiating.. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Those from out of town at the funeral were Fred C. Richards, C.E. Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Winfield West, Grant Abbott, Mrs. Thomas Abbott, O.P. Brooks.

Bobby T. Richardson, 1937 - 1999  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Bobby Terrial Richardson, 61, of Andover died unexpectedly Monday, May 31, [1999] at the Rumford Community Hospital.

  He was born in Madison County, Richmond, Ky., July 12, 1937, the son of Leslie David Richardson and Anna Burgin Shearer. For a few years he lived with his family in Hamilton, Ohio, and later they returned to Paint Lick, Ky., where he completed high school.

  Following high school, he joined the United States Air Force. He had duty in New York, Mississippi, Germany, Maine, California, Labrador, and Arizona.

  While in Maine, he met Judith Hazel Colby and they were married on Aug. 16,1958, in Bath.

  After leaving the military, he worked in Civil Service at Topsham Air Force Station, until it closed. From there he moved, with his family, to Lexington, Ky., and was manager of a Marathon Service Station.

  In 1965, he moved his family back to Maine. He worked at the Bath Iron Works as a machinist for four years. During that time, he was a Cub master in the Town of Brunswick, where they lived. He previously worked with Boy Scouts in Germany and was an Eagle Scout in Kentucky. He became District Commissioner, upon moving to the town of Mexico. Work as a facilities engineer at the  "Andover Earth Station" owned by COMSAT brought him to Mexico and the next year Andover, to live.

  He was a member of the Blazing Star Lodge 30, AF & AM, The Knights Templar, Kora Shrine Temple, Andover Fire Department as dispatcher, a very active, member of the Andover Congregational Church where he had served as a deacon and a trustee and was a very active member of Napoleon Ouellette Post 24, American Legion in Rumford where he served as treasurer last year and is presently a member of the executive committee.

  He enjoys woodworking and has made many items for his family and friends. Other hobbies include singing and playing guitar, and stock car racing, as a spectator and in earlier years, as a mechanic. He and his wife Judy especially enjoyed traveling, and their grandchildren. They winter at their home in Andover and spend their summers at their cottage, in Peru, at Worthley Pond.

  Survivors include his wife of Andover; three sons and their wives, Bobby and Linda Jr. of Deltona, Fla., David K. and Britta of Gardiner, Willard Lee and his companion Chandra of Amesbury, Mass.; six grandchildren.

  He was predeceased by a brother, Leslie David Jr.

Haley Rae Richardson, 1997  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  PORTLAND - Baby girl Haley Rae Richardson, 13 days old, of East Andover, died Sunday, March 2, [1997] at the Maine Medical Center.

  Born at Portland, Feb. 17 1997, she was the daughter of Lester and Patricia Perry Richardson.

  Survivors include her parents of East Andover; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Freeman (Barbara) Hayden of East Andover; and paternal grandfather, John Richardson Sr. of Rumford.

John F. Richardson, Sr., 1932-2008 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, May 1, 2008)

RUMFORD - John F. Richardson Sr., 75, died Tuesday, April 29, at his residence on the East Andover Road.

He was born in Rumford on July 3, 1932, a son of Merle and Angelina (Fisher) Richardson. He was a graduate of Stephens High School, Class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Boise Cascade in the maintenance department until his retirement in 1986.

He was an individual who was proud to be an American. He believed in the backbone of the old American way. He was a believer in hard work, honesty and frugality. He came from a line of hard working individuals and was quite proud of his heritage.

He took pride in his garden and looked forward to sharing its' produce along with a story or two with friends or strangers who happened to stop by. His patriotism was exemplified by his collection of eagles that he had acquired over the years. Nothing was without value to John.

He knew those who loved him well, and always seemed to find a treasure at a yard sale with someone else in mind. He was a true giver of the heart. He enjoyed chatting with friends and sharing stories from the past. He always had advice or words of wisdom for any who would listen along with a joke or a prank or both.

He was an avid "scrapbooker" keeping up on his grandchildren's schooling events and sporting activities. He was very much interested in the lives of those he cared for, especially Cerese, Sandra and Pea Soup. His home was his place where one was always welcome and one was sure to be given a bit of a history lesson and told a joke or two while visiting. He embraced people. He was very much a true and loyal friend to many and a deep and saddened loss will be felt by those who knew and loved him. Any who had the gift of his friendship were truly blessed.

He enjoyed Grange dinners and senior citizens' bus tours. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include a son, Lester Richardson and his wife, Patty, of East Andover; two daughters, Joan of Vermont, and Kathy of East Andover; two brothers, Raymond Richardson of New Hampshire, and Steve Richardson of Florida; a sister, Marie Jessup of Oregon; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his daughter-in-law, Nancy Mercier and her husband, Wayne, of Rumford.

He was predeceased by four brothers, Merle "Scotty" Richardson, Pascal "Buck" Richardson, Roger Richardson and Richard "Dick" Richardson; and two sisters, Emma Viger and Lorraine Vodola.

John F. Richardson, Jr., 1955 - 1988 (Obituary from an unidentified local newspaper)

  ROXBURY POND - John F. Richardson, Jr., age 32, husband of Nancy Marie Jasud Richardson of the Roxbury Pond Road; died Wednesday, August 31, 1988 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland where he had been a patient for a week, following an industrial accident at East Andover.

  He was born November 14, 1955 in Rumford, the son of John F. and Barbara M. Farrington Richardson, Sr. A resident of the community all of his life, he was a 1974 graduate of Telstar Regional High School in Bethel and a 1976 high honor graduate of Unity College. He was self-employed and co-owner of the Richardson's Lumber Company in East Andover. Mr. Richardson was a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and attended the Andover Congregational Church.

  Survivors include his wife of Roxbury Pond; two daughters, Miss Cerese Marie Richardson and Miss Sandra Lynn Richardson, both of Roxbury Pond; his father, John F. Richardson, Sr. of North Rumford; his mother, Mrs. Freeman (Barbara) Hayden of East Andover; a brother, Lester F. Richardson of East Andover; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Richardson McIntyre of Chester, Vermont and Mrs. Edward (Kathy A.) Kreiton of East Andover; four step-sisters, Miss Clarite Hayden of Huntington Beach, Cal., Mrs. Donald (Kathy) McMillan of Diamond Bar, Cal., Miss Carrie Hayden of Wiscasset, Me., and Miss Valery Hayden of East Andover; two step-brothers, Freeman R. Hayden of Fort Rucker, Alabama and Brett M. Hayden of Jacksonville, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Farrington of East Andover.

  Services for Mr. John F. Richardson, Jr. were held on Saturday, September 3, 1988 at 1:00 p.m. from the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, with the Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill and Rev. Lionel Chouinard officiating. Ross Swain served as organist.

  Pallbearers were: Steven Farrington, Brad Best, John Percival, Dan Collins, John Shaw, and Mike Jasud.

Janet Ricker 1961 – 2005 (Obituary from The Bethel Citizen, May 26, 2005)


Fairbanks, Alaska, resident Janet Ricker, 43, died May 16, 2005, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.


  Janet was born July 11,1961in Rochester, N.Y. In 1966, her family returned to Maine, living in various communities including, Andover, Norway, Waterford and South Paris. Maine suited her spirit perfectly and she cherished her memories of exploring the woods, raising horses, life-guarding, competitive cross-country skiing and time spent with loving grandparents. After graduating from Oxford Hills High School in 1979, she attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. A summer internship on the UAF research vessel Alpha Helix brought Janet to Alaska, which soon become her chosen home.


   Janet was known for giving her heart and soul to all her endeavors, and in 1986 she chose to turn her tremendous talents from the research lab to the classroom. The Teachers for Rural Alaska (TRA) program introduced her to the world of high school science instruction and to her future husband, Rob Childers. They courted by small plane and snow machine while student teaching in the villages of Kipnuk and Kwigillingok, and then married July 21, 1987 before their first year of teaching in Kotzebue. They returned to the lower Kuskokwim and the village of Kongiganak where they taught for two years and made many good friends. In 199, Janet took a position at West Valley High School where she pur sued her passion for teaching chemistry and physics until this current school year.


   Besides her love of teaching, Janet loved her family, friends, contra dancing, and all things that got her outdoors. She was never happier than when cross-country skiing, hiking with her dogs, backpacking, canoeing, swinging a hammer or weeding her garden. Although she was in all ways the strong, independent Alaskan spirit, Janet was foremost a devoted wife, mother and friend.


  Janet is survived by her husband, Rob Childers of Fairbanks; son, Galen Childers of Anchorage; daughter, Allison Childers of Fairbanks; mother and stepfather, Katherine Ricker and Frazier Kellogg of Brooklin, Me.; father and stepmother, John Ricker of Andover and Terrie Ricker of Caribou; sister and brother-in-law, Susan Ricker and Bill Zarakas of Byfleld, Mass.; sister and brother-in-law, Dearie Ricker and Michael Ray of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; brother and sister-in-law,  David Ricker and Courtney Scott of Plaistow, N.H.; mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Clarence Childers of Lodi, Calif.; brother-in-law, John Childers of Petaluma,, Calilf.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jeanne Childers of San Rafael, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Ron Sluggett of Bowen Island, BC; several nephews and nieces; her iAFS sisteri, Ana Miadenovich of Beograd, Yugoslavia.

   A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Birch Hill Ski Center. It will begin with a potluck dinner and end with contra dancing. Questions: call 479-5004 or 479-5632. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for a scholarship fund. Checks can be made out to the Janet Ricker Fund, West Valley High School, and mailed to 3800 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

Christine C. (Conti) Riggs, 1916 - 1985  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Christine C. Riggs, 68, died Saturday [Feb. 9, 1985] at the Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the last two weeks.

Born in Rumford on April 13, 1916, she was the daughter of Domenic and Maria Ciccarelli Conti and attended Rumford schools. For the last 10 years she has lived in Andover with her daughter, Mrs. Otis Morton. Before that she lived in Mexico for many years. On Nov. 20, 1932, she married Clyde Riggs in Rumford. He died on July 7, 1971, in Rumford. Mrs. Riggs was a communicant at St. Anthanasius-St. John Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Francis (Shirley) Trembley of Brooklyn, Conn., Mrs. Violet Lizotte of Mexico and Mrs. Otis (Carol) Morton of Andover; one son, Charles Riggs of Mexico; one brother, Londy Conti of Rumford; three sisters, Mrs. Horace (Josephine) Farris and Mrs. Charles (Annie) Barry of Brunswick and Mrs. Antoinette Parrelli of Worcester, Mass.; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthanasius Church. Interment in the spring in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Livermore Falls.

Charles L. Ripley, 1873 - 1945 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Funeral services for Charles L. Ripley, who died Saturday morning [November 3, 1945] at the home of his daughter, Mrs T H Geiger, of Rumford, were held at the First Congregational Church, Andover, Tuesday afternoon a 2 p. m.

  The services, largely attended, were conducted by Rev Linwood C Potter, pastor of the church.

  The pall bearers were I. E. Mills, Waldo Merrill, A L Lang, and Ed C. French.

  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery where committal services were held.

  Mr. Ripley was born at Andover, December 17, 1873, the son of Joseph and Lucinda Holt Ripley. He was a member of Blazing Star Lodge No. 30, and Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias of Andover, and was postmaster many years at Andover.

  Besides his wife, Helen West Ripley, and daughter, Mrs Geiger, he leaves a sister, Mrs Frank Leslie, Andover, and a brother, Lewis Ripley, Farmington.

J. Lyman Ripley, 1835-1908 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 8, 1908)


   Mr. J. Lyman Ripley died Monday morning [February 3, 1908] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. E. Leslie at the age of 72 years and 6 mos. He had been in failing health for a long time.


   Mr. Ripley was a member of Blazing Star Lodge F & A M of Rumford, a member of Cabot Lodge K of P. He was a long-time chorister at the Congregational Church, until by his growing deafness he was compelled to resign.


   Mr. Ripley always took an active part in town affairs and his suggestions were always appreciated. For 30 years he had been justice of peace.


   The funeral was held Wednesday morning at the Congregational Church, Rev. J. G. Fisher officiating.


   The K of P attended in a body. A few Masons were present. The floral tributes were beautiful.


Jessie A. (Manzer) Rivard, 1932-2006  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, February 28, 2006)


   Lewiston - Jessie A. Rivard, 73, of 156 Main St., Auburn, died Saturday, Feb. 25 at d'Youville Pavilion.

   She was born in Andover, Aug. 19, 1932, the daughter of Leroy and Melvina LeMonte Manzer. She was educated in Rumford schools, graduating from Stephens High School. She was employed as a nurse's aide while living in Bridgeport, Conn.

   She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Sagiliano of Oxford, Conn.; two sons, Emile Rivard of California and Larry Rivard and his wife, Linda, of Naugatuck, Conn; also two sisters; a brother, Arthur Manzer; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Charlotte (Cutting) Roberts, 1830-1909 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 12, 1909)


   Mrs. Charlotte Cutting Roberts, widow of Sylvester Roberts, died at her home in Andover Sunday evening Nov. 28 [1909] aged 79 years. Mrs. Roberts [the daughter of Ebenezer M. and Eliza Cutting] was a quiet, unassuming lady, kind-hearted to all and a devoted mother.


   She leaves one son, Charles, with whom she made her home for several years, and several brothers and sisters to mourn their loss. The funeral was in the Congregational Church Wednesday at 10:30 A M conducted by Rev. H. L. Packard. The flowers were beautiful.


Clyde A. Roberts, 1915 - 1984  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Clyde A. Roberts of Bryant Pond died early Friday morning, Dec. 7, 1984, at Rumford Community Hospital.

Mr. Roberts was born in Andover on Sept. 17, 1915, the son of Whitney and Gertrude Barrett Roberts. He attended schools in Andover, graduating from Andover High School in the class of 1935. Mr. entered the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the European Theater. Following the war, Mr. Roberts was employed in the bleach lab of the former Oxford Paper Company of Rumford until his retirement in 1969. He was married to Doris Peare in Bryant Pond in 1946.

Mr. Roberts was an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his time hunting, fishing and trapping. He supported organizations such as the National Rifle Association and the Sportsmen Alliance of Maine. Mr. Roberts belonged to the 25-year-club of the Oxford Paper Company, the Robert Shand Post VFW in Rumford, the Walton Lodge Knights of Pythias in Mexico, the Rumford Point Men’s Club, as well as being a volunteer fireman over 40 years with the Rumford Point Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife of Bryant Pond, four daughters, Mrs. Wilfred (Donna) Lowe of Bryant Pond, Mrs. Diane Cutting of Andover, Mrs. John (Andra) Beauchesne of West Peru and Mrs. Barry (Robin) Nevel of Bethel; a son, Kim of Bryant Pond; two sisters, Mrs. Thelma MacKinnon and Miss Mildred Roberts, both of Dixfield; two brothers, Norman of Wilton and Lawrence of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Colby A. Roberts, 1914-2008 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, May 30, 2008

ANDOVER - Colby A. "Bump" Roberts, 83, of South Main Street, Andover, died at his residence with his family by his side, Wednesday, May 28.

He was born May 31, 1924, in Brooks, a son of James and Doris (Smith) Roberts, and attended schools in Brooks.

During World War II, he served as a U.S. Navy BM2c(T) including overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the Philippines.

He worked for more than 36 years at Boise Cascade Paper Co. in Rumford until retirement in 1986 from the supercalanders.

He was a member of Cabot Lodge 117, K. Of P. in Andover; member Robert Shand Post 1641, VFW in Rumford, and a member Andover Congregational Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, his camp at Garland Pond, watching NASCAR, Red Sox, and the Patriots, and enjoyed working in his apple orchard, garden and his wood pile, and loved spending time with his family.

He was married in Augusta on Sept. 4, 1948, to the former Glennice M. Silver, who died in Rumford, on Aug. 24, 2001.

Survivors include a son, Alston Roberts and wife, Linda, of Andover; grandchildren, Howard Roberts of Andover, Rebecca Winson and husband, Lawrence, of Mexico and Melissa Newcomb of Milton Plantation; great-grandchildren, Kendra and Gabriel Winson of Mexico, Tyzel Richard of Andover, Colby Roberts of Michigan, and Zariah Lane of Mexico; a sister, Mona Paine of Bellingham, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife; a daughter, Mona Lynn Roberts; a son, Ashley Roberts; and a sister, Muriel Eldridge.

 Gertrude (Barrett) Roberts, 1881 - 1979 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)


ANDOVER — Mrs. Gertrude M. Roberts, 97, died Monday at the Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient the past three weeks. She had resided on Main  Street and had lived in this community most of her life.


She was born to Grafton, Dec. 26, 1881, the daughter of Fred and Belle Richards Barrett. She was graduated from Andover High School in 1901, and was married in Andover on October, 1901 to the late Whitney M. Roberts, who died Dec. 8, 1963.


    Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Irene Pepitone, Largo, Fla., Mrs. Thelma MacKinnon, Rumford, and Miss Carolyn Roberts, Dixfield: four sons, Lawrence, Grand Rapids, Mich., Norman, Wilton, Carroll, Sarasota, Fla., and Clyde, Rumford Corner; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Adkins, Kansas; 19 grandchildren, many great- grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Glennice M. (Silver) Roberts, 1930 - 2001  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Glennice M. Roberts, 71, of Andover, died Friday August 24, [2001] at the Rumford Hospital. A lifelong resident of the Andover area, she resided on South Main St. in Andover.

  She was born on April 13, 1930, the daughter of Kenneth and Vivian (Learned) Silver. She attended Gould Academy in Bethel and graduated from Andover High School, class of 1948.

  She was married in Augusta on Sept. 4, 1948, to Colby A. Roberts. She had worked as a switchboard operator in Andover and also as a teacher's aide in the Andover elementary school.

  She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church, a past member of the Andover Service Circle and was a past trustee of the Andover Library Association.

  She enjoyed crafts, fishing and camp at Garland Pond, her pets, and loved her children and grandchildren.

  She is survived by her husband of Andover; a son, Alston K. Roberts and his companion, Linda Woods, of Mexico; three grandchildren, Howard Roberts of Andover, Rebecca Winson and her husband, Lawrence, of Rumford, and Melissa Newcomb of Livermore Falls; two great- grandchildren, Kendra Winson of Rumford and Tyzel Richard of Livermore Falls; a sister, Ethelene Merrill and her husband, Eugene, of Coleman, Fla., and Andover; and several nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by a daughter, Mona Lynn Roberts, who died in Andover on Jan. 10, 1978; and a son, Ashley K. Roberts, who died in Rumford on Feb. 8, 1979.

Grace Ann (Rand) Roberts 1861 - 1925 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 21, 1925)


Town Mourns Passing of Grace Roberts

   Mrs. Grace (Rand) Roberts, widow of the late Frank Roberts, passed away on the morning of February 11, [1925 at the home of her nephew, C. A. Rand after a short illness.


   She was born in Andover 62 years ago, the daughter of Nahum and Dolly (Bristol) Rand.


   In early life she married Frank Roberts of Rumford who passed away nine years ago.


   One son was born, Henry, who lives in Andover.  She is also survived by her brother, Samuel, of Andover, one sister, Mrs. Kate Hodsdon, of Lewiston, and several nieces and nephews.


   Mrs. Roberts was a loving and tender hearted mother and a true friend.  She was an excellent nurse and many will remember her ministrations to them.


   Funeral services, which took place at the Congregational Church Saturday afternoon were largely attended.  They were conducted by the Rev. G. W. Robinson, pastor of the church.


   There was a profusion of beautiful flowers.  The bearers were Charles T. Poor, William Cushman, Henry L. Poor, and Marshall Howard.  Interment was at Wood lawn Cemetery.


   Those attending from out of town were: Walter Rand, Milan, N. H., Mr. and Mrs. John Sennett, Mrs. Henry Thomas, Roxbury, Mrs. Harrie Hall, Rumford, Luther Hodsdon, Mexico, and Mrs. Kate Hodsdon, Lewiston.


John Roberts, 1828-1913 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 19, 1913)

   John Roberts passed away Wednesday morning [July 9, 1913] at the home of his son, Arthur Roberts, after being in ill health for several years. Deceased was eighty-five years old. He was born in Waterboro, ME, and lived there until his marriage to Miss Mary Potter, of Gardiner, after which he moved to this town and has been a respected townsman for many years. He is survived by a widow and two sons, J. Alfred of Norway and Arthur of this town. Funeral service was held from the Cong’l Church, Friday afternoon, Pastor T.D. Preston officiating.

Kate E. (Cutting) Roberts 1856 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Andover – Mrs. Kate E. Roberts, 87, widow of Arthur Roberts, died Friday night [September 1, 1944] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Cole, from the effects of a fall from the piazza several days ago.

  Mrs. Roberts was born in Andover December 22, 1855, the daughter of Milton and Dolly Bodwell Cutting. She is survived by a son, Whitney Roberts, and a daughter, Dorothy Cole of Andover, 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

  The funeral services were held at the First Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Linwood C. Potter. The pall bearers were Sylvanus Poor, Frank McAllister, Ira Bodwell and Edward Stuart.

  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, where committal services were held. Those attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Everett MacKinnon of Rumford and Maynard Roberts of the Navy.

Kenneth E. Roberts, 1931-2008  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, October 10, 2008)

RUMFORD - Kenneth E. Roberts, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Rumford Hospital. He was a resident of Bernadine Street in Rumford.

He was born in Andover, on Dec. 26, 1931, a son of the late Henry and Viola (Cole) Roberts. He was a graduate of Andover High School, Class of 1949.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked for Boise Cascade Paper Mill in Rumford on No. 15 paper machine, until his retirement in 1992.

He was a member of the Napoleon Ouellette Post 24 American Legion in Rumford and a former member of the Oakdale Country Club in Mexico.

He was married in Lewiston on May 3, 1957 to Margaret Jodrey, who survives of Rumford. Other survivors include three sons, Douglas and his wife, Pamela, of Springvale, Donald and his wife, Anne, of Sidney and Dale and his wife, Lori, of Rumford; a daughter, Major Diane Smith, USAF and her husband, Major Chas Smith, USAF of Colorado, Springs, Colo.; and eight grandchildren, Mary Louise, Jennifer, Hannah, Abigail, Breana, Brandon, Erin and Chase.

He was predeceased by four sisters, Ismay Mecham, Grace Simmons, Edna Hilton and Agnes Porter.

Lena M. Roberts, 1879 - 1951(Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs Lena M Roberts, 72, wife of the late Charles H Roberts, died at the Rumford Community hospital, Wednesday, July 25, [1951].

  A former resident of Andover, she had made her home in Rumford for the past ten years.

  She was born in Fall River, Mass, January 19, 1879.

  Surviving is a son, Irving Marer, Rumford; a sister, Gertrude Marer, of New York; two nephews and a niece.

  Pall bearers were members of the Rumford Lodge of Elks, A. E. Orino, S M Downing, Fred Orino, Henry Parent, John Lazarou, Arthur Garneau.

  Present from out of town were Mrs. P H Walsh, Mrs. Joan Walsh, Mrs. James Walsh, Fall River, Mass; Gertrude Marer, New York; Mrs. Stephen Fabyan, Weymouth, Mass; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Moran, Cramford, N J.


Margaret L. (Jodrey) Roberts, 1934 – 2009  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, April 28, 2009)





   Margaret L. (Jodrey) Roberts, R.N., 75, of Rumford, died Monday, April 27, at the Central Maine Medical Center. She was a resident of Bernadine Street in Rumford.

   She was born in Andover, on Jan. 1, 1934, a daughter of the late Clarence and Amy (Cole) Jodrey. She was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1951, and Central Maine General School of Nursing, Class of 1955.

   She worked at Central Maine General Hospital from 1955 to 1957 and then the Rumford Community Hospital from 1957 to 1982, where she also taught certified nursing assistant courses and the Rumford Community Home from 1983 until her retirement in 1986.

   She was married in Lewiston, on May 3, 1957, to the late Kenneth E. Roberts, who died in Rumford, on Oct. 8, 2008.

   Survivors include her three sons, Douglas and his wife, Pamela, of Springvale, Donald and his wife, Anne, of Sidney and Dale and his wife, Lori, of Rumford; a daughter, Maj. Diane Smith, USAF and her husband, Maj. Chas Smith, USAF; eight grandchildren, Mary Louise, Jennifer, Hannah, Abigail, Breana, Brandon, Erin and Chase; and a sister, Alice Sennett of Rumford.

She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Poch of Bow, N.H.


Mary (Potter) Roberts, 1826-1913 (From the Rumford Falls Times, December 13, 1913)

   Mrs. Mary Roberts, widow of the late John Roberts, died at the home of her son, Arthur Roberts, Wednesday, Dec. 3 [1913], aged 87.

   J. A. Roberts, wife and son of Norway were here for the funeral of his mother.

Mildred C. Roberts, 1909 - 2001 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Mildred C. Roberts, 91, of 80 Weld St., died Tuesday, Sept. 18 [2001] at the Rumford Community Hospital.

  She was born in Andover, Oct. 6, 1909, the daughter of Whitney and Gertrude (Barrett) Roberts, the sixth of seven children. She was educated in local schools graduating from Andover High School in the Class of 1927.

  She lived in Phillips for a short while before moving to Rumford where she lived until 1970 at which time she moved to Dixfield. She worked in the Diamond International Mill in Dixfield until her retirement in 1974. She was a quiet person who loved nature and in her younger years she loved to fish and take nature walks with her Dad.

  She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Laurence, Norman, Carroll and Clyde; and two sisters, Irene (Kerr) Pepitone and Thelma MacKinnon.

Mona L. Roberts, 1961 - 1978  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Miss Mona Lynn Roberts, 16, died unexpectedly Tuesday [January 10, 1978] at her residence on South Main Street. She had resided in Andover all her life.

She was born April 6, 1962 in Rumford, the daughter of Colby and Glennice Silver Roberts. She had attended the Andover Congregational Church. She was a junior and honor student at Telstar Regional High School in Bethel. She was a member of the band, French Club and marching band. In prior years she had been a member of the chorus.

Surviving besides her parents are two brothers, Alston K. and Ashley K., both of Andover; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Doris Pacquin, Freeport, N.Y.

Funeral services 2 p.m. Thursday at the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, with Reverend David Wouri officiating. Entombment at the Woodlawn Receiving Vault. Interment in the spring in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Philip Roberts, 1911-1912 (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 11, 1912)


   The funeral of Philip, the one-year old son of Whitney Roberts and wife, was held at the house Friday afternoon.

Viola L. (Cole) Roberts, 1901 - 1965 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Viola L. Roberts, 64, wife of Henry S. Roberts, died Tuesday night [December 14, 1965] at a Rumford hospital where she had been a patient six days.

   She was born here March 31, 1901, daughter of William and Kate Marston Cole.

   Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Mrs. Ismay Hutchins of Andover, Mrs. William Simmons Jr. of East Andover, Mrs. Linden Hilton of Kittery and Mrs. Leonard Porter of Andover; a son, Kenneth Roberts of Rumford; two sisters, Mrs. Vena Littlehale of Andover and Mrs. Florena McEwen of Norway; two brothers, Virgil Cole of Andover and Archer Cole of Ardmore, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at 3 Franklin St. Rumford, The Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury officiating. Burial will be In Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

 Whitney M. Roberts, 1878 - 1963  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Whitney M. Roberts, 84, Main Street, Andover, died Sunday [December 8, 1963] at Rumford Community Hospital where he had been a patient for four days.

   Born Dec. 30, 1878, at Andover, he was the son of Arthur and Kate Cutting Roberts. A life-long resident of Andover, he was a carpenter until his retirement 14 years ago.

   Surviving are his widow, Gertrude Barrett Roberts; three daughters, Mrs. Everett MacKinnon and Miss Carolyn Roberts, both of Rumford; Mrs. Anthony Pepitone, Largo, Fla.; four sons, Laurence, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Norman, Wilton; Carroll, Indianapolis, Ind.; Clyde, Rumford; 19 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Virgil Cole, Andover.

DIED - At Rumford, Dec. 8, Mr. Whitney M. Roberts, aged 84. Services 2 P.M. Wednesday at the Andover Congregational Church with Rev. Nathaniel Pearson officiating. Entombment Woodlawn Tomb, Andover. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring. Friends invited to call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford, from 2 P.M. Monday, until 11  A.M. Wednesday. Visitation of Immaculate Heart of Mary Sodality 7:30 P.M. Monday. Joint visitations V.F.W. & American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries, 7 P.M. Tuesday.

Floris (Knox) Robin, 1936-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, October 10, 2007)

   SOUTH PARIS - Floris A. Robin, 71, of Hanover, died Monday, Oct. 8, at the Market Square Health Care Center, South Paris.

   She was born in Peru on July 19, 1936, a daughter of Lloyd and Mary (Hoar) Knox. She graduated from Mexico High School, class of 1953, and the University of Maine at Farmington, class of 1972, with her degree in education.

   Floris taught school at the Andover and Bethel elementary schools and special ed until retirement June 2002. She was an active member of the Mexico Congregational Church.

   She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, teacher and friend to all in need.

   She was married in Rumford on Dec. 13, 1958, to Roger Lucien Robin, who survives of Hanover. Other survivors include her son, Michael Robin and fiancé, Celeste Freeman, and her daughter, Allison of Gray; a brother, Gary Knox and wife, Sue, of Connecticut; a sister, Lois Poole of Texas; a niece, Lisa Sagal and husband, Mikhail, and their children Scarlett and Liam of Rhode Island; a nephew, Christopher Knox of Rhode Island; a nephew, John Poole and wife, Edith, and their children Amelia and Matthew of Texas; and many loving friends.

   She was predeceased by her parents; and a nephew Jeff Poole of New York.

   Her family would especially like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris.

   They went "above and beyond" many times for her.

Lucien Robinson, 1864 - abt. 1952 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Lucien Robinson, 87, a resident of Ridlonville for 40 years, died Saturday at Elsie's Nursing Home, where he had been a patient for five weeks. He resided at 18 South Granite Street.

  He was born in Andover, September, 30, 1864, the son of William C and Susan Kimball Robinson. He married the former Eliza May Nason, who died some time ago.

  Mr. Robinson was a charter member of Walton Lodge No 142, Knights of Pythias.

  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl Heath. of Rumford; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services were held at Meader and Son Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 p m. Burial was in the Rumford Corner cemetery.

Susan J. (Kimball) Robinson, 1839-1908 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 12, 1908)


   Mrs. Curtis [Susan J. Kimball] Robinson died quite suddenly last Saturday [ Dec. 4, 1908] from blood poisoning at her home on Farmer’s Hill.


   Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pope Kimball of Rumford and was 68 years of age. Funeral services were held from her late home on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. H. derrick. The deceased leaves a husband and several married children.

 Emma E. (Hanson) Rolfe, 1857 - 1943 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs. Emma Rolfe, 85, died Wednesday morning [no date given] at Elsie's Nursing Home, where she had been a patient for the past week. She was born in Andover, Nov. 18, 1857 the daughter of Lorenzo and Hannah Purinton Hanson and came to Rumford to live 62 years ago. She was the widow of Fred J. Rolfe, who died in 1936. She leaves three sons, Walter Rolfe, Boston; H. C. Rolfe, Rumford and Claude Rolfe, of Norridgewock; one brother, H. D. Hanson, Andover, and a sister, Mrs. Della Allen of Rumford; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  Funeral services will be held from the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Rev. A. A. Callaghan of the Franklin Street Methodist church officiating, and interment will be in the family lot of the Sunnyside cemetery.

   Jeanne L. (Irish) Rouse, 1946 – 2010 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, March 25, 2010)

   Mrs. Jeanne L. Rouse, 63, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at her residence in Andover.

   Born in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 6, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Neil and Frances (White) Irish. She was a graduate of Windham High School. She served in the US Navy from 1965 to 1968. She worked for the State of Maine in the Social Security Office.

   She was married in Westbrook, Maine, on June 11, 1966, to the late Mahlom “Skeeter” Rouse.

   Survivors include two sisters, Donna Mayberry and her husband Everett of Andover and Viola Yates and her husband Francis of Andover; two brothers, Neal Irish and his wife Barbara of Lyman, Maine, and Leo Irish and his wife Brenda of Andover, Maine; five nieces; four nephews; and six great nephews and nieces.

   Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Mayberry Cemetery in Windham. Online register book and condolences may be shared at     


   Marcel Rousseau, 1930 – 1970 (Story from an unidentified and undated newspaper)  

   Canadian Hunter Killed in Andover Shooting Accident

   ANDOVER – Marcel Rousseau, 40-year-old father of four children and a resident of St. Marguerite, Que., was killed when hit by a rifle bullet, apparently from another deer hunter in the area, in C Township on the west side of Metallic Mountain about 9:30 a.m. Saturday [November 28, 1970], according to Deputy Sheriff William Dickson who was called to the scene by the game wardens investigating the incident.

   There were several hunters in the area, according to the report, two who were hunting with Rousseau, Renald Lapointe and Lawrence Dalaire, also of St. Marguerite, and three from Lewiston, Roger and Richard Thibeault and Joe Thibodeau, and a resident of Andover who went to the home of Game Warden John Swasey, Andover, to report the accident.

   Warden Swasey called Warden Supervisor John Shaw, Wilton, who in turn called Game Warden Eric Wight, Rumford, and Warden Inspector Vernon Melton, Weld, and Deputy Sheriffs Dickson, Rumford, Arthur Myshrall, Andover, and medical examiner, Dr. Wallace H. Duffy, Farmington.

   The investigating party immediately went to the scene, where, besides Rousseau, they found the other hunters who had remained with him until officials came.  Rousseau was carried out on a litter hitched to wheels as the terrain in that area is difficult to traverse because of blowdowns and cuttings from a lumber operation.  The going also was made harder by fog, pelting snow and rain.  The victim then was taken to the Rumford Community Hospital for an autopsy which was performed Sunday.  Death was ruled due to a gunshot wound.  The post mortem was performed by Dr. Hagop Halladjian.

   Rousseau and his companions had come to Andover the night before to hunt deer in an area familiar to them as they had worked there in a woods job some time before.  Lapointe and Dalaire had difficulty speaking English, and the Lewiston hunters aided greatly in the investigation by translating.  It was reported that Rousseau was not wearing fluorescent hunting clothes at the time.

   Chief Warden Shaw stated that no one had been apprehended for the shooting, undoubtedly accidental, and that the incident was still under investigation.

Ada (Eaton) Ryan, 1859-1913 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 24, 1913)

   Mrs. Ada Eaton Ryan [the daughter of Joseph W. and Hellen E. Eaton] died with cancer, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Chan York, Sunday, May 18 [1913], after an illness of a few weeks. Funeral and interment at Andover Tuesday.

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