Obits: Remembering Mainers who have moved on ......

Posted by: MBR on Tue Sep 28th, 2021 5:41 am

Michael Bouchard

 

Obituary

January 15,1961-September 24, 2021

Michael went home after an eight-year heroic battle with cancer. He was born in beautiful Island Falls, Maine. He spent his young life in the nearby town of Sherman enjoying the good food Ada cooked on the wood stove, surrounded by his large family, and set in the gorgeous views of Mount Katahdin. He told many rich and romantic stories of life on the family farm, that mountain, the roads between Patten and Silver Ridge. He often spoke of his childhood friends, their teenage adventures, their muscle cars, and 8-track tapes- each story ending in a nostalgic laugh. He greatly appreciated those friendships as they continued throughout his life. It was the hardiness of northern Maine which allowed him to endure his life’s tragedies. He lost his parents and three siblings during his life and yet he remained resilient and exceptionally kind. He wore that northern Maine hardiness until the very end.

Michael was humble in his request that we not mention-his basketball career at Katahdin High School or Boston University, or Husson, or certainly not his season in the European league or his coaching the YMCA travel team or the many referee gigs-so we won’t. We are proud of his athletic talents and notable honors. We are prouder still at his humility. What he would want to brag about is his two wonderful, loving, bright, generous children and the joy they brought him. They were where he found his pride and his blessings. What we know as his family; his children are simply evidence of the father he was.

Michael worked as a self-employed contractor and leaves behind an impeccable professional reputation. Work was never a chore. The friends and associations he had in the community are too many to list but he treasured them each. The very length of these relationships is testament to his character, his expertise, and his unwavering work ethic. He was one of the lucky ones who truly loved his occupation. Michael was a quiet supporter of Bangor’s marginalized community. He always tried to have the cash allowance to give to anyone in need. In his last months, he worried for their semi-dependence on his few dollars and smiling face. His kindness was innate. If you’re able, offer someone a hand up to honor him.

He also tended to various stray cats. Michael was their “person”. He fed and comforted so very many over the years. His cats knew his truck and would race to meet him. And he to them. His compassion was without discrimination (well, he wouldn’t cuddle a bat)- he would rescue bees, spiders, and even houseflies. He did it when he thought no one was watching, as his partner can attest.
Michael loved wholly as he was wholly loved.

If you didn’t have the chance to know Michael, he was witty, loving, generous, curious, weathered, brave, gentle, kind, stoic, beautiful, and a short 6’9”. He was an incredible father, brother, son, uncle, and partner. He loved Christmas, Canadian whiskey, Bob Dylan, canoeing, theatre, Seinfeld, puttering in the garage, family events, summer, politics, reading, ghost stories, and more recently, TikTok. He had a graceful gait, was silent when walking through the woods, could balance a bicycle on his chin, told the best ‘dad jokes’, loved hamburgers and ketchup, was strong enough to cry, was strikingly handsome, and was one of the most forgiving humans- ever. We liked him a lot.
But most of all, he loved us, his family- almost as much as he loved his cat, Buddy Boy ‘Bud’ Bouchard.
Like his father had said to him in his own last months, “I’m glad I knew you, Michael” -we, too, are blessed we knew him.

Michael is survived by his beloved cat, Bud, his partner and best friend of 20 years, Ann “Annie” Correia, his daughter, Lindsey Michelle Bouchard, his son, Logan Michael Bouchard, his dear nephews, Derek Kim Bouchard and Jamie Merle Bouchard, his sisters Theadora ‘Teddy’ Allen and Julie Glidden, and many beloved family, friends, and neighbors. Michael is predeceased by his brothers Kim Bouchard and Lindy Bouchard, his sister Micky ‘Pudgie’ Martin and his parents Helen Marilyn (McNally) Bouchard and Merle “Mike” Frederick Bouchard. Michael’s family wish to give special thanks to Dr. Michael “Doc” Seth Rabin and Susan Harper with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham Womens, Mass General, Lafayette Cancer Center (especially Nurses Angel and Nadine), Dr. Kristopher O’Connell, Northern Light Medical Center, Dr. Tracey Weigel, Maine Medical Center, Annie’s employer Rape Response Services and staff, Penquis Transportation Services, Sandra Aska, GO2 Lung Cancer Foundation, Scotty at Leadbetters, Richard Cattelle, Chris at Hannaford pharmacy, Darling’s Auto Rental Department, Michael and staff at Center Street Auto, the State of Maine, L.G., and all the many supporters of Michael and his family.

Services will be private for the family. Those who wish to remember Michael in a special way may make gifts to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com. A candle lit, a memory shared, a tear shed- He will always be with us.

“Love is the last light spoken.” – Dylan Thomas
Posted by: MBR on Tue Sep 28th, 2021 5:43 am

Ed Coffin - AKA Geezil on MBR 

Obituary

AUGUSTA, MAINE
Edward Seabury Coffin moved on to the next leg of his journey on Sunday, September 19, 2021. After a valiant fight against cancer, he passed peacefully at his home on Cony Road in Augusta, Maine in the presence of loved ones.
Edward was born in Freeport, Maine on February 18, 1932 to James “Ned” Coffin and Carlene Edith Davis. He was educated in Freeport and Pownal schools. When he expressed a desire to study engineering, there were those who questioned his ability in math and science. Ed always appreciated the “doubters” throughout his life because they cultivated his “just watch me” attitude.
Ed did graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1954. He married his first wife, Delores (Lolly) Dumais, and settled on Cony Road to begin his family. He was employed by the State Highway Commission (MDOT) for a few short months when he was conscripted into the U.S. Army.
Returning in 1957 to work for the State of Maine, he became a Resident Engineer, a designer of bridge structures and a creator of computer software. In 1973, he left state employment to jumpstart the firm of Coffin Engineering & Surveying. He had become accustomed to being told that failure was imminent, but the firm continued to grow. They invested in computers and very early on used color in their drawings. He was quite proud of that - not just the eight Crayola colors but a “zillion shades.” Because of a little serendipity and a whole lot of just doing what needed to be done, his firm developed a substantial working relationship with MBNA in Camden, Maine. This opportunity afforded them many years of incredibly interesting and diverse engineering projects. Ed was also involved with another business venture creating software for surveyors, Coffin Advanced Technologies.
Ed married his second wife, May Ross, in 2005.
Coach Coffin loved high school basketball, particularly the small school intensity. He was known to travel many miles (from Downeast to up in the County) to see a desired contest. Ed was a prolific writer on Maine Basketball Report under the name of “Geezil.” He coached youth league basketball for decades, involved in the game until the age of 72. He was an IAABO basketball referee. Ed’s favorite season was high school basketball tournament season. For many, many years you could count on seeing Ed, wearing his bright yellow jacket, in the very same seat in the stands of the Augusta Civic Center. He was actually given his own dedicated seat in the stand inscribed, “Coach Coffin.”
Ed was also an Augusta East baseball and softball coach for many years. He was a charter member of CARA (Capitol Area Recreation Association), providing ongoing technical, design and engineering services. Not surprisingly, Ed was a charter member of the Kennebec Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
Ed was elected to the Augusta City Council and served two terms, from 2006 - 2011. He decided not to run for a third term because service prevented him from attending the aforementioned February high school tournaments!
Throughout the years, Ed received many prestigious awards and recognitions. In 2006 he was honored with the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as President of the Maine Land Surveyors Association and was named Maine Surveyor of the Year in 1999. He served on the board of directors of the University of Maine Alumni Association.
He was also a member of the following organizations: American Society of Engineers; Maine Society of Land Surveyors; New England Genealogical Society; Maine Genealogical Society; Kennebec Historical Society; and the Freeport Historical Society (Volunteer of the Year in 2018).
Ed Coffin’s intellect, energy and curiosity was a true inspiration. He played the guitar and sang along to classics like Hank Snow. He loved a lively political discussion. Ed was a published author and researcher. His works include “Descendants of Abner Coffin and Mary Rawlins”, “The Early Freeport Settlers”, and “The Early Harpswell Settlers.” He also was the creator of many historic period maps involving Freeport, Pownal and Harpswell. Ed was a much sought-after public speaker on these subjects.
Ed Coffin was predeceased by his parents; his siblings, Fred James Coffin and Carol Diane Fogg; his first wife, Lolly; and his granddaughter, Mary Coffin. He is survived by his wife, May Ross Coffin; his sons Kent of Rochester, NH; Kane of Pittston, ME; Kerry (Wanda) of Concord, NH; and James (Jennifer) Coffin of Farmingdale, ME; and his daughter, Luanne Collins of Augusta, ME; his stepson, Rick (Lauren) Ross of Waterville, ME; and stepdaughters Julie (Mark) O’Brien, Anita (Mike) Hopkins, and Heather (Keith) Priest, all of Augusta, ME. He is also survived by several grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
As Coach Coffin would say, “Good things happen when you persist and believe.”
The family would like to express much gratitude to Lynn, Sherry, Karen, Katie and Brandi who provided such comfort and care these past several months.
Family and friends may visit from 2-4 PM on Sunday, Sept. 26th at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday Sept. 27th at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta, ME. Burial will be at 11 AM Tuesday Sept. 28th in Woodlawn Cemetery, Freeport, ME.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capitol Area Recreation Association, P.O. Box 5275, Augusta, Maine 04332-5275, or to the Augusta Food Bank, 161 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330.
Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.plummerfh.com .
Posted by: MBR on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 6:18 am

Rich Wilkins

Posted by: MBR on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 6:20 am

Richard Wilkins

December 5, 1962 ~ October 8, 2021 (age 58)

Obituary

Richard Wilkins passed away peacefully at his home in Saco, Maine on October 8th, 2021 at the age of 58.  Richard was born on December 5th, 1962 in Sanford, to Richard L. Wilkins and Helen B. Wilkins. He graduated from Sanford High School and obtained his teaching degree from The University of New Hampshire.  He married his soul mate, Christine L. Wilkins in 1992.  They had one daughter, Autumn E. Wilkins in their amazing 29 years together.

Richard was in his 33rd year of teaching Physical Education and Health in the Sanford School District.  He spent the majority of his teaching years at Margaret Chase Smith School, and also taught at Sanford High School.  He was a dedicated football coach at Sanford High School for 32 years.  

Richard was predeceased by his father Richard L. Wilkins and mother Helen B. Wilkins.  He is survived by his wife Christine L. Wilkins, daughter Autumn E. Wilkins and her husband Joshua J. Patnaude, his brother Robert Wilkins, and niece Jessica Wilkins. 

As a teacher and coach, Richard was a great role model and had a profound impact on many students in the Sanford community. Richard was known to be a loyal friend to many and always knew what to say in the right moments. As a husband and father, Richard was devoted to family and had an irreplaceable bond with both his wife and daughter.

Richard loved to go north on weekends to spend time with family and friends to ski, fly-fish, and mountain bike. He always worked hard to play hard and lived life to the fullest.

In lieu of flowers, he would be honored if you donate in his memory to a cause that he and his daughter volunteered as fly fishing instructors for 8 years, Casting for Recovery Maine.

Visiting hours for Richard will be held on Friday, October 15th from 3 to 7 PM at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale.  A  Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, October 16th at Noon at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Richard Wilkins, please visit our floral store.

Posted by: MBR on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 7:50 am

Keith Colby Mahaney

March 31, 1933 - November 1, 2021

BANGOR - Keith Colby Mahaney died peacefully after a brief illness on November 1, 2021, in Bangor, Maine at the age of 88.

Keith was born on March 31, 1933, in Easton, Maine to Mona E. (Knight) and Basil V. Mahaney and grew up in Fort Fairfield in "The County" as he called it. He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1951. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1957 with a bachelors of science degree in Education, in 1968 with a master`s in Education, and in 1971 with a certificate of advanced study in Education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. After his college education he moved to Greenville, Maine to teach and coach at the local high school. It was here that he met the love of his life, Karlene. He married his sweetheart on November 7, 1959, and they had two children, Shawn and Mary Keith. Their lives would take them from Greenville to Boothbay Harbor to teach, and eventually to Bangor, where Keith worked for Husson College as the assistant athletic director. In 1979, he left teaching and coaching to open the Holiday Health and Racquet Club in Bangor. Keith spent his life doing everything he loved, playing sports, coaching athletes, and creating lasting relationships and lifelong memories with friends and family. He leaves behind a storied and enduring coaching legacy that reaches beyond the motivation and resilience he taught his students. He leaves behind a legion of student athletes and peers who credit him for helping them achieve their best in sports and life. Keith exemplified what it is like to live with a purpose. Kindness and generosity were the forefront of his remarkable character.

Basketball was a passion for Keith. He was proud, but quietly humble regarding his accomplishments. He was a starter as a freshman at the University of Maine and was chosen as "the outstanding player on Bob Holloways Hoop Squad." As a sophomore, he was on the starting five all season and established his first University of Maine foul shooting record. Keith placed fifth in the nation with a foul shooting record of 81.4% (83 of 102). He led the Yankee Conference in scoring his junior year (23.8) and was the Maine State Series scoring leader with 23.3 points per game. He also set two more University of Maine records - most free throws made in one season (106) and most points in a game (39) against Bates College. Keith returned to the University of Maine after the Korean War for the 1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons. His scoring average in State Series play was 23.5 points a game. He also rewrote the record book, breaking nine individual records. At the time of his graduation, he held 11 of 14 basketball records. He was the all-time scoring leader and the first player in University of Maine history to score 38 points in a Maine State Series game and 39 points in a Yankee Conference game in the same year. Keith earned the following recognition: All- Maine (two years), All-Yankee Conference (two years), All-New England All-Star (one year), and All-American Honorable Mention (two years).

He was inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in1993 and the State of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. On December 21, 1997, Keith received the ultimate honor - his basketball jersey #24 was retired by the University of Maine. In 2004 Keith was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame with the distinction of being the first University of Maine player to receive that honor as a Division I basketball athlete. When Keith was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, he fondly thanked his first basketball coach, Locky Gardner, for teaching him the fundamentals of the game Keith grew to love and their lifelong friendship.

Keith`s sports achievements extend beyond basketball. In 1964 he was the co-founder of the Western Maine Class "D" Football Conference and in 1967 founder and charter member of the Knox-Lincoln Golf League. His awards include Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship in the Community (1967), Students` Outstanding Teacher Award - Husson College (1972), NAIA District #5 New England Golf Coach of the Year (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978), Outstanding Educator Award - Husson College (1978), Distinguished Service Award NAIA District #5 (1968-1978), and Honorary Alumnus Award - Husson College (1982). Keith was inducted into the Husson College Sports Hall of Fame - Golf Coach (1986), State of Maine Racquetball Hall of Fame (1995) and the Maine Golf Hall of Fame (2009).

Carrying his spirit and continuing his legacy are his beloved wife of sixty-one wonderful years, Karlene (Graham) Mahaney; children, Shawn and wife, Wende Mahaney, and Mary Keith and husband, Karl Gurschick; grandchildren, Basil and wife, Lesley Mahaney, Molleigh Mahaney, Maggie Mahaney, Kalee and husband, Andrew Gwarjanski, Karl Gurschick II, and Keith Gurschick; great-grandchildren, Eleanor, Reid, Penelope, Wenzel Gwarjanski and Hadley, and William and Jack Mahaney. Keith is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, teammates, students and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry K. Mahaney; and sister, Gayle and her husband, Philip McCrae.

A celebration of life will be scheduled sometime in the spring/summer of 2022. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fort Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame, c/o Larry Gardner, 28 High School Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Condolences can be sent to 118 Mount Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401.

Posted by: Peacone36 on Mon Nov 15th, 2021 11:29 am
MBR wrote:

Ed Coffin - AKA Geezil on MBR 




Obituary






AUGUSTA, MAINE
Edward Seabury Coffin moved on to the next leg of his journey on Sunday, September 19, 2021. After a valiant fight against cancer, he passed peacefully at his home on Cony Road in Augusta, Maine in the presence of loved ones.
Edward was born in Freeport, Maine on February 18, 1932 to James “Ned” Coffin and Carlene Edith Davis. He was educated in Freeport and Pownal schools. When he expressed a desire to study engineering, there were those who questioned his ability in math and science. Ed always appreciated the “doubters” throughout his life because they cultivated his “just watch me” attitude.
Ed did graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1954. He married his first wife, Delores (Lolly) Dumais, and settled on Cony Road to begin his family. He was employed by the State Highway Commission (MDOT) for a few short months when he was conscripted into the U.S. Army.
Returning in 1957 to work for the State of Maine, he became a Resident Engineer, a designer of bridge structures and a creator of computer software. In 1973, he left state employment to jumpstart the firm of Coffin Engineering & Surveying. He had become accustomed to being told that failure was imminent, but the firm continued to grow. They invested in computers and very early on used color in their drawings. He was quite proud of that - not just the eight Crayola colors but a “zillion shades.” Because of a little serendipity and a whole lot of just doing what needed to be done, his firm developed a substantial working relationship with MBNA in Camden, Maine. This opportunity afforded them many years of incredibly interesting and diverse engineering projects. Ed was also involved with another business venture creating software for surveyors, Coffin Advanced Technologies.
Ed married his second wife, May Ross, in 2005.
Coach Coffin loved high school basketball, particularly the small school intensity. He was known to travel many miles (from Downeast to up in the County) to see a desired contest. Ed was a prolific writer on Maine Basketball Report under the name of “Geezil.” He coached youth league basketball for decades, involved in the game until the age of 72. He was an IAABO basketball referee. Ed’s favorite season was high school basketball tournament season. For many, many years you could count on seeing Ed, wearing his bright yellow jacket, in the very same seat in the stands of the Augusta Civic Center. He was actually given his own dedicated seat in the stand inscribed, “Coach Coffin.”
Ed was also an Augusta East baseball and softball coach for many years. He was a charter member of CARA (Capitol Area Recreation Association), providing ongoing technical, design and engineering services. Not surprisingly, Ed was a charter member of the Kennebec Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
Ed was elected to the Augusta City Council and served two terms, from 2006 - 2011. He decided not to run for a third term because service prevented him from attending the aforementioned February high school tournaments!
Throughout the years, Ed received many prestigious awards and recognitions. In 2006 he was honored with the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as President of the Maine Land Surveyors Association and was named Maine Surveyor of the Year in 1999. He served on the board of directors of the University of Maine Alumni Association.
He was also a member of the following organizations: American Society of Engineers; Maine Society of Land Surveyors; New England Genealogical Society; Maine Genealogical Society; Kennebec Historical Society; and the Freeport Historical Society (Volunteer of the Year in 2018).
Ed Coffin’s intellect, energy and curiosity was a true inspiration. He played the guitar and sang along to classics like Hank Snow. He loved a lively political discussion. Ed was a published author and researcher. His works include “Descendants of Abner Coffin and Mary Rawlins”, “The Early Freeport Settlers”, and “The Early Harpswell Settlers.” He also was the creator of many historic period maps involving Freeport, Pownal and Harpswell. Ed was a much sought-after public speaker on these subjects.
Ed Coffin was predeceased by his parents; his siblings, Fred James Coffin and Carol Diane Fogg; his first wife, Lolly; and his granddaughter, Mary Coffin. He is survived by his wife, May Ross Coffin; his sons Kent of Rochester, NH; Kane of Pittston, ME; Kerry (Wanda) of Concord, NH; and James (Jennifer) Coffin of Farmingdale, ME; and his daughter, Luanne Collins of Augusta, ME; his stepson, Rick (Lauren) Ross of Waterville, ME; and stepdaughters Julie (Mark) O’Brien, Anita (Mike) Hopkins, and Heather (Keith) Priest, all of Augusta, ME. He is also survived by several grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
As Coach Coffin would say, “Good things happen when you persist and believe.”
The family would like to express much gratitude to Lynn, Sherry, Karen, Katie and Brandi who provided such comfort and care these past several months.
Family and friends may visit from 2-4 PM on Sunday, Sept. 26th at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday Sept. 27th at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta, ME. Burial will be at 11 AM Tuesday Sept. 28th in Woodlawn Cemetery, Freeport, ME.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capitol Area Recreation Association, P.O. Box 5275, Augusta, Maine 04332-5275, or to the Augusta Food Bank, 161 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330.
Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.plummerfh.com .

Popping in for the first time in a while and sad to see this. I meet Geezil once a long time ago at PCHS. always enjoyed his commentary.