Category Archives: Obituaries

Flora Katherine (Rideout) Drouin, 1948 – 2018

Flora Katherine (Rideout) Drouin, 70, passed away unexpectedly at CMMC, Sept. 10, 2018, in Lewiston.
She was born in Gardiner on Jan. 28, 1948. She was married to the love of her life, Robert J. Drouin Sr., for 53 years. Keep reading

Garrett Russell Drew, 30

NEW GLOUCESTER – Garrett Russell Drew, 30, passed away early August 25, 2018, as the result of a car accident in Oxford. Keep reading

Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccaci, 1944-2018

AUBURN – Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccaci, formerly of New Gloucester, Maine, passed away peacefully at Schooner Estate residential care facility in Auburn, Maine after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.  Her husband, August T. Jaccaci Jr, was by her side. Keep reading

In Memorium – Joanne Jaccaci

Joanne Jaccaci participating in a phone bank effort in Nov. 2004.

Tribute to a local activist   By Patti Mikkelsen

I have sad news to report that I learned via Facebook on Sunday – Joanne Jaccaci died very recently.

For those of you who may remember her, Joanne became the first caucus convener of the present NG Dems committee in 2004. She organized the caucus that was standing room only at the Meetinghouse. Joanne and her husband Gus hosted the committee’s first meetings at their home on the Penney Road.

Here’s what one of her daughters wrote in a Facebook post, “For those of you who knew and loved her, my mother, Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccacci passed away last night after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia at the age of 73. We all had the opportunity to sit with her during this past week, sing to her and play her favorite music and tell her how much she meant to all of us. She left us peacefully with her husband Gus by her side. There will be a wake at noon on Sunday Aug 26th, followed immediately by a service from 2 to 3 all at Cote Funeral Home in Saco. Those who wish are welcome to come to an open house at my residence after the service to celebrate her life. If you have any stories of my mom you wish to share at the service, please let me know as well.”

I got in touch with Vicki asking her to provide Gus’s mailing address as Mick and I want to send him a sympathy card, which she did. For anyone who would like to follow suit, send a card to:

Gus Jaccaci
200 Stetson Rd #107
Auburn ME 04210

Linda Louise (Snow) Parker, 74

PORTLAND – Linda Louise (Snow) Parker passed away July 6, 2018. She was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Lewiston, to Herbert and Phyllis (Segars) Snow.
Linda graduated from New Gloucester High School and earned a nursing degree from New England Deaconess School of Nursing. Keep reading

Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63

WINDHAM – Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63, passed away on June 8, 2018, just three months after a heartbreaking diagnosis of stage four metastatic cancer. Holly passed in the comfort of her daughter’s home, while peacefully holding on to her children’s hands, with several family and friends outside chatting on the patio in the evening sun. Keep reading

Danielle Bishop, 29

Danielle Bishop, 29, passed away on April 27, 2018, due to complications of open-heart surgery.
Danielle received the gift of life when she had a heart transplant at the age of 14.
She was a very courageous and brave young woman to go through everything she had to endure in her life. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loved her and supported her through her short time on this earth.
A memorial visitation will be held 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray.
For a more extended obituary please go to www.wilsonfhllc.com.

Royce Foreman, 18

Royce Foreman of Gray, beloved son of Royce A. Foreman and Renee M. Conlogue Foreman, was born exactly at midnight on the evening/morning between August 1st and 2nd in 1999. He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. with his parents, brother Reid, aunts, uncle and cousin by his side. Royce was a graduate of Gray, New Gloucester High School (The Patriots) and was currently attending Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Keep reading

Lorraine Blake, 68

AUBURN – Lorraine Beverly (Berry) Blake, longtime former resident of New Gloucester, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside, March 14, 2018, after a courageous, heart-wrenching battle with dementia.
Lorraine was born July 9, 1949, in Lewiston, daughter of Hugh W. Berry and Beverly M. Pike. She grew up with her sister Sandra at the home their father built on Weymouth Road in the Village of Dry Mills in Gray.
Lorraine attended Dry Mills School, Pennell School, and was a 1967 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School, where she was Salutatorian. Keep reading

Howard Merritt Verrill, 83

Howard Merritt Verrill, 83, of New Gloucester, passed away in the comfort of his home, on Feb. 23, 2018. He was born in New Gloucester, on March 4, 1934, to parents Merritt and Angie Verrill. He graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1951. Keep reading