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In Flanders Fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.



Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Sabattus

Hosted by American Legion Harry J Conway Post 135






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Lynch Brothers Funeral Home 


William “Bill” Penard


William “Bill” A. Pinard, 71, a lifelong resident of Sabattus passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a short illness with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on January 5, 1948 in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Arthur and Geraldine Pinard. He graduated from Sabattus High School in 1966. He was enlisted in the Navy from 1967 to 1971. After an honorable discharge from the Navy he worked in construction for Blue Rock.

In 1971 Bill married the love of his life and the apple of his eye, Pauline Nadeau, on August 14, 1971. After marrying, he worked for Hemonds Dairy as a milkman and for his brother at A.F. Paradis Co. Bill also worked for a short time at BIW until he was hired at Bates College where he worked for over 30 years, retiring in 2013.

In 1984, while still working full time at Bates College, he decided to start his own plumbing and heating business, Bill Pinard and Son Plumbing and Heating. In March of 2004, Mark started working full time for his father. Shortly after they brought on his son-in-law Mike and together the three worked side-by-side as a team.

As the years went by, he hired other family members such as his grandsons Kyle and Keith and granddaughter Hayley. All having helped build this small family company into the business that currently employs 23 people who have all become part of their extended family.

He was well known in the community for his big smile, contagious laugh and ability to light up any room he walked into. He loved sports but especially basketball and baseball. He loved working outdoors but most of all loved spending time with his family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center for their wonderful and compassionate care of Bill and his family.

Bill was also a very proud Vietnam War Veteran and proud member of the American Legion, Harry J. Conway Post 135, in Sabattus.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Pauline. His daughter Tina and her husband Mike Ridley of Sabattus. His son Mark Pinard and his wife Cindy of Wales; six grandchildren, Kayla Ridley and fiancé Brian Rench of Sabattus, Kyle Ridley of Saco, Hayley Pinard and fiancé Zac Charette of Wales, Kelsey and Hayden William Pinard of Wales and Keith Kramarz of Wales; Two and a half great-grandchildren, Laila Ridley, Wesley Charette and coming in February, Easton William Rench. His brother Robert Pinard and wife Cheryl of Sabattus, sisters Jacki Gahagan of Lewiston and Connie and her husband Robert Donoghue of Sabattus.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Matty Gahagan.




Lewiston Sun Journal

October 23, 2019

Rodney Woodrum Jr.


Portland - Rodney Woodrum Jr., 83, of Sabattus passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 in Portland.

He was born on Christmas Day in 1935 to Rodney and Allie Woodrum Sr. in Ward, W.Va.

Rodney served his country retiring after 20 years in The United States Air Force doing tours in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He also retired from Bath Iron Works in 1995.

He enjoyed bee keeping, cooking, gardening and making maple syrup.

Rodney was a member of the American Legion Post 135, Webster Masonic Lodge 164 of Wales, Lewiston Lodge of Elks, and Sabattus Knights of Columbus Council 13181.

Preceding him in death are his parents; sister, Barbara Amrhein and brother, Roy Woodrum.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 60 years, Sonia Whitehouse Woodrum of Sabattus; daughter, Lisa Roy of Sabattus, son, Jeffry Woodrum; grandchildren, Kristin Warner and Heath Woodrum; sisters, Alice Barnett of Columbia, S.C., Phyllis Rutan of Red House, W.Va., and Brenda Goldman of Cross Lanes, W.Va., brothers, Jack Woodrum of San Antonio, George Woodrum of Bancroft, W.Va., and Russell Woodrum of Denver; great-grandchildren, Shaylie and Kamden Warner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lewiston Sun Journal

June 1, 2019


Anthony R. Camardese

Past Post Commander



LEWISTON – Anthony R. Camardese, 85, of Greene, Maine, passed away on Wednesday May 29, 2019, at Woodlands Memory Care in Lewiston. He was born in Ona Aquila, Italy on May 5, 1934, a son of the late Savario and Ida (Rotellini) Camardese.


At the age of 13 he came to the United States to begin a new life in America. In 1948 he enlisted in The U.S Navy where he proudly served his country for 20 years until his honorable discharge in 1968. He served during the Korean Conflict and in The Vietnam War. He was a great patriot of this country.


In 1948, he married the true love of his life, Janet Hamel. He was a very positive person whose upbeat personality just lit up any room he walked into. He taught his children to never tell a lie and never dishonor their country or family. He earned the distinct privilege to serve as an Honor Guard at President John F. Kennedy’s Funeral Ceremony in 1963 .


Upon retiring from the Navy in 1968 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, he went on to continue his education at The University of Maine where he received his bachelor’s degree in Education with a major in History. He then went on to have a very successful career as a history teacher at Lewiston High School until his retirement. In 1986 he was honored as a Presidential Scholar and traveled to Washington D.C. to personally receive this award from President Ronald Reagan, whom he greatly admired. He was a member of VET 160, American Legion Post 135 and The VFW in Auburn. Beyond all of his achievements, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening and spending time with his grandchildren


Anthony is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet Camardese; a son, Gino Camardese and wife Joan of Greene, a daughter, Dr. Tonie Crandall and husband Stephen of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Andrew Camardese, Jenna Sfraga, Stephen Crandall, Julie Crandall, Rebecca Lesagonicz; a brother, Zachary Camardese and wife Amy, two sisters, Lucy DeVito and husband Lino, Gemma Colianni and husband Angelo.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Julie Camardese; and a brother, Vincente Camardese.






Clarence Hinkley Jr.


January 14, 1937 – April 21, 2019


LEWISTON – I lost my best friend, the love of my life of 62 years. We know you are in a better place, but it’s not easy to accept. You were the best father our three sons could have had.


He was born on Jan. 14, 1937 in Lewiston, the son of the late Clarence Hinkley Sr. and Harriet (Young) Hinkley. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and Reserves for seven years. In his younger years, he served the town of Sabattus as the code enforcement officer and plumbing and electrical inspector. He retired from BIW after 45 years of dedicated service as an engineer and designer. He will be deeply missed by many.


He is survived by his loving wife, Simone of Sabattus; his three children, Clarence “Skip” and his wife, Jennifer of Richmond, Guy and his wife, Stacey of Winthrop and Lee and his wife, Jaynne of Monmouth. He also leaves behind his sister, Marilyn Austin and her husband, Paul of Topsham; along with his grandchildren, Jamie Hinkley of Lewiston, Amber Jade and her husband, Bjorn Coyne of Winthrop, Shelbie Braithwood and her husband, Andy of Winthrop; his great-grandchildren, Isabelle Berry, Sophia Hinkley, Elyse and Jac-lynne Hinkley and Emma and Bradley Braithwood; and two very special cousins, Carolyn Robertson and Brother Irenee Richard who were always there for us when we needed extra support. He loved all of his cousins.





Source:  Dignity Memorial


Harry W. Dixon

May 14, 1923 – October 28, 2018


Skowhegan – Harry W. Dixon Jr., 95, of Skowhegan, passed away on Sunday October 28, 2018 at The Cedar Ridge Nursing Home in Skowhegan with his loving family by his side. He was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine on May 14, 1923, the son of the late Harry W. Dixon Sr. and Alice (Lewis) Dixon.


He served his country in the U. S. Army during WW II. He landed on the beaches of Normandy during the Great Invasion of Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe where he earned and was issued The World War II Victory Medal.


Following his Honorable Discharge from the Service, he married his sweetheart, Mary Gertrude Golder on August 10, 1946 at Trinity Church in Lewiston. She passed away in 1983. He then married Charlene Black in 2000 who passed away in 2003. He lived and worked in the Lewiston area his entire life as a watch and clock serviceman, many of those years at J. Dostie Jewelry on Lisbon St. He was very proud of having gone to Switzerland to earn his certification as a Rolex Technician.


He was a lifetime member of Trinity Church in Lewiston, civil defense director in Sabattus, fireman, reserve officer, a member of the Sabattus and Skowhegan Legions, the Exchange Club of Auburn and was also a very dedicated Boy Scout Leader in Sabattus. In his spare time, he was known as a man who loved to tinker with anything he could get his hands on.


Harry was a man who loved being involved with his community, serving his country and especially spending time with his family.


Harry is survived by his special friend: Thelma Lever, 2 children: Stephen Dixon and wife Kathy of Warren, Me., Carol Corson of Skowhegan, 5 Grandchildren: Tabetha, Todd, Justin, Stephen Jr., Matthew, 9 Great-grandchildren, Daughter-in-law: Gwyn Dixon of Whitefield, a niece: Nancy MacDougall and husband Jim, her daughter Jessica and husband Michael and their daughter: Adeline. Besides his parents, Harry was predeceased by his wife Mary Gertrude in 1983 and wife Charlene in 2003, his son: David Dixon and his brother Wallace Dixon.


The family would like to give special thanks to the girls from Care and Comfort, Mainely Elder Care and the staff at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home for the love and care they showed Harry in his later years. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Harry’s guestbook at




Lewiston Sun Journal

May 25, 2018

Richard "Frenchie" Denis

1937 - 2018


LEWISTON — Richard Albert “Frenchie” Denis, 81, of Hebron died Monday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.


He was born April 15, 1937, in Lewiston, the son of Philomene and Frank Denis. He participated in Boy Scouts as a youth and was altar boy several years for Saints Peters and Paul Church.


He worked at BIW for 30 years. He also served in the Maine Army National Guard for 26 years.


He was predeceased by his parents.


He is survived by his loving wife, Angie M. Denis, of Hebron; sister, Lorraine Levesque, of Greene; brother, Ray Denis, of Henderson, Nev.; children Matthew, David and Andrew; and stepchildren Priscilla and Ricky; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Member of Sabattus American Legion Post 135 for 12 years.




Lewiston Sun Journal

Friday, June 2, 2017



Donat L. Fournier

Past Post Commander

1937 – 2017


SABATTUS — Donat “Don” L. Fournier Sr., 80, passed away Thursday, June 1, in his home, with his family at his side.

He was born Jan. 10, 1937 in Auburn, the son of Paul and Lillian Fournier. He attended Auburn schools. He served in the U.S. Army 1954 to 1957. In 1958, he married Joan Caron and together they raised three children.

Don worked as a contractor and truck driver most of his life. He took great pride in his family and his home. He is remembered most for always giving a helping hand to anyone in need.

He is a lifetime member of the Harry J. Conway, Post 135 American Legion and a member of the Pastime Club, Lewiston.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Caron) Fournier; their three children, Karen Connor and her husband, John, of Lewiston, Lyn Carroll and her husband, Greg, of Virginia, and Donat “Don” Fournier Jr. and his wife, Ronda. of Sabattus; as well as his seven grandchildren, Patricia Veilleux and her husband, Richard, Chad Fournier and his fiancée, Natasha, Joshua Connor, Ryan Michaud and his wife, Sara, Candace Baker and her husband, Joshua, Caleb Fournier and his wife, Chelsea and Christine Carroll; and seven great-grandchildren, Jacob Veilleux, Leanna Mulligan, Owen Michaud, Sophia Veilleux, Alyvia Fournier, Evan Michaud, and Nora Fournier. He is also survived by his siblings, Joyce St. Pierre and her husband, Roger, of Auburn, George Fournier and his wife, Joyce, of Tennessee, Lillian Wright and her husband, Sumner "Dutch,” of Florida, Leroy Fournier and his wife, Elaine, of Lewiston, and Pauline Paradis of Poland; and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Maxine Fournier, and Lillian (Michaud) Fournier and his siblings, Paul Fournier Jr., Claire St. Laurent, and Victor Fournier.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Maine Medical Center T3 and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their dedication to Don. You made him feel safe, secure and loved.





Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Eugene B. Deslauriers

1925 – 2016


LEWISTON — Eugene B. Deslauriers, 90, formerly of 18 Union St., Sabattus, died Wednesday, April 13, at Montello Manor in Lewiston.


Born in Lewiston on Oct. 20, 1925, he was the son of Josephat and Yvonne Sylvain Deslauriers.


Educated locally, he left high school early to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve during World War II. After the war, he returned to Maine and on April 12, 1947, married the former Muriel Scott. He was employed for a while at the Farnsworth Mill in Lisbon and later went to work as a truck driver for Anthoine Rubber Co. in Lewiston.


He enjoyed hunting and fishing, home-brewing his own beer and was always tinkering with projects around the house. A devoted father to his two sons, he was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while they were growing up. He had strong ties to the Sabattus area, serving on the board of directors of the Sabattus Regional Credit Union, as a member of the American Legion Post No. 135 and as a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church.


Besides his loving wife of Lewiston, survivors include a son, Michael and wife, Ann, of Sabattus; a sister, Irene Boisvert of Georgetown and Lauderhill, Fla.; three grandchildren, Vicki Roy, Michael Deslauriers II and Amy Morissette; five great-grandchildren, Keagan Deslauriers, Emily Roy, Abriana Deslauriers, Olivia Roy and Isaac Morissette; and nieces and nephews, Terence Nadeau, Raymond Boisvert, Robert Boisvert, Janet Scott Wood and Robert Scott.


Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, David Deslauriers; brother-in-law, Donat Boisvert; brother and sister-in-law, Hector and Maxine Nadeau; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Loreen Scott; and nephew, Donat Boisvert.



Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Alcide L. Castonguay

 1949 - 2015


BOWDOIN — Alcide L. Castonguay, 65, of Bowdoin, passed away on Monday, April 27, at his home.


He was born in Lewiston on Oct. 2, 1949, a son of the late Antoine and Yvette (Dube) Castonguay. He grew up in the Sabattus area and attended local schools there. He was a graduate of Sabattus High School, Class of 1967.


In 1968, Al enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for 20 years. During that time, he attended the University of New Hampshire from 1977 to 1984 and received his bachelor’s degree in management.


In 1972, he married Connie Tomlinson and they had three children.


From 1986 to 1988, he attended West Coast University, where he earned his master’s degree in management Information systems. On Dec. 3, 2013, he married Arlene Duricko in Key West, Fla., and the two have resided in Bowdoin ever since.


Alcide has been a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus for 24 years and he was also a selectman in Sabattus for six years. He was very passionate about the farm and working on it. He put a lot of time and effort into the farm, as well as his love for maple sugaring. He also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and hunting when he could.


Alcide will always be remembered as being amazing. He was one of those fellas that would always lend a helping hand. He was quick to snicker and had a dry sense of humor. His grandchildren, Aiden Ensor, Hunter Castonguay and Isla Hankins were his pride and joy. He loved them fiercely and supported them generously in all things they enjoyed.


He is survived by wife, Arlene of Bowdoin; his children, Gary Castonguay of Sabattus, Angela Castonguay of Key West, Fla., Sarah Ensor of Hagerstown, Md., Erica McIver of Bowdoin, Carrie McIver of Lawrence, Mass., and Larry McIver and his wife, Ellen, of Brunswick. He also leaves behind his siblings, Julien Castonguay and his wife, Donna, of Sabattus, Denis Castonguay and his wife, Irene, of Sabattus, Aline Moore and her husband, Phil, of Missouri, Maurice Castonguay and his wife, Janice, of Cape Cod, Mass., and Monnette Lane of Texas; a brother-in-law, Normand LaChance of Sabattus; as well as three grandchildren.


He was predeceased by his sister, Ann LaChance.

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gerard R. Galipeau

 1938 - 2014


WALES — Gerard R. Galipeau, 76, a resident of Wales, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, at his home surrounded by his loving family.


He was born March 10, 1938, in Lewiston, the son of Gerard and Therese (Beaule) Galipeau. Gerard attended Lewiston schools.


On Nov. 5, 1960, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus, Gerard and Lorette Morissette were married.


He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. Gerry worked as a millwright at International Paper in Jay, and worked with various construction companies before starting his own carpentry business, known as G.R. Galipeau Construction.


He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going to his camp in West Forks.


Gerard was a member of the Eagles Club in Lewiston and the American Legion in Sabattus.


He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorette Galipeau of Wales; his children and their spouses, Lena Galipeau and Don Champagne of Wales, Dorothy and Fred Mason of Lisbon, Gerard Galipeau Jr. and Lisa White of Wales; seven grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Chrissandra, Jack and girlfriend, Amethyst, Tom and wife, Angella, Wendy and husband, Noel, Thomas and wife, Nancy, Amanda and husband, Michael, and Hunter; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Morissette of Florida and Jeanette McCarthy of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by his parents; his mother-and father-in-law; and several special aunts and uncles.



Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Robert A. Levesque Sr.

1936 – 2014


LEWISTON — Robert A. Levesque Sr., 78, a resident of Sabattus, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 7, at Central Maine Medical Center.


 He was born in Sanford on May 23, 1936, a son of the late Alfred J. and Geraldine (Bodwell) Levesque. Bob attended Sanford schools and graduated from Sanford High School, Class of 1954.


He served for five years in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service in Korea, he was employed at Pioneer Plastics in Sanford and moved to Auburn in 1965, as a foreman as well as co-owner of Pollyanna’s Catering for 11 years with his wife, Pauline. He retired from Pioneer Plastics in 1988 as a project manager. He also served as scoutmaster of Troop 327 in Sanford and served as a committee member for Scout Troop 111 in Auburn for a number of years. During retirement, Bob was employed for 15 years at Sears, retiring in 2007.


The Franco American War Veterans Association was a huge part of his life. He spent countless hours donating his time and held almost all elected positions in the organization, including national vice commander. He was a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus and a member of the AMVETS Post 6 in New Gloucester.


He is survived by his wife, the former Pauline Brosseau, whom he married on Sept. 1, 1958, of Sabattus; one daughter, Debra Sparks and her husband, Thomas, of Rumford; three sons, Robert A. Levesque Jr. and his wife, Wendy, of Turner, Randy Levesque and his wife, Jennifer, of Lisbon and Raymond Levesque and his wife, Cindy, of Mechanic Falls; one brother, Richard Levesque and his wife, Patricia, of Springvale; three sisters, Patricia Morin and her husband, Roland, of Sun City, Ariz., Linda France of Sanford and Shirley Demers and her husband, David, of Sanford; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a special aunt and uncle, Yvonne and Philip Randall; as well as two sisters, Joanne Gray and Jacqueline Demers; and a brother, Ronald J. Levesque.



Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Ralph H. Bailey Jr.

1926 - 2013

SABATTUS — Ralph H. Bailey Jr., 87, of Chadbourne Road in Lewiston, died on Monday, Aug. 19, at the home of his daughter Judy Pinard where he had been staying for the last few months.


He was born on March 12, 1926, the son of the late Ralph H. and Gertrude (Brink) Bailey in Farmingdale. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1943. Ralph joined the Army-Air Force and served in WWII as a tail-gunner in the Pacific Theatre in the 500th Bomber Squadron.


On June 12, 1948, he married the love of his life, Frances V. Terrio, in Sabattus. He worked for Ducharme Bros. and Satler Corp. as a mason, then at Bates College until his retirement. Ralph was a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus and Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus.


Ralph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, he loved camping and hunting, and he and Frances traveled across the U.S. to Alaska. He especially enjoyed his plane and flying out of Twitchells Airport with his friends, Cedric Abbot, Bob Chouinard and Dick Thayer.


Ralph is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances; two sons, Michael and his wife, Claire Bailey, of Poland, William and his wife, Janice Bailey, of Sabattus; and one daughter, Trudy and her husband, Ronald Pinard, of Sabattus; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Freeda Fickett Merrill of Ft. Myers, Fla.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Alden and George; and a sister, Ermengarde Tibbetts.


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Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guy Frechette


BOSTON — Guy Frechette, 65, of Monmouth passed away peacefully at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center on the evening of July 17, in the presence of his family.


Born and educated in Lewiston, Guy was proud of having earned his GED. He worked locally as an automotive mechanic and was known to have an extraordinary, self-taught sense of how things worked.


He took great pride in being able to provide for his family by fixing things that were broken and creating useful things out of nearly nothing.


He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, earning medals for service, including a Purple Heart which he recently accepted, but struggled to feel he deserved. He returned from Vietnam, carrying burdens he had difficulty overcoming.


He had tremendous love for his family despite strained relationships he struggled to repair and was grateful for mended relationships in his later years.


He leaves behind his wife and greatest love, Marlene; his children, Annette and Mike, Dianna, Robert, Amy, Tammy and Michael and their spouses; brothers, Henry and Denis and sister, Connie, and their spouses, including Joselyn Frechette, a special person in his life; and many much-loved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his special friend, Bob, who helped him heal greatly in recent years.


Guy chose a simple cremation without a service in keeping with the simplicity of his life, wishing that any celebrations be in remembrance of his life.



Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Rowena 'Red' J. Wright

1924 – 2015


AUBURN — Rowena “Red” J. Wright, 91, of Sabattus passed away after a brief illness at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.


She was born in Wilton on Feb. 14, 1924, the daughter of the late Gerry and Caroline (McLaughlin) Swett. She attended local schools and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1942. On June 22, 1942, she married her husband, Wallace Wright, and together, they raised their family of two children.


Rowena worked many years at Shaw’s supermarket, checking out the first customer in the Auburn store, before she retired from full-time work. She later became a lunch aide at Longley Elementary School until the age of 80, when she stopped working.


Red was a person that loved adventure, excitement and taking daredevil chances. On her 90th birthday, she jumped on the back of a snowmobile for a nice ride and had plans to skydive. Being outside and camping was always a pleasurable event for Red, and she spent 37 years at Muskegon Campground in Oxford. While there, she would ride in the back of the race cars from Oxford Plains Speedway and make trips around the campground.


She was an Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary member for over 70 years. In all of those years, she only missed one Memorial Day parade. No matter the time of year, you could count on Red having some Drumstick ice cream cones and any kind of chocolate.


She is survived by her daughter, Shelia and her husband, Francisco Ortiz, of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Arrica Wright Cooper and her husband, Robert Cooper, Natasha Wright, Jennifer Meza, and Joshua W. and his wife, Natalia Ortiz; and three great-grandchildren, Alexandre Meza, Devon Meza and Sydney W. Cooper. Rowena was predeceased by her husband; her son, Gerry Wright in 2010; and her sister, Delcena Welch.


She will be missed by many friends and family members.

Post 135

American Legion Auxiliary


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Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wallace E. Wright

Past Post Commander

1925 – 2010


AUBURN — Wallace E. Wright, 84, a resident of Island Road in Sabattus, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, at the Hospice House, with family at his side.


He was born in Sabattus, July 30, 1925, a son of Arthur and Jennie (Ligget) Wright. He was educated in local schools and remained a lifelong and active resident of this community. On June 22, 1944, he married Rowena Swett. He was a veteran of the military, having served his country in the Navy during World War II.


He was an extremely dedicated, loyal and active member of his community and a very patriotic American who took great pride in his country and helping others. For many years, he was a volunteer for various local community groups and would strip copper to get money that he could donate to many different deserving community groups in need.


His civic memberships included years on the Sabattus Fire Department and school board as well as serving as a Sabattus selectman, member of Sabattus Senior Citizens and a volunteer and leader for the Sabattus Boy Scouts.


He was a member and strong supporter of both the VFW and the American Legion and was a 64-year member of Sabattus Legion Post 135, where he held an official office almost every year, including serving as a seven-time past commander and past legion county commander. For more than 50 years, he participated in every Sabattus Memorial Day parade and in 1978, he donated the land and building where the current post stands today. In 1988, a new addition to the building was constructed and dedicated to the post from Wallace and his brothers.


He was a 59-year member of the Masons, serving in various chairs throughout the years, including past master of Webster Lodge 164. He was a member and past worthy patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Lakeside Chapter 60, as well as a member of Kora Temple Shrine. For many years, he donated his own money to provide tickets for local children to attend the Shrine Circus.

Among his favorite enjoyments in his free time were playing horseshoes, cribbage, billiards, fishing, cooking and camping, as he and his wife Rowena spent 38 summers as regulars at Two Lakes Campground in Oxford.


He leaves his wife of 65 years, Rowena Wright of Sabattus; a daughter, Shelia Ortiz and her husband, Frank, of Elizabeth, N.J.; four grandchildren, Arrica Cooper and husband, Robert, Natasha Wright, Jennifer Meza and husband, Javier and Joshua Ortiz; two great-grandchildren, Alex Meza and Devon Meza; a great-granddaughter, Sydney Cooper, soon to be born, due March 1; two sisters, Mildred Darling and Shirley Duquette, both of Sabattus; a brother, Robert Wright and wife, Rita, also of Sabattus; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wright and Vada Wright.


He was predeceased by his son, Gerry W. Wright on Feb. 5 in Florida; his brothers, Albion, James, Phillip and George; and his sisters, Edna, Mary and Margaret. He will be missed dearly by many nieces and nephews.