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230 COTTAGE RD
SOUTH PORTLAND, ME 04106-3802
Hobbs Funeral Home
South Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 799-4472
Elizabeth A. Hobbs
South Portland, Maine
Hobbs Funeral Home
Phone: (207) 883-5599
June 5, 1927 - July 19, 2014
Cape Elizabeth John M. Maxwell, 87, of Cape Elizabeth died Saturday, July 19th at Maine Medical Center.
Grandpa John, a man who will be missed here on earth more than he will ever know. He is with Jesus now but he will always be with those who love him too! I will see him when I see John Deere ford tractors, lobster boats, beautiful birds and sneaky squirrels. I will hear his voice singing Happy Birthday year after year and his contagious laugh at the end of every joke. I will see him licking his vanilla ice cream as I lick my flavor of the month. And at the end of the day when I say my prayers, it will be because of Godly men including him who taught me who Jesus is so I too can know what true joy is! Love you Grandpa more than you'll ever know. Your Missy.
Visiting hours will be 1-2 p.m., followed by 2 p.m. memorial service, on Wednesday, July 23 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
October 12, 1938 - July 19, 2014
SCARBOROUGHMerlin A. White died peacefully at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Saturday, July 19, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer.
Merlin was born October 12, 1938 in Ludlow, Maine, the son of Cyril and Velma White.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963.
Merlin married Sonya Bither in February of 1962. They lived in Houlton, then moved to Scarborough in 1964.
Merlin, who was a Teamster of Local 340, worked as a truck driver for ODonnells Express, who over the years was bought out by Sanborns and then APA, where he retired after 30 years of driving. After retirement, Merlin became a part-time bus driver for the Scarborough School Department for 19 years.
Merlin was predeceased by his parents, Cyril and Velma White and his sister, Charlotte Reeves.
Surviving is his wife, Sonya White; daughters, Sandra White, and Linda White Mitchell and her husband, Michael; son, Merl White Jr.: two grandsons, William and A.J. Mitchell; many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be 5-8 p.m., Thursday, July 24 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route One, Scarborough. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074 or Scarborough Fire & Rescue, Oak Hill Station, 246 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Viola, Gaetano "Kita"
December 3, 1921 - July 15, 2014
Gaetano Anthony Viola died peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his home in South Portland.
Born December 3, 1921 in Portland, Gaetano was the son of the late Saverio and Filomena (Rossini) Viola. He grew up in little Italy on Newbury St in Portland. He attended North School and was a communicant of St. Peters church and later Holy Cross church in S Portland.
As a young child of the great depression in an immigrant family, he learned the values of family and hard work. He sold newspapers in downtown Portland on the streets and in offices. He earned a penny for every paper he sold. He was befriended by Miss Young and Miss Gaudette in the offices of the J.R. Libby Department Stores. Each year they would save pennies and nickels and use the money to send him to Camp Gregory during the summer. Up until his death he spoke fondly of them and his time at camp.
As he got older he followed his brother Joe to the Portland waterfront and found work unloading fish. At 14 he found himself on a commercial fishing boat heading out on his first trip. They had a great catch and he went home with a fist full of cash. As was always the case, he gave his earnings to his mother to help feed and care for his nine siblings. Thus began a fishing career that lasted 50+ years.
Kita worked on several boats out of Portland and was well known on the fishing community. He fished from the Grand Banks to the Gulf of Mexico. After retiring from fishing in the 1980s, he continued working on the waterfront with his son Fred, contracting with boats for unloading at the Portland Fish Exchange. He continued working until he was well into his 80s. In 1998 he was featured in a Young at Heart segment on WGME, still unloading fish at the age of 76. In 1994 he and his brother Sam were poster boys for the national industry Fish Expo.
Drafted during WWII, Kita was a sergeant in Pattons 3rd army. Among other efforts, he was in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and the liberation of the Mauthausen-Gusen camp in Austria.
Upon returning home he working on a tug boat in Boston until he was able to secure a site on a fishing boat out of Portland.
He and his wife Mary were married in Portsmouth, N.H. in May 1949. They had seven children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Two of their children died shortly after birth.
Kitas purpose in life was family. He would sacrifice anything to provide for his family and anything he earned went to them first. He loved family gatherings, the larger the better. Kita had a passion for music, especially opera and big band. He also enjoyed the ponies and owned two race horses.
He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Mary (Robinson) in December 2013; brothers, Santino, Benjamin, Constantino, and Pasquale; sisters, Tomasina Reynolds and Mary Mayberry.
He is survived by brothers, Anthony of Portland, Saverio and Phillip of S. Portland; children Frederick and his wife Margaret, David and his wife Lisa all of S Portland, Robin Graffam and her husband Eric of Scarborough, Paul of Marietta, GA, and Helen Smith and her husband Richard of Manchester, NH; grandchildren Christopher, Jennifer, Benjamin, and Joshua Viola all of S Portland, Jeffrey Graffam of Boston, MA, Erica (Graffam) Hamilton of Austin, TX, Mary Graffam and Jacob Viola of Washington, DC; great-grandchildren Joseph Urbano of Gray, Mykala Montecalvo of S. Portland, Anna and Brody Viola of Portland, and Abbey and Kennedy Hamilton of Austin, TX; and many nieces and nephews.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations in be made in memory of Gaetano to S Portland Food Cupboard, P.O Box 2892, S Portland, ME 04116
October 18, 1928 - July 14, 2014
Westbrook - Joseph passed in peace on Monday July 14, 2014 at the Springbrook Center in Westbrook to be with his beloved wife Loraine who predeceased him in January 2005. He was the born on October 18, 1928, the son of Bernice Kimbar and Joseph I. Roszka. He grew up in the Polish neighborhood of Portland speaking several languages before learning English when he attended grade school in Portland. In his youth he shipped out on the tankers that would come into the Portland harbor and traveled all over the world. He had many stories that he would share of his travels, the sights that he saw and the experiences he had as a young man. He served in the Army stationed in Alaska during the Korean Conflict in the 1950s.
He married Loraine Hainer Thornton on June 30, 1963, and they were married for 41 years before her death in January 2005. He was employed as a welder for Bancroft & Martin, Arrowhead Space, Huntington Beach, CA., Pine State ByProducts and Golten Ship Repair before retiring due to poor health.
He was an avid reader and loved books, sometimes reading 2-3 books per week. He kept current on the news and read every paper he could get his hands on and was well versed in all that was happening in the Portland area and throughout the world. He loved fishing and would often spend a morning or afternoon on one of the piers in Portland fishing always according to the tide schedule. He gave away most all of the fish he caught, but once in awhile he would bring home the fish to be cooked for the family cat, Howard.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Zanar and Charles and sisters Nellie, Mary, Annie and Pauline. He is survived by a son Frank Roszka of Florida and a daughter Sheila R. Barret as well as his step-children, Cheryl T. Jensen (Eric) of South Portland and
Michael D. Thornton (DeAnne) of Centreville, VA., several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces.
A time of remembrance and scattering of his ashes will be held at a later date this summer. In lieu of flowers if so desired donations may be made to the American Lung Association in Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME. 04330, or St. Ansgar Lutheran Church Sewing Group, 515 Woodfords Street, Portland, ME 04103.
Mountfort, G. Richard
January 20, 1922 - July 14, 2014
Portland - Rev. G. Richard Mountfort, Jr, of 48 Birchwood Ave., Cousins Island, Yarmouth, ME, born January 20, 1922, son of George R and Helen (Hinckley) Mountfort, went to heaven to meet his Savior at 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning, July 14, 2014. His wife of 27 years, Esther Robie (Blake) Mountfort, was with him at the time of his death.
He loved God and served Him faithfully for over 60 years as pastor, teacher, camp director, and even bus driver! He served at Emmanual Baptist Church in Pawtucket,RI after graduating from Barrington Bible College, in Barrington, RI, then went on to pastor several churches, including Evangelical Baptist Church in Laconia, NH, York St. Baptist Church in York, ME, Wentworth Baptist Church in Wentworth, NH and Turner Village Church in Turner, ME. He was also the director of Higher Ground Childrens Camp in Wentworth, NH for several years.
He is pre-deceased by his brother Horace Mountfort and sisters, Alice Forsyth of Portland, ME, Eleanor Cole, Ella Eastman and Ruth Bailey of Waterville, ME. He was also pre-deceased by his daughter Susan Fortin of Belmont, NH, his son-in-law Michael McAtee of North Berwick, ME and a very special great-grandson Nathaniel Allen of Lisbon, ME.
He is survived by three sons, Richard and wife Donna of Bigleville, PA, Carl of Waterville, ME and Tim and wife Pat of Salisbury, NH; four daughters, Diana Caldwell of Franklin, NH, Becky McAtee of Winthrop, ME, Martha Shaw of Wildwood, FL and Mary Chase of Orford, NH. He also has 4 step-sons, Paul, Steve and Mark Davis and wives of Wentworth, NH and Ronald Blake and wife of Meredith, NH. He will be sadly missed by his sister, Myra Sinclair of Vassalboro, ME. He has many grand-children, great-grandchildren , nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly.
Richards passion in life was his relationship with his Heavenly Father through his Son Jesus Christ, his family and friends and his life-long home on Cousins Island where he enjoyed hours in the swing watching life on the ocean.
He will always be remembered as the preacher with a ready hug who could play up a storm on his beloved trumpet and pray til the food got cold!
Dick will be missed by many, but goes to heaven to join many family and friends including 3 wives who pre-deceased him Shirley (Fotter) of Waterville, Violet (Overlock) of Winslow, and Ginne (Davis) of Rumney, NH.
We will have a Celebration of his life on Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Scarborough, ME where he and Esther were active members. Family burial will be held in Wentworth, NH where his late wife Violet is buried. Arrangements are handled by Hobbs Funeral Home 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be graciously received in his name by Mark and Lynn Gordon, for the BALAT SENTER, More to Life Family Campground, 48 Lady Slipper Lane, Winthrop, ME 04364. Dick had a great love for the ministry to families and especially teens at this Christian campground.
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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
SOUTH PORTLAND, ME 04106-3802