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Paul J. Barbeau


Paul J. Barbeau, 88, died February 28, 2015, at St. Joseph Living Center in Willimantic, Conn., with his family by his side. He was born in Danielson, Conn., on May 30, 1926, the son of Adelard and Doris Barbeau.

He joined the Marine Corps at a young age and proudly served during WWII in Okinawa. After returning from the war he met and married the love of his life, Lea, and was happily married for 68 years.

He was employed by SNET and retired after 35 years. After retiring he spent summers at his log cabin in Blue Hill, Maine, or as he would call it, “God’s Country.” He was an avid fisherman and spent many hours in pursuit of trophy fish. He is survived by his wife, Lea, and his three children; Paulette and her husband Willy Coln of Louisiana, Gary and his wife Coleen of New Jersey and Linda and her husband Rick Monahan of Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his brothers Bernard, Richard and Roger of Danielson, Conn.

Paul is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Joseph and Michael Smith, Brett Schomer, Dylan Barbeau and Daniel, Michael and Ryan Monahan, in addition to his great-grandchildren, Baylor, Leah, Zander, Lucy, Nayeli and Finn.

His family will receive family and friends on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street (Rte. 195), Willimantic, Conn. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, with assembly at the church. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Club Road, Windham.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Living Center for their excellent care for Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Living Center, 14 Club Road in Windham, CT 06280 or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. For online memorial guest book, please visit potterfuneral

Joan Cole

Joan (Tyler) Cole, born March 4, 1931, in Brooklin, Maine, died of natural causes at the age of 83 on February 17, 2015. She lived for over 50 years at her home in Harvard, Mass., where she raised her five surviving children, Frederick Cole III, Donna Reusch, Charles Cole, Reba Reusch, and Deborach Fiske. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are expected to be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Sedgwick, Maine, in July 2015. Details will be determined at a later date.

Nancy Helen Leach

Penobscot—Nancy Helen Leach, 88, of Penobscot, died Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Northern Bay Residential Living Center in Penobscot. Born January 9, 1927, in Penobscot, she was the daughter of Earl and Nina (Grindle) Leach Sr.

Nancy is remembered as a woman who appreciated the earth and its bounties. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens and picking and preserving strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. From her vegetable garden she canned and pickled what was reaped. During winter months she made beautiful balsam wreaths and worked in the woods with her husband on the weekends. Nancy was well read, often joining book groups to talk about popular novels, biographies, and the messages of the Bible. Nancy was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and faithfully watched all the games on TV from beginning to end.

Nancy was a devoted grandmother who enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in a way that showed them what was important in life.

Nancy was a member of the Penobscot Methodist Church. She enjoyed her friends at the church and she loved to sing the old hymns with them. She was appreciated for the dozens and dozens of yeast rolls she made for the church suppers.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Della Annette (Leach) Martin of Blue Hill and Judith Ann (Leach) Pendleton and her husband Kenneth of Penobscot; six grandchildren, Wendy Ellen (Leach) Dow and her husband C.J., Mathieu Lewis Leach, Emily Erin (Martin) Jones and her husband Eric, John “Mac” McDermott Martin and his wife Nancy, Mary Elizabeth (Pendleton) Watkins and her husband George, Daniel Lee Pendleton and his girlfriend Laura Walters; nine great-grandchildren, Zackary Taylor Dow, Bode Lewis Leach, Evan Lewis Leach, Victoria Ann Watkins, Abigail Marie Watkins, Keller Henry Jones, Isla McDermott Jones, Colin Gregory Martin and Clara Frances Martin; and one brother, James Leach and his wife Linda of Bangor.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Lewis Leach in 1998; a son, Kerry Lewis Leach in 1996; her parents; five brothers, Linwood Leach, Pearl Leach, Edward “Ted” Leach, George Leach, and Earl “Junior” Leach.

Donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the fund at the Bay Cemetery in Penobscot for road improvement and upkeep c/o The Bay Cemetery Road Fund, Town of Penobscot, P.O. Box 4, Penobscot, ME 04476, or to a charity of your choice.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Penobscot Methodist Church, 14 Southern Bay Road, Penobscot, Maine. The memorial service will take place at 12 p.m. following visitation. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME.

Lois Hutchinson Nason

Blue Hill—Lois Hutchinson Nason, 76, of Blue Hill died on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. She was born in Lewiston, May 16, 1938, daughter of Sidney and Lucy (née Hearling) Hutchinson.

Lois graduated from Mechanic Falls High School in 1956 and Gorham State Teachers College in 1960. She taught school in Turner and Blue Hill and substituted in area schools. She ended her teaching career in Orland.

Lois was a member of the Blue Hill Congregational Church and Blue Hill Mountain Rebekah Lodge. She will be known for her many hand knitted sweaters, afghans, and latch hook rugs.

Lois is survived by her husband of over 54 years, David H. Nason; three sons, Stephen S. Nason and his wife Lisa of Unity, Russell B. Nason and his wife Laura of Sarasota, Fla., Frederick D. Nason and his wife Diane of New Fairfield, Conn.; two grandchildren, Daniel and Jonathan Nason of New Fairfield, Conn.

The family would like to thank the staff of Ellsworth Davita Dialysis for several years of care and also Dr. Robert Baroody of Blue Hill.

She will be missed by her family and people in the Blue Hill area.

A graveside ceremony will be held on May 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the South Blue Hill Cemetery.

Contributions in Lois’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, P.O. Box 444, Blue Hill 04614.

Arrangements are under the care of Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main Street, Blue Hill.

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Samuel M. Watson



Beloved Samuel Mead Watson, 84, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep January 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Claire Wurst. He is survived by his wife Connie Widrig Watson, step-children Carol Widrig Garzillo, Marcela Widrig, and John Widrig, as well as his grandchildren Charlie Garzillo, Deanna Garzillo, Tristen Widrig, and Jacob Widrig. He is also survived by his sister Joan Berkey, nephews David and John Kennedy, niece Helen Sprague, and their children.

Sam grew up in Philadelphia and attended Germantown Friends School (Germantown, Pa., ’47). He was a graduate of, and a loyal donor and fundraiser for, Amherst College (’51). He earned his Master’s in Accounting from Wharton (’52) and was a Navy Veteran (’52-’54). He began his professional career with Arthur Young in New York where he rose to Partner. He retired from Panasonic to Sugar Mill (Fla.) and Blue Hill (Maine). In 1999, he established residence in Sierra Madre (Calif.). Sam loved his family, friends, baseball, and golf. His intelligence and generosity personified a dear man who was appreciated, loved, and will always be missed. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on March 24 at The Congregational Church of Sierra Madre (193 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.).