Dana M. Powers Jr.
Dana M. Powers Jr., son of Alice Ford of Sedgwick and Dana Powers of Stonington, was born April 23, 1962, and died July 7, 2016. Not widely known until now, Dana was not a native Mainer; he was born in Massachusetts. He leaves behind his son, Bryant Powers, his seven siblings and many nieces and nephews. Dana graduated Deer Isle-Stonington High School in 1980. He marched out of the auditorium and into the Army. He proudly served his country for several years, posted across the U.S. and in Germany. When Dana returned home, he did several jobs, many he even liked doing. Urged by his father, he became a member of the Masons and the Shriners. He was happy with the simpler things in life, watching bad horror movies and collecting tattoos, mostly done by his younger brother. He had a selfless heart, giving whatever he had so no one he loved would go without. Finally able to make his lifelong dream come true, he was able to escape Maine winters and moved to Hawaii. Dana will return home and be put to rest at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Rural Cemetery in Sedgwick.
Roy “Benny” Florian
Roy Steuart Florian known, affectionately to all as Benny, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2016, at the age of 86. Surrounded by the many that loved him, he succumbed to the trials of age with dignity and strength; his firm grip on your hand, an intense gaze into your eyes, and his words of love, left us all the stronger to bid him farewell. He leaves his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, June Florian, who cared tenderly for him during his last years.
Benny was born the first child of R. Steuart and Ethel Tolles Florian on April 3, 1930, at Hartford Hospital. He resided throughout his life in Southington, Conn., Brooklin, Maine, and various places throughout Florida including his last residence in Everglades City. He studied agriculture at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and at the University of Maine at Orono. His interest in livestock and animals was an ever present passion that expressed itself in many and interesting ways. He had many, many cats and dogs, and small farm animals including goats and chickens. He raised a number of steers in his apple orchard in Connecticut to keep his freezer well stocked and his boys well fed. During that time he even owned an African lion named Radcliff that was the favorite of all his cats. In 1987 he and his brother David established a small herd of buffalo on Long Island, Maine, in Blue Hill Bay. The buffalo successfully established themselves and thrived for 12 years until the United States Park Service required their removal after the family granted a conservation easement on the island in 1996.
Benny was a successful businessman with many enterprises to his credit. His primary occupation was the manufacture of metal stampings. He founded his company, AAA Metal Stamping, in Southington, Conn., in 1961 where it grew and thrived. As his career developed his company transformed and became Nickson Industries, a manufacturer of after-market automotive parts and a real estate partnership known as Factory Square. His positions at both ventures were president and CEO. His professional interest in metal working, engineering, and manufacturing translated well into the many different aspects that were his personal life. Benny loved the woods and trees and saw mills that he put to work and used. Whether harvesting his own trees or purchasing saw logs, Benny would spend hours working on his mill sawing boards and two bys for the projects he liked to build. Of course this industrious nature required support equipment of all types which only enhanced his joy of endeavor. Whether it was a bulldozer or backhoe, a dump truck or an amphibious duck, an airplane or power press, Benny would find a purpose for it. And he made it all fun.
Benny had a keen interest in firearms, hunting, shooting and things that went bang. When he was 10 he made a bet with his father for 100 dollars that he could make gunpowder. When he touched it off in the backyard, it shook the dickens out of his dad, but Benny was now 100 dollars richer and his dad was now more wary at just what his mischievous son was capable of. Hunting and fishing in Maine and Florida were a favorite pastime of his and he was also an excellent marksman. During his service in the United States Marine Corps, he was the Michigan State Champion in 1953. Another of Benny’s many passions was flying airplanes. He learned to fly when he was 21 in a Stinson tail dragger that he would sometimes land in the cornfield beside his house. He flipped that plane and banged it up a tad during one of those landings. He was also accustomed to landing the Stinson in the field next to his fraternity house, Lambda Chi Alpha. There was an occasion then, that on a dare, he hot wired a bulldozer that was in that field and proceeded to drive directly at the house. Many of the brothers were quite certain that he was going to level the place, but Benny, exercising judgment over valor, halted the advance and made his escape. Airplanes remained a favorite toy of Benny’s throughout his life. He had a number of them that he enjoyed flying back and forth from Connecticut to Maine; he also had several other close calls. A favorite saying of his was, “If you can walk away from a landing, it must have been a good one.” He ultimately got his instrument rating and continued flying well into his seventies.
Benny was the first of seven children who prided himself in being the “black sheep” of the family. His six siblings all had unique nicknames that stuck to them throughout their lives. His brothers, David (Squig), Jonathan (Finny, deceased), Nathanial (Tweet), Don (Pucky), and Walter (Kiki, deceased) all enjoyed the beauty of Maine. When their father acquired Long Island they set out to be blueberry barons by conquering the vast fields that were to be found there. While a great adventure for the young pack of teenagers, fame and fortune eluded them. He also leaves his only sister, Diana (Deenee) Chase from Blue Hill, Maine, whom he loved dearly.
The father of many children, Benny was the best of fathers to have. He loved all of his children deeply and offered opportunity to those that would seek it. His first marriage resulted in four children; Rex Florian from Blue Hill, Maine, David Florian, deceased and interred on Long Island, Lance Florian of Southington, Conn., and Tiger M. Florian from Naples, Fla. From his second marriage he had another daughter, Samantha Florian Pullaro of Madison, Conn. While his current wife and he were not blessed with children, he loved all of hers as his own. Included in his large family of kids are Penny Keppler, Kim Gardner, Charles Eisenhauer, deceased, and Jeffery Eisenhauer. He also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Of the many words one might choose to describe Benny’s character, the words wild, generous, and fun would be certainly the ones that would be selected by all that have known and loved him. Benny was a soft-spoken man who could enter a room full of strangers and before his departure would know something about each and every one of them. He gave to charitable causes with humility and anonymity, never wanting public credit for his deeds. He was a man of his word but lived by the creed that actions always spoke louder than words. He was the best of friends to his friends, the best of fathers to his children, and the best of the best to the rest.
He will be missed. Semper Fi.
Funeral and interment will be private and held at the Brooklin Cemetery on Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Ark Animal Shelter, Blue Hill, Maine or David Kingsley Florian Scholarship Fund, Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT.
Rose Allen (Woodward) Cough
BUCKSPORT—Rose Ellen (Woodward) Cough, 49, while surrounded by her loving family, went into the open loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ on the ninth of August 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Rose was an inspiration to all who knew her, no matter what life threw at her; she never let anyone define who she was; her creativity and will to fight will remain with all who knew her, as well as her love of life.
Her unquenchable joy and genuineness was a true inspiration, the sparkle in her eye spreading hope; heaven is a better place because she is there.
She is survived by her beloved daughter Rachel Woehr, loving husband Patrick Cough, mother Priscilla Woodward, uncle Willard (Sonny) Stinson, aunt Rose Ebsworth, brother Carl Woodward and wife Nina Woodward, brother Ron Woodward and wife Cairole Bernstein, sister Laurie Joyce and husband Chris Joyce, nieces Jessica and Abigail Joyce, nieces Emma and Hazel Woodward, nephews Sam, Nathan and Jedadiah Woodward, as well as all the loving Zuckerman cousins and their families.
The family will have a private service; those wishing to make contributions to cancer care in Rose’s name can send them to: The Beth C. Wright Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 322, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.
Charlotte A. Casgrain
Charlotte A. Casgrain passed away July 29, 2016. She was born in Washington, D.C., April 24, 1940, to Ardoin and Mildred Casgrain.
Charlotte graduated from Georgetown Visitation Convent and Brown University. She taught French in the Greenwich, Conn., public schools for 35 years, and engaged in many related educational projects. Charlotte enjoyed travel and regularly visited France and French-speaking countries.
In 1955, Charlotte first visited Deer Isle, Maine, and formed a lifelong attachment to the area. Initially, she attended the French camp Les Chalets Français as a camper. Over the years, she became involved in teaching at the camp and served as Assistant to the Directors.
In 1967, Charlotte purchased a house on West Main Street in Stonington. She was a gracious host and had visitors from all over the U.S. and Europe to her house where she would serve marvelous lobster dinners. Eventually, she converted her home into the well-known B&B, Près du Port. In the winters, Charlotte made her house available to Head Start for preschool classes. She considered herself a member of the community, and formed many strong and lasting friendships. Charlotte was a devoted choir member at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church in Stonington, Epiphany Cathedral in Venice and Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside, Conn.
Charlotte is survived by her sister, Louise Noyes-Balboni of Venice, Fla., and Kingston, Mass., and by her loving niece and nephews. Her Funeral Mass was held on August 4 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla. Memorial donations may be made to Stonington Opera House Arts in Charlotte’s name.
On Saturday, August 27, at 12:30 p.m., a mass will be held at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church with a celebration of Charlotte’s life to follow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Près du Port.
Wesley “Wes” Martin Flye
BROOKLIN—Wesley “Wes” Martin Flye, 60, died unexpectedly Friday, August 5, 2016. He was born November 23, 1955, in Blue Hill, Maine.
Wesley graduated from George Stevens Academy. He was a self-employed fisherman. He was an avid hunter and trapped. He loved being in the woods and camping out on the islands.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry (Carter) Flye; his daughter, Jessica Beal; son, Joshua Flye; an aunt, Hazel Hunt; a sister, Shirley Flye; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Chester and Ruth (Bartlett) Flye; brothers Richard Flye and Kermit Flye; and a sister, Patricia Myers.
A service of remembrance will be held August 20, 2016, at 11 a.m., at Mount Ephraim Cemetery, North Brooklin. There will be a potluck after at Becky Myer’s, 921 Bay Rd., Brooklin.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The First bank of Blue Hill.