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1966-2014 READFIELD - Jeffrey Michael Carney, 47, died at home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, with his mother and her partner, Mark Mathews, by his side. Jeffrey was strong to the end and never complained during his battle with lung cancer. He was born in Fort Belvoire, Va., on Aug. 20, 1966, the son of Arthur William and Barbara Elaine (Badger) Carney. Jeffrey's mother would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him along his journey, especially his hospice nurse, Jean Jennings. Don't feel sorry for Jeffrey as he is with his father and best friend, Jay. Jeffrey is survived by his mother, Barbara Carney, and her partner, Mark, of Readfield; two brothers, Dennis William Carney and his wife, Donna, of Richmond, and Scott Andrew Carney and wife, Raquel, of Manchester; one sister, Kimberly Kimball and husband Dale; three nieces, Michaela, Abigail and Molly Carney; two nephews, David Carney and Jase Kimball; grandparents, Adelbert and Jacqueline Carney of South China; as well as several aunts and cousins. In celebration of Jeffrey's life, relatives and friends are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to assist with funeral expenses and mailed to Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, ME 04364. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com . Read Obituary
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1922-2014 OAKLAND - Blaine K. Ladd, of Oakland, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, peacefully in his home at the age of 92 surrounded by family. Blaine was born in Waterville on March 16, 1922, the son of the late Arthur S. and Ethel M. (Chamberlain) Ladd, and was one of five boys. Blaine graduated from Waterville High School and then joined the Navy on Nov. 11, 1943. He served during World War II as a machine mate second class in diesel refrigeration. He served on the vessels NAS Quonset Pt RI, USNTS Newport RI, the USNRS Mobile AL, and the USS Arkab. Blaine served for two years and received an honorable discharge on Dec. 27, 1945. Just a few days before entering the Navy, he married his wonderful wife, Madelyn (Brown) Ladd, on Nov. 6, 1943. They shared over 65 years of marriage and had two children, Timothy and Kathaleen. He worked as the assistant shop superintendent at Maine Central Railroad and retired in May of 1982. During retirement, Blaine and his wife purchased a sailboat called the "Euphoria" and enjoyed many adventures throughout the Oceanside of Bayside in Northport. Spending time with his family at his camp on Salmon Lake was another of Blaine's personal joys. He was surrounded by his other family members next door to the camp, which included his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and wonderful neighbors he enjoyed spending time with each summer. Blaine was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Ethel Ladd; his wife, Madelyn Ladd; son Timothy Ladd; daughter Kathaleen Ladd; and brothers Lloyd Ladd and wife Margaret, Arthur Ladd and wife Sylvia, and Abbott Ladd. Blaine is survived by his grandchildren, Brooks Ladd and companion Rebecca Bunker-Koepsell and kids Nathan and Matthew, Kristin Cronkite and husband Jerod and children Maddison and Jeremy Brock, Spencer Ladd and wife Li and children Mckenzie and Roland, Melanie Sweet and husband Christopher and children Isaac, Alexia and Baylie, Arthur Ladd and wife Sara Ladd; daughter-in-law Corda Ladd Kinzie; son in-law Glenn Turner; special nephew Brooks Hurley and wife Linda; brother Beecher Ladd and wife Virginia; and several wonderful nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to his special helpers Lisa Lambert, Perry Mosher, Corda Ladd Kinzie, Kathy and Arthur Paradise, and Kathy Smiley for taking care of him so wonderfully as well as the wonderful care provided by MaineGeneral Hospice. Blaine was truly a very special person to the grandchildren and family members and will forever be in our hearts. A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield. Read Obituary
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1927-2014 AUGUSTA - Douglas A. Stark passed away on April 18, 2014, in Augusta after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Doug will be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends, his love of the Marine Corps, his vast knowledge of nature, his respect for the environment and his pride in his grandchildren. Doug was born on Aug. 1, 1927, in Pearl River, N.Y. During high school, Doug excelled in soccer and track. In his free time, Doug spent many carefree days hunting, fishing and camping in the nearby woods. Doug entered the United States Marine Corps in 1945 at the age of 17. He was very proud that he and his two brothers were all Marines. Doug loved the Corps and lived his life by their motto, Semper Fidelis. He particularly enjoyed his time in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and made many close friends he kept in touch with over the next 60-plus years. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II and Korea, Doug took advantage of the G.I. Bill and pursued a college education. His interests in botany and biology eventually brought him to the University of Maine to study wildlife and forestry. While attending UMO, he met the love of his life, Virginia Doll. They were married Dec. 19, 1953. Doug enjoyed spending time with his new Maine family, hunting and fishing with his wife's relatives, especially his wife's uncle and nephew at Chemo Pond and Field's Pond. After receiving his master's degree, Doug accepted a teaching position at UMO. In 1956, he began working for the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Forestry, a job he loved very much until his retirement in 1988. Doug spent his retirement as grandfather extraordinaire, or "Papa" to his four grandchildren, playing with them and following their activities, serving on the Augusta Tree Board, and volunteering his time and expertise at the Augusta arboretum. Doug Stark is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Virginia Doll Stark, of Augusta; a daughter, Helen E. Williams and her husband, Barry, of Gardiner; a son, Douglas K. Stark, of Windsor; four grandchildren, Heather Genest and her husband, Keith, of Sidney, Holly Jordan and her husband, Mark, of Sabattus, Haley Williams, of Augusta, and Scott Douglas Williams, of Gardiner; great-grandchildren, Camden Genest and Rocco Scott Jordan; his brother and sister-in law Robert and Millie Stark, of Florida; sisters, Helen Scarpantoni and Ruth Wall, of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Jean Scarpantoni and his brother Artie Stark. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 25, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Western Avenue, Augusta. Burial with military honors will be at a later time in Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com . Read Obituary
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