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Joseph Harris

Lewiston- Joseph Harris, “Child of God’, 70, a resident of Chesterville, passed away Monday, December 29th, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 10, 1944 in New Sharon, the son of Clinton R. Harris and Flora E. (Deane) Harris. Joe attended school in New Sharon. On August 9, 2008 in Chesterville; he married Bertha (Stewart) Morse of Jay. Joe had worked at G.H. Bass as a laborer and security for 27 years; he also worked security at Dummers Beach in Weld, and Farmington Fair. Joe took great pride working for Callahan Construction as a .flagger and was even awarded “Flagger of the Year” on October 25, 1991. He attended Emmanuel Assembly of God in Livermore Falls and was a volunteer firefighter in Chesterville and a player, coach and umpire on various men’s softball leagues. He was an avid Red Sox fan and cribbage player, animal lover and loved fishing and camping. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to everyone, and the best father in the entire world. He will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife Bertha Harris of Chesterville; four daughters; Janette Knox and her husband Elmer Knox, Jr. of Strong; Sherry Pillsbury and her husband John of Monmouth; Prudi McLean and her husband Arthur McLean III of Lisbon Falls; and Jennifer Harris of Florida; two stepsons, Richard Morse of Wilton and Clayton Morse and his wife Tracie of Monmouth; two stepdaughters, Kim Townsend of Livermore Falls; and Lisa Miniutti of Wilton; 13 grandchildren, Jammie Tyler, Rusty and Joseph Knox, Michelle, Thomas and Jeremy Pillsbury, Katrina Crawford, Arty McLean, Forest Morse, Marcie Smalley, and Brooke, Courtney and Adriana Miniutti, 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene Harris of Chesterville; and John Harris of Manistee Michigan; sisters, Jessie Dill and her husband Dana of New Sharon; Eda Wilson and her husband Paul of Woodruff, SC, Anna Churchill of Madison, Maine, and Rosemary McCormick and her husband Ross of New Sharon; and special sister-in-law, Rolene Harris of Chesterville. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Deane and Elwood Harris and sisters, Myra Harris and Nellie Weiss. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com

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Ernest Joseph Gelinas Jr.

OBIT--Ernest-GelinasNAPLES, FLA.Ernest Joseph Gelinas Jr. passed away on Dec. 15, 2014, under the compassionate care of Vitas Hospice in Naples, Fla. Ernie was born on March 14, 1939, in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and was raised in Springfield, Mass.

He eventually moved to East Longmeadow, Mass., with his wife, Judy, where they raised five children and lived for 38 years. He was a 1957 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield and a 1963 graduate of Western New England College. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in education from Westfield State College.

He retired to Surry after spending his entire career working for the state of Connecticut, initially at the state prison in Somers, and then in the vocational technical education system. He served as assistant director at Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School in Groton, then went on to become director at J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford and H.H. Ellis Technical High in Danielson. He founded the education council of the Connecticut State Employees Association, and served as president for several years.

Ernie was a devoted Catholic and was part of the first group of men commissioned to serve as extraordinary ministers for the diocese of Springfield. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in his various parishes. He served the town of Surry as selectman for one term, was a member of the Searsport/Bucksport Chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States, and a proud Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association.

In 1960, Ernie married his childhood sweetheart Judith Ann Mitchell, his friend and companion since fourth grade. In addition to Judy, “Babe” (as he was affectionately known by his wife and family) is survived by his brothers, Phillip and James: and sister, Eneda Armour. The children and grandchildren Ernie leaves behind include his son, Daniel and his wife, Denise, of Tucson, Ariz., and their children, Danielle and Nathan; David and his wife, Rae-Ann from Penobscot and their children, Charlotte and Noah; Christopher of Livonia, Mich.; Elizabeth Gelinas-Rivera and son, Jacob, in San Antonio, Texas; and Andrew “Drew” Gelinas of Stowe, Vt.

Ernie’s family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the dedicated staff at Vitas Hospice IPU for their extraordinary assistance during his final days. We would especially like to remember Connie and Nydia, who became our “special angels.”

A funeral Mass and inurnment will be held 2 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Naples. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Ernie’s memory are asked to consider The Alzheimer’s Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102; or St. Peter the Apostle Church at 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Naples, FL 34113. Online condolences may be made at www.fullernaples.com.

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Joseph Ginn

Marshfield – Joseph N (Joe) Ginn, 58 of Marshfield, ME passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on December 23, 2014. He was surrounded not only by his family but many, many friends. Joe was born in Jonesport on January 17, 1956. Joe spent many years harvesting wood, he then made a decision to become a heavy equipment mechanic for Hanscom Construction, where he worked for many years. In 1999, he started his own business “Joe’s Tool Box” where he serviced trucks and equipment for anyone who needed the help. Joe has been a member of Marshfield and Machias fire departments for 38 years. Joe is survived by his mother, Margaret Ginn of Steuben, his wife of 40 years, Karen J (Farnham) Ginn of Marshfield, two sons Joseph R Ginn and wife Stacy of Mars Hill, David K Ginn of East Machias. Two grandsons Maximus Ginn of East Machias and Colby Flagg of Steuben. Three brothers Austin and wife Tammy of Calais, Robert and wife Faith of Steuben, Mark and wife Kathy of Eastbrook. One sister Teresa Ginn of Steuben, one sister in law Nancy Ginn of Steuben. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Walter W. Ginn, grandparents W. Lee Holland and Doris Holland all of Steuben. A graveside service will be held at 1 PM Sunday January 4, 2015 at the Steuben Village Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.

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Dr. Donald Joseph White

OBIT - Donald WhiteflagGOULDSBORO — Dr. Donald Joseph White, 80, died peacefully Dec. 19, 2014, at home surrounded by family after a lengthy illness. He was born June 14, 1934, in Orono, beloved son of Alice Elizabeth Myers of Orono.

Don grew up in Orono and attended Orono High School, where he excelled in varsity football, playing tailback. He captained the track team, which won the Penobscot Valley Conference in 1952, and he set records in the 100-yard dash. After graduating in 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a hospital corpsman. While stationed in Portsmouth, N.H., he met Sylvia Frati and they were married in 1955. He attended the University of Maine while working weekends in the lab at the Eastern Maine General Hospital. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, graduating in 1965 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He returned to the U.S. Navy as a dental officer and served 20 years before retiring. He enjoyed living in St. Augustine, Fla., for a number of years before returning to Maine. He was a very caring and compassionate dentist. He enjoyed gardening, food, photography, music, animals and, most of all, loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia Frati White; beloved daughters, Renee M. White of Gouldsboro and Lynne M. White and husband, Trevor Hall Jr., of Orlando, Fla.; cherished granddaughter, Elise M.E. Hall of Orlando; and cousin, Nelson Ranco of Orono.

Services will be announced in the spring with interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth. Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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