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Raymond Gross

SOUTH THOMASTON – Raymond Emerton Gross, retired Publisher of the Courier Gazette of Rockland, Maine, died Sunday, December 7, 2014 of congestive heart failure, following a period of rapidly declining health. He is survived by his brother Richard H. Gross of Augusta, his children, Michael Gross of Mashpee, MA, and Martha Hawley of Worcester, MA; and grandchildren: James and David Gross, Jeremiah and Shane Hawley. He was predeceased by his first wife Esther Proctor Gross, and his second wife, Gertrude Black Gross. He was a Christmas baby, born to Emerton C. and Edwinna Conley Gross in Camden, Maine, December 25, 1928, and had a long and distinguished career in the ‘news business.’ He began in 1950 as a ‘copy boy’ at the Lewiston Daily Sun; spent 5 years at WRKD Radio in Rockland as News Director and On-Air Announcer, and moved to the Courier Gazette in 1963, first as News Editor, retiring as Publisher in 1991. For more than 20 years, he was “The Black Cat,” writing a weekly column filled with the “goings on” around mid-coast Maine, and filling it, from time to time, with stories of his children and his travels. It was a column, not to be missed each week. As a young man he was a Star Scout, and served as a Coast Watcher from the Mount Battie Tower, during World War II. Valedictorian of the Camden High School class of 1946, and serving as its President twice over the years, he attended the University of Maine and was a member of the Class of 1950. During his years with The Courier Gazette, he was extremely active and served in a variety of leadership positions of state, regional, and national newspaper organizations. He was a member of the International Society of Professional Newspaper Editors, past President of both the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Newspaper Association, representing New England for seven years. He rose to serve as its Vice President, chairing several of its committees, including its annual Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, he was repeatedly honored for his leadership, most notably being named to both the Maine and New England Press Association’s Halls of Fame. He was recognized by the Rockland Area Jaycees with their Distinguished Service Award, named Member of the Year by the Rockland Area Chamber of Commerce, given the Vernan McFadden Award for Distinguished Service by the Eastern Maine Development District. Ray was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rockland Rotary Club, and took great pride in maintaining perfect attendance with that organization for over 40 years. His great love of music filled his life. He took great pride in being a charter member and past local President of the local Windjammer Chorus, and past District Officer of what was then called the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). He was a member of the Suncoast Statesmen Charlotte County (FL) Chapter as well, and sang tenor in a number of quartets throughout his lifetime. He was named Barbershopper of the Year by both the Northeast District, and the Knox County/Midcoast Maine Chapter of the Barbershoppers Society. He was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Windjammer Chorus, Midcoast Maine Chapter. Extremely active in local organizations, he served as President of many including: The Rockland Area Chamber of Commerce, Rockland Jaycees, Rockland Rotary Club, and Rockland District Nursing Association. He was the founding President of both Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and Tanglewood 4-H Associates. He was a founding member and former Chairman of the Knox County Regional Airport Advisory Committee. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Mid Coast Development Corporation, and spent 10 years on the Revolving Loan Committee of the Eastern Maine Development Commission. He served as an Incorporator of the Androscoggin Savings Bank, and was a Director of the Maine Publicity Bureau. Ray served the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in a number of volunteer capacities, chairing committees, and lending his voice and expertise where needed. He was a Communicant of the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, Thomaston, and served on the Vestry of St. Peter’s Rockland for many years. He took numerous leadership roles including Junior and Senior Warden, and church Treasurer. He and his wife Esther led the Church’s Youth Group for years. Early in his life he served as Warden in both St. Michael’s Church, Auburn, and St. Thomas Church, Camden. He was active an 32nd Degree Mason; a member of the Rockland Lodge of Masons; the Scottish Rite Bodies KORA Temple Shrine, and Midcoast Shrine Club. A funeral mass will be said at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 20th. The family welcomes all to gather in the adjoining Parish Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in his name to, Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove Gift Fund Attn: Patty, One Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

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Raymond E. Gross

Raymond Emerton Gross, 85, retired publisher of the Courier-Gazette of Rockland, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, of congestive heart failure, following a period of rapidly declining health. He is survived by his brother, Richard H. Gross, of Augusta; his children, Michael Gross of Mashpee, Mass., and Martha Hawley of Worcester, Mass.; and grandchildren, James and David Gross, Jeremiah and Shane Hawley. He was predeceas…

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Raymond Buckley

Pittsford, New York – Raymond Canwell Buckley, 86, a longtime resident of Lansing, New York, and a former resident of Leeds, Maine, went to join his loving wife Dorothy, Sunday, November 2, 2014. Both had resided at the Highlands Living Center in Pittsford, New York for the past year. He was born third of three sons, to Gladys Mabel (Canwell) Buckley and Guy Gilbert Buckley on December 9, 1927, in Leeds, Maine. Brother Russell, passed away December 20, 1999 at the age of 81 and Ralph (Gib) passed away June 26, 2005 at the age of 82. Dorothy’s Chateauvert’s sister-in-law, Doris Ann, introduced Ray and Dot at a dance hall. They were married October 8, 1948 and had four children, Raema, Lorna (married to Gary), Shaun (married to Kathy) and Anissa. Raema has three children, Christopher, Cory and Kelly. Lorna has three children, Lindsay, Ashley and Justin. Shaun has a daughter Christina. There are several great-grand children: Joey and Sophie (Christopher), Haley and Jacob (Cory), Emma and Nathan (Kelly). Ray graduated from The Leavitt Institute in June 1945 and went on to Bates College, from which he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. During his college years, Ray was drafted into the United States Army for 1½ years. Upon graduation from Bates, Ray took a teaching position as a 5th grade teacher in Parish, New York. He also taught and became principal in New Paltz, New York. Ray attended Syracuse University earning his Master’s Degree in Education in 1953. He moved to Lansing to be superintendent of Lansing Central Schools which he served for 31 years, retiring in 1992. Upon Ray’s retirement, the Board of Education renamed the elementary school the R.C. Buckley Elementary School in his honor. He had 42 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In retirement, Ray tutored kids in math and did taxes for people at no cost. Ray was a member of the Asylum #133 Masonic Lodge in Leeds Maine for 65 years; a member of the Lions for 55 years and served as President of the Lions in New Paltz and Lansing. Lions International presented Ray with the Melvin P. Jones Award for his dedicated service. Ray was a member of the Lansing United Methodist Church and was the first trustee named as Trustee Emeritus for his 44 years of service. Ray was also a member of the Tompkins Trust NE Advisory Committee. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com Buckley – Died November 2nd, 2014 in Pittsford, New York. Raymond Canwell Buckley, 86, a longtime resident of Lansing, New York, formerly of Leeds, Maine. Funeral services in Maine, with military honors, will be held 1PM, November 16th, at BRAGDON-FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine. Members of the Asylum #133 Masonic Lodge will meet at the funeral home at 12:30PM. Interment Leeds Center Cemetery, Route 106, Leeds, Maine. A later memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, November 23rd at the Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Barbara J. Abraham/Raymond C. Buckley scholarship or the Raymond C. Buckley Scholarship Fund through the Lansing Central School District, 284 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY 14882

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Raymond Bailey

Raymond Bailey, 49, passed away at Tall Pines in Belfast Sept. 27, 2014. He was born May 12, 1965, in Belfast, the son of Claude and Vera Bailey. Raymond was a hard worker, always busy working with either his father on the rubbish route or making rope in Morrill. He was a very dedicated and responsible father to his kids. He loved to hunt and was known for being a joker. He is predeceased by his father; uncles …

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Raymond R. Hebert

AUBURN — Raymond R. Hebert, 68, of Auburn, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at Clover Health Care after a long illness, with family by his side. Raymond was born in Auburn on Jan. 28, 1946, to Wally and Rose Laprise Hebert. He worked for over 25 years at Pathways, retiring in 2009. He especiall…

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