Calais Academy

Class of 1943

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Graduates Class of 1943

Elizabeth M. Anderson Philip E. Babb Charlotte M. Baker
Norma L. Barnes Mary A. Beckett Philip W. Beckett
Harold E. Burtt Glenn D. Campbell Roberta G. Cleland
Barbara E. Cloney Malcolm I. Craig Royce G. Craig
Frances H. Culligan Doris H. Fenlason Arthur E. Frye
Roy E. Gibson Lawrence B. Gillis Lois M. Gordon
Thomas W. Gordon Anna A. Gould Florence G. Gould
Elsie F. Hall Samuel W. Hayward Edith L. Hanson
George F. Hill Mary E. Hitchings Doris E. Jacobs
Ernest L. Johnson Paul R. Johnson Eleanor R. Keene
Hope H. Leeman Verna M. Libby Jeanne M. Long
Lillian W. Long Martin K. Lyons Lois E. Martin
David P. McKay Davida R. McKay Patsy E. McLean
Thomas G. Morrison Pauline L. McClure Dorothy E. Nixon
Winifred E. O'Hara Muriel M. Perkins Carl J. Peterson
Forest G. Peterson Donald H. Pierce Kathleen M. Porter
John M. Reardon Otis C. Redding Stephen R. Scott
Gertrude L. Short Charles E. Smith Esther M. Spearin
Charles R. Stevens Kenneth A. Sprague David L. Townsend
John E. Tracy Betty I. Tupper Marjorie R. Vose
Rita E. Wheelock Raymond A. Winslow Dorothy Damon
Arnold E. McNelly Joseph Rolland Mercer Melvin Greenlaw
Harvey Cawley    

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Marjorie Ruth Vose Freeman. I graduated from Calais Academy in 1943 I taught fifth grade there from the fall of 1952 to 1956. I have been retired since 1990 here in Dinuba CA where I taught several elementary levels for 29 years.  I also taught 6th grade in Woodland prior to marrying Harold Freeman (1937).  I left Maine in 1961 to teach in Dinuba California.. My husband Harold Albert Freeman was a graduate of Calais Academy in 1937. He died in 1956  

Deceased Classmates

Philip Babb Obituary provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Philip W. Beckett Sr., 82, son of the late Philip N. and Ida Laura (Gherraridini) Beckett, died peacefully April 22, 2009, at Calais Regional Hospital. Mr. Beckett was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carriers Shangri La and Hornet. After being discharged from the Navy, he returned to Calais where he was active in his family's business and in community affairs for many years. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Lucille; and by his brother, Gilbert P. Beckett Sr. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Eva Beckett; his grandsons, Paul Beckett, Philip Nathan and his wife, Darilyn Beckett, and Andrew and wife, Sarah Beckett; sister-in-law, Carole Beckett; nephew, Gilbert and wife, Lisa Beckett; niece, Laura and husband, David Harvanek; several nieces, nephews and cousins. For friends wishing to pay respects, visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Street, Calais, with the Rev. David Sivret officiating. Interment will be immediately afterward at Calais Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in the Bangor Daily News on 4/23/2009. Provided by John Adams] 

Harvey Cawley died February 9, 2014 at home in Hermon, Maine, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 3, 1926 in Calais, Maine, the son of Foster and Winifred Cawley. He grew up in Robbinston where he attended grade school and graduated from high school at Calais Academy in 1943. Shortly after he enlisted in the Navy, received training at Aviation Machinist School, was assigned to the first stateside weather squadron and flew in a PB4Y2 plane, the Privateer, a newer version of the B-24. Honorably discharged in Boston, MA in June 1946 he returned to Robbinston. In 1949 he married Beverly Brooks of Reading, MA. In 1955 he began his career at Public Service Company of New Hampshire as a power plant control room operator at the coal-fire Schiller Station and later at the new oil-fired Newington Station, retiring in 1986 after 32 years of employment. In 1958 they bought their family home in Dover, NH and after retirement moved to Hermon in 1987.  Harvey was predeceased by his wife Beverly of 55 years, his sister Lois Kavanaugh of Robbinston, and his brother Laird of Robbinston. Harvey and Beverly have four children; Brian and his wife Ruth of Richmond have two sons; Jason of South Portland and his son Tyler and daughter Jasmine, and Dan and his wife Stacy of Cameroon, Africa, have a son Micah and a daughter Adah; Marcia (Cawley) and her husband Fran Wren of Hermon have two sons and a daughter, Andrew of Hermon, Alex and his girlfriend Nichole and their son Landon of Hermon, Caitlin and her son Ethan of Yarmouth. Blair and his wife Deborah of Stetson have eight children; Kathryn and Dan Miller of Corinna have four daughters, Acadia, Lily, Beatrix and Juniper, Benjamin and his wife Sarah of Plymouth have two sons, Oliver and Quinn, Cynthia and her husband Joshua Snowman of Corinna, Rebekah and her husband Gary Decker of Carmel have a son and a daughter, Evan and Addison, Susannah and her husband Jeff Drinkwater of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Elisabeth of Bangor; and Nathan and Noah of Stetson; Gail (Cawley) and her husband Steve Orvis of Wakefield, New Hampshire have a daughter and a son, Bailey and Foster. Harvey was an avid outdoorsman whose favorite spot was fishing the Tomah Stream region of Washington County with his life-long friend, Niles Tracy. He was a self-taught woodworker who built three cedar-ribbed canoes, carved loons and many other projects. He had a wonderful nurse care manager, Cynthia Herrick, who supported him through his health challenges. Dr. James VanKirk was a wonderful, caring physician who assisted the family during Harvey’s last days and honoring Harvey’s last wishes. A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor with the Rev. Jonathan Wright Gray officiating. Spring interment will be in the Brewer Cemetery, Robbinston. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, immediately following the service Saturday. Condolences to the family may be expressed at[Provided by Heather Ross]

Dorothy Damon Linton Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Doris H. Fenlason Robinson Hlushko, 70, died Saturday  at a Florida hospital of cancer. She was born in Bangor, Maine, a daughter of Florence and Harris Fenlason. She attended Bangor schools and graduated from Calais (Maine) Academy in 1943. For over 30 years, Mrs. Hlushko lived in Gray, Maine, and was employed by Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland, Maine, for 20 years before moving to Florida in 1989. Her husband, Clayton C. Robinson, died in 1986. Surviving are two sisters, Ellen Soulier of Haines City, and Betty Saxby of Gray; a son, Richard Robinson of Gray; three daughters, Sharon Girtain and Terri Foss, both of Oxford, Maine, and Linda Ladouceur of Gray; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A private service was held. Arrangements were by Wilsons Funeral Home, Gray. [Portland Press Herald 8/2/1995. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

Lawrence "Gus" Beverly Gillis, 87, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born May 15, 1926, in Oakland, to the late Grace Eloise (Sidelinger) (Gillis) Chapman and Jack Gillis. He attended Calais Academy, and graduated in June 1943. Lawrence "Gus" served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, enlisting when he reached the minimum age of 17 years old. He was initially in the Naval Air Cadet program at Dartmouth College. He served aboard the USS Sangamon, CVE-26, when it was struck by a Japanese kamikaze attack May 4, 1945. He also was part of the initial crew and maiden voyage of the USS Midway, CVB-41. June 19, 1948, he married Nora Marie Latter of Liscomb Mills, Nova Scotia, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Calais. Nora and Gus lived in Baileyville, Woodland, where Gus worked at St. Croix Paper Company, purchased to become Georgia Pacific. He retired after 44 years in 1991, as the maintenance supervisor in the GP Woods Division in Princeton. Gus served on the Baileyville Fire Department for 52 years and retired in 2006 as the Baileyville fire chief. He had also served on the Baileyville school board multiple times, the Baileyville planning board, the Baileyville school trustees, and various other town committees throughout his life. He was a member of Anah Shriners, St.Croix Masonic Lodge No. 46, and American Legion W. T. Wren Post. Gus and Nora were members of St Anne's Episcopal Church, Calais. Gus will be especially remembered for his love of flying. He grew up in an age when flying and air travel was being pioneered. He started as a boy building gas-powered model airplanes. He had owned several aircrafts and survived a plane crash due to engine problems in 1964. He was most proud of his Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Gus was a certified flight instructor and taught several local people to fly. Throughout his life, Gus enjoyed playing the trumpet and used to play with the Calais City Band, performing concerts in the Calais City Park in the years after World War II. His Gus Gillis Orchestra dance band performed in the late 1950s and early 1960s before guitars dominated most musical groups. Gillis Radio and TV Repair Service operated in the early 1960s during a time when electronics weren't disposable, but would be repaired. Gus was especially proud and never shy of bragging about his family. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nora Marie (Latter) of Bangor and Baileyville; son, Russell Gillis and wife, Isibelita, of Vicksburg, Mich.; daughter, Beverly Greene and husband, Arthur, of Scarborough; daughter, Cynthia Brown and husband, Maurice, of Bangor; daughter, Alane Gayton and husband, Richard, of Baileyville; son, Earle Gillis and wife, Lisa, of Corning, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jennifer Lauer and husband, Damian, Allan Gillis and wife, Carol, Vanessa Fernandez Greene and husband, Juan, Meridith Greene and husband, Eben, Leslie Brown, Christopher Gillis, Keely Leonard and husband, Dale, Julia Gillis, and Shawn Gillis; stepgrandsons, Nicholas Brown I and wife, Barbara, and Christopher Bowker and wife, Mariah; and 10 great-grandchildren, Savanna Gillis, Kaitlyn Lauer, Julian Peterson, Elías Fernandez Greene, Sabela Fernandez Greene, Gabriella Brown, Nicholas Brown II, Hannah Bowker, Andrew Bowker and William Bowker. Gus was predeceased by his father, Jack, in 1931; stepfather, Clarence, in 1934; and mother, Grace, in 1982. A special thanks to the staff of Maine Veterans' Home, Bangor, for their very caring help and support. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service to be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 29 Church St., Calais. Services are through Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Private interment will be in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Sennebec Road, Appleton. Contributions in Gus' memory are welcome at Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in BDN Maine on July 18, 2013, Sharon Howland] 

Melvin Harold Greenlaw, 88, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at his home with his family by his side. Melvin was born in Calais on May 3, 1925, son of the late Parker and Adelaide (Pike) Greenlaw. He attended school in Calais and was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII. Melvin served with Company C 2d Tank Battalion and earned the Purple Heart. After the war, Melvin returned to Calais and married the love of his life, Eleanor Keene. He became employed with the Calais School Dept. as a bus driver for many years and in 1963 he started his career with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1985. Following retirement, Melvin enjoyed fishing on Meddybemps Lake. In addition to his parents, Melvin was predeceased by his beloved wife Eleanor in 2006; three sons, Edward, Ernest, and David; a sister Lois Greenlaw and her husband Larry; a brother Francis Greenlaw; and a brother-in-law Stanely McConvey. Surviving are his son Gerald Greenlaw and wife Robin of Baileyville; daughters-in-law Janet Greenlaw of Calais and Linda Bragdon of FL; grandchildren, Melissa Johnson and husband Dana, Kristen Smith, Jarret Greenlaw, Jamie Greenlaw and wife Irma, and Brian McArthur; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pauline McConvey of Calais, Mabel Foster and husband Bobby of Calais, and Marion Brown of Eastport; sister-in-law Gladys Greenlaw of Calais; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend Peter Levi of Calais.

Elsie Hall, Class Valedictorian, died September 2006. Elsie went on to work as the Secretary to the Superintendent Mr. Beckett until she married Stephen Mahar, Class of '38 in 1948. They moved to Durham, CT in 1953 or '54 (not sure about this!) . She five kids, 9 grandkids, and 5 great grandchildren.  She was a devoted wife and wonderful friend and mother to us all and we miss her dearly!! Her daughter Carol Mahar. 100408  

Edith Hanson Morgan Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Sam Hayward - Deceased 6/13/1997.

Mary Elizabeth Hitchings Reardon, 86, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Marshall Healthcare, Machias. Mary was born Nov. 16, 1925, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, daughter of the late Arthur and Gladys (Crowell) Hitchings. She graduated from Calais Academy and furthered her education in nursing school. When her husband, John Reardon, was relocated for work, they moved to Maryland. Eventually they returned home to Calais where she raised her family while working as a registered nurse at Calais Regional Hospital. Mary enjoyed being in the outdoors and spending time at the family camp on Beaver Lake. She loved all animals, especially her beloved Irish settlers. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John. Surviving are her six children, John Reardon of Falmouth, Martha Pratt and husband, Jeffrey, of Baileyville, Gregory Reardon of Baileyville, Mark Reardon and wife, Beverly, of Calais, Nancy McPhee and husband, Richard, of Baileyville, and Kathryn Savage and husband, Raymond, of Calais; seven grandchildren, Jason Bartlett and wife, Kate, of Alaska, Jeffrey Bartlett of Falmouth, Joshua Reardon and wife, Danielle, of Eddington, Lucas Reardon and wife, Kristen, of Charlotte, Katie Peterson and husband, Kevin, of Oxnard, Calif., James McPhee and companion, Kimberly Watts, of Alaska, and Erica True and husband, William, of Farmingdale; and four great-grandchildren, Jack, Addie, Ashton and Ava. In keeping with Mary’s wishes, services will be private. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at 

Paul Royce Johnson, 89, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Paul was born in Calais on August 8, 1926, son of the late Bertram and Florence Walls Johnson. He graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1944. Paul enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he served as an infantryman during WWII. Paul served in the Pacific theater and was engaged in combat during Operation Iceberg, the invasion of Okinawa in Japan in 1945. He was sent to China after the war ended for several months before being honorably discharged in August of 1946. Following his service he returned to Milltown and started working at the Post Office. Paul met his future wife, Marion “Sissy” Hayward, in Calais and they were married on December 24, 1949. Paul went on to work for Maine Central Railroad for several years. Wanting to be closer to home, Paul left the railroad and became a deliveryman for Sun Beam Bread Company. Paul began making and selling Italian sandwiches with his family for extra income. During this time, Paul learned to fly a plane and purchased a single engine piper cub of his own. He enjoyed hours of flying with family and friends. In 1966, Paul became a full time employee of the Calais Post Office serving as a clerk and later as a supervisor. After retiring in 1986, Paul drove bus for WHCA for several years. He was a member of the Meddybemps Church, Second Baptist Church in Calais, Past Master of St. Croix Lodge No. 46 A.F. & A.M. in Calais, Anah Temple Shrine of Bangor, Sherman Bros. Post #3 American Legion in Calais, Boyd-Smith Post No. 9779 V.F.W. in Calais, and the Calais Rod & Gun Club. Paul was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and was a talented woodworker. In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Marion “Sissy” Johnson in 2012; and two brothers, Gerald and Fred “Ad” Johnson. Surviving are his six children, Larry Johnson and wife Brenda of Kinder, LA, Patty Trefry of Little Ridge, NB, Mark Johnson and wife Brenda of Greenwood, IN, Peter Johnson and wife Janet of Buxton, Beth Johnson and her companion Todd Bassett of Alexander, and Bert Johnson of Meddybemps; thirteen grandchildren, Joshua Parker and wife Donna, Joel Parker and wife Virginia, Sarah Beth Rice and husband Aaron, David Johnson and wife Kara, Kyle Johnson, Bradley Johnson and wife Hannah, Andrew Johnson and wife Abbie, Robert Johnson and wife Keri, Sean Trefry and wife Megan, Michael Ross and wife Kaila, Amanda Johnson, Kevin Ross Jr. and his companion Nickolette Higgins, and Jasmine Elaine Ross; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie McKeown of Crawford and Jean Campbell of Meddybemps; a brother Jack Johnson and wife Carmelita of DeBary, FL; two sisters-in-law, Sara Cameron of Calais and Ann Hacker and husband Kenneth of Ontario; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion Pie. The family would like to give special thanks for the excellent care Paul received at the Maine Veteran’s Home of Bangor, Community Health & Counseling Hospice, and his special caregiver, Karen Tompkins. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a Masonic Service will begin at 7p.m. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held in the funeral home 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Wounded Hero’s Program of Maine, PO Box 1797, Saco, ME 04072. [Provided by Heather Ross and Larry Johnson.]

Eleanor Keene Greenlaw Obituary provided by Thelma eye Brooks

Hope Leeman Peaslee Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Arnold E. McNelly Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  120809

Pfc. Joseph Rolland Mercer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mercer, of Summerfield Route 2, was killed in action September 28th in the Palau Islands, according to a telegram received by his parents from the war department on October 12, he would have been nineteen years old on 29th October. Pfc. Mercer enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on his eighteen birthday, Oct. 29, 1943, he was employed by the Goodrich Rubber Company. He had attended Calais High School. On December 23, he reported for his boot training at Parris Island, S.C. In March 1944 he spent his only furlough at home following which he was transferred to New River, N.C. In April he was sent to Camp Elliott, Calif. and on May 13, 1944 left for the South Pacific, reaching his destination June 22. Surviving besides his parents are three brothers and five sisters; Donald, Ellis, Bonnie, Martha, Lou, Lodenn, Nancy Jane, Emma, Rachel and Jimmie; also his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Carpenter Summerfield Route 2. [11/22/1944 Zaneville Times Recorder]

Dorothy Ella Nixon Szal, 84, died after a short illness, Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Nancy Ann Szal, in Bogota, New Jersey. Dottie, as known by friends, was born April 23, 1926 in Calais, daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Thomas) Nixon. Dottie was predeceased by her brothers George and James and a sister, Alberta Doten. Surviving are her children: son, John Szal, of King of Prussia, PA (and his wife Anne); son Peter, of Oakland, NJ (and his wife Gail); son, Tim, of Trophy Club, TX (and his wife Grace), daughter Nancy, Bogota, NJ (and her fiancé, Gilbert Guity), son Christopher, Shrewsbury, MA (and his wife Pam) and grandchildren: Catherine, James, Emily, Matthew, Alex, Skye, Sophie, and Emma Szal and Matthew Dolan; one brother, John Nixon and his wife, Marina, of Calais, one sister, Kay Woodall of Pennsylvania, and a sister-in-law, Matsiko Nixon of Calais; and several nieces and nephews. [Provided by Gayle Freeman-Szal] 030911

Muriel Perkins Hogue Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Kathleen Porter Doten Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Otis Redding Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Stephen R. "Bob" Scott, 74, of 157 Woodland Ave., died Sunday, Feb. 18, in Quabbin Valley Health Care, Athol, after an illness. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Anne H. (Cowell) Scott of Gardner; two stepsons, M. Donald Barry of Westminster and Stephen P. Barry of Gardner; a daughter, Beverly J. Blakeslee of Lebanon, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Carol A. Clark of Leesburg, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Moss of Havana, Ill., and Dorothy Warden of New Port Richey, Fla.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A stepson, Richard D. Barry of Los Angeles, died in 1984. Mr. Scott was born in Baring, Maine, son of Stephen D. and Etta (Howland) Scott, and graduated from Calais Academy in Calais, Maine, in 1944. He served in the Merchant Marines. He was a security officer 47 years at the former Gardner State Hospital and North Central Corrections Institute, retiring in 1986. He also worked part-time for the MART. He was a member of American Legion Post 129, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 747, the Retired State, County, and Municipal Employees Association, and the Gardner Hope Lodge of Masons. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Boucher Funeral Home Inc., 110 Nichols St. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Boston, 295 Devonshire St., Boston, MA 02110. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette, MA. Provided by Sharon Howland.]  

David “Fuzzy” Leland Townsend, 89, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Calais Regional Hospital. Fuzzy was born in Calais on October 18, 1926, son of Wray and Geneva (Constantine) Townsend. He graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1943, and worked at Tracy’s Garage until starting a career as an electrician. He was an operator at St. Croix Electric Co. for several years and later for Bangor Hydro in Eastport. Fuzzy owned and operated a small engine repair shop, selling the first chainsaw in Washington County. He then sold the shop and became a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force, working as the Chief Engineer of Utilities for Topsham Air Force Base, and later at the Air Force base in Bangor. On November 7, 1957, he married his love, Mary Catherine O’Brien. Eventually Fuzzy and Mary returned to Calais where he worked for Georgia Pacific as an electrician until his retirement. He was a member of the Calais United Methodist Church and enjoyed building model engines, working in his machine shop, motorcycles, fishing and hunting. While building steam and gas model engines, Fuzzy won many awards and his engines were sought after by many. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary Townsend; and his two sisters. Surviving are his five children, David Townsend and wife Marjorie of Calais, Debbie Townsend of Calais, Diane Munroe and husband George of St. Stephen, NB, Daphne Boles and companion Larry of St. Stephen, NB, and Darin Townsend of Calais; six grandchildren, Heather, Joey, Mary, Jodi, David and George; five great-grandchildren, Lydia, Shawn, Christopher, Brody and Bryson; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in Calais Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home,  Calais & Eastport. [Provided by Eleanor Matheson.]

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