Calais Academy

Class of 1945
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Graduates Class of 1945

Barbara Louise Andrews Anne Elizabeth Barnard Ernest Eugene Barnes
Glen Richard Boardman Barbara Ann Brown William Carson
Bertha Ellen Clark Elizabeth Gough Clark Roy D. Colson
Alta Harper Cottrell Jane Louise Crosby Peter Del Monaco
Francis Madeline Dickinson Jean Elizabeth Doncaster Constance Marilyn Dwelley
Calvin George Flagg Paul Robert Fleming Edward Gratton Frye
John Sullivan Gay Harold Leroy Gillis Olive Edna Glidden
Helen Mae Gordon John D. Howe Howard Oscar Lunn
Irvin McAllister Marshall Stanley Edward McConvey Nancy Rita McLain 
Isabel Grace Moran Constance Theresa Murphy Anne Carolyn Peterson
Norma Ardell Peterson Katherine Muriel Pine Donald Roy Rafus
Dorothy Louise Relahan Joyce S. Reynolds Phoebe Janet Saunders
Kenneth Earl Tibbitts Lillian Gertrude Tompkins Doris Virginia Tori
Charles Eugene Townsend Joyce Marie Tracy Margaret Phoebe Tupper
Muriel Joyce Wheelock Cecil Dexter Wilson John Lindley Wood
Jerome L. Phelan Ruth McKay Jean E. MczLaughlin

President: Charles Townsend |- Vice President: Gratton Frye
Secretary: Elizabeth Clark - Treasurer: Peter Del Monaco
Class Flower: Yellow Rose

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Anne Barnard Baker, Calais, ME. My mother, Anne Barnard Baker graduated in the class of 1945. She and my dad, Austin C. Baker class of 1942, will be married 50 years on September 8, 2002. They have 4 daughters,3 son-in-laws,2 grandsons,2 granddaughters,3 great-granddaughters and 2 great-grandsons, with 2 more great-grandchildren on the way. My mother is a cancer survivor, she had a radical mastectomy 4 years ago at the age of 70. My parents are in great health and enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending time at Meddybemps Lake. If anyone would like to get in touch with my parents you can e-mail me and I will pass on your e-mail to them. Sincerely, Lucy A. Baker class of 1974.  

Calvin George Flagg, Wolfeboro, NH. CEO/Nordic Skier.  My class of 1945 were Seniors when Calais Academy burned down. We had classes in the old gymnasium on Academy Street. Our graduation was in The State Theatre. Also we were in the elementary school and watched it burn. BUT THERE WERE NICE MEMORIES TOO-of teachers and classmates. My brother Lewis (Bud) and I are always reminiscing about the "GOOD OLD DAYS" IN Calais. Hope to see more old "FOGGIES" write. Nice to see this website! info@NORDICSKIERSPORTS.COM 

Deceased Classmates

Ernest Barnes.  ROBBINSTON - Ernest E. Barnes, 82, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Calais, the son of Luther and Esther (Hill) Barnes. Ernest grew up in Calais and was a graduate of Calais Academy, Class of 1945, and Pittsburgh School of Watch Making. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Ernest was a World War II veteran and a plank owner of the USS Saipan CVL-48. He retired as building maintenance supervisor of Washington County Community College, Calais, and operated Brooks Bluff Cottages with his wife, Barbara. Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara (Brown) Barnes; son, E. Jeffrey Barnes of Bangor; and grandson, Aaron J. Barnes and his wife, Jessica, of Bangor. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Norma Ryan. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Brewer Cemetery, Sherman Hill Road, Robbinston. Those wishing to remember Ernest in a special way may make gifts in his name to PAWS Humane Society, P.O. Box 182, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at [Published in Bangor Daily News on May 26, 2010. Provided by Sharon Howland.]

Barbara A. Brown Barnes, 90, of Robbinston, Maine, died April 13 in a Bangor healthcare facility. She was born August 7, 1927 in Robbinston to Ernest C. and Princess (Wilson) Brown. Barbara graduated from Calais Academy in 1945. There she met Ernie (Ernest) Barnes, and the two were married in 1948. After time spent in Pittsburgh, PA and Portsmouth, NH, Barbara and Ernie returned to Robbinston in 1965 with their son, (Ernest) Jeff Barnes. After attending business school in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Barbara began working at the Calais branch of the 1st National Bank of Bar Harbor in 1967, where she worked until her retirement 23 years later. Except for winters she and Ernie spent in Florida, Barbara called the family property in Robbinston, named Brooks Bluff, home. Barbara and Ernie ran Brooks Bluff Cottages - the family cottage rental business which was started by her father in 1920 - until 2007. Barbara took great pride in running the business and will be remembered as a welcoming and attentive host. She particularly enjoyed getting to know the families who would come each summer to the cottages, sometimes over generations, and still received letters and calls from past guests, which she enjoyed immensely. In her retirement, Barbara kept busy running the business with Ernie and, after the cottages were closed, returned to sewing and embroidery as a pastime. She very much enjoyed visits from friends and loved catching up with them. She was grateful for their support and companionship, especially so in recent years. Barbara was proud of her son Jeff and all of his accomplishments. She held a special place in her heart for her grandson Aaron, who always made her smile, and who accompanied her and Ernie on many trips across the country. She adored her two great-grandchildren and was fond of reading to them. She leaves them with wonderful memories of visits to Brooks Bluff, where they would comb the beach looking for treasures with their "G.G.". Barbara was predeceased by her husband Ernest in 2010; her sister Betty Blood; her brothers Philip R. Brown and Harold L. Brown; and a half sister, Patricia Harvell Thurston. She is survived by her son Ernest J. Barnes of Bangor and his companion Carol Finnemore; her grandson Aaron J. Barnes and his wife Jessica of Hampden, and their children Owen and Phoebe Barnes. Barbara was very fond of the cats she cared for over the years, and she leaves behind her cat Callie, now lovingly cared for by a friend. Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Sewall Memorial Congregational Church in Robbinston. Announcement of a graveside service at Brewer Cemetery in Robbinston will follow. Memories or condolences may be shared at [Published on  April 17, 2018 BDN. Provided by Katherine Berry.]

Alta Cottrell Levi Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042209

Peter DelMonaco, 87, died January 20, 2015 at the Blaire House Nursing Center in Tewksbury, MA. Peter was born December 30, 1927 in Providence, RI, the son of Peter and Maria Maddelena (DiCenzo) DelMonaco. He attended Nathaniel Greene Jr. School in Providence and graduated from the Calais Academy in 1945. He also attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he studied engineering. Peter worked for nearly 60 years in the family construction business, Thomas DiCenzo, Inc. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Anna and her husband Harold Drew, brother William DelMonaco and wife Phoebe, and brother Nicholas DelMonaco. On October 27, 1957 he married his loving wife Irene (Little). Peter will be deeply missed by his devoted wife, beloved son Dr. John DelMonaco and wife Jennifer (Nisi), adored grandchildren Sabrina and Isabelle, brother Edmund and wife Margaret, sister-in-law Geraldine, two special nieces Diane Brown and Donna Geel, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Always generous with his time, Peter often worked on landscaping or construction projects for family and friends. No matter how small or large the project, he saw that it was completed to perfection. A recent project of which he was exceptionally proud was the restoration of the Stations of the Cross at the Immaculate Conception Church. He drew great joy from working in his vegetable and flower gardens, never allowing the harsh weather to interfere with the growth of his beautiful roses. Peter lived a life filled with vitality and, when he wasnít working on projects, he greatly enjoyed traveling with his family. His visits to Sulmona, Italy were particularly cherished.  Peter was a member of the Lions Club, a Trustee of the Calais Regional Hospital, a member of the Maine Better Transportation Association, and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church of Calais. Donations in Peterís memory can be made to the Anna Drew Scholarship Fund, The Bank of Maine, 344 Main Street, Calais, ME 04619. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Rob Lupo 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 31 Calais Ave., Calais. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. [Provided by Heather Ross] 

Paul R. Fleming Obituary [Provided by Thelmas Eye Brooks]

BREWER - Edward Gratton "Grat" Frye, 78, husband of the late Mary P. (Robb) Frye, died May 2, 2006, at an Orono healthcare center. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Calais, the son of Miles R. and Josephine (Curran) Frye. Grat attended schools in Calais, graduating from Calais Academy where he was vice president of his class and captain of the basketball team. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1945-1947 as an aviation electrician's mate. He worked for New England Telephone for 37 years, living in various areas of Maine including, Calais, Rockland, Waterville and Bangor. He began serving as a switchman, eventually served as a foreman and retired as a district supervisor. Grat was an active member of several organizations including the St. Croix Lodge No. 46, AF & AM, Calais, Anah Temple Shrine, the I.O.O.F., Calais and the Telephone Pioneers. He and his wife were also active founding members of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Brewer. In his earlier years, Edward enjoyed traveling and camping, building model trains, carpentry and was an all-around handyman. Grat is survived by three sons, James Frye and his wife, Donna, of Bangor, Paul Frye and his wife, Melissa, of Sullivan and Peter Frye of Hermon; six grandchildren, Jason of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jennifer of Orono, Bradley of Belling-ham, Wash., Ryan of Seattle, Wash., Daniel and his wife, Jessika, of Carmel and Reid of Harrisonburg, Va.; one expected great-granddaughter of May 4, 2006; two brothers, Miles P. Frye and his wife, Muriel, of Waterville and Donald J. Frye and his wife, Elaine, of Allbemarle, N.C.; one sister, Pauline Douglass of Greenville; a special cousin, Louis Morrison of Calais; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years in 1997. A memorial service celebrating Grat's life will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Brewer, with the Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Clarke, rector, presiding. Committal services and burial will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Calais Cemetery, Calais. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke St., Brewer, ME 04412. Arrangements in the care of Kiley Funeral Home, 69 State St., Brewer. [Provided by John Adams] 

Olive E. (Glidden) Wojnowski, 86, of Uxbridge passed away on Sun. Aug. 2, 2015 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville where she had been a resident for the past year and half. She was born on August 4, 1928 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Myrtle M. (Hill) Glidden. She grew up in Calais, ME and later moved to Lewiston, ME to attend nursing school. She graduated from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1949 and worked in Lewiston until 1954. Then, she moved to Milford, MA when she married John E. Little Stitch Wojnowski. In 1958, they moved to Uxbridge to raise a family. She returned to nursing in 1976 at the former Milford Geriatric Authority, retiring in 1994. Olive enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, her flower gardens, and traveling. She loved her cats and treasured time spent with her grandchildren. She is survived by her cat, M&M; two sons, Stephen and his wife Kathaleen Wojnowski of Uxbridge, and Michael Wojnowski and his wife Teena Chenevert of Mendon; a daughter, Tina and her husband Gary Santos of Dexter, ME; a daughter-in-law, Jean Sarli of Douglas; a sister, Kathy and her husband Richard Berry of Robbinston, ME; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, John Wojnowski; a son, Karl Wojnowski; a daughter, Joyce Wojnowski; three brothers, Joseph Glidden II, Millard Glidden and Teddy Glidden; and a sister, Lois Leighton. Visiting hours will be held Thurs. Aug. 6, 2015 from 6 to 8pm in the Buma Funeral Home, 101 N. Main St., Rte 122, Uxbridge. Funeral services will be held Fri. Aug. 7, 2015 at 10 AM in the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery, Granite St., Uxbridge. Published in Milford Daily News on Aug. 4, 2015.

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Constance Murphy. Smith, Teresa "Connie" VALATIE ó It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Connie Smith, age 83, of Kinderhook Lake, Valatie N.Y. Connie died August 19, 2010 surrounded by her amily. Born in Calais, Maine, Connie was predeceased by her parents, Ivan and Alice Murphy and sisters, Rita Graffman and Eileen Burnett. She graduated from the Calais Academy in 1945 and, in 1948, the nursing school of the Maine General Hospital in Portland, Maine. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1953 to 1955. She was stationed at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. where she met her husband of 55 years, Lt. Merl Smith. She followed her husbandís civilian career while raising her four children. The family lived in Portland, Ore., Anaheim, Calif. and Houston, Texas before moving to Glenmont in 1974. While caring for her family, Connie continued her nursing career at the VA Stratton Hospital and The Albany Psychiatric Center. []

Norma Peterson McAllister, 86, died peacefully following a period of ill health, with family by her side Sept. 13, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Baileyville a daughter of Peter and Phyllis (Seamans) Peterson. She graduated from Calais Academy, class of 1945 and then attended Farmington Normal School for a year, before attending beauty school in Bangor. She worked at several beauty salons in Newport, Bangor, and Old Town until she and her husband decided to start a family. While the children were growing up, they spent many summer vacations at Cathance Lake in Cooper. In 1984 they purchased their camp on Upper Cold Stream Pond, Big Narrows, Lincoln, and enjoyed many gatherings with family and friends over the years. She enjoyed knitting, doting on her husband, and baking bread. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Willard "Mac" McAllister; a son, Peter McAllister and his wife, Sue, of Rome; three grandchildren, Melissa Commeau of Milford, Michael McAllister of Weeks Mills, and Kenn McAllister of Windham; three great-grandchildren, Noah Ray Thibodeau, Hollie Rose McAllister and Charli Grace McAllister; a brother, Forest "Foddy" Peterson and his wife, Theresa, of Richmond, Va.; sister, Muriel Frye of Lancaster, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jane in 2002. A graveside service will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Milford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074,; or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Notes of condolence may be left at [Published in BDN Maine on September 16, 2013. Sharon Howland] 

Jerome L. Phelan Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120809 - listed with class in '42 Broadcast

Joyce Reynolds Perkins, 88, passed away August 8, 2016 at Marshall Healthcare in Machias. Joyce was born in Meddybemps on May 11, 1928 to Clifton and Zela (Lewis) Reynolds. She attended local schools and graduated from Calais High School. She married Merlin A. Perkins on October 29, 1949 and together they raised four children. Joyce enjoyed sewing and crocheting, doing puzzles, reading and swimming in her younger years. She was a member of Meddybemps Church and The First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, FL while living in Florida with her daughter, Cheryl and her husband Bobby. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Merlin and son, Lloyd Perkins. Joyce will be missed by her surviving three children, Barbara E. Perkins of Rockland, Cheryl Therrien and her husband Robert of FL and Ted Perkins of Deerfield, NH; a sister, Berla McKeown of Calais; two brothers, Lewis Reynolds and his wife Marion of Cornville and Erland Reynolds of FL; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13th at Meddybemps Church, Route 191, Meddybemps. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [Provided by Eleanor Matheson.]

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John "Jack" Lindsey Wood, 81, passed away June 9, 2009, with his family by his side at a Bangor hospital. John was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Calais, to Lindsey and Evelyn (Carll) Wood. He attended local schools and graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1945. Jack married the love of his life, Jean Porter, Nov. 10, 1949, with whom he raised his two children and shared almost 60 years of marriage. Jack was employed for 18 years by A&P as a meat cutter. He later went on to retire from Georgia Pacific, where he worked in payroll and inventory control. Jack was a lifetime Masonic member of St. Croix Lodge No. 46. He enjoyed spending summers at Howard Lake with his family and especially loved time spent with his grandson, Chris, whom he would always put to work in some way or another. In addition to his wife, Jean G. Wood, Jack was survived by a son, John E. Wood; and a daughter, Regina H. Taylor and her husband, George Jr., all of Calais; one sister, Jean Leach of Calais; a grandson, Chris Taylor; one nephew, Philip Leach of British Columbia; and one cousin who was like a brother to Jack, Richard Love of Adams, Mass. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A funeral service will begin 1 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8 Chapel St., Calais, with Pastor Ed Fleisch officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calais Seventh-day Adventist Church or Calais Regional Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program, 24 Hospital Lane. Memories and condolences may be shared at [BDN provided by John Adams]

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