Calais Memorial High School

Class of 1949

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Graduates Class of 1949

Patricia Anne Babb

Marvin Phillip Barnes

Evelyn Bayliss

Margaret Ruby Beale

Barbara Alice Blaney

James Francis Bond

Lloyd Norman Carson

Ralph E. Chaffee

Shirley Patricia Clark

Robert Cookson

Mary Eliza Cox

Byron Martin Day

Donald Sidney Dinsmore

Betsy Ann Doncaster

Paula Marie Dwelley

Pauline Lorraine Flood

Olive Mary Foster

Lincoln Frederick Gayton

Ruth E. Gillespie

Forrestine Webber Hammond

Patty Hayward

Ronald Wesley Hill

Barbara Johnson

Bernard Leon Johnson

Herbert James Johnson

Winfield Keith Johnson

Lillian B. Johnson

Marjorie Mae Johnson

Ormer Kelley

Philip Norman Kneeland

Harold Ralph Lawless

Welda Joyce Lawrence

Barbara Mary Lee

Neil Oakman Littlefield

Naida Lorraine Matthews

Doreen McGarrigle

Ramona Frances McNutt

George Lee Merryfield

Francina Marie Murphy

Pauline Catherine O'Neill

Erlen Raymond Porter

Erland Clifton Reynolds

Glenwood Riley

Lewis S. Scribner

John Willard Smith

Evelyn Jane Sprague

Harriet Eleanor Stanhope

Philip Raymond Stanhope

Mary Winifred Stewart

Lois Evelyn Strout

Barbara Jean Tarbell

Barbara Elaine Tracy Norman Kenneth Varnum Ronald George Woods
A. Dartelle Young Ensley P. Wheaten, Jr.  

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What's Happening

Marvin P. Barnes is married to Greta May C. Coltart, class of '56.  They live in Port Isabel, TX, and their e-mail address is   They are coming to Calais this summer ['99] for Marvin's 50th reunion.

James F. Bond  - US Air Force 1949 - 1953 - Korean War

Lloyd Carson, Knox, Maine. 20 years in Navy - Retired in 1974.  Moved here from Mass. in '85. Life in the "slow lane".  

Bernard L. Johnson From Calais now--Robbinston originally.  Very interesting to find out where your classmates are and what they are doing. Been married to Eleanor Nielsen for 47 years. Have 4 children and 9 grandsons and 3 great grandchildren.. Now retired from GP and really enjoying the life of Riley. Looking forward to the class reunion this summer. E-mail

Deceased Classmates

Patricia A. Babb Gates. Our mother, Pat Gates, passed away December 31, 2016. She was born in St. Stephen N.B., Canada, on April 30, 1932, the only daughter of C. Emory and Alma (Cooper) Babb. She lived her life so that when we think of fairness, caring and integrity, we think of her. Pat graduated with high honors from Calais Memorial H.S. and from Holy Rosary Business School in St. Stephen N.B. Canada, and was then employed at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company before marrying, moving to Millinocket and starting a family. She was the school secretary and "resident mom" to the many children who passed through Granite Street School during her 36 years with the Millinocket School Department. Pat was a past president of, and very active in, the Millinocket Education Association, serving for many years on the negotiations team. She was a former member of the Maine Education Association, Maine Educational Secretaries Association and current member of Maine Retirees Association. Pat was a Sunday school teacher at the First Congregational Church of Millinocket when we were young and an active member of the Women's Fellowship. She is survived by children, Stephen Gates and Rebecca Boulanger, Sue Clark and Norman, Nancy Grant and Richard, and Jan Davis; grandchildren, Danielle Grant Raymond and Brian, Joshua and Faith Grant, Max and Sarah (Parker) Davis, and Benjamin Davis; sisters-in-law, Frances Grant, Joan Larlee and Viola Babb; special friend and relative, Mary Vesta Marston Scott; and several special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her only brother, Philip Babb; sisters-in-law, Margaret MacDonald and Joyce Michaud; and our father, Robert E. Gates. Memorial services will be held at the Millinocket Cemetery in the spring. Donations in Pat's name may be given to the Salvation Army or the First Congregational Church of Millinocket.  Bangor Daily News January 5, 2017. [Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

Pauline Dwelley Donovan Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Olive Foster Pollock Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120809

Lincoln Frederick Gayton, SKI, USN, Retired, 85 of Calais, Maine, died October 16, 2017. He was born in St. Stephen, N.B., Canada, April 16, 1932, the son of George E. and Helen B. (Harvell) Gayton. He attended Milltown Grammar School and was graduated from Calais Memorial High in 1949. He graduated from Holy Rosary Commercial School in 1950 and moved to Fort Fairfield, where he lived with his brother John and his wife Kay and son William. From 1950 to 1952, Lincoln was employed as a bookkeeper at the Aroostook Equipment Co. Lincoln joined the U.S. Navy on June 14, 1952. He served aboard the U.S.S. League Island (AKS-30); U.S.S. Cacapon (AO-52) and U.S.S. Shangri- La (CVA-38). He also served at the Brooklyn, NY, USN Receiving Station and at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris, France. He was honorably discharged April 24, 1963. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a patriot. He graduated from Husson College, Bangor, in 1967, receiving a B.S. in accounting. Mr. Gayton then joined the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Audit Agency in Boston, Mass., later transferring to their Hartford, Conn. Branch office. In 1977, Lincoln transferred to the U.S. Department of Interior where he was a financial analyst with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Juneau, Alaska until his retirement in 1987. He was the recipient of many awards and accomplishments during his 31 years of government service.  Subsequent to his retirement, Lincoln returned to Calais aVeterans, Chapter 6, Bangor, and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7738 of Calais. He was also a member of the Retired Enlisted Men’s Association: Fleet Reserve Association and the AARP. Lincoln was never married. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and a nephew. He is survived by his nephew William Gayton, Ph.D., of Portland; a niece in Canada; two grand-nieces; four grand-nephews; an aunt and numerous cousins. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Walter & Leona Juranty of Perry and Vickie L. Gayton of Portland for the care and comfort they provided him. At Lincoln’s request there will be no visiting hours. A funeral service will be conducted in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Calais Free Library or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 346, Augusta, Me 04330-0346.

Patty Jean  Hayward, 83, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Calais Regional Hospital. Patty was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Marine City, Mich., daughter to Henry and Blanche (Howland) Hayward. After graduating from Calais Memorial High School, Patty enlisted into the Women's Army Corps. She served as a secretary for five different Generals, including General Westmoreland in Vietnam. Between enlistment's Patty worked as a court recorder in Virginia. After serving her country for more than 23 years, Patty returned home to Calais. She was a member of Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association, Sherman Bros. Post No. 3 American Legion, Calais, and Boyd-Smith Post No. 9779 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Calais. Patty enjoyed making picture collages and spending quality time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Hazen, Clint, Sam, Jon and infant, Jon Hayward; and three sisters, Corliss Keef, Jeri Mae McCoy and Marion "Sissy" Johnson. Surviving is two sisters, Sara Cameron of Calais and Ann Hacker and husband, Kenneth, of Ottawa, Ontario; her "nephew" and caregiver, Jesse Pottle of Calais; her faithful canine companion, Sissy-Girl; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Patty's life will be held 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Burial with military honors will be after at Baring Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in BDN Maine on May 31, 2013. Sharon Howland] 

Barbara J. Johnson D'Alessandris, 84, of Harmony Twp., died Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Born May 9, 1932, in Calais, ME, a daughter of the late Reed A. and Ivilla Hinds Johnson, she was a member of Good Samaritan Catholic Church. She was a 1949 graduate of Calais High School, and a graduate of Higgins College and American Institute of Banking, Boston, MA. She worked many years in the banking industry and retired from the Bank of America. She served the community on various boards including being a Harmony Twp. commissioner and a member of the Beaver County Corporation of Economic Development. Barbara was also a member of Jacob Ferree D. A. R. and the PA Society of Mayflower Descendants. She was preceded in death by her husband, Domenic D'Alessandris, Oct. 2007, and a nephew, Kenneth Johnson. Surviving are sisters, Dorothy Beaton, Longview, WA and June Dineen, and a brother, Reed Johnson, both of Calais, ME; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Karin and Jeff Lemon, and especially her cat, Maizie. Friends will be received on Friday, July 22, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bohn-Matich Funeral Home Inc., 1099 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge. A service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Rd., Aliquippa, PA 15001. 

PHILIP N. KNEELAND  1932-2005, Philip N. Kneeland 73, of Dexter, son of Vinal P. and Grace W. (McCoubrey) Kneeland, was born on Jan. 8, 1932, in Calais and passed peacefully after a short illness on July 26, 2005, in Bangor. He graduated from Calais High School in 1949 and attended the University of Maine at Machias until enlisting in the Army Air Corps during the Korean War. He served his country for four years and left the Air Force as a staff sergeant. He was employed by the Georgia Pacific Paper Co. for 18 years and the city of Augusta's public school system for 17 years. He was a past commander of the VFW. post in Calais and a member of the Dexter Legion. He was a past patron of Orion Chapter 45 in Calais, Rose of Sharon Chapter 13, in Augusta, Order of the Eastern Star. He was an active member of the following Masonic bodies: Bethlehem Lodge 35, Augusta; Nokomis Chapter 42 OES, Newport; Wassookeag Chapter 44 OES, Dexter; Stevens 28 Royal Arch, Newport; Mount Moriah Council 10, Skowhegan; the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Augusta and Kora Shrine. He was actively involved with the youth in his communities, serving as a "dad advisor" and district deputy in DeMolay for boys, as a "dad advisor" and advisory board member in Rainbow for girls; and as a Scout leader in various capacities. He also was the founder of the Lincoln Squares square dancers at Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Miriam E. (Barney) Kneeland; one brother, Paul Kneeland and his wife, Stella; two sons, Philip R. Kneeland and his wife, Linda, and Ernest V. Kneeland and his wife, Mary; two special stepsons, Paul M. Laslie and his wife, Kay, and Carl M. Laslie and his wife, Pam; five grandchildren, Stephen Laslie and his wife, Doris, Sara Laslie, Jessica Kneeland and her boyfriend, Justin, Donna Laslie and her boyfriend, Josh, and Mallonee Laslie; three great-grandchildren, Alex, Alexis and Kathryn; one nephew, Michael; and two nieces, Deborah and Barbara. A memorial service followed by a Masonic service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in his name to Grand Chapter Charity Fund, Corley Anne Byras, Grand Secretary, P.O. Box 119, Bowdoinham 04008. [Provided by Deborah Kneeland Polk] 

Neil Oakman Littlefield, age 81, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Swedish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He was born in 1931, in North Conway, New Hampshire to Eldred M. and Mary Louise (Oakman) Littlefield. Neil graduated from Calais High School in Maine in 1949, then went on to earn a B.S. degree in English and Physics from the University of Maine, graduating with highest distinction in 1953. He continued his education at Boston University Law School, where he was Senior Editor for the Law Review. During his studies he traveled to the University of Melbourne, Australia, as a Rotary Foundation Fellow (1956). He received his LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) from Boston University in 1957, graduating cum laude. Neil completed his education at the University of Michigan, earning his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in 1959. He received his S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) in 1961, also from the University of Michigan, while employed as an Assistant Professor of Law at the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Starting in 1961 he served as an Associate Professor of Law, and then Professor of Law, at the University of Connecticut. During this time he was also a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Indiana (1966-67). After leaving the University of Connecticut and moving to Colorado in 1970, Neil finished out his career as Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Denver College of Law where he again spent time as a Visiting Professor of Law, this time at the University of Oklahoma (summer 1974) and at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (1980-81). He retired in 1999 after almost 30 years at the University of Denver. He is listed in the Directory of American Scholars (Law) and Who’s Who of American Lawyer. Aside from his dedication to his chosen profession, Neil was an avid stamp collector, voracious reader, committed crossword puzzler, and he loved the theatre as both a spectator and a participant. He appeared in two productions at the Bonfils Theater, “Auntie Mame” (1977) and “Harvey” (1978) where he met Jimmy Stewart and playwright, Mary Chase, on opening night. He played the title role in “The Oldest Living Graduate” with the University of Denver Summer Theater in 1979. He spent much of his free time volunteering for the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library, and the American Red Cross. Neil also had a passion for travel, which was first ignited by his studies abroad in Australia. In 1978 he and his wife, Carla (Noth), traveled to Japan and China, among the first tourists to visit Beijing and Shanghai following the end of the Cultural Revolution. Many cruises followed with visits to cities in Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Russia, Greece, and Turkey. Their last cruise in 2000-01 took them to Egypt, the Persian Gulf, India (including the Taj Mahal), Burma, Vietnam and Thailand. Everywhere he went, Neil made friends. Neil is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Carla; three sisters: Mary, Jane, and Nancy; three daughters: Sharon, Deborah, and Jennifer; two grandchildren: Katherine and Stephen; his first wife and mother of his children, Marjorie (Belehrad); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents and his brother, Eldred, preceded him in death. A simple service honoring Neil’s life will be held at 10 AM on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Ivy Chapel in Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street, Denver. The Littlefield family would like to express our gratitude for the exceptional care and compassion Neil received from the nursing staff at Swedish Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Colorado Foundation/College of Nursing. Please direct your gift to the Touched by a Nurse Endowment Fund in memory of Neil Littlefield. To make a donation, visit, or send a check to the University of Colorado Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217-9155. Checks should be payable to CU Foundation, and the memo line should read “Touched by a Nurse Endowment Fund, IMO Neil Littlefield.” 

George L. Merryfield, 80, died Nov. 29, 2011. He was born April 24, 1931, in Robbinston, the son of Fred and Florence (Butler) Merryfield. George was a combat veteran of the Korean War. He worked for Great Northern Paper Co., East Millinocket, for 34 years. George enjoyed working in his garden and taking walks. George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Faye (Ingersoll) Merryfield; a son, Timothy Merryfield and his wife, Darlene, of Rhode Island; a daughter, Debra Bailey and her husband, Robert, of Brewer; a grandson, Andrew Merryfield; four brothers-in-law, Ernest Johnson of Robbinston, Harry Ingersoll and his wife, Betty, of Florida, Edward Ingersoll and his wife, Alice, of Robbinston and Robert Ingersoll of Freeport; one sister-in-law, Elaine Merryfield of Robbinston; several nieces and nephews; a very special niece, Jean Elsmore of Ohio. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by, two brothers, Beverly and Perley Merryfield; and one sister, Eva Johnson. Those who wish to remember George may do so in their own special way. Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. [Published in Bangor Daily News on December 3, 2011. Provided by Sharon Howland.]  

Erlen Porter Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Glenwood Riley Obituary [Provided by his son, Glen Riley]

Lois Evelyn Strout Phelan Faloon, 86, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at a Bangor nursing home. Lois was born in Alexander on March 7, 1931, daughter of Lyman and Doris (Dwelley) Strout. She graduated from Calais Memorial High School, Class of 1949, and married Peter Phelan Sr. She raised her three children and eventually started a career with D.H.S. in Bangor, working in the Child Welfare Office until her retirement. On July 11, 1981, she married Randall Faloon. Lois was a member of Church of the Open Bible in Alexander where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and traveling. In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by her step-father George Edgerly; and her husband Randall. Surviving are her three children, Sharon Cooper and husband Gerald of Alexander, Peter Phelan Jr. and wife Andrea of Dedham, and Lyman Phelan of Glenburn; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Winifred Carroll of Bangor and Fern Garner of Alexander; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, numerous dear friends, and her faithful feline companion Taffy. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Celebration of Lois’ Life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, at Church of the Open Bible, 1222 Airline Rd., Alexander. Burial will follow in the Alexander Cemetery. Donations in Lois’ memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.

PRESQUE ISLE - Norman Kenneth Varnum O.D., 76, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his home. HeVarnum was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Calais, the son of Albert E. and Margaret S. Varnum. Norman grew up in Calais and Machias and spent much of his time on the family farm in Alexander. He graduated from Calais High School, where he was a star baseball and basketball player. He then served four years in the U.S. Navy as an aerial photographer. After his naval service, Norman was an undergraduate in pre-optometry at the University of Maine at Orono and then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science and O.D., Cum Laude, from the New England School of Optometry, where he received the Theodore F. Kline Award and was the class president his third year. He was married to Minnie K. Varnum, his wife of 34 years, in 1959, and began his optometric practice in Presque Isle in 1960. Norman was very involved in his profession and community. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and served as president of Aroostook Optometric Society, as president of the Maine Optometric Association and on the professional development committee of the American Optometric Association, where he co-authored a manual on practice management. First appointed to the Maine Board of Optometry by Gov. James Longley in 1977, Norman was re-appointed for a second five-year term in 1982. He was involved in the development and implementation of laws governing eye care, in the licensing of new practitioners and in the setting and enforcing of professional standards and ethics. Norman was in active practice as an optometrist in Presque Isle for nearly 40 years and served in many leadership positions in the community. He was president of Presque Isle Kiwanis Club, Community Concert Association and Central Aroostook Toastmasters Club. He served as chairman of the board of trustees, the board of deacons, and the stewardship committee for Presque Isle Congregational Church. He was a director of the Presque Isle Chapter of the SPEBSQSA and a member of the corporate board of New England College of Optometry and The Aroostook Medical Center. Norman had a great love of the outdoors and spent a lot of time fishing, hunting, downhill skiing, canoeing and camping with his family and friends. He also shared that love of the outdoors with many young people as a scoutmaster for Troop 168 of the Boy Scouts of America. He was an Eagle Scout and saw both of his sons become Eagle Scouts. He is survived by his three children, Brett and his wife, Catherine, of Presque Isle, Mark and his wife, Jacqueline, of Oakland and Susan Ko and her husband, John, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; and his seven grandchildren, Jessica, Megh-ann, Jonathan, Daniel, Amanda, Lauren and Elizabeth. Norman was predeceased by his beloved wife, Minnie K. Varnum, in 1993. Visiting hours will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, with a 5:30 p.m. service at Duncan Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle, with the Rev. David Hutchinson officiating. Condolences may be expressed at [BDN 031908 Provided by Sharon Howland]

Aubrey Dartelle "Darty" Young, Jr., December 7, 1930 - October 26, 2003. SCARBOROUGH - Aubrey Dartelle "Darty" Young, Jr., 72, of 10 Juneberry Lane, passed away on Oct. 26, 2003 at Mercy Hospital in Portland after a long illness. He was born on Dec. 7, 1930 in Tremont, the son of Aubrey D. Young, Sr. and Hilda E. Sylvia. He graduated from Calais High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Washington, D.C. It was there that he met and married his wife, Gloria, in 1951. After he was discharged in 1952, they moved to Maine. He was employed as manager by Bearings Specialty Co. for many years, 10 of which his wife worked by his side. After leaving the bearing business, he bought a lobster boat and lobstered until ill health forced him to retire. These were some of his happiest years. Darty loved to work on cars, and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his stepfather Glenn, but his true passion was Nascar racing. We always knew where he was on Sunday afternoons. He loved his family very much and always by his side was his little dog Suzy. Even though disabled, he cared for Suzy and gave her an insulin shot every day followed by a treat, until she passed in April of this year. He is survived by his wife Gloria, four daughters, Debra Durgin of Cornish, Donna Cleaves, Sandra Young, and Teresa Lamson, all of Scarborough; his brother William A. Young of South Portland; his step-mother Mary Grimaldi of South Portland; four half-brothers, Philip of Gray, Steven of Scarborough, Paul and Mark of South Portland; and a half-sister, Karen of Florida; five grandchildren, Dani, Jimmy, Jeff, Andy, and Josh; two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be Tuesday Oct. 28, 2003 from 5-7 PM at Conroy-Tully Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Private services for the family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME 04092.

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