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Graduates Class of 1954

John Allan

Vose Armstrong

Maurice Barnard

Shirley Bond

Jane Brown

Sheldon Card

Norma Casey

Jean Chaffee

Joan Chaffee

Shaine Christakos

Cecile Coleman

Edgar Cook

Mary Cousins

Donald Donovan

Terry Driscoll

Sheldon Eagan

Richard Farrar


Alberta Farthing

John Fitzsimmons

Jean Flood

Joan Flood

Gary Frost

Joyce Frost

Lorraine Frost

Norma Frost

David Getchell

Fred Hayward

Sandra Hewitt

Edward Hiland

Philip Hill

Sylvia James

Barbara Jennings

Jane Johnson

Sandra Johnstone

Zenna Kinney

John Lawler

Ann Mahar

Leo Main

Joyce McLain

Dolly McPhail

Sandra Moffitt

Laird Monahan

Helen Murphy

Sandra Murphy

Alberta Nixon

Donna Olsson

Hilton Perkins

Melva Perkins

Joyce Pike

Yvonne Radway

Charles Robinson

Robert D. Foster

Mary St. Pierre

Margaret Tapley Florence Wheelock Freda Worrell
Elaine Christakos    

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Shirley Bond Groves, Newington, CT, is married to Dick Groves. 091712 

Sheldon Card. Edmond OK, new e-mail address is: 121209

Joyce Frost is happily married to Bob Williams and lives in Calais. She is a loving mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. She's a good, kind, wise person. I am proud that she's my mom. Deborah Dow Joyce attended her  class reunion August 8,2014.

Fred Cambal-Hayward, Hancock, NH. Just checking in to change email address. Don't see much activity with class of 54. e-mail 06012014 

 Leo Main Cranston RI. Visited family in Oak Bay NB recently and saw the CMHS display on the old Unobskey Building 

Laird Monahan. New Address 11206 Harmony Drive, Dade City, FL, 33525 laimonah3@aol.com102806 

Deceased Classmates

Jane Anne (Brown) Farrar, 75, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Calais. Jane was born Sept. 18, 1936, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, daughter of Reuben and Lois (Boyd) Brown. She often spoke fondly of her childhood memories growing up in Kellyland. She graduated from Calais Academy, class of 1954, and married Richard Farrar, Jan. 12, 1955. She was a legal secretary for local attorneys and then pursued a career teaching preschoolers through the Preschool Awake program. She continued teaching as an English instructor for Washington County Community College and as a GED instructor for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. Jane was a talented writer of poetry and song as well as a talented singer and musician. Her beautiful and vibrant voice still resonates in the memories of family and friends. She was a member of Sweet Adelines singing group and a local quartet called The Treble Tones, as well as a member of Calais United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. Throughout many years she contributed articles to the local newspapers and will also be remembered to many as their local Avon representative. She loved to spend her summers at her cottage on Round Pond. In addition to her parents, Jane was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Dale Brown; and a sister, Vera Allen. Surviving are her loving husband of 56 years, Richard Farrar of Calais; three children, Stephen Farrar and his wife, Paula, of Charlotte, Cathy Farrar-Ehsasi and her husband, Mohammed, of Berlin, and David Farrar of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Jamie Farrar and wife, Lea Ellen, of Calais, Nathan Farrar and his wife, Jennifer, of Charlotte, and Arman and Kean Ehsasi of Berlin; four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Chloe, Alyssa and Gaige Farrar; brother, Blair Brown and his wife, Stella, of Ohio; cousin, Ruth Barr and husband, Vernon, of Canada; many nieces and nephews; longtime friend, Betty Sherrard; and many other dear friends. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Calais Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in Bangor Daily News on December 23, 2011. Provided by Sharon Howland.& John Adams]

Norma I. Casey Hill, 80, passed away peacefully on Jan. 18, 2017, at home with her loving husband after an eight year battle with dementia. She was born on June 18, 1936, in Milltown, the daughter of James F. and Rose M. (Darling) Casey. She was lucky number 5 out of her family of 10. After losing her mother Rose at 11, she acquired her step Mother Mary along with her added and adored sisters Frances and Mary. Norma graduated from Calais High School Class of 1954. She loved the Glee Club and anything to do with music, dancing, and socializing. She married the love of her life Philip E. Hill on July 4, 1955. They began their family in Calais and eventually settled in Houlton, where they loved, laughed, and fought with the kids for an incredible 62 years. After she got her 5 boys through school, she worked at Day's Jewelry where most people came to know her. Later on she enjoyed doing nursing work for home care and then she ended up working with Kevin and Jane at Ken's store and according to most of her customers made the best subs next to Kevin's palatable pizzas. She loved to dance, she loved to sing, she loved laughing with family and friends. She loved the Church, singing in the choir and working with the Council of Catholic Women. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Fred, Leo, John, Michael, and beloved sister Theresa. Surviving in addition to her husband Phil are her sisters Barbara and husband Arthur Savoy, Margaret Feaster, Frances and husband Roger Holst, Mary and husband David Davis. Her sons Gary, Kenneth and wife Shannon, Eric, Michael and wife Brenda, David and wife Margaret. Her grandchildren Cory, Travis, Graig and wife Katie, Casey and husband Chris Smith, Ethan and partner Emily,Cole, Dustin, Noah and fiance Allison, Jordan, Ryan and fiance Tanna, and Natalie. Great grandchildren Annie and Rosie Hopkins, Patrick Smith, Olivia Hill and Carter Hill. She was a great fighter. Rest in peace Mother! We Love You and will see you at the never ending dance and karaoke on the other side! Friends may call 10 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the St. Mary of the Visitation Parish where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father David Raymond, celebrant. The family invites relatives and friends to a time of refreshment at the Parish Hall following the service. Committal service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Norma in a special way may make donations payable to the St. Mary of the Visitation Parish or to the Houlton Council of Catholic Women c/o Dunn Funeral Home. Arrangements in care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Condolences and guest book:[Provided by Sharon Howland. Bangor Daily News.] 

Elaine Ann Christakos Carpenter, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017, with her family by her side, in Boynton Beach, Florida. She is reunited with her husband, James R. Carpenter, who passed away in 1996. Elaine was born January 7, 1937 in Old Town, Maine to Nick G. Christakos and Thelma D. (Ouellette) Christakos. She lived in Bangor until the age of 13 when her parents moved the family to Calais, Maine. She graduated Calais Memorial High School in 1954. She married James Carpenter in 1955 and had 5 children. Elaine was an employee of the State of Maine, working for the Maine District Court System for 28 years. She was a loving devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She loved to read, sew, knit go to bingo, and decorate, especially at Christmas. She enjoyed spending her summers in Maine and winters in Florida. Elaine is survived by her loving children, Deb (Carpenter) Doherty and husband Tom, of Rockport; Rick Carpenter and Nell Walton, of Calais; Brenda (Carpenter) Elliott, of Union; Linda (Carpenter) Rundin and husband James, of Calais; and Chris Carpenter and fiancé Julie Wile, of Thomaston; her grandchildren, Angie, Jessi, Tess, Jerami, Luke, Uriah, Logan, Deni, Becky, Alaina, Joseph, Heather, Nick, and Travis; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother George Curtis and wife Katarina (Ring) Curtis of Schenectady, NY; brother-in-law Jesse Carpenter and his wife, Lois (Johnson) Carpenter of New Haven, Conn; sister-in-law, Patricia (Carpenter) Cox of Princeton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles and a very special aunt/sister, Dot (Ouellette) Marchant of Camden. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a grandson. The family sends special thanks to the Cardiac ICU staff of Bethesda Hospital East and to Trust Bridge Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care. A Celebration of Elaine's life will be held in the Spring in Calais. To share a memory or condolence with Elaine's family, please visit their Book of Memories at [Provided by Heather Ross.]

Terrence (Terry) Patrick Driscoll, 78 of Calais and Windham died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at home in Windham, Maine surrounded by all his loving family.  He was born in St. Stephen, NB, Canada on January 7, 1937 to Francis and Charlene Driscoll.  He lived most of his life in Calais. In the later years they moved to Windham to be nearer the children and grandchildren.  He attended the Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Calais and after graduating  from Calais Memorial High School in 1954 joined the United States Air force .  Upon his return to Calais he started building and operating a Service Station/Body shop and Restaurant. On November 23, 1959 he married Laurette A. Babineau of Milltown NB, Canada. Through the years Terry worked as a Brakeman for Maine Central RR, Mail Carrier for the Calais Post Office, and 17 years as Superintendent of Building Grounds and Transportation for Calais School Department.  Terry was also very involved with the Calais Fire Department where he started in 1964 as a volunteer.  Through the years he held the office of President for the Maine State Federation of Firefighters, was a Fire Fighting Instructor for Washington County.  He held the position of Assistant Fire Chief and retired as Captain for the Calais Fire Department.  He was a Communicant and member of the parish council at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and recently a Communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Windham, Maine.  He was also a 4 th Degree Knight in the Calais council.  He was survived by his loving wife of 55 years Laurette Driscoll.  His 4 children: Denise Tozier and her husband Scott of Clarksville, TN. Patrick Driscoll and his wife Elaine of  Yarmouth, ME. Maureen Hayward and her husband Mike of Baileyville, ME. Margaret Clark and her husband Eric of Windham, ME. 9 grandchildren: Joshua of Lakeland, FL. Jake of Tacoma, WA. Amber of Palestine, TX. Jordan and husband Cody  of Yarmouth, ME. Suzanne of Yarmouth, ME. Kyle and Katy of Bangor, ME. Kelsey of Robbinston, ME. Taylor of Bailyville, ME. Haley of Bailyville, ME. Drew of Bailyville, ME. Casey of Windham, ME. Nicole of Windham, ME. 3 great grandchildren: Cedric, AuBree, Olivia. 2 brothers: David Driscoll and his wife Jeanette of Westbrook, ME. Thomas Driscoll and his wife Shelby of  Windham, ME. Many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Charlene Driscoll, Brother Joseph and his wife Jacqueline, and Sister Jean McFadyen and her husband Harry. He will be remembered as a dedicated family man and because of his love for family and life he made himself a fighter. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Parish, 268 Brown St. Westbrook on Saturday, January 31st at 11:00 am. An interment will be held in the spring at the Calais Cemetery. Date and time will be announced at a later date. It is asked that memorial contributions be made to your local food banks in his memory. 

Richard Burton Farrar, 80, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2016 at Calais Regional Hospital with his sons by his side. “Dick”, as everyone knew him, was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick on March 19, 1935, son of Ralph Farrar and Ruth (Waycott) Farrar. He resided and attended school in Calais. On January 12, 1956, he married Jane Anne (Brown) Farrar. They loved the Calais area, where they made their home and raised their three children, Stephen, Cathy and David. He was employed for 30 years at Georgia Pacific in Baileyville as a lab analyst, and retired in May of 1997. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Jane; by one sister, Helen Howard; and by one brother, Harold Farrar. Surviving are his children, Stephen Farrar and wife Paula of Charlotte, Cathy Farrar and husband Mohammad Ehsasi of Berlin, Germany, and his son David Farrar of Calais; his four grandsons, Jamie Farrar and wife Lea Farrar of Calais, Nathan Farrar and wife Jennifer of Charlotte, and Arman Ehsasi and Kean Ehsasi, both of Berlin, Germany; his four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Chloe and Gaige Farrar of Charlotte, and Alyssa Farrar of Calais; his brother Bob Farrar and wife Jeannette of Hermon; and his nephews. Richard was a member of the Calais United Methodist Church, Calais Lions Club, St. Croix Country Club, and St. Croix Bowling Club, where he enjoyed competitive bowling in the annual tournaments. He maintained an active lifestyle throughout his retirement years. He was a very social and active man who could be found serving food at the church suppers or delivering his special recipes to family and friends, all indicative of his giving and kind nature.  A graveside service will be held at the Calais Cemetery on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Calais United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Dick Farrar to the Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St., Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.

Robert D. Foster Sr. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, peacefully, with his loving family by his side. He was born Aug. 1, 1936, to Jerome and Carmen (Boyd) Foster. Growing up in the Calais area, Bob came to know many faces and made a lot of friends. If by chance he didn’t know you, he would make it a point to change that. He was a very outgoing man. You would often see him driving around town, out in his yard, or at night parked at the ball field. He was an avid baseball fan loving the Boston Red Sox and was also active in coaching his son in pony and little leagues in Calais. Bob served in the U.S. Armed Forces and from there returned to Calais to pursue a future with the love of his life, Mabel, and a family that meant the world to him. He worked for 17 years for the City of Calais. He worked to become the Supervisor at the Cemetery and went on to be the Supervisor of the Highway Department. Being the hard worker that he was, Bob also worked on the Calais Fire Department for many years. After retirement, he kept himself busy and active out around his house, watching his granddaughters play sports, and vacations with his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Jerome and Carmen (Boyd) Foster; a sister, Olive Pollock; a special sister-in-law, Lois Greenlaw; and his loving son and “sidekick,” Bobby Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mabel of Calais; two sons, Peter and his wife, Cheryl, of Calais and Kevin of Bangor; one daughter, Carmen and her partner, Jane, of Milford; six grandchildren, Erin, Julie, Tracie, Tonya, Katie and Robbie; seven great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Bill Greenlaw and his wife, Alicia; two sisters-in-law, Pauline McConvey and Marion Brown; and many nieces and nephews. [Bangor Daily News 9/5/2013]

Norma Frost Donahue Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042209

Sandra Nina Johnstone Hill, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Sandra was born in Calais on April 15, 1935, daughter of Lawrence and Gwendolyn (Gardiner) Johnstone. Sandra started working as a C.N.A. at the age of 13 and graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1954. In 1955, she married Robert Hill and later worked as a telephone operator for many years. Wanting to go back into the medical field, Sandra earned her L.P.N. degree at the age of 45. Sandra was proud to have attended Washington County Community College at the age of 81, taking a course in creative writing. She was a member of Calais United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, International Quilter’s Guild, Calais Hospital Auxiliary, Orion Chapter #45 O.E.S., and PAWS Humane Society. Sandra loved her dogs, quilting, camping, and above all else, spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all for her charm and sassy wit. In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert; a brother Lawrence “Skippy” Johnstone; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lou and Mary Hill, and Norma Casey Hill. Surviving are her three children, Robert B. Hill of Pensacola, FL, Marcia Carlow and husband Danny of Calais, and Leroy P. Hill of Whidbey Island, WA; seven grandchildren, Desiree McDonald, Bobbie Jean Johnson, Emily Martin and husband Corey, Erin Esposito and husband Trevor, Ashely Sainte and husband Carl, Leroy Hill Jr. and fiancé Martina, and Felecia Hill; 12 great-grandchildren, Autumn, Sparrow, Michael, Sophia, Sarah Jean, Reinah, Cassidy, Kairi, Aiden, Skylynn, Grayson and Jude; two sisters, Deborah Snow of Baileyville and Judith Stevens of Machias; a brother Bruce Johnstone of Madison, KY; and many nieces, nephews, close friends, and her “quilting crew”. The family would like to thank Dr. Peter Wilkinson and all the medical teams at Calais Regional Hospital, Marshall Manor, Down East Community Hospital, VA Rehab Center of Bangor, Community Health & Counseling Hospice, and a special thanks to Dr. Dixon and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Red Beach Cemetery in Calais. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [Provided by Heather Ross.] 

John Lawler Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Sandra Louise Murphy Severance, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Calais, with her family by her side. Sandra was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Calais, daughter of the late Ivan and Alice (Cody) Murphy. She graduated from Calais Academy and soon after married Neil F. Severance, Dec. 26, 1954, in Calais. After traveling for a few years due to Neil's job, she started working for A&P, Calais, where she was employed for 16 years. Sandra then became a clerk for the Irving convenience store and worked there for another 16 years. Her most cherished moments were those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 44 years, Neil F. Severance, in 1999; three sisters, Rita Graffman , Eileen Burnette, and Connie Smith; and one brother, Francis Murphy. Surviving are her two children, Larry Severance and wife, Linda, of Calais, and Debra DelMonaco of Augusta; four grandchildren, Joshua DelMonaco and wife, Caroline, of Bangor, Erika Lebel and husband, Mike, of Eddington, Chad Moreside and wife, Jami, of Calais, and Benjamin DelMonaco and companion, Ashley Billups, of Hermon; four great-grandchildren, Caleigh, Madison and Kassidy Lebel, and Jaxson Moreside; one sister, Francina Pelletier of Calais; two sisters-in-law, Rita Severance and Irene Hunnewell; two brothers-in-law, Merl Smith and Elwin Severance; special friends, Sharon and Ella Robinson; and many special nieces and nephews. The family thanks the staff of Washington Place, Calais, for their excellent care. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais, with Father James Plourde, celebrant. Burial will be after at Calais Cemetery. Donations in Sandra's memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in BDN Maine on December 24, 2012. Sharon Howland] 

Alberta Nixon Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042209

Ira Hilton Perkins, Jr. fell on June 7, 1966, in Kontum Province, Vietnam. Ira had been in the Army for 8 years and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. His name is on Panel 08E - Line 18 on the VietNam Veteran's Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Ira was the only Calais native killed in VietNam. Casualty Record. [comments have been left]. Ira was a posthumous recipient of the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster,  Purple Heart.. While alive Ira received the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

The following tribute was paid Ira at under Tributes to Vietnam Veterans by their families and friends:
SSgt. Ira H. Perkins, U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran, KIA July 1966
I would like to send a tribute to a Special SSgt. I once Knew SSgt. Ira H. Perkins KIA in Kontum Prov. 07/66 (Bout a days march from Dak-to)
To SSG Ira H. Perkins Sarge you were  the best Plt. Sgt a green kid could've had.

Not a Day goes by that I don't think of you. We all were saddened by the news of your dying at Dak-to. You were a soldiers Soldier. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Your buddy Nick, 1st/327 Abn.Inf, 101st Airborne, A Co. 3rd plt,ABU

The following tribute was paid Ira at by Nick Fondo :
In Memory of SSGT. Ira H. Perkins
By Paratrooper Nick Fondo

Ira H. PerkinsAs we walked into the valley we all knew, that this could be our last day too! Suddenly a machineguns deadly chatter, everyone has begun to scatter.
Like a man among men he stood charging and firing, shouting orders loud and clear. Complete disregard for his life, a life he held dear.
Trying to save those abreast, giving it his all doing his best! The fighting grew fierce and savage! Though severely wounded and knocked to the ground, he rose like a demon bred of hate! Fire in his eyes, I am sure, he knew his Fate.
The enemy was upon us, bayonet to bayonet, hand to hand, SSGT. PERKINS was making a stand. Perkins could've laid down, The medic I am sure would've had him shipped away to fight another day. But that was not his way!

As we lay down deadly fire, He continued the deadly charge. The enemy surely knew, This amazing feat of courageousness was SSGT. Perkins! Airborne through and through! This was SSGT. Perkins of the Mighty Abu! 
Courageous, fearless and severly wounded too, I am sure he knew he was to meet his maker that fateful day, In a country faraway! SSGT. Perkins fell that day, we who survived were but a few, THE LAST OF THE MIGHTY ABUs!



Mary J. St. Pierre Gillespie, 77, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at a Bangor hospital with her loving family by her side. Mary was born March 21, 1936, in Lewiston, daughter of the late Romeo and Gertrude (Doyle) St. Pierre. She graduated from Calais Memorial High School, class of 1954, and married Lawrence "Larry" Gillespie on April 11, 1955. Mary was a Communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Calais and loved dancing with her beloved husband Larry. Her most cherished moments were the times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Edward and John St. Pierre; and a son-in-law, Donnie Burgess. Surviving are her loving husband of 58 years, Larry Gillespie; four children, Annette Gillespie of Machias, Mary-Jo Burgess of Calais, William Gillespie of Calais, and Michelle Brown and husband, Dean, of Alexander; several grandchildren and special to her heart, Robert "Robbie" Burgess and wife, Jure, of Calais, Shane Brown and fiancée, Caitlin Wright, of Glenburn, and Evan Brown and wife, Kristin, of Alexander; several great-grandchildren with a special mention to Baylee and Hayden Burgess of Calais, and Leah Brown of Alexander; and several nieces and nephews. 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 [Publishedin BDN Maine on Jan. 27, 2014. Sharon Howland & Dick Gray] 


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