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Benjamin Michael Magno (1975-2017)

Benjamin Michael Magno, 42, of Bangor died unexpectedly, September 29th, 2017 at his home in Bangor, ME. 

Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Michael Magno was not found as a baby in the wreckage of a spacecraft, the sole survivor of the distant planet Krypton. This is an easy mistake to make, since he was a superhero to his family and friends. It turns out he was born the old-fashioned way, to Patricia (Jackson) and Anthony Magno on March 18, 1975, in Fort Belvoir, VA. 

He joins his mother, his grandparents Elaine and Stillman Jackson, his great-grandmother Dorothy Jackson, his uncle Anthony Tempesta, and the legions of other heroes and relations before him. 

The memory of Ben Magno lives on in his daughters Taylor Patricia, Campbell Elaine, and Kierregan Louise; in his siblings Jennifer Hallock (Farmington, ME), April Magno and Anthony Magno Jr. (Virginia); in his grandmother Sandra Dexter (Kingfield, ME); in his father; in his aunts and uncles: Janette Jackson (Industry, ME), Paul Jackson (Bangor, ME), David and Diane Jackson (Jay, ME), Gina and Brian Dexter (Wilton, ME), Lisa Thomason (Wheatland, California), Karen Beasley (Virginia), Chris Magno (Florida), Raymond Magno (Los Angeles, California ); his nephews: Nik Amburg (Wilton, ME) and Deagan Hallock (Farmington, ME) and in a great many cousins, too numerous to list.

Ben had a magnificent gallery of friends as well, ones he would consider extensions of family: Rebecca Clark (South Carolina), Tammy Finnan (Mexico, ME), John Lamoureux and Marcia Maxcy (Wilton, ME), Beth Huntington (Connecticut), Doreen Richard (Rumford, ME), and many other super friends.

Even if no pictures exist of Superman and Ben together, he championed to make the world a better place. He opposed ignorance and misinformation; and looked forward to the advancement of science. Nearest to him was the fight against Rett syndrome, a cause he dedicated 8 years to raise funds. In lieu of flowers, donations to Rettssyndrome.org 4600 Devitt Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 to continue his legacy are encouraged. 

A celebration of his life will be held on October 15th, 2017 at the Industry Town Hall 1033 Industry Road Industry, Maine. Everyone is welcome anytime between the hours of 2 and 5 pm to join us for stories, pictures, and food. Classic Ben attire (dorky t-shirts or Hawaiian dress shirts) is appreciated but not required. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com

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Harland R. (Spike) Kidder (1919-2017)

Harland R. (Spike) Kidder, 98, of Rangeley, Maine, an avid hunter, trapper, angler, and guide, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 8 at the age of 98 at Sandy River Center in Farmington. At the time of his death, he was the oldest citizen of Rangeley and holder of the Boston Post Cane for the honor.

One of the state’s authentic outdoorsman, Spike was born on January 20, 1919, to Ferne and John Kidder in Weld, Maine. He graduated from Rangeley High School in 1937 and married Hilda Stewart on October 7, 1941. They were married for 52 years before she passed away in 1993. They had two sons, Stewart and James, and four grandchildren, Todd Kidder of California, Karin Dagley of Massachusetts, Andrew Kidder of Vermont, and Jeffrey Kidder of Farmington, Maine. 

In his younger years, Spike hung around the Barker Hotel in Oquossoc where his father was a well-known guide. He sold minnows to guides and fishermen until he was old enough to become a guide himself. For many years he, his father, and his brother, John (Bub), would guide during the summer and trap mink, muskrat, and beaver in the winter.

In 1950 Spike became the Superintendent of the Oquossoc Angling Association, the oldest private fishing club in the nation. He and his wife, Hilda, ran the camps for 39 years. He was one of the founders of Saddleback Ski Area and worked at different capacities at the mountain until the late 1980's. Spike’s love of hunting and fishing was passed on to his sons and grandchildren, whom he enjoyed teaching the art of both. An inveterate storyteller, and always at the ready with a joke, he loved to sit and talk about his many hunting and fishing experiences. He detailed a lifetime of adventures on the water and in the woods in his book, A Good Life in the Rangeley Lakes Area. A man of many interests, Spike is a past master of Kemankeag Lodge #213 A.F.& A.M. He belonged to the Kora Temple Shrine and was a member of The Krazy Cops unit.

Spike is survived by his son, Jim, and his wife, Debbie of Farmington; daughter-in-law, Gail, of New York; grandchildren, Todd, Karin (and her husband, Bob Dagley), Andrew (and his partner, Robin), and Jeffrey (and his wife, Karen). He is also survived by seven great grandchildren: Skyler, Edith, Talia, Grace, Olin, Jack, and Ella Bee. He leaves behind a niece, Kathryn Cook, nephew, Harland Huntoon (both of Texas), and a special nephew, Jack Kidder (and his wife, Barbara) of Saco who shared his love of fishing and hunting. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Ferne, his wife, Hilda, his son, Stewart (2010), his brother, John Kidder, Jr. (and his wife, Dorothy), and his sister, Doris Huntoon (and her husband, Rupert).

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the Sandy River Nursing Center staff and friends for the care and compassion that they showed him while he was a resident.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Rangeley Free Baptist Church from noon-1:00pm immediately followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm. Interment will take place with Masonic Service at Evergreen Cemetery in Rangeley. Arrangements are under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com 

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Alice Ann Melville (1939-2017)

Alice Ann Melville, 78, of Temple passed away August 31, 2017 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. She was born June 22, 1939 in Whitefield, New Hampshire the daughter of Wallace and Olive Baker. She graduated from Berlin High School in New Hampshire in 1957. Alice and Skip married in 1959 and moved to Boston while Skip attended school. She worked as a telephone operator during that time before they moved to Auburn and she started working at Ratheon Electronics. In 1965 they made the move to Farmington and then to Temple where they have lived ever since. Alice also worked for New England Telephone and then for the UMF Bookstore until her retirement in 2000. She was a member of the Red Hat Society when she and Skip wintered in Florida. Alice enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, camping, skiing, flower gardens, baking, word searches, painting, ceramics, golfing, and most of all spending time with her family. 

Alice is survived by her husband Carroll "Skip" Melville; her daughter Diane Roussel and husband Re'al of Princeton, ME; two sons Michael Melville and his wife Catherine of Farmington, and Brett Melville and his wife Deanna of Farmington; grandchildren Brandon and Courtney; three sisters Mary Fogg and husband Jerry of Texas, Theresa Carey and husband Bob of NH, and Betty Gosselin and husband Guy of NH; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers Wally Baker, David Baker and Loe Baker and two sisters Rita Gosselin and Letta Pinnow

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00AM at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Maine Parkinson Society In Memory of Alice Melville, C/O Morgan Knox, 359 Perry RD, Bangor ME 04401. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com 

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Clarence W. Cushman (1954-2017)

Clarence W. Cushman, 63, of Canton passed away August 29, 2017 at Pinnacle Health Care in Canton. He was born June 13, 1954 in Avon the son of Walter and Glenys (Masterman) Cushman. He attended Mt. Abram High School before going to work for Forster Manufacturing in Strong. Clarence moved from Phillips to Canton in 1985. He enjoyed fishing and whittling.

Clarence is survived by his two sisters Patricia Cushman of Farmington and Glenys Cushman of Auburn. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Winston Cushman.

A graveside service will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com 

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Cynthia J "Cindy" Hall (1953-2017)

On August 8, 2017 Cindy Hall, 64, of Industry succumbed to breast cancer after more than a two year battle.

Cindy was born July 16, 1953 in Farmington the eldest child of Harold ‘Buddy’ Kyes and Virginia Pond Kyes. She was educated in Industry and Farmington and graduated from Mt Blue High School in 1972. She worked summers in her father’s store at Clearwater Lake and after graduation was employed by Bass Shoe, Franklin Printing and JC Penny.

She married David Hall in 1999 and they lived in Warsaw, Poland; Christchurch, England and Kongsberg, Norway before returning to the United States. Cindy loved living and traveling throughout Europe. During her years overseas she had the opportunity to visit 26 European countries.

In 2008 Cindy and David built their dream home in Industry on the shores of Clearwater and lived there during the summer months and wintered in Merritt Island, Florida.

While living in Poland Cindy took up quilting. She found it very relaxing and therapeutic. In 2013 Cindy and David started a craft business, Cindy Sews Quilts. They focused their business on high end art and craft shows in both Maine and Florida. Her handbags and other quilted products were loved by all.

Cindy was predeceased by her mother and father and is survived by David and his family, her brother Greg Kyes and his wife Diane of Wilton, Maine, and her daughter Bridget Burdin from California .

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Martha B Webber Cancer Care Center (111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, Maine 04938)  in memory of Cindy Hall. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 11:00am-noon at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington followed immediately by a Memorial Service at noon. Interment will take place at the Maine Veteran's Cemetery in Augusta on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:00am. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com

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