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James Arthur Schools
James Arthur Schools
Class of 1969
Passed Jun 14, 2015
Arthur Schools 63, Houlton, passed away in the comfort of his home June 14, 2015 following his battle with esophageal cancer surrounded by his family. He was born December 14, 1951 at Houlton, the son of Joseph and Arlene (Wiggins) Schools and was the loving father of Jamie, Jody and Michael. James grew up in Houlton and graduated from Houlton High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp at the age of 17 and served in the Vietnam. James worked many jobs. He especially enjoyed working for SAVE where he drove bus and assisted the Forestry Class and working with the Forest Service. James enjoyed fishing and hunting. It was often said he could catch a fish in a mud puddle. James had a gift for music and loved to sing and play guitar. He entertained many as a member of several different bands. James was stubborn at times and a creature of habit. He had a routine and he stuck to it. James enjoyed many years of daily 11:30AM lunches at the Irving Big Stop Restaurant. He was a member of the Houlton American Legion and the VFW in Pensacola, Florida. He would give anyone “the shirt off his back.” He loved his family dearly. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with them. He was always in attendance at birthday parties and ball games. He especially loved Sunday lunches with family. James is survived by his three children Jamie Schools, Jody Schools and Michael Schools all of Houlton; eight grandchildren Abigail, A.J., Grace, Lizzie, McKenzi, Olivia, Pierson and Archer; two brothers Kenneth Schools of Hammond Plantation, George Schools and his wife Linda of Houlton; two sisters Judy Sennett and her husband Allen of Houlton, Linda Bailey and his husband Jim of Littleton; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Joanne Cote and Patricia Lindsay.
James Chase
James Chase
Class of 1963
Passed Jun 09, 2015
BOWERBANK AND HOULTON - James A. Chase, 70, husband of Donna (Farrington) Chase, passed away peacefully June 9, 2015, at his residence. He was born October 24, 1944, in Houlton, the son of Paul B. and Leta A. (Fanjoy) Chase.

The simple things of nature had a message Jim understood. He enjoyed the outdoors, climbing Maine mountains, especially Mt. Katahdin, and hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine. He had a great compassion for the many K-9's that were a large part of his life. He was mentally and physically tough, but also caring. Jim was dedicated to his most recent jobs as a Correctional Sergeant for the State of Maine and part-time police officer for the Town of Dover-Foxcroft.

Jim was a member of the National Guard Co. B 152nd Artillery his junior and senior years in high school. He graduated from Houlton High School, Class of 1963, and proudly served his county with the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany as an Intermediate Speed Radio Operator, using international Morse Code. After his tour in the Army he worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and General Electric in Connecticut. He was employed for a few years with the U.S. Border Patrol in Reo Grande City, TX, and Industrial Security at Spencer Press in Wells. His final career of some 25 years was with the State of Maine Department of Corrections, starting in Windham, and ending at Charleston Correctional Facility in Charleston. During that time he became a Sergeant, K-9 Team leader and Unarmed Self-Defense Instructor. He also worked part-time for the Town of Dover-Foxcroft as a Patrol Officer. Jim was a Master Mason Mosaic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 52 in Dover-Foxcroft.

During his retirement years, Jim and his wife managed the Happy Tails Boarding Kennel for dogs in Bowerbank. In 2010 they went to Alaska and in 2011, Jim got a job in Security at McKinley Chalet Resort, in Alaska. In 2013, he worked at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, also in Security.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Donna of Bowerbank; a sister, Norma Taylor Chase and her husband, Don Seymour, of Farmington, NH; three sons, Wade Chase and his wife, Sonia, of Nebraska, Corey Chase and James Chase, both of Standish; a special niece, Sandra Taylor Bodwell and her husband, Charlie, of Farmington, NH; and several grandchildren.
James E. Ward
James E. Ward
Class of 1954
Passed Nov 04, 2011
Jim served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa. He was a member of Houlton United Methodist Church since 1959, Houlton Promenaders, Houlton Grange for 40 years and a lifetime member of Houlton Lodge of Elks. He started his own service station and wrecker service, Jim's Gulf Service Station, which he ran from 1970 until his retirement in 1982; he was honored by the Gulf President Honor Council for his business. Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Pryor) Ward of Houlton; two brothers, Lawrence and Arnold; two sisters, Mary Roeske and Joyce Hanington; several nieces and nephews He was predeceased by his parents, Robert O. and Helen M. (McSheffery) Ward.
James F. Ward, Sr.
James F. Ward, Sr.
Class of 1944
Passed Apr 19, 2016
ames F. Ward, Sr., 95, Houlton, passed away peacefully April 19, 2016 surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Houlton on March 10, 1921, the son of Robert and Margaret (Crowe) Ward. He was educated in Houlton schools and was graduated from the University of Maine, class of 1944. His college days were interrupted by World War II. He left the University in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Jim served his country proudly as a Naval Aviator, flying PBY Catalinas. He earned the rank of lieutenant and his duty stations included Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. During his service he was a flight instructor at Pensacola and flew patrol convoy escort and air-sea rescue missions. Jim’s role as a flight instructor developed his natural interest in learning, talent for teaching, respect for training, and commitment to excellence, skills that he employed and shared with others throughout his life. Following discharge from active duty in 1946, he completed his education at the University of Maine and earned a B.A. in Business Administration. Jim returned to Houlton and joined the First National Bank where he began his 35 year career in banking. Described as a “banker’s banker”, Jim assisted many local county people in pursuit of their personal and business ventures. A lifelong resident of Houlton, he was active in community affairs, serving on the Town Council, the board of directors of the Houlton Regional Hospital, St. Mary’s Parish Council, and the Ricker College Endowment Fund Committee. Jim was also a member of the Houlton Lodge of Elks and the Houlton Community Golf Club. After retiring in 1983, Jim embarked on a 33 year adventure that included some travel, a healthy charge of hunting, fishing, and golf, and pursuit of numerous new activities that left him often wondering “how he ever had time to work.” At the age of 75, Jim discovered the joy of painting, a hobby that he shared with many new friends. He was a prolific artist and got tremendous joy from creating paintings for other people. Jim had a life-long love of the outdoors and of comradery and enjoyed spending time at the camps at Drews Lake, Hay Lake, East Branch, B and the Skiticook Tea Room. He was playful, had a tremendous gift of looking at life through the lens of optimism and humor and knew the value of a good time. Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Lois in 2012 and by his grandson, Jeff Ward in 2013. He is survived by his children, Bob and Paula Ward of Houlton, Jim and Debbie Ward of Bangor, and Catherine and Bill Ferdinand of Brunswick and by seven grandchildren, Megan and Andrew McPartland, Patrick and Lyndsi Ward, Kelly Ward, Anna Ferdinand, and Sarah Ferdinand. He is also survived by the “champions of his world”, his four great grandchildren, Jocelyn and James Ward, and Lidia and Madilyn McPartland.
James Kearney
James Kearney
Class of 1964
(Passed date unknown)
James passed away after contracting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He was serving in the Marines at the time of his death.
James L Gallop
James L Gallop
Class of 1949
(Passed date unknown)
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James Mcbride
James McBride
Class of 1951
(Passed date unknown)
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James P Mccluskey
James P McCluskey
Class of 1950
(Passed date unknown)
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James R. Mcgaffin
James R. McGaffin
Class of 1944
Passed Jul 12, 2011
He was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He served in Italy with the 34th Infantry Division. James was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other citations. After the war, he returned to the states, finished high school and then attended Maine Central Institute. Upon completion of MCI, James attended Springfield College and graduated with both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He first taught in Dexter, where he also coached three sports. In 1956, James began working for Thornton Academy. At Thornton, he was a teacher, head baseball coach, assistant football and head basketball coach. He coached basketball for more than 15 years from 1956 until 1970. At a school with a reputation for football, he was instrumental in putting basketball on the map. Five of his first six years, they made the playoffs and nine out of the next 13. He also served as athletic director, head of Building and Grounds, and submaster, retiring in 1983. He was honored in the second class of Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted in October 2007. James enjoyed golf and was a member of Dexter Municipal Golf Course and Biddeford Saco Country Club. In retirement, he and his wife wintered in Florida where he was recently made a member of the Hall of Fame of Indian River Shuffleboard League. Summers were spent in Dexter on Lake Wassookeag. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Cross McGaffin; a son, Donald McGaffin; three daughters, Nancy Bolduc, Susan Graham and Kathleen Martin; two brothers, William and David; two sisters, Sarah Stanton and Bonnie Baker; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents, James Renwick and Nellie Matthews McGaffin
James Tracy
James Tracy
Class of 1950
(Passed date unknown)
Owned and operated the Aroostook Print Shop. Survived by his wife, Lois; and children
Janet Small Hanson
Janet Small Hanson
Class of 1938
Passed Apr 26, 2011
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Janette M Albert
Janette M Albert
Class of 1950
(Passed date unknown)
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Janice Marie Brown
Janice Marie Brown
Class of 1975
Passed May 23, 2011
She died as the result of an automobile accident. She was the adopted daughter of Harry and Molly (Shaw) Brown. Following graduation from HHS she attended Ricker College then graduated from Salem College in West Virginia. Janice went to work for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in child protection services, then 18 years in adoption services until her untimely death. Surviving are her parents, Molly (Shaw) and Chester Bailey of Houlton; aunts; uncles; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Harry Brown.
Jason Rochford
Jason Rochford
Class of 1992
Passed Jan 05, 2014
HOULTON - Jason Rochford, 39, died Jan. 5, 2014, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1974, in Houlton, the son of James and Karen (Turner) Rochford. Jason was a free spirit who loved his family and many friends. Besides his parents of Houlton he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Ramona Turner of Houlton; his brother, James Joseph Rochford II, and his son, Jimi Rochford III both of Largo, Fla.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; also "Uncle," Terry Comeau; and his beloved dog, "Jakey." He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Philip and Melvina Rochford; and maternal grandfather, Fillmore Turner.
Jean Bragan Frawley
Jean Bragan Frawley
Class of 1946
Passed Nov 26, 2009
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Jean Estabrook Thompson
Jean Estabrook Thompson
Class of 1949
Passed Oct 25, 2011
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Jean Hutchinson Mcbride
Jean Hutchinson McBride
Class of 1942
Passed May 21, 2011
Born Jan 14, 1925 she was a lifelong member of the Littleton Baptist Church. She was honored as the longest living member for 74 years.
Jean is survived by a son, Roger; a daughter, Nancy Lilley; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Ruth Crone. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; three brothers and five sisters.
Jeanette Benn Anderson
Jeanette Benn Anderson
Class of 1957
Passed Jun 03, 2015
Jeanette Benn Anderson 75, Houlton, peacefully passed away on June 3rd, 2015 while a patient at the Eastern Maine Medical Center with her husband, Robert (Bob) E. Anderson and family, by her side. . Jeanette was born on June 19th, 1939 in Houlton, Maine as the only daughter of Oscar Percival and Madeline (Peabody) Benn. Throughout her life she worked at being a wife, mother, Nana, teacher, cook, salesperson, traveler and a dedicated community leader. Jeanette attended Houlton High School graduating in 1957 furthering her education at Colby College in Waterville, Maine earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1961. While at Colby, Jeanette was a member and vice president of Chi Omega sorority and secretary for the Inter-Faith Association. She returned to Houlton with Bob to carry out a fulfilling life mission. She taught English until her first child was born and then dedicated her time to family and community. She was a trustee of Houlton Regional Hospital, chairman of the Council of Ministries and Administrative Board of the United Methodist Church of Houlton. She became president of the Houlton chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), president of Northern Regional Hospital Auxiliaries, president of Maine Association of Hospital Auxiliaries and board member of the Maine Hospital Association. Later in life her early work with the hospital auxiliary and love of cooking and good nutrition led her to chair a committee to publish Heritage & Health Recipe Collection raising funds for the local hospital. Tragically, in 1981, her life mission slowed significantly when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. True to form, she fought her disease just as she tackled all previous challenges and opportunities; head on and without hesitation. She became chairperson of the Southern Aroostook Chapter of the M.S. Society, published articles for the M.S. Society state newsletter, studied nutrition and mentored others with chronic disease. She also filled her days as a Shaklee Nutritional Supplement salesperson. In 2006, she was the recipient of Colby College’s Distinguished Alumna Award in recognition of her character and the civic responsibility she demonstrated in her daily life. Jeanette loved to travel, write for pleasure and enjoyed time with her family at their beloved camp on East Grand Lake. Jeanette was predeceased by her parents, her brother-in-law, Bud Anderson and sister-in-law Sandra Adams Anderson. She is survived by her spouse, Bob; a son, Christopher Benn Anderson of Houlton, wife Elizabeth and grandchildren, Aaron Robert, Lucas Jacob and Madelene Amelia; a daughter, Kathryn Lancaster of Charlotte, North Carolina, husband, Lance, and grandchildren, Austin Carruth and Elizabeth Marion; sisters-in-law Betty Y. Anderson, Judith Arnold and Betty L. Anderson; brothers-in-law William Anderson and David Arnold; several grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. In addition, cousin-in-law, Ann Anderson, became Jeanette and Bob’s dedicated long-time home care companion with her unyielding and loving care
Jeanette Berry Whitten
Jeanette Berry Whitten
Class of 1938
Passed Mar 30, 2012
Jeannette was married to the love of her life, M. Harvard Whitten. In her own words, "I have had a wonderful life." Jeannette was known for her quick wit and her dry sense of humor, which brightened the days of those around her. As a creative and dedicated third grade teacher at Zippel School, Presque Isle. She was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women; Pyerian Club, Presque Isle; and actively involved in Presque Isle and Houlton community golf courses. She attended the Congregational Church in Houlton and Presque Isle.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Ktorides of Athens, Greece, and Presque Isle; two grandchildren, Nicholas Ktorides of New York City and Elizabeth Ktorides of Athens, Greece; and one great-grandson, Matthew Ktorides of New York City.
Jeannette was pre-deceased by er parents, Ralph and Rebecca (Estabrook) Berry; her husband, the love of her life, M. Harvard "Harv" Whitten, a brother, Harold "Bud" Berry.
Jeffery Jewell
Jeffery Jewell
Class of 1990
Passed Oct 09, 2010
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