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Victor Sherman Haskell

The ever-present twinkle in Vic’s eyes was lost on February 17, 2015, at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle. He was born on October 11, 1925, during a snow storm in Deer Isle, the son of Arthur Cabot and Beatrice (Pickering) Haskell.

After attending schools on Deer Isle until his senior year, Vic graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1943. He then served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Shortly after his discharge, he proposed to and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Marie Weed, on August 17, 1946. After a year at the University of Maine, they returned to Deer Isle and later moved to Stonington. In 1951, Vic opened V-R Market and later Vic’s IGA in Stonington, which he operated for over 30 years. Many high school students got their first jobs working at Vic’s and he eased the economic stress of winter on the Island by extending credit to many of his customers. Vic was a member of American Legion Post No. 102, Masonic Marine Lodge No. 122 and a Shriner. In his retirement years, he welcomed many friends and new acquaintances to his “Breakfast Club” in the basement of his home in Stonington, where pool and cribbage games, comradery and Barb’s muffins and biscuits were enjoyed by all.

Vic was predeceased by Barb who passed away on October 12, 2010, his brother, Arthur C. (“Dud”) Haskell, of Deer Isle and his sister, Carolyn Heston, of Indianapolis, Ind. He is survived by a son, Dean and his wife Cris of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and a son, Chris and his wife Jane of Gardiner, Maine and their sons Dustin and Sean.

A service celebrating Vic’s life will be held this summer at a place and date to be announced. A huge thank you is given to his friends and staff at the Island Nursing Home where Vic was a resident for the past five years. Donations in Vic’s memory can be made to the Island Nursing Home, 587 N. Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle ME 04627 or the Memorial Ambulance Corps, 423 Airport Road, Stonington ME 04681.


Gertrude “Nonny” Simmons Ferriday

Gertrude “Nonny” Simmons Ferriday, 82, of Sedgwick, Maine, passed away on February 10, 2015, in Deer Isle, Maine. She was previously of Mashpee (Cape Cod), Mass., and Chatham Township, N.J. She was born April 28, 1932, in Red Bank, N.J., the daughter of George Nicholas and Gertrude (Goodspeed) Wagner.

After graduating college with a BS in Medical Technology, Nonny worked at Johnson & Johnson in their research department. She was an integral part of the team that developed a patented replacement artery.

Nonny’s biggest love was her family. When her two children were young, she and her husband created the Chatham Township Athletic Association, providing a hometown sports program for both boys and girls. Her devotion was ever evident with the hours she spent either on the fields or behind the scenes organizing teams, equipment or creating schedules. Summers were spent with her family on Cape Cod, developing a love for the ocean and nature, enjoying sailing and tennis with her family and friends.

Nonny was an avid gardener spending most of her time outdoors. She adored her pets, raising a number of show dogs and even learning how to herd sheep. She was also an exceptional painter, producing numerous beautiful oil pieces.

For the past two decades Nonny devoted a large portion of her time to numerous environmental and conservational organizations and efforts. She was a member and served as Chairman of the Mashpee Conservation Commission on Cape Cod and when she moved to Maine she became actively involved with the Bagaduce Watershed Association.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, John Ferriday of Sedgwick, Maine; her children, Gerald Simmons of Rockaway, N.J., and daughter, Lesley Simmons Guido and husband Tom of Lake Bluff, Ill.; and her six beloved grandchildren, Laurel Guido, Zachary Simmons, Colin Guido, Tucker Simmons, Tyler Simmons and Grace Guido.

An intimate family service is planned for late spring or early summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nonny’s memory may be made to The Ark, a no-kill animal shelter in Maine, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622.

Arrangement by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St., Blue Hill, Maine. Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


Carol DeMond Downs

February 28, 1928 to January 19, 2015

Carol DeMond Downs of Yarmouth and Deer Isle, Maine, died peacefully on January 19, 2015, at her home. Carol was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 28, 1928, the only child of Chester W. and Dorothy W. DeMond. She grew up in White Plains, N.Y.

Carol’s life was music. Her grandmother introduced her to the piano at age 3, launching her love for music. After graduating from Emma Willard School, Troy, N.Y., and Pine Manor Junior College, Wellesley, Mass., she went on to study music at the University of Michigan, majoring in piano performance.

A 60-year member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (SAI), Carol devoted much time and talent to SAI Philanthropies, helping to get music and instruments to students around the world. She was a founding member of the Northern New Jersey Alumnae Chapter and an advisor to college chapters at Montclair State College (N.J.) and the Hartt School at the University of Hartford (Conn.).

Carol was an accompanist and played two-piano literature, favoring Rachmaninoff, with partners wherever she lived. She performed in benefit concerts and programs of many musical clubs to which she belonged. If she wasn’t attending the opera, she was listening to performances on the radio. She took great pleasure singing in church choirs in Caldwell, N.J., and Simsbury, Conn., and the Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

In addition, Carol was an avid fan of the UConn women’s basketball team and relished summers on the Reach at Deer Isle. She had a real heart for every sort of animal.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Myron H. Downs, her three children, Bruce (Karen) Downs, Allen (Donna) Downs, Elaine Bird, and her grandchildren Annalies Goodwin, Daniel Downs, Rachel Downs, Judith Downs, Carolyn Downs, Peter Bird, and Brian Bird.

A musical celebration of her life will be held on the occasion of her birthday on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. at First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth. A reception will follow across the street at First Universalist Church, 97 Main Street, Yarmouth. She will be interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Deer Isle, Maine.

The family expresses sincere thanks to VNA Hospice and Casco Bay Home Care for the excellent care they provided Carol in her final days. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in her memory to your favorite charity.


Nadine Baker Bjorkman

Grace Nadine Baker Bjorkman—Nadine—died peacefully with her son Tom and daughter-in-law Roxanne at her side on February 19, 2015, at Birch Bay Retirement Village in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was known among her friends, family, and coworkers as a woman of persistent good humor who never lacked for a quip to bring a smile. She might describe her life, as she often did her day, as “fine as frog hair.”

She had a passion for staying in touch with family and friends, early on by mail and telephone and later in life by email. Her life centered on family, faith, and church. She lived her faith, loving others as God loves them without regard to circumstance, color, politics, or religious affiliation.

Nadine was born on July 19, 1921, in Charleston, Ark., the daughter of Thomas Victor “Vick” Baker and Ruth Bryan Bittle Baker. She attended public schools in Branch and Fort Smith, Ark. She married Bernie Bjorkman from Stillwater, Minn., in April 1943, whose National Guard unit was called up and stationed at nearby Camp Chaffee during World War II. They lived in Fort Smith until 1958 and then in North Little Rock after Bernie was transferred to his company’s headquarters office in Little Rock. In 2006, Nadine moved to the Parker Ridge Retirement Community in Blue Hill, Maine, to be near Tom. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and then the First Baptist Church in Blue Hill.

Nadine’s son Tom and daughter-in-law Roxanne Donahey live in Blue Hill, Maine. Her granddaughter Anne Bjorkman and Anne’s husband Hannes Dempewolf live in Oberwinter, Germany. Nadine’s husband Bernie died in 1998. She was predeceased by her brother T.J. of Houston, Texas. She is survived by family and friends across the United States and Germany.

Nadine was an accomplished organizer and communicator and thrived in a working environment. Her first job was recording transactions at a cotton gin in Waldron, Ark. Her last job was as the Arkansas state representative for the Southern Baptist Convention annuity board, the first woman to serve in that capacity. In between she worked at the Retail Credit Bureau, Berry Dry Goods, and Belle Point School in Fort Smith and as the secretary to the pastor of the First Baptist Church. After moving to North Little Rock in 1958, Nadine worked for many years as secretary to the Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in Little Rock. Following her retirement in 1983, she was a committed volunteer at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock as well as in the office at Central Baptist Church.

The family will hold remembrance gatherings for friends at Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock and with family members in Fort Smith in early June. The family asks friends to consider a donation in Nadine’s memory to a charity that she faithfully supported, the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes, whose mission is to care for children and families in crisis (on line atabchomes.org or by mail at ABC Homes, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock AR 72204).