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Lawrence Earl Gray

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Blue Hill—Lawrence Earl Gray, 88, died April 24, 2015, at his home. He was born in Brooklin, September 13, 1926, son of Linwood and Annie (Choate) Gray.

Lonnie was a Navy veteran of WWII, and served in the Pacific Theatre. He married Nellie Robertson April 3, 1948, and together they raised five children. He was a carpenter most of his life and had his own contracting business for over 30 years. He loved hunting and working in his garden in the summer. He enjoyed retirement, spending time with Nellie and doing things at his leisure.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie; children, Linda Blake and husband Foster, David Gray and wife Jackie, Diane Grindle and husband Calvin, Michael Gray and wife Patty, and Danny Gray and wife Clara; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Lonnie was predeceased by brothers, Alton and Norman; and sister, Stella.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Mountain View Cemetery, Blue Hill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lonnie’s memory may be made to the Peninsula Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 834, Blue Hill 04614.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main Street, Blue Hill.

Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


Sylvia Hooke Larsson

Castine—Sylvia Hooke Larsson died on December 8, 2014, in her home in Castine. She was born in Montclair, N.J., on March 1, 1929, to Robert and Florence (Harris) Hooke. Sylvia graduated from St. Lawrence University. After receiving a Master’s in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, she worked rehabilitating and retraining longshoremen injured at work and met her husband Bjorn. Sylvia and Bjorn adopted three children and settled for more than 20 years in Bucks County, Pa., in a home that Sylvia designed. She was active in the Buxmont Unitarian Fellowship and served as administrator of the church for several years. She also directed a Meals-on-Wheels program and co-founded Volunteers in Teaching Alternatives, which taught literacy and decision-making skills to inmates in the Pennsylvania correctional system. Her son Eric and daughter Kim spent many hours playing Parcheesi in the warden’s office at the Bucks County Prison while Sylvia taught reading in the cell blocks. Throughout her life, Sylvia had an enduring love for Castine, where she spent summers in her family’s home on Main Street, and later in the camp built by her father. She and Bjorn moved to Castine in 1987 to take care of her stepmother Katherine. In her years in Castine, Sylvia was deeply involved in the Unitarian Church, served as President of the Castine Woman’s Club, helped establish a poetry group at the Witherle Memorial Library, and was instrumental in the creation of the Castine Community Bicentennial Quilt, which is now a featured exhibit at the Castine Historical Society.

Sylvia is survived by her sister Lois and her brother Roger, her children Katherine, Eric and Sheryl, her three granddaughters Isabella, Mariella, and Fiona, and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at the Castine Unitarian Church on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. All are welcome to join in a celebration of her life.


Kevin T. Ryan

Blue Hill—Kevin T. Ryan, 59, was freed of cancer on April 26, 2015, at a Bangor hospital. He was born in Blue Hill, April 11, 1956, the son of Vernon T. and Jeanette Rita (Day) Ryan.

After graduation from high school Kevin worked with his father in the mason business then worked in various boatyards as a boat builder. He also worked for Maine Frame for a time. In 1993 he started working for Ellsworth Building Supply where he worked over 20 years in the yard and wore many hats, including supervisory positions. Kevin also loved serving his community. For many of his early years, Kevin served as a volunteer for the Blue Hill Fire Department. More recently, he was on the Board of Directors for the Blue Hill Fair where he served for 25+ years. Kevin loved cars and back in the day could be found at Speedway 95 racing around the track. He built his own street legal car that was on the road for many years. Kevin and Christy enjoyed packing up the camper and heading out in the summer. Kevin loved watching NASCAR and could also be seen watching horse and oxen pulling at various fairs. He could also be found at the South Blue Hill wharf in the summer where he enjoyed lobster fishing.

He is survived by his partner and wife of 14 years, Christina M. (Jordan) Ryan of Blue Hill; parents, Vernon and Jeanette Ryan of Brooksville; brother, Daniel Ryan and wife Susan of North Blue Hill; sister, Vernette Bannister and husband Rick of Blue Hill; aunt and uncle, Gordon F. Carter and wife Edna; many nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews; special friends, Ed Markey and Rachel Munson; and his special canine friend, Jake. He was predeceased by his grandparents.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., May 9, 2015, at the South Blue Hill Cemetery with Pastor Larry Hodgkins officiating. A celebration of life will follow at Central Hall, Falls Bridge Road, Blue Hill.

Kevin was very passionate and took pride in the horse and oxen pulling at the Blue Hill Fair. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Blue Hill Fair, c/o Rob Eaton, P.O. Box 390, Blue Hill 04614 for horse and oxen pulling facility improvements.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St. Blue Hill.

Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.