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Thomas L. Baughman

Thomas L. Baughman, 67, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at home in Deer Isle with his family at his side. Born June 18, 1947, in Phoenixville, Pa., to C. Jeanne (Cook) and George H. Baughman Jr. He moved from Pennsylvania to Maine where Deer Isle always held a special spot in his heart, where he raised his family and ran a landscaping business for many years. He is survived by his wife Susan and their two children, Kyle and Krista. A daughter, Stephanie Baughman Humphries of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Brittney, Kaden, Tracy; great-granddaughter Kamryn. A sister, Barbara Berry (David) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and a brother, Bradford Baughman (Judy) of Orono. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Tracy P. Baughman. Tom leaves behind life-long friends that were like brothers to him: Herbert Carter, John Burns, Larry McCauley and Benny Robbins.

A celebration of life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice.


Gloria Griffiths Emmel

Gloria Griffiths Emmel, 92, died peacefully on May 22, 2015, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Born in Verona, N.J., on March 15, 1923, Gloria was the daughter of Maria M. and Erich O. Lehmann. She graduated from Verona High School, then worked as a secretary and played violin with the Montclair Symphony. During WWII, she worked at the Breeze Corporations where she met her future husband, Arthur R. (Bob) Griffiths. They married on October 23, 1948, raising five children until Bob’s death at 54 on March 9, 1968. Gloria returned to work at the County of Essex Public Works Department where she became secretary to the director, and continued to raise her family. In 1979 she married Aloise Emmel, who shared her German roots, and who predeceased her in 1983.

Gloria moved to Castine, Maine, in June 2005 with her daughter Barbara and son-in-law David. She was a member of the Dr. Mary Cushman Circle and shared her talents at crafts with Circle members. She enjoyed gardening, baking, quilting and music, and maintained a strong independent spirit that inspired many.

She is survived by her five children, Barbara Griffiths of Castine and her husband David Schoonover, Robert Griffiths of Carbondale, Colo., and his wife Patience, Wendy Griffiths Pohanka of Reston, Va., Gregory Griffiths, of Lutz, Fla., and his partner Nancy Holt, and Randall Griffiths of Brick, N.J., and his wife Abbie. She also leaves four grandchildren, Jenna Griffiths and Laura, Erich and Kevin Pohanka, and a brother Harry Lehmann of Brick, N.J., and his wife Virginia.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care.

A memorial service is being planned. Gifts in Gloria’s memory may be made to the Dr. Mary Cushman Circle, P.O. Box 108, Castine ME 04421 or At Home Downeast, P.O. Box 1107, Blue Hill, ME 04614.


Frank Elmer Rutan III

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September 21, 1930-May 22, 2015

Frank E. Rutan III, son of Frank E. Rutan Jr. and Frances Sloan Rutan, died peacefully on May 22, 2015. Frank was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., and lived there for most of his life, retiring to Watch Hill and Westerly, R.I. Frank was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and The University of Virginia, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Frank was a longtime and active member of the UVA Alumni Association and served on the Board of Managers for four years.

Following graduation from UVA, Frank joined the family firm of Rutan & Co., where he worked until retirement. Frank’s lifelong passion was singing, putting to use his beautiful baritone voice and performing internationally with the prestigious Orpheus Club of Philadelphia, where he served as past President.

Frank is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverly, his three children, Eleanor, Frank the 4th, and Will, and his five grandchildren, Alexander, Katharine, Emily, Benjamin and Samuel.

In lieu of flowers, Frank’s wishes were to support the Next Generation Capital Campaign at Kieve-Wavus Education in Nobleboro, Maine. For online condolences please visit Buckler-Johnston.com.


Richard Bruce Wands

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Richard Bruce Wands died at home, May 16, 2015, one year after a diagnosis of Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Predominantly a painter and landscape designer, he was a man of diverse talents, interests and enthusiasms, loved and respected by many. He believed with all his heart in communitas and lived his life in service of that ideal.

Born in Fargo, N.D., February 8, 1936, and proud of his Norwegian and Scottish heritage, Richard was the only child of Helen Furos and Lester Wands. His career as an artist began at age 12 with paintings of the Montana and North Dakota landscapes of his childhood. After high school he turned down an invitation to study architecture at Taliesin School of Architecture to pursue a medical career by joining the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Richard served with honor during the Korean War as a youthful medic and afterwards in Japan where he absorbed an aesthetic, which strongly influenced the minimalism in his work. A BFA from the University of Wisconsin led to an invitation to study with artist Josef Albers at Yale and from there Richard headed to New York City to launch his painting career. He was hired as a mapmaker by the Columbia University’s Lamont Geological Observatory’s pioneering geophysicist Maurice “Doc” Ewing. Recognizing Richard’s extraordinary intelligence, creativity and range of abilities, Ewing promoted him to work aboard the RV Vema as an oceanographic photographer documenting core samples and ocean sediments from above the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic ice cap.

A move to Long Island, N.Y., in 1970 coincided with the Hamptons development boom and Richard established himself as a self-taught landscape designer with an encyclopedic knowledge of botany and horticulture. He continued to garden, paint, sculpt, build houses and also taught art at Parsons School of Design. Richard’s work has been shown in numerous institutional collections including the Hirshhorn Museum, D.C., New Jersey Museum of Modern Art and Parsons School of Design, N.Y. Locally he shows at Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle.

Richard played high school football and then competitive rugby well into his thirties (and had the knees to prove it), played percussion, French horn and bass well enough to qualify for the U.S. Army Orchestra and was also briefly a member of Mensa International, the high IQ society. He spent a total of 40 of his 79 years in hard-won sobriety.

He leaves behind his sons Gordon Wands and Gregory Wands of New York City, daughter Susan Mackesey and grandsons Taylor and Connor Pochetti, all of Chicago, and his wife Veronica Young, the love of his life, partner and soul mate for the past 20 years.

In lieu of charitable donations in his memory Richard requested that we support artists by going out and buying their work. On June 6 at 12.30 p.m., we are invited to gather around a tree planting in Richard’s memory in the park he created for East Blue Hill, followed by music and libations in the East Blue Hill Founders Hall. Another memorial event will be organized in Sag Harbor during this summer.


Dianne Faith MacLellan Wilson

THOMASTON—Dianne Faith MacLellan Wilson, 72, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her residence in Thomaston.,

Dianne was born in Boston to Nova Scotians, Harry and Bertie MacLellan. She attended Mass Art in the early 1960s and married Tom Wilson in 1970. She was co-owner of several successful shops and restaurants over the years, including: The Asterisk on Beacon Hill, the Big Belly Deli on Martha’s Vineyard, and Café Uno in Newburyport. She ultimately made her home in Maine, spending much of her time on Mount Desert and Monhegan islands.

“Deedee” was an accomplished artist, as well as an entrepreneur. Most of all, she was a generous soul and a free spirit, with a big laugh and a heart bursting with affection. Her family knew her as the grand-mistress of delightfully mangled mixed metaphors and unintentional malapropisms. She loved to surround herself with art, and her favorite activity has always been lavishly gifting her many friends.

Dianne was predeceased by her husband Tom; her brother David MacLellan; and her beloved kitty Mahalo. She is survived by her sisters, Judy Robbins and her husband Peter of Sedgwick, Deborah Day of Southwest Harbor; her sister-in-law Janine MacLellan of Plantation, Fla.; her longtime friend Joe Castellucci of Rockland; four nieces, Zoë, Adrienne, Ashley, and Anna; two nephews, Isaac and Ian; and six grand-nieces and -nephews. We hold dear the image of a little girl in her wee kilt and tam o’shanter, blond curls flying as she daintily toes the ancient Scottish dance of Ghillie Callum.

Dianne’s family will hold a private memorial service for her later in the summer. Thoughts and condolences may be shared at the website of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, bchfh.com.