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Pamela Vanorse

October 15,1952-November 26, 2018

NORRIDGEWOCK—Pamela Jean Vanorse (Bickford), 66, died peacefully at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital with family at her bedside Monday, November 26, 2018. Born on October 15, 1952 in Skowhegan, Maine, daughter of the late Fern Lund and Lauris Bickford. Pamela worked in the administrative field as a food service director. She enjoyed spending time with the grandkids, other family and friends. She enjoyed large family events. She loved her cats, past dogs, and plants.

Predeceased by mother Fern Lund, father Lauris Bickford, partner Harold Dodge and very special son Richard Rogers.

Survived by daughter and daughter-in-law Michelle (Shelli) Rogers and Shawna Brown; son William Damon and his wife Amelia Damon; nine grandchildren Melanie, William Jr. and his wife Makalya, Sabrina, Cody, Collin, Keith, Braxton, Nancy and Jacob; five great-grandchildren William III, Laylea, Harmony, Harold and Karson; sisters Debbie Russell and Paula Bickford; brothers William Bickford, John Bickford and Merle Lewis and many nieces and nephews, great-grand-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held June 9 in Norridgewock. Place and time to be announced.

Linwood J. Roy


SEDGWICK—Linwood J. Roy, 88, died November 25, 2018. He was born December 15, 1929 in Old Town, son of Ernest and Yvonne (Sirois) Roy.

He was an Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the Old Town Fire Department. He was employed at General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut, until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Betty A. (LaGasse) Roy; two sons, Mark Roy of Sedgwick and Michael Roy of Orland; a daughter, Lynn Snyder and her husband Thomas of Connecticut; a sister, Shirley Roy of Cape Coral, Florida; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, a grandson and daughter-in-law.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Joan Healey Evans

Joan Healey Evans passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the age of 80.

Joan was the mother of Jonathon C Evans (who passed away in 2011), James G Evans, Samuel S Evans and Ian H Evans. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Ganson, Sam and Ian, her daughters-in-law Sandy, Amy, Anna and Barbara and her 11 grandchildren Cam, Lee, Jake, Charlie, Tram, Bel, Max, Spence, Mackenzie, Lottie and Cooke.

She was born in Detroit, Mich., on March 2, 1938, and graduated from Mount Vernon High School, D.C. and attended Oklahoma University. She also attended The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. After marrying Spencer Evans, Joan lived in Gladwyne, Pa., then moved to Wilton, Conn., in 1966. In 2005 she moved to North Haven, N.Y., where she lived for 15 years. Recently she moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Joan was best known for her work in community activities in Wilton, Conn., where she helped start the High School Hockey Team and the Family Y. Later she started a business “Phone Joan” that provided home, personal and pet services. She was also a real estate agent in Wilton,Conn., and Sag Harbor, N.Y.

A private family funeral service will be held in the spring in Menominee, Mich. Interment will follow in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery.

Those wishing to make donations in her name may donate to V For Victory at

Sheila Donnelly Bruce

Sheila Donnelly Bruce died at the age of 92 on November 30, 2018, at Evergreen Woods, North Branford, Conn., and connected to Deer Isle, Maine forever. Known for her very warm smile, she had a heart for helping others and served in multiple organizations. She had the ability to see the good in everyone she encountered. Sheila had a love for the arts and in addition was a painter herself. Sheila is survived by her children Ellen, James and Ted, a daughter in-law Lee Ann and three grandchildren Matthew, Carlton and Elizabeth. A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park Street in Guilford. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Connecticut Hospice (

Stephen Astbury


SEDGWICK—Stephen Astbury, 75, of Sedgwick, died peacefully at his home November 25, 2018. Stephen was born in Blue Hill on May 15, 1943 to James M. and Abigail (Gray) Astbury Sr. Stephen served eight years in the Air Force and was a member of IRA Berry Lodge in Blue Hill. He owned and operated his garage for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brenda; his devoted son, Skip Astbury and his significant other Doreen; his daughter Debbie Astbury and son Stephen Astbury Jr; his brother Virgil Astbury and a favorite niece, Mary, as well as many other nieces and nephews; three grandsons, Seth Lucas and Brandon and Darryl Astbury. He will be missed by his constant companion and beloved dog, Brandy.

Stephen was predeceased by both parents; brothers Thomas, James Jr., Roger, Clayton and Albert Gray; sisters, Isabelle, Rose and Gloria and his son Todd Astbury.

A graveside service will be held in the spring. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at