KITTERY, Maine - Robert F. Racine, 86, of Kittery, died at home on June 8, 2006.
Born and raised in Brunswick, Mr. Racine was a resident of Kittery for the last 52 years.
Mr. Racine was a sergeant in the Maine National Guard and Army Air Corps and served in World War II and the Korean War in the Battalion G 40th Aircraft Battalion and Battalion C Anti-aircraft Battalion. Before retiring, he was an electrician at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
He is a member of the Evergreens Senior Citizens Club in Brunswick. Mr. Racine was a member of St. Raphael Church in Kittery and enjoyed a lifetime membership in the American Legion Post # 168 of Portsmouth, N.H.
He was the husband of the late Rita (St. Pierre) Racine, who died in 1999, to whom he was married for 49 years. He leaves behind his beloved children, three daughters, Diane M. Ayyagari of North Andover, Mass., Jeannine R. Racine of Kittery and Maureen M. Marchant of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, Mark F. Racine and Michel (Mike) E. Racine, both of Kittery. His son Thomas S. Racine died in 1995. He also leaves eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild and is survived by six sisters.
WE REMEMBER: Bob loved gardening, camping, fixing things and socializing with family, friends and neighbors. He loved to crack jokes and make people laugh. He was always lending a helping hand whenever he could. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend and will be missed by all.
SERVICES: Friends may visit with his family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at his church, St. Raphael Parish Church on Whipple Road in Kittery. Arrangements are entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery.
YORK, Maine - Edna A. Maloney, 80, of 254 Long Sands Road, York, died Sunday, June 5, 2005, at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.
She was born Sept. 22, 1924, the son of Ambrose and Evelyn (Buchanan) Frink, and was a graduate of Somerville (Mass.) High School.
Mrs. Maloney had resided in Somerville for many years, moving to York 35 years ago.
She was a communicant of St. Christopher-by-the-Sea Church of York.
Survivors include her husband, William F. Maloney of York; one son, John W. Tarca of Oxnard, Calif.; one sister, Betty Searles of Kittery; three grandchildren, Greg Tarca of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Holly Peterson and Faith Tarca, both of Oxnard; and three great-grandchildren.
MALONEY - Edna A. Maloney, 80, of Long Sands Road, York, Maine, wife of William F. Maloney, died June 5, 2005, in Biddeford. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, in St. Christopher’s Church, York Street, York. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice or Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, ME 04106-2316. Arrangements by Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home of York.
KITTERY, Maine - John E. Searles, 88, of Foxwell in Kittery, died June 5, 2005, at York Hospital following a period of failing health.
Born in Worcester, Mass., on Jan. 4, 1917, he was the son of John and Mary Ellen Searles and attended local schools. He served his country during World War II and Korea as a member of the United States Army Air Corps. He enjoyed being a musician during the Bob Poolen-"Dol" Brisette era, entertaining many fans. His love of music also led him throughout his time as president of John Martin Music Publishers in Worcester, Mass.
He was employed for more than 27 years in the Comptroller Department of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; early on he commuted to Kittery from his hometown of Worcester, Mass., and in 1962 he made his home here with his family. In 1961 he met and married his loving wife of more than 44 years, Betty (Frink) Searles. Together they made their home in Kittery, most recently moving to Foxwell in 1989, where they enjoyed their home and the many friends they made there.
He owned a number of companies, including the Golden Hour on York Beach and Doug’s Tap in Kittery; he was vice president of the Frost Detective Agency in Portsmouth, N.H., and was founder of Amalgamated Displays in Worcester, Mass. He also served the community of Portsmouth, N.H., as a member of the Portsmouth Police Department Auxiliary.
He enjoyed membership in a number of organizations, including being founder and past president of the Mount Agamenticus Chowder and Marching Society in York Beach and past president of the Federal Employees Veterans Association, Wentworth PTA, and the National Association of Government Employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He was also a lifetime member of the Kittery/Eliot Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eliot American Legion Post 188. He was a 40-year communicant of St. Raphael Parish in Kittery. He enjoyed reading and writing; he often wrote long stories about whatever was of interest at the time. He dearly loved his family, and not a day went by without his telling them so and they, him.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of Kittery; son Joe and his wife, Kathy Afienko, of Kittery; daughter Lynn Racine of Clearwater, Fla.; son Billy and his partner, Bill, of York; daughter Paula and her husband, Judd Goodwin, of Eliot; and son Stephen and his wife, Kitty, of Phoenix City, Ala.; grandchildren Joey, April, Sarah, Rusty, Sara Jen, K.C., Garrett and Khrissy; as well as great grandchildren Rusty and Damien.
He was predeceased by his sister, Muriel Searles.
SEARLES - John E. Searles, 88, of Foxwell in Kittery, Maine, died June 5, 2005, at York Hospital, following a period of failing health. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2005, at his church, St. Raphael Parish Church on Whipple Road in Kittery, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the York Hospital Friend Raising Program, 15 Hospital Drive, York, ME 03909. Arrangements are entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery.