Memorial Roll

This Memorial Roll is dedicated to the memory of BHS members who supported our cause and are no longer with us.

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Dorothy Alley Abbott

1934 - 9/2/2015

Parents: Harleigh and Rebecca (Backman) Alley Graves Married William Abbott on September 6, 1958. Long time member of Wollaston Congregational Church in MA. Member of the a Daughters of the American Revolution Loved traveling, enjoyed gardening, and was an avid genealogy buff.
Loving mother of three children, Joyce, David and Linda


Almena B. Lenfestey Faulkingham Alley

6/10/1931 - 8/31/2016

Daughter of Ewart G. and Mineola B. Lenfestey. Graduated in 1948 from Beals High School with a class of seven dear friends, who meant the world to her. Married her husband John Lester Faulkingham on November 14, 1949. After 16 years of marriage, she lost her husband to a drowning accident on April 26, 1965. Worked seasonal jobs to provide for her girls, Paula and Carol, until the Jonesport IGA opened in 1969 where she worked as bookkeeper for 42 years. Almena lived her life for her God and her family. Faithful member ofthe Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God Sang in the church choir until the age of 84 Served as Beals tax collector. Avid sports fan of JB Royals and Boston Red Sox. Genealogist Founding member of the Beals Historical Society and served as treasurer until 2008. Faithful friend of Archie M. Alley, Jr for over 25yrs.

Children: Paula Rose and Carol Leslie Grandchildren: Jason, Saundra, Laura and Renee
Great Grandchildren: Dustan, Devon, Isaiah, Melody and Isaac


Archie M. Alley Jr.,

11/19/1930 - 11/4/2018

Son of Archie M. Alley Sr. and Minnie E. (Alley) Alley.

Archie grew up a life-long resident of Alley's Bay. Attended the Alley's Bay School and the Beals Grammar School. In his youth, he helped support his large family, including three brothers and two sisters, by shelling clams at night by lantern light. In 1949, he married his beloved wife Maxine (Merchant) Alley of Jonesport. They were married for thirty eight years and raised their three children in Alley's Bay by the sea. Supported his own family as a lobster fisherman and passed on this tradition to his grandson Jowen. Archie loved taking his kids hand lining and in the spring would go halibut fishing with his son, Hiram. When his first grandchild Bobby was born, he and Maxine made a trip to Newfoundland. Lobster boat racing was one of Archie's favorite past times. He raced several boats including The Ellen Archie, the Swan, and the Maxine M., placing first in many competitions up and down the coast of Maine. Attended basketball games and sports events supporting his children, grandchildren, and in recent years enjoyed watching his grandson Logan play for the UMM boys' basketball team. A regular visitor at Ellery Alley's garage for coffee and conversation as well as having lunch with his friends at Sunrise Healthcare Facility. Member of the Beals Advent Christian Church. Founding member of the Beals-Jonesport Co-op Life member of the Beals Historical Society. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his family, his big heartfelt smile, and his charming sense of humor.

Children: Ellen M, Archie, III, Hiram O, Leland E Grandchildren: Robert (Bobby), Jowen H., Logan W., Lindsey M. Great-grandchildren: Savannah F. Brothers: Lee M. Alley, Hiram W. Alley, and Dick Alley. Sisters: Adeline A. Alley and Gladys M. Alley. In Archie's last 29 years, his family was extended with his dear companion Almena Alley, deceased in 2016, and her family

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Lawrence Erwin Alley Sr.

1/4/1938 - 10/16/2004

Member of Beals Historical Society
Class of 1955 Beals High School Alumni
University of Maine at Orono graduate
Math and science teacher, principal and coach at Beals High School
 Teacher at Sumner High School
Fisherman and Captain of the "Flying A"
Lobster Poundkeeper in Steuben
Member of Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor and Jonesport
Member of Maine Lobster Association
Member of Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, FL
Married Frances A. (Crowley) Alley
Had three children: Lawrence, Jr., Gary and Sylvina


Orletta Alley

9/9/1925 - 12/8/2005

Class of 1943, Beals High School
Married Millard Lester Alley on February 26, 1944
Lifelong member of the Beals Advent Christian Church
Sunday School Secretary and later Church Clerk for many years
Loved to bake and give gifts to her family
Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.


Wendall Thelbert Alley
5/1/1938 - 8/1/ 2021

Parents: Donald N. and Lizzie (Peabody) Alley. Born and lived his life on Beals Island. Love of basketball and lobster fishing. Fondest memories in school was being on the basketball team which won the 1956 State Championship. His passion for lobstering started at the early age of 12.
Graduated from Beals High School in 1957 and continued his love of the sea until spring of 2021. 
Enjoyed fishing up by the "Golden Shore" catching the "Big Ones" and he made sure that his pair of eagles were well fed. On June 7, 1958, a year after graduating, he married the love of his life of 63 years, Joyce Ann Crowley.  Member of the Advent Christian Church, where he served as trustee and deacon for many years. Founding member of the B-J Co-Op, serving on the board. Member of the Downeast Lobsterman's Association. Children:  Dean, Thurman, and Shawn Grandchildren, Kristin, Shane, Jonathan,  Joni, Justin, Mikaela, and Makenzie Great-grandchildren, Rafael, Makenzi, Kara, Arianna, Jensen, Jameson, and Briella

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Herman Backman, Jr.

11/20/1923 - 11/25/2005

Class of 1942 Beals High School Alumni
Enlisted in USCG in 1943. 
Built first lobsterfishing boat, Norma A, in 1947
Built more than 20 boats
Instrumental in forming the Downeast Lobstermen Assoc.
Served as President of DLA for five years
Liaison for Dept of Marine Resources. 
Supporter of fishermen and their rights.
 Chairman of Beals School Board for 20+ years
. Instrumental with the construction of Beals Elementary Sschool in 1980
. Member of Beals Weslyan Church and served as Vice Chairman and member
Avid sports enthusiast in softball and golf
Member of Barren View Golf Course
Member of Beals Historical Society
Married Norma Amanda Wilcox
Had three children: Herman III, Kathy and Ralph


Norma Amanda Backman

6/24/1926 - 2/23/2007

Lived most of her life on her beloved Beals Island
Known for her love for God, family, church and the beautiful Downeast. 
Loved music and often sung at funerals, weddings and church events
Worked for several years at the Beals Elementary School
. Enjoyed reminiscing and drinking coffee with her special friends at “Tall Barney’s”
Loved scrapbooking with her granddaughter, Amanda and going on long rides with her son, Ralph and her “granddog,” Jordan, the prettiest dog in the world Family and Faith were of the utmost importance. 
Loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend
. Married: Herman Backman Jr.
Children: Linfield, Herman III, Kathy Ann and Ralph

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Abegail Augusta "Gustie" Beal

1/4/1920 - 2/17/2006

Member of Beals Historical Society
Sardine and Clam factory worker
Beals Ambulance Service Administrator. 
Resthaven Nursing Home worker until retirement
Enjoyed going to yard sales

Husband: Mariner "Lovie" Beal
Had three children: Isaac, Gracie and Spencer


Alverda Mae Crowley Beal

4/14/1936 - 5/28/2019

Daughter of Lindell and Louisa (Backman) Crowley
. Raised in "Alley's Bay" where she had many childhood friends. Spent summers with family at Black Duck Cove camp. Married the love of her life, Stanley Beal, on February 21, 1956. Joined Stanley in Anchorage, Alaska when e was stationed in the U.S Air Force from 1954-1958.
Family was the most important thing in her life, and this was evident in the way she loved them over the years.   She loved photography and scrapbooking and time spent at Schoodic Lake.
Children: Melinda Leigh, Glenn Stanley, Melanie Jean and Lindell Larry

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Alvin Leon Beal Jr

2/8/1922 - 3/20/2013

Son of Alvin and Nancy (Beal) Beal
Alvin served in World War II, Pacific Campaign, U.S. Coast Guard, seaman first class, and received an honorable discharge. A lobster fisherman for most of his life. Member of Advent Christian Church, serving as a janitor and deacon.
Married first, Christine Beal Married second, Olive Beal Merchant Beal Brother: Clarence Beal
Daughter: Joanne
 Grandson: Jay Great grandson: Joshua


Charles H. Beal II

8/14/1918 - 10/15/2008

Devoted his life to his family. 
Worked for many years as a pound keeper with his grandfather, Charles H. Beal I
Spent most of his life as a lobster fisherman. 
Served as Town Selectman for many years.
Instrumental in getting State approval for the Beals-Jonesport bridge
. Enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and coyote trapping
. Summered on Fisherman's Island and Slate Island with his wife, Leila and close fishing buddy, Earlon Beal and his wife, Leta
Avid historian and was an expert story teller
Enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge with others
Loving husband, father, and grandfather. 
Married Leila E. (Lenfestey) Beal
 Children: Luther and Farrell

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Clinton L. Beal

4/15/1923 - 3/10/2007

Parents: George F. and Emma S. (Woodward) Beal.
Lifelong member of the Beals Advent Christian Church where he served as the men’s Sunday school teacher, was a deacon, and completed his service as elder Member of the Gideons International for more than 20 years
Eagle Scout...loved the outdoors
Worked for Russell Rogers and Son General Store doing furnace and installation repair.
 Well known as a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix just about anything.
In 1954, he became the caretaker for Priscilla (DeForest) Williams on Head Harbor Island, summering there with his family throughout his life.
Also served Nathaniel and Priscilla Roe on Hall’s Island.
Boat builder: His craft of boat building was discovered when he rebuilt the stern of his father’s boat at 17. After he graduated from high school, he worked as an apprentice for boat builder, Riley Beal.
In June 1956, his first lobster boat design, the White Stallion was completed launching his boat building business. He completed more than 60 boats.
Recognized by the Maine Boat Builders Hall of Fame in 1997
Instrumental force in creating the Jonesport-Beals Community School District, serving on the school board for more than three decades, including chairman. Served on Beals Town Planning Board
Storyteller, enjoyed reading, learning, the news, history and geography
Wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and was known for teasing his wife Adored his family, friends, church, and God
A loving and giving man
Married: Lottie E. Beal
Had two sons, Ray N. Beal and Dana L. Beal

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Earlon O. Beal

12/31/1918 - 4/19/2003

Parents, Chester A. and Delcena N. (Beal) Lenfestey
. Lifelong member of the Community of Christ, Beals, were she held the office of Treasurer
Treasurer of Beals Ambulance Service
. Beals town Selectperson
. Beal’s Post Office clerk
Worked at O.L. and R.C. Carver’s store. 
Devoted to her family
Remembered for her pies, doughnuts, and other baked goodies. Her cookie jar was never empty. Downeast Maine’s Poet Laureate
. Published book entitled “Memorabilia: A Collection of Poetic Writings”.
Husband: Floyd Beal
Had one child: son, Almer F. Peabody


Leila E. (Lenfestey) Beal

1/16/1918 - 10/28/2003

Loved being a homemaker and caring for her family. 
Some of the best cooking around
. Enjoyed summers with her family on Fisherman’s Island and Slate Island
. Life member of the Community of Christ Church
. The most important things in her life were family, church and friends
. Member of Beals Historical Society
. Always thoughtful of others. 
Wonderful, kind, and caring neighbor
Part-time teacher's aid at Beals School
Loving wife, mother and grandmother
. Married to Charles H. Beal II
Children: Luther and Farrell


Lewis Austin Beal, Sr.

11/21/1937 - 9/2/2020

Born to Elihu Beal II and Laura (Backman) Beal. Married Sara (Beal) Beal
Graduated from Beals High School in 1956. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Maine at Machias in 1985. Lobster fisherman for many years
Retired from UMM. Served his country in both the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force. Member of The Church of the Lamb of God, Beals Historical Society, Sons of American Revolution, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the Veterans Reserve, The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #108, and the National Rifle Association. Enjoyed spending time with his family at camp, playing cards and dominos with Sara, and fishing with grandson, Michael.
Children: Lewis Beal, Jr. Grandchildren:  Michael Beal

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Leta Fae Lenfestey Beal

8/25/1930 - 11/14/2012

Graduated from Beals High School as valedictorian of her class at the age of 16  
Worked as a telephone operator, worked in the fish factory, and made and sold doughnuts at a local grocery store. Served the town of Beals as tax collector, planning board member and appointed as registrar. Women’s leader, Sunday school teacher and served as a deacon in her beloved church, Community of Christ. Most important in her life, other than God, the thing that brought her the most joy was her role as homemaker for her husband, mother to her children and grandmother to her grandchildren
Loved helping others. Married Earlon Beal
Had two children, Lowell Edward “Don” and Terry Luan
Parents Chester and Delcena (Beal) Lenfestey


Lottie E. Beal "Aunt Lottie"

4/17/1924 - 1/5/2010

Secretary at Jonesport-Beals High School for 27 years
. Member of Beals Historical Society and Gideons International Auxiliary, and lifelong member of Beals Advent Christian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader
Enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing guitar and piano, knitting and crocheting, telling stories, writing letters and playing the card game, Rook. 
Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
 Assisted her husband, Clinton, caretaking on Head Harbor Island. 
Married Clinton L. Beal
Had two sons, Ray N. Beal and Dana L. Beal
Parents Edmund Leroy and Martha Octavia (Crowley) Alley


Norma Lisa (Bean) Beal
5/15/1961 - 6/28/2021

She was born May 15, 1961, in Bexar County, Texas, the daughter of the late Maureen (Crowley) Blyther and Charles Bean. She graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with her bachelor's degree in Education. She taught grade school at DW Merritt, in Addison, Beals Elementary, and Jonesport Elementary. She worked for many years as a medical assistant at the Arnold Memorial Medical Center in Jonesport, as well as an E.M.T for the Moosabec Ambulance Service. She loved spending summers at the Branch Lake Campground. Daughter of Charles Bean and Maureen Crowley Blyther. Married Dean Beal
University of Maine at Machias graduate with Bachelor's degree in Education.
Taught grade school DW Merritt, Addison ME and Jonesport Elementary
Worked for many years as a Medical Assistant at AMMC, Jonesport
Also worked as EMT for Moosabec Ambulance Service 
Taught CPR classes Enjoyed spending summers at Branch Lake Campground
Children: Stephen Bean and Tamie White


Margaret E. (Phinney) Beal
4/17/1932 - 4/8/2015

Desired to become a nurse, but at the age of 11 her parents required her to help raise her younger siblings (she completed 7 years of education). 
Worked her parents farm, cleaned homes, packed sardines and shelled clams
. Had many friend and a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit.
 Had a giving heart, asking nothing in return
. Married her love, John W. Beal, Sr. and worked beside him fishing.
 Attended Beals Wesleyan Church
Margaret loved her immediate family and her extended family, as she put claim to anyone she befriended.
Loved the ocean, playing bingo, basketball, horse shoes, pool or any game kids would play.
 Children: John Beal Jr., Alvin Beal (deceased) James Beal Sr. Mercy Beal and Inez Frazier


Osmond "Buddy" M. Beal

1/13/1931 - 7/13/2021

Parents: Vinal and Kathleen (Alley) Beal.
Born on Beals Island As a young boy he moved with his family to Head Harbor Island 
To attend school, which was in a church, he had to walk quite a distance, even crossing a large pasture full of various farm animals. Graduated from Beals High School in 1951 Played on the 1956 State Championship basketball team. Joined the United States Army, where he proudly served from 1952 to 1954  Stationed in England, where he worked with the Airforce to build a runway, and had the distinct honor of attending Queen Elizabeth's coronation.  Married the love of his life, Barbara (Alley), on September 17th, 1954. Began working in a boat shop owned by his father, Vinal, and his uncles, Alvin and Mariner. Later built his own successful shop, where he built boats that went all over the country. During the time that wooden lobster boats were losing popularity, Osmond designed a fiberglass model which was purchased by H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine. His designs awarded him a place in the boat builder's Hall of Fame. During the summer, Osmond took a break from boat building and would be on the water lobster fishing. One of Osmond's greatest enjoyments was being on the water and watching wildlife. Faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, where he served as a Deacon for many years. Enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's school sporting events, and cheering them on.  Against popular opinion he was an avid New York Yankees fan.  As the eldest male resident of Beals Island, he was honored to cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Beals bridge. Osmond was blessed with many wonderful experiences, accomplishments, and passions during his life, but nothing meant more to him than his family. Children:  Pamela Johnson  Grandchildren: Shanna Blackwood and Erick Blackwood Great grandchildren: Zachary and Emma Vincent 


Sandra Marie Beal

7/28/1949 - 7/20/2011

Daughter of Edward and Janet (Bubar) Beal
. Married her childhood sweetheart, Anthony L. Beal Sr. Fostered an exceptional life complete with children, family and friends through hard work, determination and self-reliance. Believed that a home filled with love, kindness and enjoyment was far more important than a home filled with material possessions.
 Taught her children the value of patience, understanding, forgiveness and honesty, and the determination to succeed. Favorite holiday was Christmas. Enjoyed many of life's simple pleasures, such as planting flowers, watching figure-skating, sitting with her Siamese cats, going for a ride with her husband or chatting with friends. Favorite summertime activities was picking blueberries with her granddaughters.
Worked for 24 years as a certified nursing assistant at Sunrise Nursing Care Facility. Earned a reputation of excellence and endurance in serving the people she loved. Member of Beals Historical Society
Children: Anthony Beal Jr and Janette (Jan) Erickson
Grandchildren: Lauren Marie, Lean Jane, Hannah Beal, Morgan Jannette.

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John C. Bodger Jr.

12/15/1918 - 11/22/2005

Born in Los Angeles California to John Sr and Bertha (Jones) Bodger
. Married: Dorothy (Bridges) Bodger
Had one child Ian C. Bodger
Head of the history, biography dept. of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Credited with building the Whitneyville Public Library from one of the smallest to one of the largest in the county, circulating over 15,000 books annually and serving local schools with books and story hours. 
Active in community affairs, serving many years on the Whitneyville school board and recreation committee
Active in the Washington County Democratic Committee and helped write the recycling section of the State Solid Waste Management Act
On the first Whitneyville recreation committee which worked with St. Regis Paper Co. and the State of Maine in building a Little League baseball diamond in Whitneyville
. For 21 years John was secretary of the county historical society, Sunrise Research Institute, which held Canadian-American local history festivals in Washington County or Canada annually
A gifted writer. He wrote articles for many newspapers and magazines.
Published three books; Sunrise County Cookbook, Sunrise County Architecture and the History of Whitneyville
Member of the Whitneyville Congregational Church and served as a deacon for many years. 
Served four and a half years in the U.S. Army Medica during World War II Recipient of the Norman W. Duzen Community Service award for volunteer efforts in Washington County
Teacher in New Jersey and California
Served with distinction as a librarian in New Jersey and New York

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Stanley P. Blish

4/29/1925 - 2/23/

Born in Lancaster Pennsylvania 
Married Carolyn his wife of 60 years. Graduate of Admiral Farragut Naval Academy and Yale University. Served as a Naval Officer during World War II, retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. In 1946 he began as a junior accountant executive in the New York advertising agency, Benton & Bowles, Inc. Began working at DuPont Company in 1949 and retired an executive in 1984
An adventurer at heart, Blish loved open-ocean scuba diving and sailing his Bermuda 40 yawl off the coast of Maine. As an aviator, he held commercial, instrument and multi-engine aircraft ratings. 
Enjoyed flying his own aircraft, with wife, on countless trips from Canada to South America. Marksman and avid gun collector.
Children: Valerie and Christi 

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Margery Katherine (Crowley) Brown

7/26/1927 - 12/3/2006

Born to Milford M. and Florence M. (McEntee) Crowley. Childhood spent in her beloved Corea.
Family moved to Rockland during WWII. Graduated from Rockland High School in 1945
In 1947, she married her husband of 54 years, Ted Brown. Moved to Cherryfield in 1952. Town clerk for nine years, planning board for 10 years, election warden, town meeting moderator and town selectman.  Volunteered for many organizations with some of them being Cherryfield Free Public Library, Sunrise Economic Council, Washington County Council of Government and the Cherryfield – Narraguagus Historical Society. President of the historical society for 32 years. Receivws a 2 Those Who Care Award in 2005 Charter member of the reorganized Cherryfield Grange No. 256 where she had presided as chaplain and past flora.
Children: Lawrence, Michael and his wife, and Katherine  Grandchildren, Eli and Rebecca Brown 
Margery’s last wish was for people to volunteer to make their community a better place.

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Calvert Noel Carver

8/20/1930 - 4/29/2009

Born to Joel Nelson Carver and Hildredth Myrtle (Alley) Young
Graduated from Winter Harbor High School in 1949. Served his country in theU.S. Navy, during the Korean War. Married to Rosalie (Palmer) Blackwood Carver for 52 years. Made a living on the ocean working all aspects of the sea with his ultimate love being lobstering.  Member of Downeast Lobstermen's Association, former member of Maine Lobster Association, a former board member of Jonesport Historical Society, a member of American Legion and Jonesport School Board, and a former member of the planning board.
 Known as "Coach Carver" for coaching the grammar school basketball team. 
Children:  Bill Blackwood, Randy Blackwood, Ronnie Carver and Stevie Carver


Guy H. Carver, Jr.

5/8/1926 - 3/8/2014

Loved lobster fishing and golfing
. A founder of Maine Lobsterman's Association
. A founder of Beals-Jonesport Co-op
. A founder of Carver Industries Inc. and Long Point Lobster
Served as School Board Member for Beals School System
. Coached Beals High School Basketball for several years, and in 1956 coached an undefeated season, culminating in a State of Maine Class “S” Championship. 
Avid sportsman, hunting wildlife and gunning seabirds
Married Ruth Lenfestey Carver
Had six children, Herrick, Duane, Dwight, Teresa, Mark and Suzanne

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Harry L. Crowley, Jr.

Born - 8/18/2007

Son of Harry L. Crowley Sr. and Mina Belle Alley Crowley. Married Jane Marshall on October 29, 1949. Graduated from Beals High School. Played forward for BHS basketball team. Learned seamanship and boating skills from his father, a lobsterman. Attended Machias Normal School. Traveled to school by rowing across Moosabec Reach to Jonesport and then he drove his father’s Model-A to Machias -- except during the hard winter months, when he boarded in Machias. He taught for one year in Franklin, Maine. JoinedCoast Guard and serving approximately one year. Transferred to the Navy V-12 program at Yale, where he spent a year before transferring to the Deck Officer program at Bates College, followed by Midshipman’s school at Notre Dame. Harry served on a small aircraft carrier, which, within a year, had the hanger deck converted to hold bunks, five deep, to ferry military personnel from the western Pacific to San Francisco. Graduated fromBates College. TeacherCushing Academy in Ashburnham. Became student at Boston University, receiving his B in education, and then his Ph.D.  Taught at North Adams State College in Massachusetts for 21years, and then moved to Fitchburg State College, where he became chairman of the Behavioral Science Department until he retired in 1984. His students enjoyed his wry humor, and appreciated his kind manner. Upon retiring in 1984, he and Jane winterized the family cottage on Brandy Pond where they had enjoyed all their summers during their teaching careers and have since lived there year-round. Enjoyed building model lobster boats, friendship sloops, carving birds and watching his extended family -- including children, grandchildren and great-grandchild -- grow and spend summers at the lake. Harry was fortunate to enjoy his last day before his illness at the helm of his prized wooden, 1958 Penn Yan boat on Brandy Pond in Naples.
Children: Nancy, John, Roy, Cathy  Grandchildren: Tim Doolittle, Peter Doolittle,  Amanda Doolittle, Heather Lowell, Jeremy Lowell, Abigail Crowley, Jordan Crowley, Trevor Crowley, Meaghan Crowley, Matthew Crowley, Isabel Walter and Iris Walter Great-grandchild, Connor Doolittle

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Jerome W. Crowley

6/25/1917 -  2/29/2008

Born to: Harry L. and Mina B. (Alley) Crowley. 
Married to Obeline (Burke) Crowley for 68 years. Member of Beals Wesleyan Church and Jonesport Lodge No. 188 AF & AM.  Worked as a lobster fishermen for more than 60 years. Owned and operated a general store for 20 years and clam shops in Beals and Jonesport.  Enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially spending time with his great-grandchildren.

Children:  Leon J. Crowley Grandchildren, Chris Crowley, Craig Crowley Great-grand-children: Christopher, Kaitlynn, Marc, Lauren and Rachel 


Ruth Verlyn (Lenfestey) Carver

7/27/1928 -  3/4/2015

Lifetime spent in service of God, family and community
. Founding member of Beals Historical Society
Devout member of Beals Community of Christ Church
. Ardent supporter, activist, and formidable fundraiser for church, school, and community
Was a mother figure to many neighborhood children
. Had six children, Herrick, Duane, Dwight, Teresa, Mark and Suzanne


Pamela S. Davis
5/22/1948 - 4/18/2021

Parents: Emery B. Strout and Rosalee Strout Grandparents, Clifford and Flora Edna Strout.  Attended Elementary School in Milbridge, grammar school in Jacksonville, graduated from Washington Academy in 1966, and went on to attend the University of Maine at Machias where she met the love of her life, Daniel F. Davis at lockers 52 and 64. Attended Husson College in Bangor where she furthered her studies in business education.  Worked at Farris Dry Goods in Machias
Deputy Register of Deeds for Washington County. Bookkeeper for Beal’s Lobster Company in Jonesport Assistant Treasurer for Washington County Bookkeeper at Sunrise Workshop in Machias.
Office Manager for Addison Point Specialized Services in Addison Moved to Beals in 1972, served as tax collector for a number of years Secretary for Beals Historical Society from the time of its founding.
A woman of great faith, often heard saying, “The Dear Lord will take care of it. Everything will turn out all right.”  Attended the Federated Church of Milbridge as a child Member of Machias Valley Baptist Church Member Beals Advent Christian Church Attended Addison Church on the Hill for a number of years with her husband in his music ministry. Became active in the church that she came to know and love, Harrington Baptist Church, from 1982 to present. Church work consisted of assistant church treasurer, kitchen committee and fund raising committee member, and contact person for the prayer chain. A great encourager and example to others of true love, compassion, and a tender heart.
Her generous donations to the church renovations project helped make possible numerous improvements to the sanctuary, kitchen, fellowship area, and numerous other undertakings over the past 39 years. She dearly loved her church family and was always concerned for their needs, her motivation and zeal for the work of the church being an inspiration to all despite her own handicapping condition. Despite having been confined to a wheel chair since 2005, she was highly motivated and believed she could do anything she set her mind to. She was never one to say “no” but was always willing and eager to serve in any capacity. Skilled in crafts of various kinds, she loved making quilts, doing embroidery, doing word searches and puzzles, and most of all sharing her work for others to enjoy.  Pam will be especially missed by her large feline family of 28, especially Brock who slept on the arm of her wheelchair or in her arms most of the time.

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Rebecca A. (Backman) Graves

?? - 1/25/2008

Beals Island born and raised
. Parents: Herman and R. Estelle (Church) Backman
. Moved to Quincy, MA., in 1944
. Worked as seamstress for more than 25 years at Linwood’s Fabric House, Weymouth, MA
50-year member of Wollaston Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star No. 156, White Shrine of Jerusalem No. 2 of Braintree, MA. 
Member of the Atlantic Memorial Congregational Church
. Member of Betsy Ross Group
. Member of Beals Historical Society
. Married: Harleigh A. Alley in 1942 and Henry T. Graves in 1961.
Had two children: Dorothy and William


Farrell Lenfestey

12/11/1915 - 8/23/2006

Class of 1933, Beals High School
Married Myrtle (Beal) Lenfestey
. Elder and Pastor, Beals Community of Christ Church
Wonderful father and grandfather.

Myrtle Beal Lenfestey

7/5/1916- 5/7/2009

Class of 1933, Beals High School
Married Farrell L. Lenfestey. 
Piano teacher, Church Organist at Beals Weslyan Church
Loving mother and grandmother


Bettina Carver Merchant
12/3/1934 - 10/15/2021

The daughter of Oscar and Louise (Coffin) Carver. Graduated from Beals High School, class of 1952, Washington State Teachers College and University of Alaska Completed Master's degree in education. Taught in Maine for a few years. Move to Nondalton for Native Village Service and then to Kenai for her final Alaskan assignment. Retired to Jonesport in 2004 First married, Clark Whitney, Sr. Second married, Jesse Merchant Children: Clark Whitney, Jr and Charles Whitney Grandchildren: Aiden, Maia, and Benjamin

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Arlene Aseliah Moore

6/11/1922 -  9/3/2010

Attended Beals schools. Employed as a sardine packer at several canneries, including William Underwood and R.B. & C.G. Stevens, Jonesport, and L. Ray Packing Co., Milbridge
Employed in ship construction at Bath Iron Works during the early part of World War II
Owned and operated a grocery store in the Alleys Bay district of Beals
Worked as a waitress in Rockport, Mass for several years. Member of Beals Community of Christ and Beals Historical Society. Children: Velton, Vernon, Clyde, Regina and Gwendolyn

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Dawn Euda (Marcoux) Mossler

12/1/1961 -  9/7/2006

Spent her entire childhood and youth on Beals Island
Alumni of Jonesport-Beals High School Class of 1980. 
Worked for Machias Savings Bank
Stationed at a number of Air Force bases around the country, including Keesler in Mississippi, Pope in North Carolina, Wright-Patterson in Ohio, Hanscom in Massachusetts, and Bolling in Washington, D.C.
Proud to be part of a military family; she loved exploring the country, seeing new places, and meeting new people. The many friends she made appreciated her warm heart and beautiful smile wherever she went. Loved reading, being outdoors, gardening, bird watching, and crafts. 
Epecially fond of summers spent at the family camp on Sebec Lake, and enjoyed visiting lighthouses along the coast
Continued her career as a bank teller, until her health prevented her from working
. Married, U.S. Air Force Maj. William R. “Bill” Mossler


Earl H. Peabody

12/4/1929 -  1/31/2015

Class of 1949, Beals High School
. Graduated from UMM and UMO. 
Teacher and Administrator for 40+ years in
ME, MA, and NH
Married Sylvia (Lenfestey) Peabody
Had two children, Cheryl and Ronald. Beloved husband, father and grandfather


Ronald H. Peabody

3/9/1959 -  8/31/2012

Graduated Masconomet High School Boxford, MA. 
Spent 20 years in  United States Coast Guard, rank BM1
. Restored a 1941 Coast Guard Motor Life Boat, which was used in the Walt Disney movie, “The Finest Hours” in 2016.
Ashes buried at sea off Great Wass Island and at Sewall Field Cemetery, Beals. Beloved son, grandson, brother, and friend


Velora Rumery

7/9/1943 -  7/28/2019

Daughter Ossie and Inez (Alley) Beal. Owned and operated Rumery Seafood for over 30 years Owned ceramic shop. Loved arts and crafts, cooking, and watching the food network. Enjoyed flowers, gardening, and watching the birds on her deck.
 Member of the Order of Eastern Star. Married to Craig Rumery 42 years. 
Four sons with first husband, Arlin Crowley: Raymond, Colby, Troy, Oscar, and Harvey. 
Grandchildren -Christopher , Frank, Luke, Ashley, Brittany, Josh, Courtney, Stephanie, Alan, Kennneth, and Brandon


John V. Sawyer II

10/3/1933 -  3/9/2017

Born in Newburgh, NY to John Albert and Mary Jane (Keevill) Wersebe. 
Graduated from the College of General Education, Sargent College, and Boston University with a degree in physical therapy
Worked at healthcare centers in Tenn, NY, Mass, and Maine
Active in the communities she lived in, with a special focus on animal welfare. 
Served two terms on the state animal welfare board
. Served Maine State Society board for the protection of animals, Maine friends of animals
. Testified on numerous hearings in Augusta on behalf of all animals. 
Founder of the Jonesport animal assistance society
. Served Ark Animal Shelter board and pet society
. V.P. and secretary of Worcester-Sawyer Agency
Licensed real estate broker
Married: John V. Sawyer II
Had three children: Susan, John III, and Daniel III


Betty ( Wersebe) Sawyer

1/13/1930 -  6/25/2013

Born in Newburgh, NY to John Albert and Mary Jane (Keevill) Wersebe
. Graduated from the College of General Education, Sargent College, and Boston University with a degree in physical therapy
Worked at healthcare centers in Tenn, NY, Mass, and Maine. 
Active in the communities she lived in, with a special focus on animal welfare
Served two terms on the state animal welfare board
. Served Maine State Society board for the protection of animals, Maine friends of animals
. Testified on numerous hearings in Augusta on behalf of all animals
. Founder of the Jonesport animal assistance society
. Served Ark Animal Shelter board and pet society
. V.P. and secretary of Worcester-Sawyer Agency
Licensed real estate broker
. Married: John V. Sawyer II
Had three children: Susan, John III, and Daniel III


Leon "Bud" Roscoe Smith, Jr.
9/30/1929 - 6/22/2021

Parents: Leon R. and Gladys (Kirby) Smith Married Angelena Alley, his wife of 71 years
Belonged to Beals Advent Christian Church Developed a love for lobster fishing at an early age.
Bud, enjoyed telling of the biggest halibut he and his brother Robert caught. It was one of the largest caught in town - weighing inwith a 400 pounds live weight. Attended Jonesport schools and graduated in 1946 at the young age of 16. Enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and was called to active duty, for 1 year, when he married Angelena. They enjoyed antiquing.  He will be remembered for his pond full of ducks, his sweet and friendly spirit, his wonderful sense of humor, and his willingness to always help another fisherman in need. Built a family cam at Schoodic, using hand tools alone.
Member of Jonesport Lodge #188, where he served as Worshipful Master from 1963 - 1964 and Senior Deacon from 1965-1972. Received his 50-year pin.  Served on Jonesport's planning board.
One of the brother's who operated Smith's Lobster after his father passed. 

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Lovina Alley Smith
5/13/1942 - 6/20/2021

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Leslie A. Alley Uhnak

?? -  10/8/2015

Member of Beals Historical Society. 
Parents: William and Janice (Frank) Alley. 
Brother: William Alley Jr
. Husband: Kenneth S. Uhnak
. Children: John P. Martin and Kelsey A. Desrosiers.


Elmer Wesley 'Herky' Wilcox

6/22/1933 -  12/8/2017

Son of Ralph and Grace (Peabody) Wilcox. Married Frances Jean Matthews, of Newport Maine, on November 23, 1957. Graduated from Beals High School with five students in the class of 1950
Received the nickname of "Herky" from the comic strip "Herky and His Gang". Spent four years in the US Navy as an airman Returned to Maine and attended the University of Maine under the GI Bill, majoring in Civil Engineering. A pillar of Newport where he worked for the State Of Maine, Department of Transportation and for Wardwell and Sons. Loved hunting (anytime day or night) camping, softball, golf, bowling, horseshoes and fishing with family and friends
Children: Scott, Stephen, Shawn and Suzanne Grandchildren Sarah, Peter, David, Baylee, Breanna and Caitlyn, and Elena.


Frances "Jean" Wilcox

8/3/1939 -  10/6/2015

Married Elmer "Herky" Wilcox on November 23, 1957
. Avid candlepin bowler; bowling in two leagues and helping her team win the state championship in the late 1970's. She and Herky spent much of their lives together fishing, hunting, camping and traveling
. Ultimate bargain hunter, never passing up the opportunity to stop at a yard sale, dollar store or Goodwill store
Children: Scott, Stephen, Shawn and Suzanne Grandchildren Sarah, Peter, David, Baylee, Breanna and Caitlyn, and Elena.


Alverna Leona Williams

10/22/1930 -  5/17/2019

Parents: Elihu and Laura (Crowley) Beal
. Alverna graduated from Beals High School in 1948 with a class of seven. 
Married Donald Stuart Williams Faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God in Jonesport Maine Loved God and her family
. Children: Barry R. Williams, John W. Williams,
Grandchildren: Douglas Simning, Daniel Simning, Donald Williams, Anna Williams, April Eaton. 
Great-Grandchildren: Abigail Smining, Bella Siming, Hailey Scott and Darren Williams

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