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Paul Nickerson

Brooks — Paul W. Nickerson, 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Brooks on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. He was born in Belfast on Nov. 17, 1941 to William and Verna (Paul) Nickerson.

Paul was a life-long dairy farmer who looked forward to watching the barn swallows in the spring. He appreciated all the little joys in nature like watching the deer and turkeys and daffodils appearing at the end of winter. He had a keen sense of humor and an infectious grin. He loved and appreciated his family.

Paul was a collector of antique cars and motorcycles and could often be seen at local drive-in rallies in the summer. He left this world saying to his niece, “I tried to be the best person I could.”

Paul was predeceased by his parents; and two sisters, Judy Yori in 2005 and Ruth Welch in 2008.

Paul is survived by his beloved nieces and nephews, Judy's children, Elizabeth Yori and husband Sean Cash, Bill Yori and Thomas Yori, all of Brooks, and Theresa Yori of Gardiner; also by his brother, Robert Nickerson and wife Caroline of Pennsylvania and their daughters Cassie, Lucy and Emily Nickerson; and his sister Ruth's children, Roxy Crosby and her husband Frank, Linda Dudley and her husband Farley, Elaine Hustus and her husband Dale, Steve Welch and his wife Paula and Janice Welch; and his close friend and cousin, Donald Nickerson and his wife Josephine of Monroe.

A remembrance gathering and potluck dinner will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Varney Building in Brooks. Please join us to celebrate the life of a wonderful man.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at:

Elmer "Butch" Heal

CAMDEN — Elmer F. “Butch” Heal, 62, owner of Camden Welding Works, died unexpectedly on March 7, 2011, at his home. Born in Camden on July 30, 1948, Butch was the son of Elmer E. and Ruth (Owen) Heal. He grew up in Camden and was a 1966 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School. He moved to Connecticut, where he completed the Machinist Apprentice Program at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. On Aug. 5, 1971, he married Martha Bryan of Ohio. In September 1972, they moved to Camden where Butch helped in his father’s business, Camden Welding Works. He eventually took the business over once his father retired. Butch developed a reputation for his custom fabrication work where he demonstrated his natural talent and his mechanical abilities, helping place many forms of racers in the Winner’s Circle.

In his earlier years, he enjoyed snowmobiling and fishing with his father. He had been a member of the Knox County Fish & Game Association. In more recent years, Butch very much enjoyed owning, driving and showing his antique cars and spending time with other car collectors.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Martha Heal of Camden; two sons, Eric Heal and his partner Dawn Small of Bangor and Travis Heal and his wife, Kassandra, of Rockland; his sister, Jessie Gautreau and her husband, Donald, of Camden; five grandchildren, Cody, Billy, James, Dallas and Brooklyn; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bohler of Ruskin, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, James Bryan and Earl Bryan, both of Brazil, Ind.; a nephew, Kevin Gautreau and his wife, Shelly, of Lincolnville; and a niece, Dawn Farrington and her husband, Brian, of Searsmont.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life Saturday, March 19 from 2-6 p.m. at 122 Mountain St. in Camden. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Eastern Maine Community College, 354 Hogan Road in Bangor. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, in Belfast. Condolences may be shared with the Heal family at, or by visiting the family's book of memories at

Robert (Bob) G. Mercier

Robert G. Mercier, 77, of Searsport, passed away peacefully in the presence of family, Jan. 17, 2011. He was predeceased by his wife Jane in 2007.

Bob was a true patriot, dedicated to his country in honor and in service in the United States Air Force for 20 years and a veteran of the Korean War. Before joining the Air Force, he served with the United States Coast Guard on the crash boats based in Sandwich where he met his future wife. They traveled the country, family in tow, during his tenure with the Strategic Air Command Minuteman Missile Squadron.

Upon his retirement from the USAF, the family moved to Monument Beach where Bob became an officer with the Department of Natural Resources in the Town of Bourne. In 1982 Bob retired, again, and moved to Searsport, where he and Jane opened an antique gift shop. After 17 years in the receiving department of Hamilton Marine, Bob retired — again — in the summer of 2010.

Bob was the Past Commander and Chaplain of American Legion Post No. 157 in Stockton Springs and a member of the Mariner’s Lodge No. 68, A.F. & A.M. in Searsport. Bob’s passion in life, besides his family, was cars. He restored a 1932 Chevy that was his pride and joy, displayed at several area car shows.

Bob will be remembered for his wit, kindness and speaking his mind. “If you don’t want a truthful answer, you shouldn’t ask the question,” was his motto.

He is survived by his daughter Chrystal and her husband John LaPine of West Barnstable, Mass., daughter Holly and her husband Ken Harris of Miami, Fla., son Scot Mercier and his wife Sandy of Searsport, and his son Keith Mercier and his wife Bethe of Bangor. He is also survived by grandchildren Nichole, Joshua, Benjamin, Lindsey and Cailee.

Services will be at Safe Harbor Church, Route 1, Searsport, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 407, Belfast, Maine 04915.

Interment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass., at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 31 West Main St., Searsport.

The cruise in folks will miss you, Bob. Rest in Peace.

Edwin "Junior" Johnson

Edwin Dean Johnson Jr.
Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home

NORTHPORT (Sep 8): On Sept. 2, 2009 Edwin Dean Johnson Jr., 61, died surrounded by his family at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

"Junior," as he was known to most, was born in Monroe Jan. 31, 1948, a son of Beatrice (Smith) and Edwin Dean Johnson Sr. He attended school in Monroe, where he lived for most of his life.

Junior had an extraordinary knowledge of automobiles, having formerly run a business in Monroe called Johnson’s Used Cars & Parts. If you needed a car or parts, he could find it for you, even right up to the last few months of his life.

He had the unique ability to drive down a road he had never been down before and “sniff out� a car hidden in the woods. You’d be riding somewhere and all of a sudden the brakes would come on and he’d back up saying “there’s a car back there I got to check out.� Most other people would not have been able to see it.

He was a former stock car driver, mostly at Maine and New Hampshire tracks, and was seriously injured at Oxford at a very early age. He was like a cat with nine lives.

Junior loved to talk, especially on the phone. You knew if it was him calling, you’d better be prepared to spend a while on it. He was a storyteller and quite entertaining.

In his younger years, he loved hunting with his best buddies, Byron, Brian, Johnny and others. He loved to fish, snowmobile, go camping, more recently in the Greenville area, with his dear partner of 19 years, Anne. He was a former ambulance attendant for the Brooks Ambulance Service. He loved to work with wood, and in recent years made craft items to sell at craft fairs and such.

He was a member of Mainely Street Rods and also Street Rodders of Maine, during which time he and Anne made many new friends who have meant a lot to them. Junior even drove his 1932 Nash street rod to North Carolina in March 1997 to attend a street rod show.

He helped many of his friends build their rods with his vast knowledge of vehicles. He and Anne traveled 182,000 miles in the Nash in about 12 years. He was formerly employed at local area poultry plants, ITO in Searsport, Greenpoint Auto Parts, Pooler’s Wrecker Service, Riverside Auto Parts and other places as well.

He also worked in the woods delivering to many paper mills throughout Maine and plowed many driveways over the years. Junior had a great love for children, and they all took to him; he also had a special love for his cats and dogs. He attended Brooks Bible Church and had a deep belief in Jesus as his personal savior and refuge and was spiritually prepared for death.

Junior was predeceased by his parents, his loving Aunt Adelia Grover whom he absolutely adored; a stepson, Nathan Carter; and his dear friend Byron Maddocks.

He is survived by his partner of 19 years, Anne Millington; a son, Edwin Dean Johnson III, and his wife, Melissa “Missy� Johnson, of Belfast; a stepdaughter, Tina Herrick, and her husband, Tracey, of Lincolnville; a stepson, Woody Carter, of Morrill; extended family members Jolana Millington Bean and her husband, Ralph, of Searsport, Ted Millington and his fiancée, Sue Allard, and daughter Michelle of Windham; nine grandchildren Kaitlyn Marie Johnson, Edwin Dean Johnson IV of Belfast, Christopher Ray of Lincolnville, Ashley Ray of Bangor, Sheena Carter of Belfast, Miles Carter of Swanville, Shaina Curtis Fletcher and her husband, Jason, of Belfast, Austin and Devon Bean of Searsport.

He is also survived by a former son-in-law, aunts, cousins and extended family members that include brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and very close friends, especially Brian Maddocks, Myron and Vi Hanson and their family, and his cat Chevy. Junior was a gentle giant and will be extremely missed by all who knew him.

The family extends sincere thanks to the nursing and professional staff at EMMC in Bangor and Harbor Hill Nursing Home in Belfast for their loving care. Thanks to Nancy Maddocks for her generosity and to the pallbearers.

A viewing and funeral service was held at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast Sept. 4. Special thanks to Pastor Thompson and Donald Ramsey, lay pastor, who officiated. Interment followed at Kenney Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Midcoast Christian Fellowship, Patterson Hill Road, Belfast, which will include a barbecue. Friends and relatives are encouraged to bring a salad, casserole, dessert, etc. to share, as well as their fond remembrances of Junior.

For more information, call Edwin at 338-6179. Online condolences may be placed at

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