Chef George Hirsch Gay
Lorna was a social worker, nutritionist, counselor, nurse, life skills coach, chef, and friend to many brave men. She took great pride in the care she provided and was the ultimate caregiver! She enjoyed being able to care for her daughter while running the boarding home and regularly provided childcare for many other children and friends. She also opened her home to her mother and brother, caring for them until they passed before her. After operating the boarding home for 33 years and with much encouragement she finally retired in 2006. Lorna was a wonderful, loving, fun, and creative daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She reveled in all of life's details: reading, cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening, playing with children, crossword puzzles, music, dance, and theater. She especially loved animals, adopted strays, and always surrounded herself with as many as possible! She was good at everything she did and was always willing to learn something new. She taught all of us how to love unconditionally, enjoy life, and above all care for each other.
Chef George Hirsch Gay
Alice enjoyed antiques auctions, sewing, crafts, gardening, cooking and making fleece blankets and pillows for others. She was a skilled chef and caterer and enjoyed experimental cooking. As a child, she had many fond memories of summers at Pine Cove on Three Mile Pond and also at the Cloutier-Carrier cottage on Rangeley Lake in Oquossoc. She and her many friends made numerous trips to Reid State Park and other coastal and distant destinations. Alice's first love was the family log cabin at the "lake." Alice and her brother, Jon, took great pride in the care of the gardens, grounds and waterfront.
She worked at several jobs in her lifetime. For many years, Alice had been the office manager and a licensed funeral attendant at her family's former funeral homes, Laite & Pratt in Camden, and Gray & Pratt in Windsor. Alice was a resident of Windsor for several years. Her most enjoyable employment came from working for many years for several families in Maine and Greenwich, Conn., as a chef, au pair, gardener and driver. Alice once told of a man who she kept meeting each morning at the neighboring mailbox in Connecticut named George. After several weeks, she learned that her unshaved neighbor was George C. Scott. She was proud to live and work on a neighboring island beside the late Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, and a couple of summers ago prepared dinner for Gen. Alexander Haig.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 8th at 1:00 PM at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Department, P.O. Box 82, New Gloucester, ME 04260 or New Lungs For George (www.newlungsforgeorge.org).
Larry was born in Lewiston on April 23, 1945, the son of Robert Willette and Laurette Dumas Willette. He attended schools in Durham and Lisbon and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict of 1962 to 1968 and the Cuban Crisis. He attended Southern Maine Vocational Technical School, graduating from the culinary arts program with honors in 1974. He was a chef in area restaurants and was a personal chef to the Payson Estate in Freeport. He worked for many years for the U.S. Gypsum plant prior to retiring in April of this year. Currently he was working at Wal-Mart in Auburn.
Mom was also an executive chef, a talented dancer and most of all a passionate artist. Her love of painting took her on many journeys. She became a certified art instructor and plied the canvas with many great artists, including William Alexander and Lowell Spears..