Matthew Abbott Abercrombie
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Matthew Abbott Abercrombie, 27, died June 28 in Worchester, Mass. of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Sept. 15, 1976, in Camden, the son of Anne (Tangie) Tarbell-Abercrombie and the late Thomas Tyler Abercrombie.

He graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1994, and from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1999 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut.
Matthew is survived by his mother, Anne Abercrombie of Northport, Maine; his brother Thomas Gridley Abercrombie, Megan White and his nephew Gridley Duncan Abercrombie of Portland, Maine; his love, Molly Barker of New Haven, Conn.; his aunt Caroline (Vicki) Tarbell Smith of Belfast; and his cousin, Caroline Cooper Torres of Belfast.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to MADD, 511 E John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700, Irving, Texas 5062 or Maine Island Trail Association, PO Box C, Rockland 04841.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at the Abercrombie home in Northport.
Mary “Helen” Ginn
FRANKFORT – Helen Ginn, 80, of Frankfort, passed June 27, 2004. She was born Jan. 25, 1924 in Bangor, the daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret Ann Tripp.

Helen was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She raised 11 grandchildren. She was very comfortable in her home, cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, and making dolls. She loved to have her grandchildren come and stay with her and to teach them how to crochet and knit.

She is survived by five sons, Bernard D. Ginn Sr., and Mary of Winterport, James L. Ginn and Linda of Frankfort, Stanley “Dick” Ginn and Mary of Winterport, James L. Ginn and Linda of Frankfort, Stanley “Dick” Ginn and Mary of Winterport, Clinton “Hottie” Ginn Jr. and Ruth, and Andrew C. Ginn and Kathy of Frankfort; five daughters, Louise M. Bragg and Dale of Stockton Springs, Margaret A. Parsons and Robert of Winterport, Jane H. Rancourt and Charles of Stillwater, Mary Jean Philbrick and Lewis of Winterport, and Nancy L. Hammond and Gerald of Houlton.

She is survived by 72 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and cousins; and special sister-in-laws Lois Ginn of Clifton, Margaret Ginn of Steuben and Marjorie Tripp of Holden.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Clinton Ginn Sr; son Kenneth Ginn; sister Eva Simons; and brothers Joseph, Peter and Ralph Tripp.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 2 at the Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, with Pastor Randall Wilbur officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Bangor. A gathering of conversation will follow the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, 654 State St. Bangor 04401-5649.

Sherrie Lee Wright
Oct. 27, 1960 – June 30, 2004

I, Sherrie Lee (Bishop) Wright, of Belfast, am now breathing freely after living with cystic fibrosis all my life.

I was born in Biddeford to Rose Hickling and King Bishop on Oct. 27, 1960. I attended school during my early years in South Portland, and later moved to Presque Isle, where I was raised by my loving mother and stepfather Mickey Cropley. I graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1979 and completed my nursing studies at Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in 1980 to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

I was married in 1980 while still in Presque Isle, and although we didn’t stay together, he always held a special place in my heart and I had many fond memories of our time together.

My first nursing job was at The Aroostook Medical Center, where I worked for three years with surgical-orthopedic patients. I enjoyed the challenge and providing hands-on care.

I moved to Belfast in 1984 to live closer to my only sibling, King Bishop and his wife Mary. Within a few years my mother and Mickey joined us to live on the coast. I worked as the night charge nurse at Bradbury Manor Nursing Home for four years, and then worked in the office of a local physician. Later I returned to Bradbury as an evening charge nurse, retiring in 1995 so I could focus on my own health care and pursue some of my personal interests while still enjoying good health.

I loved dance, traveling, music, photography, and to be with friends and family. I became our family historian, tracing our ancestors back many generations. I taught myself how to use the computer and became an avid researcher, in the process communicating with people all over the world. I dabbled in design work to help my friends.

Flowers were a passion of mine, and I enjoyed planting them and watching them thrive while sitting on my deck on summer evenings with a nice glass of wine and some blues in the background.

My beloved mother, Rose, predeceased me in June 2000. We shared a special bond that transcended the ordinary, and she gave me the most perfect and profound love I have ever experienced. My stepfather Mickey died shortly after my mother. He was a father to me in every sense of the word, and raised me as his own. I also lost my beloved grandfather Franklin Hickling of New Brunswick in 2003. My father, King Bishop, died March 2004.

I am survived by my brother King, his wife Mary, and their sons King and Steven. Their kindness and support allowed me to live a fuller and more independent life. I’ve enjoyed watching my nephews grow and find their own paths. I am also survived by my grandmother, Iva Hickling, my uncle Frank Hickling and his wife Karen, and my aunt Nancy Holder and her husband Graham.

I have also been blessed with many close friends: Michael, a truly caring and thoughtful friend, who fed me, laughed with me, cried with me; Archie, who carried more oxygen than any guy with a good set of lungs should have to, and who was always willing to give a hand; Jane my soul sister, who has one
of the purest spirits I’ve ever had the privilege to know; her very presence was a healing balm; Beth, whom I loved for our early boisterous years, which evolved into a deep and mature friendship; My friend Wilma, who filled my life with music and was always there when I needed her; and Gary, who always honored our friendship through the passage of time.

There are many not mentioned here who were significant parts of my life, and I love you all for what we shared.

I was blessed with two feline companions, Kiska and Lilly, who were with me through thick and thin, their presence brought me much joy.

Someone, I know not who, said “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” My biggest lesson in life was learning that your relationships with others are what really matter. In the end it’s the only thing that’s significant, the rest is just distraction. Go out and create moments to take your breath away with those you love and those you’ve yet to meet.

At my request there will be no funeral. My ashes will be commingled with my mother’s and spread upon the waters.

Donations may be made to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
Attn. Communications Dept., 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or print online donations form at

Love, Sherrie.


Willem (Bill), Hagenzieker died unexpectedly July 1, 2004 in Carlisle, PA.

He was born on May 20, 1925 in Singapore, a son of Willem and Alida
Hagenzieker of The Netherlands. He grew up and went to school in The
Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam Merchant Marine Academy in

He served a 10-year stint at sea, earning his unlimited Master’s license in
1952 and achieved the rank of Captain in the Dutch Merchant Marine.

After emigrating to the U.S., he was employed as Owner’s Representative for
Nedlloyd Lines, a Dutch flag steamship company, now a part of P&O Nedlloyd.

In 1968 he was appointed president of Universal Stevedoring and Terminals
West Coast Division, the company that operated the first multi-use
container terminal along the U.S. Coast.

He also served as vice president of TTT Shipping, based in New Orleans,
until his retirement in 1984. Upon retirement he founded Coastwise, Inc., a
consulting and ship brokerage company. Initially, Coastwise, Inc. was a
grain shipping company operating out of Brownsville, Texas.

Most recently, in response to to the Marine Transportation Security Act
developed after 9/11, he designed and obtained a patent for “The Sled,” a
system called C-CATS (Container Cargo Automated Transfer System), designed
for safeguarding the ports of the United States. At the time of his death,
he was serving as Chairman of the Board of Port Systems, Inc. the company
founded to finish the development and implementation of C-CATS.

Throughout his entire life, his multi-faceted career involved a wide
variety of jobs related to various aspects of the shipping world. His many
roles in the shipping world found him living and working across the globe,
including coastal states in the U.S. such as California, New York, Texas,
Louisiana. He moved to Rockport, Maine in 1994 with his wife Joan.

After moving to Rockport he became an active member of the Propellor Club,
a national organization (with “local ports”), whose members promote the US
Merchant Marine, maritime safety and local port facilities. He was the
current president-elect of the Midcoast Chapter.

He was also a member and active participant in the Midcoast Forum on
Foreign Affairs organization and the B&B Investment Club.

Because of his keen interest and lifelong background in maritime affairs,
he was immediately drawn to Rockport’s harbor and was appointed to the
Rockport Harbor Committee by the Rockport Selectmen in 2000 and was serving
on that committee at the time of his death.

He was passionate about life in general, but especially about his wife
Joan, his marriage, the Maine Coon cats who graced his and Joan’s life and
every aspect of the shipping world. Throughout his life, he maintained an
impelling sense of curiosity, constantly reaching out to meet new people
and learn new things. He lived his life with tremendous zest, grace and

Predeceased Ann Hagenzieker, his first wife and mother of his two
children, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joan Hagenzieker of
Rockport; a son, Peter and his wife Rachel of Fresno, Calif.; a daughter, Jane Ellen Williams and her children Glen and Nicholas of Alameda, Calif.; stepson
Daniel T. Marsh and his wife Jennifer and their two children, Cody and
Zachary of Dewitt, N.Y.; and stepson Timothy E. Marsh and his wife Cindy and their two children, Liam and Mackenzie of Bethlehem, Pa.; a brother, Frank Hagenzieker and his wife Ermine of Anloo, The Netherlands and Frank’s son Mark, also of The Netherlands; first cousin, Jim Hagenzieker of Old Saybrook, Ct.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 9 at the First
Congregational Church, Elm Street, Camden, the Rev. Kevin Pleas
officiating. A reception will follow at the church given by the Rockport
Garden Club. Interment will be a private, family service. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rockport Public Library: Marine
Room Fund, P.O. Box 8, Rockport, ME 04856 or to the Camden-Rockport Animal
Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856.

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Arlene Bennett Otis