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Phyllis Louise Rackliffe

Phyllis Louise Rackliffe, 86, died November 30, 2010, at the Penobscot Nursing Home. She was born in Blue Hill, January 2, 1924, the daughter of Wendell L. and Frances L. (Taber) Grindle.

She, along with her family, owned and operated the Rackliffe Pottery for 40 years. Phyllis enjoyed sewing and quilting as well as traveling and camping. She was the matriarch of the family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson. She was a member of the Eastern Star Irene Chapter O.E.S.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Philip, of Blue Hill; sons, Dennis Rackliffe and wife, Margaret, and David Rackliffe and wife, Joan, both of Blue Hill; daughter, Sheryl Whitmore and husband, Jonathan, of Auburn; grandchildren, Dana Rackliffe and wife, Kristen, Susan Keenan and husband, Scott, Erik Whitmore and wife, Katherine, Bruce Whitmore and wife, Maureen, David P. Rackliffe, Jody Rackliffe, Molly Judkins and husband, David, Amy Curtis and husband, Clint, and Catherine Kidney; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Knight and husband, Jedidiah, Jonathan Edward Whitmore, Boden and Madison Whitmore, Jacob and Abbie Keenan, Ethan, Jarod and Olivia Rackliffe, Deena, Holly, Lily, and Chloe Judkins, and Hilda and Howard Curtis; great-great-grandson, Chase Knight; brothers, Wendell Grindle Jr. and wife, Marlene, of Bucksport, and Robert T. Grindle and wife, Vivian, of Blue Hill; sister, Jane Anderson and husband, James, of Surry; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010, at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 141 South Street, Blue Hill, with the Rev. Rob McCall officiating.

Contributions in Phyllis’s memory may be made to George Stevens Academy, c/o Gym Fund, 23 Union Street, Blue Hill, 04614.

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John Joseph Jaquette



John Jaquette was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on August 30, 1918, and grew up in nearby Swarthmore. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 19, 2010, at the age of 92. John graduated from Haverford College in 1939 (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1941. During his studies at Harvard, John married Margaret Laura Leaf in Philadelphia on September 7, 1940, and they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

John treasured his time on Little Deer Isle. He first came to Maine when he was 1 year old. Each year the family trip to Little Deer Isle was an arduous one, with his mother taking four children from their home near Philadelphia by train and overnight steamer, finally landing by steamer at Eggemoggin. John grew up spending summers at the Jaquette cottage on the shores of Eggemoggin Reach, sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay and exploring the woods. After he and Margaret were married in 1940, they spent their honeymoon at the Jaquette cottage on Little Deer.

John’s summers on Little Deer Isle were interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned in April 1942 as an ensign at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, serving initially in the Aviation Supply Office. After being promoted to lieutenant, he was sent to Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, where he served as Logistics Planning Officer, ComAirPac (Advanced Base Planning), on the staff of Commander Air Force Pacific Fleet. Once he went with his admiral to brief Admiral Nimitz, and his boss said, “I’ve brought my brains along” to explain the plans. After the war was over, John returned to Swarthmore in November 1945. In February 1946, he moved to Hawaii with his wife, Margaret, and sons, David and Stratton. His son Peter was born in Honolulu.

John joined Hawaiian Telephone Company in 1949, where he rose rapidly from accountant to become vice president—finance and executive vice president. In 1970, he took employment with United Telecommunications (then United Utilities) in Kansas City, Mo., working with a former colleague from Hawaiian Telephone. He was initially vice-president and treasurer and subsequently executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was with United Telecommunications for five years before returning to Honolulu, where he opened an office of Associated Utility Services, performing consulting services and providing expert testimony in many utility rate cases around the country.

Travel from Hawaii to Maine was difficult and expensive for a young family in the 1950s and 60s. Nonetheless, John and his family were able to take several vacations to Maine during those years, when he was able to pass on his love of Little Deer Isle to his children. John was able to resume his annual visits to Maine in the late 1960s, and beginning in 1975 he spent entire summers on Little Deer.

John was an avid sailor, both in Honolulu, and in the waters of Penobscot Bay. He raced 12s and 17s out of Bucks Harbor Yacht Club, and after purchasing his boat, the Piper III, competed in the Round the Island race for many years, often with children and grandchildren as crew. John was also an enthusiastic golfer, and a long-time member of the Island Country Club. His first hole-in-one came on the sixth hole on his first shot of the summer.

For many years, John welcomed his children and grandchildren to Little Deer Isle every summer, sharing with them his love for sailing and exploring the woods. Spending the whole summer in Maine allowed him to visit more of the state, and one year, John and his wife climbed Mt. Katahdin. By 2006, however, the long trips from their home in Honolulu had become too difficult. John celebrated his 88th birthday and his 66th wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends at the Island Country Club and said farewell to Maine.

In late September 2010, John was diagnosed to have lung cancer, and this is what caused his rapid decline. All of his sons were able to spend time with him during his last month. He died peacefully at his home in Honolulu.

John Jaquette is survived by his wife, Margaret; by his three sons, David, Stratton, and Peter; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Services will be held on December 19, 2010, at the Honolulu Friends Meeting House.

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