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Tracy L. (Jernigan) Keefe, 7/6/2006
Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh, 10/29/2009
Richard W. Mitchell, 2/3/1995
Michael Murdock,
(Vermont College), 12/23/2014
Linda Elizabeth Speck
, 8/31/1997

Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh

Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh, 35, died on Oct. 29, 2009, as a result of an aerial collision over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.

Born in Waterville, Maine, Jan. 9, 1974, Leigh was a 1992 graduate of Messalonskee High School. Major Leigh graduated from Norwich with a bachelor’s degree in history. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Major Leigh was a 13-year veteran of the Marine Corps, having served in Atlanta and San Diego and two tours of duty in Iraq.

He is survived by his parents, David and Ann Leigh, of Belgrade, Maine; as well as two brothers, Andrew and his wife, Vanessa, and daughter Asha, of Freeport, Maine; and Philip, of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by two aunts and uncles, Robert and Ellen Metzgar, of Ada, Michigan, and Roger and Desi Leigh, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to one of the following: The Leigh Memorial Scholarship Fund, Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee Drive, Oakland, ME 04963; The Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211; or to The S. Carson Leigh Memorial Fund, Forest Hills High School, Jackman, ME 04917.

Michael Murdock

Michael Murdock, 63, of Montpelier, Vermont, died on Dec. 23, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Bill and Mildred Murdock. Michael attended schools in Massachusetts, Maine and Michigan, received his Bachelor of Arts from Vermont College and his Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Saint Michael's College.

Michael leaves his partner, Gale Slayton Harris, and her son, Clancy Harris; a brother and sister-in-law, James Murdock and Ginny Toner; a sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Larry Libby; a daughter, Culynn Murdock, stepdaughter Marin Bowman and her partner, Chris Winter; two grandchildren, Fiona and Shea Winter; three nieces, Jennifer and Liz Libby and Sara Murdock; and innumerable friends who loved him as much as he, with all of his huge heart, loved them.

Michael co-owned Charles River Movers in Boston, Massachusetts, with his brother Jamie for 25 years, followed by his work in Vermont as a substance abuse counselor. An accomplished musician and writer, Michael co-produced several CDs of his unique blend of original blues and folk music, laced with straightforward, often wry lyrics. He was an integral part of the Boston blues scene for many years and had three Vermont bands, Car Tunes, The Vermont All-Stars, and The Heckhounds. Michael will be remembered for his love of family, mentoring of many young musicians, his sardonic wit, creativity and generosity of spirit.

A celebration of his life is being planned; notice will be given. 


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