We celebrate the lives of those who have gone on before us and have taught us how to live our – DASH –
We celebrate the life of Steven R. Westcott, 71, of Rye, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.
He was born in Providence, R.I. on Sept. 15, 1948, a son of the late Harry S. and Jane (Reynolds) Westcott.
Raised in South Kingston, R.I., he went on to have a successful career as an IT analyst and consultant for several fortune 500 companies. After retiring in 2018 he worked for Phillips Exeter Academy as the Boat House Manager. Steve called this his “dream job.”
Steve was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth and Appalachian Mountain Club. In 2012 he earned his pilot’s license and became a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He also enjoyed hiking, skiing, sailing and wood working.
Surviving family members include his wife of 52 years, Jeanne (Dugan) Westcott of Rye; daughters, Colleen Westcott of Hampton and Heather Westcott of Danvers, Mass.; siblings, Judi Westcott, David Westcott and Lee Iverson; and grandchildren, Jonathan Carrigan and Alyssa and Brayden Tucker.
We celebrate the life of Sylvia May Bartlett, 94 of Rye, who passed away peacefully in her own home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Born in Bangor, Maine, on November 20, 1925, she was the daughter of Jotham and Gertrude Lane.
She is survived by her brother, Marlin Lane and his wife Patricia; daughter, Karen Blaisdell and her husband, John; son, John Bartlett and his partner, Joette MacKenzie; son, Richard Bartlett and his wife, Lynne; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.
Sylvia grew up in Lincoln, Maine and during school break at Mattanawcook Academy she made uniforms for soldiers at a Vassalboro woolen mill. She attended UMO, then worked at Dow AFB where she met her husband, John Donaldson Bartlett, a USAF Master sergeant. Moving to Rye in 1960, her civil service continued at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and then for the Social Security Administration. Upon retiring Sylvia enjoyed traveling, writing poetry and being an active member of the First United Methodist Church, in Portsmouth.
Kittery, ME – Barbara Whittemore Millar, age 103, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at her home.
She was born on June 20, 1916 in Plymouth, NH. Her parents were Hazel Bowles Whittemore and Raymond Lee Whittemore, both of Plymouth, NH.
Barbara attended Baker River School, Plymouth High School and Plymouth State University, formerly known as Plymouth Normal School. She taught at Salmon Hole School in Lisbon, NH and Lisbon Elementary School from 1937 – 1944. She then taught at Claremont, NH schools from 1944-1947. She taught 1st grade at Atlantic Heights, Lafayette, and Sherburne schools in Portsmouth, NH from 1949-1976 when she retired from teaching.
Barbara is survived by 11 nieces and nephews: Rebecca Irvine (Keith), William Millar (Susan), Samuel W. Johnson (Susan), Anne Heinig (Christopher), Elizabeth Howard Morehead, Sally Aseltine (David), Peter Howard (Janis), Daniel Millar (Laurie), James Howard (Ann), Lynn Richards (Mark), and Sally Reilly. She had 20 grand nieces and nephews and their spouses and 32 great grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Arlene W. Johnson and nephews David Howard and John David Millar.
She married James S. Millar of Plymouth, NH in July of 1947. They first lived in Boston, MA and moved to Portsmouth in 1949 where they resided until Jim’s death in 1996. Barbara sold her home on Thaxter Rd in Portsmouth and moved to Kittery Estates in 2009. Barbara and Jim enjoyed summers at their cottage on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH from 1953 – 1993, entertaining family and friends.
Barbara was active in the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth where she taught Sunday School and was the first woman trustee. She was a member of the Seacoast Retired Teachers Association, the Portsmouth Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and other professional associations. At Kittery Estates, she served on the hospitality committee. Her hobbies included braiding rugs, knitting, crewel embroidery, traveling, especially to family in Ireland, and attending concerts. She held the Boston Post Cane honor for Kittery, Maine since March 1, 2019.