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    Painter Dahlov Ipcar, shown in her Georgetown studio in 2015, died Feb. 10 at age 99. Ipcar was best known for wildly colorful, kaleidoscopic paintings of farm animals and exotic creatures from the plains and jungles of Africa. Her art career spanned many styles and expressions, and it began at a very young age. She was the daughter of well-known modernist artists William and Marguerite Zorach.

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    Daniel G. Lilley, for decades one of Maine’s most prominent and effective criminal defense attorneys, died March 11 at age 79.

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    A motorcycle trip that Robert Pirsig and his 11-year-old son, Chris, made through the Northwest in 1968 is the basis for "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Pirsig, 88, dies in April at his South Berwick home.

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    Dr. Henry F. Ryan, a longtime Maine chief medical examiner, is shown on the set of the movie "Thinner," in which he played a bit part as a medical examiner. He died May 21 at age 78. As chief medical examiner, he conducted hundreds of autopsies, testified at hundreds of murder trials, and was described by Maine’s attorney general as “a force of nature in the forensic world.”

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    Frank Anicetti, the owner of the Kennebec Fruit Company in Lisbon Falls who launched the town's Moxie Festival, died May 22. Anicetti was remembered by townspeople as a larger-than-life character who could talk to anyone, spoke bluntly, believed that there must be life in outer space, and actually liked the taste of Moxie. He also earned his place in literary history by showing up as a character in the Stephen King novel “11/22/63.”

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    DeWitt Hardy, an internationally known watercolorist from York County, died July 8 at age 77. Hardy, who lived in South Berwick, was a noted figurative watercolorist. He did 17 one-man shows in New York City and his artwork is represented in 42 museums, including the British Museum, the Smithsonian, the Cleveland Museum and the San Francisco Museum.

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    Dick MacPherson, shown in 2009, who was head coach of the New England Patriots in 1991-92 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died Aug. 8 at age 86. MacPherson was a native of Old Town.

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    The longtime executive director of the Forest Society of Maine, Alan Hutchinson played a role in conserving more than 1 million acres in Maine. He died Aug. 27 at age 70. Hutchinson was an avid outdoorsman who worked for 24 years as a wildlife biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife before becoming the Forest Society of Maine’s first executive director in 1997.

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    Ed Phillips, a Deering High grad who pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1970, died Sept. 20 at age 73. Phillips attended Colby College before being drafted by the Red Sox in 1966. He pitched in 18 games in relief for Boston in 1970, his only season in the major leagues.

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    Dave Cloutier starred at Gardiner High School and the University of Maine, and was the first Maine native to play for the New England Patriots. He played for one season – 1964. Cloutier died Nov. 6 at 78.

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    This portrait of former Mayor Linda Abromson hangs in Portland City Council Chambers at City Hall. She died Nov. 30. Abromson served on the Portland school board and City Council in the 1970s and ’80s, and remained engaged in city affairs, the arts and education.

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