’ His answer was, ‘MLB player.’ They asked, ‘What do you want to do in life? He said, ‘No, that is my goal.’” Nick could throw a baseball. If one of his best friends, or a teammate, was picking on some scrawny kid from his English class, he would stick up for them.” Ashley Newell loved her job as a waitress at Sebago Brewing Co.He was a standout athlete at Poland High School and would pitch two years for Ed Flaherty at the University of Southern Maine, in 20, after transferring from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She never overlooked a single customer, always stopping to ask each person how his or her day was or to compliment a stranger.“He really wanted to learn about you no matter who you were or what your background was,” she said.Born into a Massachusetts family of boys, Mark was a devout fan of New England sports teams.Loved it.” Even more than sports, Mark treasured holidays and their traditions.When the Berglund children were born, he went to great lengths to make those traditions bigger and the celebrations better. The tree was decorated with ornaments from Mark’s own childhood, and the movie “A Christmas Story” would always be playing in the background.He spent every Christmas alone after 2011 because he couldn’t kick the alcohol and prescription drug habits he acquired after his surgeries.
His wife, Dee Berglund, described Mark as “the fun one.” He could talk to anyone about anything, she said, and that’s what made him so good at his customer service jobs at Time Warner and Fair Point Communications.
“She had the most (trouble) I’ve seen one human endure in my life, but yet she maintained and loved life more than anybody.” Alcohol was Ashley’s worst addiction.
Drugs followed, when a boyfriend in Portland introduced her to heroin.
At one point she had achieved more than two years of sobriety before relapsing.
Shortly before her death at 28, she left a sober-living house and moved in with her boyfriend.