Our Valued Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Jeffrey A. Forsythe Licensed Funeral Director/President

Jeff Forsythe often has to help his clients through some of the worst days of their lives. To be able to help families through their hardest times is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do is Jeff’s belief.

Jeff grew up in Fairfield, he left home at age 15 after his parents divorced and moved to Portland, where he supported himself working on the Portland fish docks and renting a room at the YMCA for $7 per week.

In Portland, Jeff met his future wife, Rhonda, and they eventually moved back to central Maine in 1987. He worked at Zimba Corp. and PepsiCo. while attending Thomas College and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Around that time Jeff also met his mentors Ed and Marilyn Gaunce, who at the time were co-owners of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home in Fairfield. He started working for them part time, and the Gaunces helped Jeff with his writing and communication skills.

In 1990 Jeff decided to go to mortuary school and enrolled in the New England Institute of Mortuary Science at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1992.

Jeff wanted to do something where he could help the community, it didn’t seem like a job to him. He just enjoyed helping people, and it was something that was not only a career for himself, but it was returning a favor to people who helped him through his childhood.

Jeff became manager of Lawry Brothers in 1995 and took over ownership in 1999.

Since then, he has acquired Wheeler’s Funeral Home, in Oakland; Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, in Augusta; Roberts Funeral Home, in Winthrop; and Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, in Gardiner.

Together they’re known as Family First Funeral Homes and Cremation Care.

Jeff was named the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Person of the Year for his continued dedication and service to the Central Maine Community.

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Justin K. Richardson Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager

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Lynn Roberts Reed Licensed Funeral Director

Lynn graduated from Winthrop High School in 1978, the University of Maine at Augusta in 1984, and FINE Mortuary School in 2007. She was Co-owner and President of Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service until 2018. Lynn is a Bereavement Facilitator, providing guidance to help children of all ages and their families understand death and the grieving process. Lynn and her brother, Leon, are the sixth generation in the family funeral service. She is active in the community and local schools and, upon request, offers workshops to local schools and organizations. She lives in Winthrop with her husband, Steve. In her free time she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

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Leon C. Roberts Licensed Funeral Director

Leon graduated from Winthrop High School in 1981, Arizona State University in 1985, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta in 1997. He was Co-owner and Vice-President of Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service until 2018. He is a member of the Maine Funeral Directors Association. Leon and his sister, Lynn, are the sixth generation in the family funeral service.

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David H. Kahl Licensed Funeral Director

David Kahl has been a licensed funeral director since 1985. He is a graduate of Garrett College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He joined Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in 1994, relocating from Maryland. He is active in the Augusta Rotary Club, participates in cycling events and supports the American Lung Association by riding in the Trek Across Maine and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.

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David A. Uhouse Licensed Funeral Director

David has been a Licensed Funeral Practitioner since 1974. A graduate of Simmons Mortuary College in Syracuse N.Y., he is a licensed funeral director in both Maine and New York. He joined Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in 1989. He is an active member of the Winthrop Lions Club and is also active in the community.

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Hugh H. LeMaster Licensed Funeral Director

Hugh H. LeMaster is a 1978 graduate of Monmouth Academy and a 1989 Magna Cum Laude graduate of The New England Institute of Applied Arts and Science where he received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. Hugh is a Licensed Funeral Director and has been a member of the Knowton Hewins Roberts Staff since 2005. He is a member of the Maine Funeral Directors Assoc. and a member of the board of directors of the Maine Cemetery Association, a Capt. with the Monmouth Fire Dept. where he has served for over 35 years, and president of the Monmouth cemetery association along with many other community involvements. Hugh's activities include, fishing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding.

Hugh and his wife Doris (Boisvert) LeMaster reside in Monmouth on the old LeMaster 1790's ancestral farm. They have a son, U.S. Marine SSGT Joseph R.P. LeMaster and a grandson, Joseph C.H.LeMaster

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Matthew J. Rooney Licensed Funeral Practitioner Trainee

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Robin A. DesJardins Office Manager

Robin joined the Knowlton Hewins & Roberts staff in 2013 as full time Office Manager.

Robin and her husband Ed live in Readfield. Robin enjoys living on the lake and outdoor activities such as, swimming, kayaking, ice skating and snowshoeing.

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Ralph Butts Maintenance/Grounds

Jeffrey A. Forsythe

Licensed Funeral Director/President
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Jeff Forsythe often has to help his clients through some of the worst days of their lives. To be able to help families through their hardest times is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do is Jeff’s belief.

Jeff grew up in Fairfield, he left home at age 15 after his parents divorced and moved to Portland, where he supported himself working on the Portland fish docks and renting a room at the YMCA for $7 per week.

In Portland, Jeff met his future wife, Rhonda, and they eventually moved back to central Maine in 1987. He worked at Zimba Corp. and PepsiCo. while attending Thomas College and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Around that time Jeff also met his mentors Ed and Marilyn Gaunce, who at the time were co-owners of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home in Fairfield. He started working for them part time, and the Gaunces helped Jeff with his writing and communication skills.

In 1990 Jeff decided to go to mortuary school and enrolled in the New England Institute of Mortuary Science at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1992.

Jeff wanted to do something where he could help the community, it didn’t seem like a job to him. He just enjoyed helping people, and it was something that was not only a career for himself, but it was returning a favor to people who helped him through his childhood.

Jeff became manager of Lawry Brothers in 1995 and took over ownership in 1999.

Since then, he has acquired Wheeler’s Funeral Home, in Oakland; Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, in Augusta; Roberts Funeral Home, in Winthrop; and Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, in Gardiner.

Together they’re known as Family First Funeral Homes and Cremation Care.

Jeff was named the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Person of the Year for his continued dedication and service to the Central Maine Community.

Justin K. Richardson

Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager
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Lynn Roberts Reed

Licensed Funeral Director
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Lynn graduated from Winthrop High School in 1978, the University of Maine at Augusta in 1984, and FINE Mortuary School in 2007. She was Co-owner and President of Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service until 2018. Lynn is a Bereavement Facilitator, providing guidance to help children of all ages and their families understand death and the grieving process. Lynn and her brother, Leon, are the sixth generation in the family funeral service. She is active in the community and local schools and, upon request, offers workshops to local schools and organizations. She lives in Winthrop with her husband, Steve. In her free time she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Leon C. Roberts

Licensed Funeral Director
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Leon graduated from Winthrop High School in 1981, Arizona State University in 1985, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta in 1997. He was Co-owner and Vice-President of Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service until 2018. He is a member of the Maine Funeral Directors Association. Leon and his sister, Lynn, are the sixth generation in the family funeral service.

David H. Kahl

Licensed Funeral Director
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David Kahl has been a licensed funeral director since 1985. He is a graduate of Garrett College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He joined Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in 1994, relocating from Maryland. He is active in the Augusta Rotary Club, participates in cycling events and supports the American Lung Association by riding in the Trek Across Maine and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.

David A. Uhouse

Licensed Funeral Director
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David has been a Licensed Funeral Practitioner since 1974. A graduate of Simmons Mortuary College in Syracuse N.Y., he is a licensed funeral director in both Maine and New York. He joined Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in 1989. He is an active member of the Winthrop Lions Club and is also active in the community.

Hugh H. LeMaster

Licensed Funeral Director
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Hugh H. LeMaster is a 1978 graduate of Monmouth Academy and a 1989 Magna Cum Laude graduate of The New England Institute of Applied Arts and Science where he received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. Hugh is a Licensed Funeral Director and has been a member of the Knowton Hewins Roberts Staff since 2005. He is a member of the Maine Funeral Directors Assoc. and a member of the board of directors of the Maine Cemetery Association, a Capt. with the Monmouth Fire Dept. where he has served for over 35 years, and president of the Monmouth cemetery association along with many other community involvements. Hugh's activities include, fishing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding.

Hugh and his wife Doris (Boisvert) LeMaster reside in Monmouth on the old LeMaster 1790's ancestral farm. They have a son, U.S. Marine SSGT Joseph R.P. LeMaster and a grandson, Joseph C.H.LeMaster

Matthew J. Rooney

Licensed Funeral Practitioner Trainee
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Robin A. DesJardins

Office Manager
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Robin joined the Knowlton Hewins & Roberts staff in 2013 as full time Office Manager.

Robin and her husband Ed live in Readfield. Robin enjoys living on the lake and outdoor activities such as, swimming, kayaking, ice skating and snowshoeing.

Ralph Butts

Maintenance/Grounds
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