A Respected Maine Retailer has Died 

A respected Maine retailer who built a retail clothing store into a 14-store chain in Maine has died after a long illness.Eighty-three-year-old Robert Reny senior passed away yesterday.Reny started his first store in 1949 in Damariscotta.Employees at the Ellsworth Reny’s say they were saddened by the news of his death.Store Manager Nick Tripp says Reny had a huge impact on anyone who met him.” You hear the term larger than life personality and he certainly fit that bill quite well. He was a very good man and had a great personality to go with it.”Governor John Baldacci also released a statement, praising Reny for his long-standing efforts to promote Maine businesses in the Statehouse.