Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Ezra Lape Isaacson

October 11, 1991August 4, 2019

Portland, ME- Ezra Lape Isaacson, 27, of Portland, ME, died Sunday, August 4, 2019. He was born October 11, 1991 in Lewiston, ME. His family shares this announcement: “Our beautiful son died in his sleep on August 4th. He went to bed with every intention of waking up in the morning. He was a truly loving, generous, talented, and kind person. He helped so many in need and his compassion for others was deep and unending. He had the most beautiful smile and his laughter could make your own face crack open. He came from a very musical family and he loved aspects of nearly every kind of music. He played several instruments but mostly he was a great supporter of the other musicians in his family. His deep gift of compassion served him well when he worked as a CNA. It enabled him to connect with and understand the struggle of others in their need for assistance. The people he cared for trusted and adored him. As he moved on to become a greeter at the CAT Ferry Service in Portland last summer, he beamed in his uniform and official name tag. His infectious smile was the warm greeting that most people saw when they decided to take a ferry ride to Nova Scotia and back again to Portland. He loved the idea that his maternal grandparents had moved from Nova Scotia to Maine, more than a century ago. He hoped to take the CAT there himself someday. That dream and many others will sadly never be possible now. His parents and his brother intend to live their lives with joyful gratitude for the time that they had with him. He leaves behind too many people to mention individually. He is survived by his parents, Kris Isaacson Lape and Jamie Isaacson, and his beloved brother Graham and Graham’s wife Ashley and Graham’s daughter Aurora Skye Isaacson. He was deeply loved by his mother’s siblings, Holly Lord, Gretchen Lape (Howard Youngstein), Martha MacDougal (deceased August 2018) (Jeffrey MacDougal), Chip Lape (Lori), and Mandy Lape-Freeberg (Bruce Freeberg) and his father’s siblings Margie Goldberg (Gary Goldberg), Tommy Isaacson (Emily Woodbury), and Donnie Isaacson (Rocky DeRocher) and their entire families. We cherish the knowledge that his story, his life, his kindness will live-on affecting so many through the power of his kind acts and his deep affection for others. His life and even his death have taught us, once again, the importance of caring for everyone. He will be missed and never forgotten.” A service for Ezra will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at First Parish in Portland Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street. The family will sit Shiva on Friday night, August 16th, at their home at 6pm. Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Ezra’s online guest book.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of these programs; https://www.preblestreet.org/what-we-do/teen-services/teen-center/




  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Shiva Friday, August 16, 2019


Ezra Lape Isaacson

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dan ross

August 15, 2019

we are so deeply saddened by your loss. I remember so well your sharing how much your son loved his dog and guitar and was enjoying the peace of your home that night we went to dinner. you can see the warmth in his eyes in the photo. Although we never had the privilege of meeting Ezra, we know by just knowing you guys, how many times you all enjoyed laughter, music and shared beautiful memories.
Jamie and Kris, you are in our thoughts
sadly, dan and phyllis ross

Janet Perry

August 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss of Ezra! I remember Ezra as a kind and sweet student. My daughter, Marissa, said that she had just recently seen Ezra in Portland and that he had run up to give her a hug! My heart is hurting for the loss of Ezra and for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️💔

Tim and Donna Mills

August 12, 2019

Ezra will be dearly missed.
With all our love and prayers,
Tim and Donna Mills

Frannie Davis

August 11, 2019

Kris, Jamie and Graham:
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Please know that our hearts are with you and that we share your sorrow at the loss of Ezra. Although we can't be with you Thursday, we are with you in spirit and send copious amounts of love your way.
frannie and jed

Sarah Isaacson

August 9, 2019

To me, Ezra was a beautiful little spirit. There was a shy, quiet smile. An old soul. Wearing the tie for family holidays quite righteously! Mom let her do this despite her own craving for pretty dresses. Blessed then and even now. ❤️

Kymberlee Stallard

August 9, 2019

I regret not getting to know him, more than what I did. Not many people possess the ability to make someone smile..just from posting a photo on a social media page. I’ll think of you often, my friend. And I hope that when the time comes, I can hug you just as tightly as I always wanted to.

Cassidy Motionless

August 9, 2019

I had never actually met Ezra, but he and my bestfriend Troy were good friends. I remember one time Troy was spending the night at Ezras and I could hear Ezra singing in the background so I messaged him on facebook telling him to sing it louder for the people in the back, he got a kick out of it. I could tell what an amazing, kind soul he was just from knowing him through a friend. Rest in peace angel. 😇

John Duncan

August 9, 2019

I too sat on the stoop with Kristi and met Ezra there. At the time I was kinda documenting the “Stoop” and photographing passers by and we met just after I read “Becoming Nicole” so Ezra gave me so much added insight into the transgender process and the struggles it can entail. He loved Jack so much! Our contact was not so frequent the last year or so but I would always follow his postings and it was amazing to see hie process during that time! He will be sadly missed by many whose lives he touched!

Kristi Vanderschaegen

August 9, 2019

In 2017 I had just moved to Portland not use to city life had no friends here I would sit on my stoop and watch everything going on and one day ez walked by with Jack I randomly said hi to a stranger knowing he was a good person. From there on out we became best friends I would cook him dinner all the time I would torture him with my dumb movies we would laugh sometimes cry but all he was always there for me as I was for him. His laugh was so contagious I would start laughing so hard I would fall over and only ez knows what I'm talking about.He will always be my forever Portland Friend!!

Jill Schroeder

August 6, 2019

Ezra was always such a bizarre hilarious person. I loved being his friend for the time that our lives where connected. From spending all hours awake in his basement with our little crew of Bryanna Ezra Carrie and I to hanging out at the Augusta marketplace. I remember on my 14th birthday my dad pretended to be a father to 5 of us, Ezra included and we went and got piercings together (sorry Jamie and kris I’m sure that one will go over well, but hey it made a hell of a story for us, please don’t be too mad) we used to be really crazy kids and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
I wish we stayed connected through life, I would have loved to learn who he was as an adult. It hurts to write this and it hurts to loose a friend, Ezra if you can feel this message from beyond ; hug my dad and Bryanna for me. I hope you guys raise some hell up there. My heart is full of holes that I couldn’t even imagine wanting to fill.
Kris, Jamie, Graham, I know we don’t know each other well but I am so sorry, this is a great loss we feel together and I hope the love shared can bring you strength. It’s going to take a lot of time and things can never be the same, the world is ever changing and sometimes it moves too fast.
Let’s all remember to be easy with ourselves <3

I know this photo attached is old and maybe a little gross but hey what can I say? That’s just how we where and I love this photo because it brings me back to that day