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Patricia May "Patty" Dyer, 59

FREEPORT — Patricia May "Patty" Dyer, 59, of Freeport passed away on March 10, 2014 at her home with family by her side. She was born on August 4, 1954, in Portland, a daughter of Calvin Roy Dyer Sr. and Anne (Ellis) Dyer. She grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland High School.

After high school, Patty began her first of three careers, being recruited to play professional womens' basketball for the All-American Redheads. After her playing days, she began her work caring for the elderly and dying as an L.P.N. in nursing homes. She later went back to school, completing her undergraduate degree in psychology and master's in social work, both at the University of New England. With that education, she most recently worked as a family therapist, which she practiced with exceptional clarity and cleverness. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Freeport Counseling Center and the Thomas Means Club in Freeport.

Patty was a smart, strategic thinker. She was intuitively keen, a person of tremendous courage and selflessness; she was willing to lay her life down for others. She was strong minded and open hearted. Serving others was one of her most deeply felt needs. Patty was a person of many talents. She could sew or quilt anything and had an exquisite sense of color. She also had an excellent mechanical mind and could build or fix anything.

Patty was predeceased by her parents and four of her brothers; Calvin R. Dyer, Jr, Wilbert G. Dyer, Jesse J. Dyer and Albert F. Dyer. She is survived by her companion of nearly 20 years, Phoebe Prosky as well as her siblings; Allen Dyer, Marjorie Sirois, Betty Sirois and her husband Albert, Donna Hildreth and her husband John Gibson and Rose Robbins. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to celebrate her life on Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral & Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Patty's memory to:

Lung Cancer Foundation of America

15 South Franklin Street

New Ulm, MN 56073

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:48

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Craig D. McPherson Jr., 26

PORTLAND — Craig D. McPherson Jr., 26, beloved son of Kelley Gallant and Craig D. McPherson, Sr. passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident, March 9, 2014. Craig was born on June 8, 1987.3-13-14-obit-mcpherson

Besides his parents, Craig is survived by his partner, Jonathan Flewelling, whom he loved with all his heart, his stepfather, David Gallant, his siblings, Denny Hamrick, Alex McPherson, Christine McPherson, Jenny McPherson, Tammy Southard, Teresa McPherson, Nichole Hamrick, Justine Hamrick and Josh Gallant, his grandparents, Glenda McCarron and Roger Bernier, his many aunts and uncles, including two special aunts, Kasey Hall and Susie Young, many cousins and nieces and nephews.

He had many, many great friends who were also part of his family.

Craig worked at Hannaford Bros. for 10 years, his last position was the assistant manager of customer service at the Windham store.

Craig was smart, outspoken, compassionate, the best sense of humor ever and very much loved.

Visiting hours will be Friday, March 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a memorial service from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral & Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME, 04102. Please come celebrate Craig's life with us. To offer condolences and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:49

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Santina "Sunny" Olson, 91

Portland — Santina "Sunny" Olson, 91, of Portland passed away on February 23, 2014 at home, surrounded by family.2-26-14-obit-Olson

She was born on July 17, 1922 a daughter of Philip and Louise (Dognetta) Tirabassi. She grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland High School.

Sunny worked in various capacities including on the Liberty Ships during WWII, at the Pentagon and in New York City. She had many interests and loves in her life. She was a tremendous seamstress and also enjoyed cooking and crafts and taking many day trips. She was a part of the mother's club at Sacred Heart and volunteered at the voting polls at the Portland Expo. She also spent time with the Beacon Club as part of the Iris Network. Most important to her, however, was her love of her family and spending as much time with them as possible. Her family meant everything to her.

Sunny was predeceased by her parents, her husband James A. Olson Jr. and siblings Samuel Tirabassi, Mary Sullivan, Susie Tirabassi, Ernestine Tirabassi, Rico Tirabassi, Frank Tirabassi and Amelia Heath.

She is survived by her children, James L. Olson of Windham and Naples, FL, Madaline C. Jewell and her husband Tom of Portland and Robin Johnson and her husband Jerry of Portland. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael Jewell and his wife Kelly Anne, Tyler Johnson and his wife Caroline, Theresa Jewell and her partner Sara, one great-granddaugher, Amelia Rose Jewell and a sister, Elizabeth Dupre.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. Prayers will be held at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 72 Federal St. Portland. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com

In lieu of flowers , please consider donations in Sunny's memory to: The Iris Network, 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:38

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John Walter Gillis, 72

John Walter Gillis: Sept. 24, 1941 — Feb. 16, 20142-18-14-obit-gillis
John Walter Gillis was born on September 24, 1941, to James and Grace Gillis in Cambridge, Mass., and grew up in Middleboro, Mass. He was a 1958 graduate of Middleboro High School. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as an x-ray technician and recruiter.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, as well as his siblings and their spouses Grace and Donald Costa, Michael Gillis, Bobby Willis, Bill Genson, and James and Kathy Gillis.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda (McGuire) Gillis, and his children and their spouses Theresa Gillis, Kathleen and Dennis Dobecki, Timothy Gillis, and Colleen and Scott Pereira, and his grandchildren Molly and Ethan Hibler; Lindsay, Madison, Alexander and Hannah Dobecki; Anna, Dylan and Owen Gillis; and Evan, Haley and Eliza Pereira; and his siblings and their spouses Terri and Tino DiGiovanni, Patricia Willis, Rose Teixeira, Kate Genson, Bob Gillis and Liz Lynch, Richard and Kim Gillis, Chuck Gillis, Lynne Gillis, and Bill and Denise Gillis, and in-laws Ronald McGuire, James McGuire, and Michael and Diane McGuire, as well as an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins, and kin.
John Gillis was a man of amazing faith — in himself, in others, and in the human capacity for kindness, forgiveness, and love. After retiring from the Air Force, he started his own business as a negotiator of medical claims, but his real work was in ministry. He spent much of his time volunteering in hospitals, nursing homes, and with the Kairos prison ministry program, sharing his faith and helping others find theirs. In the last days of his life, he was planning a retreat and had inquired about being a hospice volunteer.
John loved spending time at family gatherings and the sporting events of his grandchildren, and in quiet morning meditation and prayer.
After being diagnosed with cancer a year ago, he said, "There is no way to convey how God has covered me in His Mantle of Love. I am very comfortable with all that is happening to me."
John continues his journey in the peace and freedom of Heaven, and watches over his loved ones with a daily presence exhibited in the beauty of nature and on the faces of those he touched.
Viewing hours are Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland. Interment with military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: My Brother's Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 23:46

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