Scarborough, ME -- On January 1, 2015 William Joseph O'Rourke passed away in his sleep after a brief illness. He was surrounded by family and friends. Billy will be remembered as a wonderful father, brother, grandfather and friend. Born in Quincy, MA in 1949, Bill had an amazing life. The eldest of eight brothers and sisters, Bill was thought of as a father figure for his siblings and introduced them to a multitude of hobbies.
An avid sailor, Bill was often on his sailboat "Natural Mystic", named after a favorite Bob Marley song. His next greatest passion was skiing, though he also loved his Harley, skateboarding, and painting. Bill was a great artist and a true free spirit.
Bill worked his college years with underprivileged children at Project Place in Boston and was a graduate of Boston State College. After college, he sold yearbooks, meat, and even owned his own lobster boat. Bill found his true passion when he started his own private investigation business over twenty years ago. He was an excellent private eye and his services were used throughout the state- the dedication and attention he showed to his cases exemplified the kind of man he was. There will never be another man like Billy O.
More than anything Bill will be remembered as a great father and friend. He was the most loving, kind, thoughtful and fun father his sons, Paul and John, could have asked for. He taught them to be adventurous, passionate, and spontaneous, but more than that he taught them lessons of integrity and honesty. Bill was this kind of man in the close relationships he had with his parents and siblings, and loved to see his ever-growing family throughout the years. The hundreds of photos throughout his house displayed the pride Bill had in his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, children and grandchild.
Billbo is survived by his two children, his son Paul and his wife Emily, his son John; his granddaughter Emilia, his ex-wife Joan Cella; his mother Adelaide, his three brothers, Michael, Paul and Sean; his three sisters, Kathy, Ginny, Nancy and Chrissy, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind numerous family and friends. Bill was pre-deceased by his father William, and his sister Patty, and his dog Snoop.
Bill's family would like to thank everyone for their love and support, especially those who cared for and visited with him over the last month. The family will be holding a Celebration of Life, on Sunday January 4th from 12:00-5:00 at The Centerboard Yacht Club 271 Front Street, South Portland, Maine 04106.
Portland, ME – Eileen V. (Knisley) Davis, 95, passed away at her home in Portland on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Eileen was born in Brookville, PA in 1919, the daughter of the late Clyde and Ima Knisely. She graduated from Brookville High School.
Before moving to Maine in 1984, Eileen lived in Florida where she was employed by the US Postal Service. She served as a supervisor and as Postmaster at the Post Offices in Hobe Sound and Estero, FL.
Eileen enjoyed doing art work, both painting and wood carving. Always interested in wildlife, she made sure the squirrels, chipmunks and chickadees were well fed in the winter; she also knew the names of most of the trees in the forest.
Eileen is survived by her brother, Dean Knisley and her son Robert Mognet and his wife Judith of West Palm Beach, FL; she also leaves four grandchildren, Christopher Spaulding of Windham, Virgina Sapulding of Raymond, Daryl Maclaren of Los Feliz, CA and Isaac and Sunita Mognet of Los Angeles, CA, as well as six great grandchildren, Ethan Courtney, Emma, Casey, Payson and Jimmy.
She will be missed by all.
Portland, ME -- Paul David Yankowsky, 67, died unexpectedly at his home on December 16, 2014. He was born October 7, 1947 in Portland, Maine, the son of Oscar and Bernice Yankowsky.
Paul graduated from Portland High School in 1965. He then attended the University of Maine, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Sociology. Paul married Sharon Ann Swain in 1970, and they settled in their home in South Portland, where they raised their three children.
He was a semi-retired taxi driver in Portland. He loved bowling, movies, the Boston Red Sox, and attending Portland Sea Dogs baseball games. His passion was poetry. He loved reciting his own poems, as well as those written by other poets. Paul was especially fond of writing and reciting poems about nature and people. He wrote over 250 poems in the last 10 years, and could recite them from memory at any given occasion. Some of his poems have been included in several publications.
Paul is survived by his wife, Sharon Yankowsky; his son Brian Yankowsky; his daughter LoriAnn Holmes and husband Keith; daughter Michelle Yankowsky; granddaughter Rebecca Anne Holmes; his brother Oscar “Mickey” Yankowsky; his sisters Roberta Bailey and Beverly Tyler and husband Warren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Autism Society of Maine
72 Main Street
Winthrop, ME 04364
Scarborough, ME -- H. Wayne Rogers, 89, of Portland, died on December 21, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, Maine, after living what he called a "blessed & charmed life". He deeply cherished his family and friends.
Wayne was born Homer Wayne Rogers on July 28, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest son of Homer E. and Edna (Zech) Rogers. After graduation from Redford High School he joined the Army Air Corps and earned his pilot’s wings – an experience he would recount fondly throughout his life. Upon honorable discharge from the service he married his sweetheart, Martha Elizabeth Vargha, and went on to earn a degree in engineering from Michigan State College.
In 1949 Wayne started a career with Chrysler Corporation that would span over 30 years. His work in fleet sales led to many transfers to offices across the country – San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Detroit and New York . Over the years he & Marty, with their growing family, moved many times – making lifelong friends wherever they lived. Early retirement from Chrysler in 1980 was followed by several years with GELCO (now GE Capital Financial Services) before he and Marty retired for good – moving to Hendersonville, NC. In later years, they moved again to Sun City West, AZ and used their leisure time to enjoy many cross-country & overseas trips – seeing old friends, new sights and keeping in touch with family. They moved to Portland, Maine in 2006 to be closer to family and spent many happy years together until Martha’s death in 2013.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 66 years. He is survived by his two brothers & their wives, Robert & Nancy Rogers of Marietta, Georgia, and Richard & Ruth Rogers of Naperville, Illinois; his brother-in-law & his wife, Louis & Maite Vargha of La Rode, France; his three daughters & sons-in-law, Susan & Joseph Cook of Westbrook, Carol & Al Gauper of Spokane, Washington, and Janet & David Chodos of Brighton, Michigan; his grandchildren, Meghan & Brian Jones of Beaverton, Oregon, Michael Chodos & fiancée, Emily Kuehn, of Boston, Massachusetts, Lindsey & Dan Cronin of Spokane, Washington, William Chodos & Caitlin Gibbons of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Alex Gauper & fiancée, Nicole Johnson, of Seattle, Washington, and Ben Chodos of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and their respective families.
Wayne’s family would like to thank all of the caregivers & friends who provided support and encouragement over the past several months – particularly friends from the Woods at Canco, Pastor David Alvord, Nancy Houlihan, Dr. Peter Emery, Dr. Paul McGrath, Dr. Hedlund, Jaime Fairfield, Dr. Agren, Dr. Wrona, VNA Home Health & Lifestages and the staff & volunteers at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn Street, Portland. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Cremation and Funeral Services, Portland, Maine. His ashes will be interred alongside his wife at White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy, Michigan at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, Maine 04074 or the First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn Street, Portland, ME 04103.
South Portland, ME - Pauline Marie Hahn, 60, of South Portland died at home Friday, December 19, 2014 following a long illness.
She was born in Rumford, the second of seven children of Alyre Joseph and Claire Marie (Michaud) Richard. She attended Rumford schools and earned a B.A. in Medical Technology in 1976 from the University of Maine. Upon graduation, she was hired by Mercy Hospital in Portland where she worked until shortly before her death attaining the position of senior technologist.
She was predeceased by her mother and an older sister, Venise Van Tassel. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Russell Hahn of South Portland; her father in Portland; three brothers, Maurice Richard of South Portland, Raymond Richard of Portland and Emile Richard and wife Rita Cantor of Gorham ,and two sisters: Elaine Boyd and husband Jeff of Rochester, NH, and Christine Reed and husband Eric of Exeter, NH.
There will be no funeral service per the wishes of the deceased.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
The Cancer Community Center of South Portland
778 Main St.
South Portland, ME 04106.