Donald J. McNaughton, 82: Awarded Catholic Man of the Year in 2001

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SCARBOROUGH — Donald J. McNaughton, 82, formerly of Portland, died Sept. 16 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough after a long illness.

Born in Portland on May 15, 1927, he was the son of Daniel A. and Rose (St. Croix) McNaughton.

In 1944, he graduated from Cheverus High School.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 10th counter intelligence corps, a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency.

While he was stationed in Japan as a counterintelligence agent in 1946, he met Emperor Hirohito and Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Following his discharge from the Army, he attended Georgetown University on the GI Bill and graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1950.

After turning down offers of a career in the Foreign Service, he returned to Portland to marry the love of his life, Evangeline Mary MacDonald, on June 24, 1950. They were happily married for 44 years until her untimely death in 1994.

For 33 years, he worked as a salesman and office manager for Graybar Electric Company in Portland.

Following his retirement, he enjoyed many activities, including annual drives to Florida with his wife, weekly rounds of golf, reading and daily walks to church.

He also volunteered for a number of organizations, including St. Joseph’s Manor, the Wayside Soup Kitchen, the World Affairs Council and the Japan-America Society.

A devout Catholic, he was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s in Portland. He served on the church’s first parish council and was a lector for over 35 years. In 2001, he received the Catholic Man of the Year Award from the Greater Portland Council of Catholic Men in recognition of his lifetime of service.

He was predeceased by his wife Evangeline, a brother, Roy McNaughton, and four sisters, Sister Anna McNaughton, RSM, Mary Divney, Agnes Hey and Margaret Beecher.

He is survived by three children, Anne E. Farley and her husband John of Westbrook, Michael J. McNaughton of St. Ignace, New Brunswick, and John F. McNaughton and his wife Joy of Portland; three grandchildren, Maisie and William McNaughton of St. Ignace, New Brunswick, and Nicholas S. Cantrell of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State S., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at St. Joseph’s Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Brigid Parish School, 695 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103.

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