Donna Jean Carr, 63: Caring doctor and public servant

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PORTLAND — Dr. Donna Jean Carr, 63, of Portland, died on Oct. 25 in Portland.

She was born Oct. 6, 1948 in Newton, Mass., daughter of Ernest W. Gonyer and Eunice Gonyar Pollard.

Carr attended Smith College and in 1986 graduated from the University of New England’s osteopathic medicine program. She completed her residency at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. and specialized in family medicine and obstetrics from 1989 until her death. She worked at Downeast Women’s Health and Mercy Primary Care in Portland, was a clinical instructor at the Family Practice Residency Clinic for Maine Medical Center, and volunteered as a physician at the Portland Free Clinic. An astute clinician and caring doctor, she loved practicing medicine.

She was also a committed public servant, serving as the District 3 representative to the Portland City Council from 2004 to 2007.
Carr was predeceased by her father Ernest. She is survived by her mother, Eunice Pollard of Largo, Fla.; husband, Cpt. John A. Cannon of the Portland Fire Department; her children Heddy and Jonathan Carr, both of Washington, D.C.; her sister Pamela Gonyer of Greenfield, Mass.; her twin sister Diane Esser and her husband Wilson Roberts of Greenfield, Mass.; her brother Bradford W. Gonyer and his wife Jacqueline of Taunton, Mass.; as well as numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Her family wishes to thank the staff of the Gibson Pavilion at Maine Medical Center and Hospice of Southern Maine.
Visiting hours were held Oct. 28 and 29 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Birth Roots, 101 State St., Portland, ME 04101-3720.

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