Herbert E. 'Spike' Stinson, 70: Devoted husband, father

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Herbert E. “Spike” Stinson, 70, died from cancer May 17, surrounded by his loving family at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

Born in Bangor on Oct. 15, 1940, he was raised by Archibauld and Ellenor Mishio in Portland, where he attended local schools.

In 1957 he enlisted in the National Guard and was stationed at Fort Dicks, N.J. and in Portland.

After the service he worked at Uncle Andy’s bakery where he met his future wife, Mildred Richards.

In 1977 he opened Stinson’s bakery, which provided him a schedule to spend quality time with his family.

His greatest joy in life was being a husband and a father, and delighted in attending his childrens’ sporting events and hosting family cookouts.

He was active in the community, and sponsored many local Little League baseball teams.

After retiring, he enjoyed taking care of his grandson Nicholas, going to weekend yard sales, lounging in the sun, and taking romantic picnics at Spring Point with his wife.

A perfect day for him would including working on a project with his son Bob, supporting his son Steve and the South Portland Red Riots football team, and attending one of his son Joe’s rock shows.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Millie; three sons and their spouses, Bob and Melanie, Joe and Julie, and Steve and Susan; five grandchildren, Chad, Mack, Joshua, Ashley, and Nicholas; two sisters, Virginia and Elaine, and a brother, Ronald; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would especially like to thank the staff at Mercy Oncology, Cedars Nursing Home, and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

Memorial donations may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

A visiting hour will be held from Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at  Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery, South Portland.

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