James M. McCartney, 85

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PORTLAND — James M. McCartney, 85, of Portland, died April 20, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Portland a son of James J. and Mary Fox McCartney. He attended parochial schools and was a 1946 graduate of Cheverus High School.

McCartney served in the Navy during the Korean War. After his military service, he worked briefly at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He later accepted a position as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1986 as a supervisor.

He married Mary D’Alfonzo on April 29, 1961, at St. Peter’s Church.

McCartney was always able to fix things and was a great help to his family and many friends.

Over the years he enjoyed boating and fishing on Casco Bay. He loved sports and was a dedicated New England sports fan. He really enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. For several years he coached Little League and often said there are “no errors in Little League.”

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Gedaro, in December 2013.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary McCartney, of Portland; two daughters, Theresa Dufour and husband, Edward, of Gorham and Mary Ann Casey and husband, Edward; two sons, James M. McCartney Jr. and wife, Michelle, of Windham and John McCartney and wife, Gaylene, of Westbrook; 10 grandchildren, E.J., Molly, Gemna, Cameron, Caleb, Clayden, Olivia, Daniel, Mary and Eddie; and niece, Susanna Gedaro, of Florida.

Visitation was held at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Burial followed in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Portland Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 7830, Portland, ME 04112.

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