James P. Malaney, 59: Enjoyed career in fishing, carpentry

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PORTLAND — James Patrick Malaney, 59, of Portland, died Dec. 24. 

Born in Gardiner on March 20,  1950, he was a son of Dorothy and William Malaney. 

He attended Portland High School and graduated in 1969. 

From 1969 until 1971, he was a professional boxer. 

In 1976, he joined the U.S. Army and served three years in the 101st Airborn Division. 

After the Army, he began a career as a fisherman, which he enjoyed tremendously. 

He also worked as a carpenter, and helped in the construction of the Reiche School and Franklin Towers. 

He was a fan of the Boston Red Sox, Patriots, and Boston Celtics. 

Surviving are his two children, Kimberly and Shawn of Portland; two grandchildren; five sisters, Brenda, Cathy, Trudy, Peggy, and Margo; aunts and  uncles; cousins; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

There are no funeral services at this time.

His ashes will be scattered at sea at a date to be determined.