SOUTH PORTLAND — John Stanton Tewhey, 93, died April 17 at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook.
He was born in Lewiston on Sept. 25, 1920, a son of William F. and Clara Legendre Tewhey. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Lewiston High School, where he was a star athlete on the football, basketball, track and baseball teams. He attended Hebron Academy and later accepted a football scholarship at the University of Idaho.
Tewhey left college to serve with the Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the South Pacific in the Solomon Islands. When the war was over, he returned to Lewiston where he married Rita M. Boucher on Oct. 12, 1946. He worked briefly as a landscaper in the area before accepting a position with the Milliken-Tomlinson Company as a produce buyer.
The family moved to South Portland in 1959, where Tewhey was an active member of the community. He was a communicant of Holy Cross Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the South Portland VFW. Throughout his life, he remained a healthy athletic man who enjoyed hiking and mountain climbing. He climbed almost all of the mountains over 4,000 feet in New England. At age 72 he hit a hole-in-one at the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough. He was known to have a droll sense of humor.
He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Richard Tewhey.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Rita Tewhey, of Westbrook; son, Michael J. Tewhey and wife, Gail, of Westbrook; and daughter, Jane Ellen Tewhey, of Durham.
Services will be private, with burial at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.