Kathy Lynn Condon, 62: Beloved teacher, mother and friend

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FALMOUTH — Kathy Lynn Condon, 62, died March 30 at Falmouth By the Sea.

She was born in Presque Isle on July 9, 1949, to Keith and Alice Condon. She graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1967 and got her masters degree in education from the University of Connecticut in 1973.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago and met the challenges of her declining health with her usual dignity, courage, patience and humor.

Condon was a gifted teacher, greatly admired by her colleagues. She was known for her creative problem-solving, tireless dedication, and her love and respect for every child she knew. She had an extraordinary connection with her students. She taught disabled inner-city children for several years in Connecticut before returning to Maine with her son, Andre.

She was the first teacher in the Regional Language Program at South Portland’s Dyer Elementary School, a position she held for 15 years before she joined the Aucocisco school faculty in 2001.

During her tenure at Aucocisco, she co-created a unique program called “Backstage,” which incorporated theatre, social thinking, games, art and humor. In 2009, after being nominated by an Aucocisco family, Condon was named Teacher of the Year by the Aspergers Association of New England, an honor she cherished.

In addition to her teaching skills, she was known for her “off the wall” humor, quick laugh, exquisitely wrapped gifts, fabulous cakes, love, passion and generosity with both family and friends. She loved exploring the Maine coast, eating at Becky’s Diner, and football. She was also a gifted artist, who loved drawing, painting, beading and scrap-booking.

She will be treasured and remembered for her love, passion and generosity as a sibling, mother, grandmother, friend, aunt and educator.

Condon is survived by her son, Andre Condon, and his partner, Katherine Dunton, of Westbrook; granddaughters Adriana and Karalina Condon; siblings Patricia Condon of Presque Isle, Pamela McAlinden of Waterboro and Charles Condon of Bangor; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

The family would like to thank all of Condon’s health care providers for their expert and gentle care; all of the staff at Falmouth by the Sea for their extraordinary love and kindness; Beacon Hospice for their compassion and empathy; Maine Medical Center and New England Rehab for their skill and concern; and eHope, a web-based community that brought her family, friends and colleagues together to provide her with emotional and spiritual support.

A celebration of Condon’s life will take place on April 29 at 11 a.m. at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough.

Donations in Condon’s name can be made to the Kathy Condon Memorial Fund at the Aucocisco School, 126 Spurwink Ave., Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.