PORTLAND — Leonard James Regan, 90, died Aug. 1 at home surrounded by his loving family.
On May 18, 1919, he was born in Portland, a son of Charles P. and Mary E. (Gillis) Regan. He attended local schools, graduating from Cheverus High School and later from Shaw’s Business College.
During World War II, he served in the Pacific for nearly four years as a Sergeant in the 77th U.S. Army Division Company A 302nd Engineer Battalion.
Upon returning from the service, he and his brother Frank joined their father’s business, creating C.P. Regan and Sons Sand and Gravel. Also upon his return, he married his sweetheart, Mary M. Gallant on Aug. 24, 1946, and were happily married for nearly 63 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W. Deering, Portland, and the Irish American Club, and a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church,
Family was the source of joy in his life. He also enjoyed growing tomatoes, visiting with family and friends, and watching Red Sox and Sea Dogs games.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Joan (Regan) Hedrick, his brother, Francis J. “Frank” Regan, and a brother-in-law, Gerald Gallant.
Surviving are his beloved wife Mary of Portland; seven daughters, Marie and her husband Norm Charleston of Rumford, Ann Regan of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Dorothy Regan and her husband David Driscoll of Standish, Patricia Regan of Portland, Barbara and her husband Gary Hogg of The Woodlands, Texas, Rita and her husband Robert Travis of Windham, and Teresa Regan of Portland; a son-in-law, Wayne Hedrick of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla; 13 grandchildren, Kristin and husband Adam Parys, Kevin Charleston and wife Jennifer, Peter Hand and wife Naomi, Stephanie and husband Gareth Osborn, Matthew and Keith Hedrick, Joseph, Elizabeth and Marc Regan, Neal and Caroline Hogg, Robert and Sean McDonough; five great-grandchildren, Ben and Emily Charleston, Maxx Parys, and Aspen and Fletcher Hand; four sisters-in-law, Alice Regan, Sr. Muriel Gallant, MM, Teresa Moreland and her husband Leon, and Dorothy Ellison; two brothers-in-law, C. Edwin Gallant and wife Gloria, and Francis Gallant and wife Ellin; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held the morning of Aug. 5.
Arrangements are by the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St.t, Portland.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland, or to the charity of one’s choice.