Martin F. "Mert" Concannon, 88: 20-year volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen

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PORTLAND — Martin F. “Mert” Concannon, 88, died peacefully March 7 at Sedgewood Commons with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Portland on July 6, 1921, a son of Michael and Annie (Curran) Quincannon.

After graduating from Cheverus High School in 1939, he attended Western Reserve University.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1941 to 1945.

On Aug. 25, 1956, he married Margaret Joyce Concannon.
He worked for the State of Maine liquor commission before beginning his work for the post office, retiring in 1980 as head postmaster for Peaks Island.

For nearly 20 years he volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.

He was a member of the Irish American Club, the Andrew’s Post 17 and a communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church.

He enjoyed family gatherings, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.

On May 24, 2009, he was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Concannon; a sister, Catherine Manning, and brothers James, Henry, and John Quincannon and Thomas and Bartley Concannon.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Katherine Joyce and Bridget Joyce Malia, both of Portland; two brothers-in-law, John Joyce and his wife Faye of South Portland, and Martin “Beano” Joyce of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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