Martin Joseph Reagan, 59: Lover of animals and all things Irish

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PORTLAND — Martin Joseph Reagan, 59, died unexpectedly at his home March 11.

He was born in Portland, a son of John P. and Theresa McLinden Reagan. He attended St. Dominic’s Grammar School and was a 1972 graduate of Portland High School.

Reagan worked for the City of Portland for almost 34 years, retiring from the Parks and Cemetery Division in 2007. He liked all kinds of animals. He walked the ducks at Evergreen to their winter pens and back to the pond in the spring. He fed the ducks daily and even went out on his day off. He also fed pigeons daily near his home and had a pet turtle named Speedy for 24 years. He was a member of the Irish American Club and loved all things Irish. He also enjoyed playing cribbage.

Reagan was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by a brother, John P. Reagan Jr. and his wife, Margo, of Wells; two sisters, Catherine P. Porpura, of Lawrence, Mass., and Theresa M. Jendrasko, and her husband, Benjamin, of Standish; a stepdaughter, Chantel Whitney, of South Portland; four nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at Sacred Heart/St. Dominic’s Church in Portland, followed by burial at New Calvary Cemetery, in South Portland.

If desired, donations may be made in Reagan’s memory to the Animal Refuge League, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098.

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