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DRISCOLL - John Ryder (1924-2012). John Driscoll of Columbia Falls went home on June 21, 2012. He was preceded by his parents, James Connery Driscoll and Lillian Ryder Driscoll and survived by his wife of almost 40 years Jean Quinn Driscoll of Columbia Falls. John had five Children, John Jr. ("Sean"), Mark, Ann, David, Amy and 13 grandchildren. John was a member of the "The Greatest Generation." Following Danbury High School in CT and Holy Cross College in Worchester Mass. He entered the Navy and served as an officer on a LST (570) in the Pacific Theater during WW II. After the War, he graduated from St John's Law School and practiced law in the Greater New York Area for over forty years including years of service to legal aid. "Retirement" saw John and Jean move to Columbia Falls. He immediately became active in the Down East Community Hospital in Machais, volunteering for hospice, helping wherever possible, and serving for a decade on the Board and five years asBoard Chair. He 'retired' from this second career at the age of 86. He also found time to serve on the Board of the Milbridge Medical Center. John loved his faith and was a parishioner (and member of the Parish Council) of St. Michael's Church in Cherryfield. He adored Fishing, was an avid Fly fisherman, especially at the Connetquot on Long Island and Grand Lake Stream in Maine and loved being on the water as a stern man. They say he died with a Blackberry in his hand -- reading the New York Times, and following his beloved Red Sox, and the Jesuits at Holy Cross. A memorial will be held at St Michael's Catholic Church in Cherryfield Maine at 10:00 am on Friday August 17th. In Lieu of Flowers, contributions can be made to St Michael's Church in Cherryfield, Maine 04622 or Down East Hospice Volunteers, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, Maine 04619.

Published in Newsday on July 27, 2012
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