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51 Freestone Ave
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William "Billy" Maher Jr.

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William "Billy" Maher Jr. Obituary
Maher, Jr., William "Billy"
William "Billy" J. Maher Jr. went to the top of the mountain on April 28, 2018 in Harrisonburg, VA after a brief illness. Billy was born in Portland, CT on December 11, 1944, to William and Estelle (Guzewicz) Maher.
Following his graduation from Portland High School, he began working at Continental Can/Smurf Stone Container where he retired 43 years later. In his younger years, Billy was the drummer for a local band, played various sports and enjoyed his involvement with the St. Francis Club. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He always looked forward to his trips to Maine to visit his daughter and her family and to get his fill of homemade desserts that he would describe as "tasting like a mouse's ear". Although he lived in the south, he remained an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed having his weekly game recap with his son-in-law, Galen.
Over the years, Billy touched so many lives, making special friendships and leaving us with many memories. He will always be remembered for his easy going personality, kindness to others and witty one liners.
Missing him everyday are his wife of 32 years, Hildegard (Becker) Maher; daughters, Christine (Maher) Nickerson and her husband, Galen, Lori Rosano; his son, Richard Rosano and his wife, Julie; sisters, Alice Cram, Evelyn Maher and Dolores Jarzabek; brothers-in-law Jurgen and Kurt Becker; grandchildren Brandi, Derek, Samantha and Nicholas; six very special great grandchildren, who he loved to make laugh with his jokes and silly sayings, always reminding them that squirrels were looking for them because they were nuts, Monique, Maddox, Kaydence, Chloe, Mason and McKenzie; several nieces and nephews. His loved ones that cleared the path before him are his parents; his son, Robert Rosano; granddaughter, Jessica Nickerson sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna and Edward Bojorek, Estelle and Armand Arsenault, Charles Cram, Joseph Jarzabek and Otto Becker; his mother-in-law, Bertha Becker and his special 4 legged friends, Snapper, Rags and Max.
During his final days he reminded us to aim straight and that love was real good. So in his memory, please tell those special people in your life that you love them often.
A Memorial Mass will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th at the Church of the St. Mary, 45 Freestone Avenue, Portland. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, or to your local animal shelter.
Published in Middletown Press on June 6, 2018
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