|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 2011|
WINTHROP - Paul Edward Rourke, 85, died peacefully at Maine Veterans Home on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, after a long illness. He was a resident of Winthrop for 78 years and a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Paul always felt that Winthrop was an ideal place to live and raise a family.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Lillian, to whom he was happily married for 57 years. He also leaves behind his son, Paul, and wife Linda, and their daughters Maya and Shishana, of Homer, Alaska; also, his daughter, Rachel Sunnell, and husband Ellwood (Skip) Sunnell, and their children, Lars and Grace, of Gorham. Paul will be missed by his sister, Marie Connors, of Rocky River, Ohio; and the many nieces, nephews, and friends he leaves behind as well.
Paul graduated from Winthrop High School in 1944, attended Kents Hill School, and graduated from University of Maine in 1951. He obtained a master's degree in education and rehabilitation from Boston University and earned a graduate certificate in social work from Louisiana State University. Paul also served in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman, 3rd class, during World War II.
His career spanned 38 years in rehabilitation and services for the blind for the Maine Department of Human Services. Paul was one of the first professionally trained persons in the field in the state. During his tenure in the department, he served in many positions until becoming director of the Division of the Blind. Under his direction, Maine Services for the Blind became one of the first state agencies in the country to be accredited by the National Accreditation Council for agencies serving the blind.
Paul served over the years at St. Francis as Eucharistic minister, Sunday school teacher, and president of the Catholic Men's Club. He was a member of the Winthrop Lion's Club, and was an active volunteer in many community activities, including Cub Scouts.
Burial will be in Glenside Cemetery. (Kennebec Journal 12/13/2011)
Lillian Daigle Rourke (1928 - 2013)*
Created by: Bev Winship
Record added: Dec 13, 2011
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