Maynard of Brunswick, passed on at HillHouse Assisted Living.
He was born in Rumford, the son of Lewis M. and Julia Jones Irish. He graduated from Stephens High School and Hebron Academy. After that, he earned degrees from Colby College in 1939, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1943.
Dr. Irish served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Meade, Md., from 1943 to 1946. He married Shirley Woolaver in the chapel at Ft. Meade, Oct. 9, 1943. He practiced dentistry in Springfield, Mass., for a year before moving to Brunswick in 1947, where he practiced for 36 years before retiring in 1983. He served on the board of the Jessie Albert Memorial Dental Clinic in Bath. He was a life member of the American Dental Association and the Maine Dental Association.
He was a member of First Parish Church and also had an active civic life, serving many years on the boards of the Brunswick Savings Institution and the Cumberland County Selective Service System in Portland. He was a longtime member of Brunswick Rotary.
He had many interests, among them a lifelong passion for baseball, both as a player and later as a fan. He was an avid gardener and in his retirement enjoyed raising gladiolas, as well as vegetables. Growing up in Rumford, he was a ski jumper and he rekindled his interest in skiing with the family at Sugarloaf. He particularly enjoyed sailing the Maine coast in company of friends.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Brunswick; two sons, Allen Irish, and his wife, Sandra Lemmerman, of Durham and Norman Irish of West Boothbay; a daughter, Margaret Irish, and her husband, David Crisler, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Mason, Samuel, Julia, Amy and Nicholas; and two great-granddaughters, Cassandra and Moira.
A devoted and caring family man, he was predeceased by his brothers, Benjamin and Horace Irish.
IRISH - Maynard M., 91, died Aug. 24. At Maynard's request there will be a gathering of family and friends at a later date. Interment will be in Buckfield Village Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland 04101; or to CHANS Hospice Care, 50 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick 04011. Arrangements are in the care of Brackett Funeral Home.
IRISH - A memorial service for Dr. Maynard M., 91, who died Aug. 24, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at First Parish Church, Maine Street, Brunswick. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home.
Shirley M Woolaver Irish
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