LEWISTON — John M. McQuarrie, 67, of Hallowell passed away Wednesday, May 23, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, with his loved ones by his side. He was born in Castine on Feb. 18, 1951, a son of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Weiberg) McQuarrie. He spent his early childhood in Stonington, and at the age of 10 moved to the Lewiston area, where he completed his schooling. He was a graduate of Lewiston High School, class of 1969.

After high school, John worked as a carpenter building homes. During that time, he met and later married Carlene Smith on Feb. 14, 1975, in Lewiston, and they started a family together. While taking care of his family, he worked as a kitchen cabinet salesman from 1986 to 1992, and then owned and operated a mobile concession stand for several years. In 2001, he started Manchester Pizza and ran it through 2002. After that, John and his wife ran cafeterias in several state office buildings. His last position was working in concessions at the Wiscasset Speedway with his companion, Rhonda.

John will always be remembered for his love of hockey, watching the Bruins and NASCAR and a passion for music, especially the blues. He also found much joy in spending peaceful time by the ocean, listening to the waves and skipping stones. Spending time with his granddaughter brought out the brightest twinkle in Grampy’s eyes. John was a compassionate man who cared deeply for anyone with a need, and would extend help if possible. He was very patriotic and held the highest regard for the veterans he met along life’s journey. John touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Julia Gibson, and her husband, Gary, of Lewiston, and his loving companion, Rhonda Bolduc, of Norridgewock, with whom he resided. He also leaves behind his granddaughter, Kaydence Gibson; his brother, Paul and his wife, Cathy, of Lewiston; his sister, Patricia Buxton, and her husband, Phil, of Verona Island; his brother-in-law, Ken Kuykendall, of Chesapeake, Va.; along with two nephews, three nieces and many members of Rhonda’s family. He was predeceased by his wife, Carlene McQuarrie, in 2009, and his sister, Sandra.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the LifeFlight of Maine Medical Crew and the fourth-floor nurses, doctors and cardiologists at CMMC for their compassion and devotion to give us a few more days with John.

Condolences may be shared with his family at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

John M. McQuarrie

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