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In Memory of

Calvin Dana McIlwain

January 8, 1953 - August 7, 2017

Obituary


Calvin D. McIlwain Sr.
Gorham- Calvin D. McIlwain Sr., 64, passed away surrounded by family on Monday morning, August 7, 2017. Calvin was born on January 8, 1953 in Portland, a son of Ruth Blanton-McIlwain and Albert McIlwain. Cal grew up on Munjoy Hill, the third of eight children with two sisters, Dannita Lofton and Yvonne McIlwain, and five brothers, Buddy McIlwain, Daryl McIlwain, Rev. Jeff McIlwain, Scott McIlwain and Mark McIlwain. He loved growing up on the hill having many great memories of it and was a proud graduate of Portland high school class...

Calvin D. McIlwain Sr.
Gorham- Calvin D. McIlwain Sr., 64, passed away surrounded by family on Monday morning, August 7, 2017. Calvin was born on January 8, 1953 in Portland, a son of Ruth Blanton-McIlwain and Albert McIlwain. Cal grew up on Munjoy Hill, the third of eight children with two sisters, Dannita Lofton and Yvonne McIlwain, and five brothers, Buddy McIlwain, Daryl McIlwain, Rev. Jeff McIlwain, Scott McIlwain and Mark McIlwain. He loved growing up on the hill having many great memories of it and was a proud graduate of Portland high school class of 1971.
In 1977 Calvin met the love of his life Regina at the Eastland hotel. He told her "I'm gonna marry you" and that is exactly what happened. He loved her more every day. They were happily married for 37 years. He was a loving, devoted and funny husband. He fondly called her Gene.
Cal, his best buds and his brother put together a band in 1976 called the Washington Brothers. They traveled the country making a pretty good living. Calvin was a well-known, loved and respected local musician. He was an awesome guitar player and loved preforming. He loved to put on a show. Music was a huge passion for him and everyone who knew him knew it. The most recent bands he was a member of were The Kenya Hall Band and Color Blind.
Calvin worked at the phone company for most of his life. He was known during those years by his family and friends as "the phone man". Cal liked things in order so it was no surprise he had a "Cal-mart" hub for tools at work. All the guys knew if they needed a tool Cal would have it. He was a Service Splice Technician and retired in 2007.
Calvin was one of a kind. He was funny, charismatic, compassionate and loyal. Cal could talk, it was a gift. When you were in a conversation with him it was as if nothing else was going on. He also loved to drive, taking day road trips, checking out the sites, which is why he loved his most recent job driving cars for Berlin City.
Calvin loved his family. After his retirement he devoted his time to his children and grandchildren. Every day was a new adventure or mission with them. He was always calling, checking in or spending time with them. Making up fun games, telling stories and teaching life lessons were his specialties. He was so proud of his family. He also made sure everyone had a nickname. "Everyone needs a nickname" he'd say. As he had a few of his own, Father Dear and PapaMio.
One of the important things about Calvin is he was a man of God. He always had the Lord in his life but never stopped learning or looking for Him. He had a way of turning any conversation to how or why Jesus was the answer. He was a proud member of Eastpoint Christian Church. His faith grew tremendously at the end of his life. He was at peace where he was going. Anyone who saw him recently knew that and also got one last lesson, that it's all about LOVE, FAITH and MUSIC!
Calvin left behind his beautiful wife Regina McIlwain of Gorham; four children, Calvin McIlwain, Jr. and his wife Dasha of Portland, Rachelle Bernard and fiancé Nick Cliche of Portland, Dustin McIlwain of Portland and Nichole Axelsen and her husband Mark of Cumberland; ten grandchildren, Alexis McIlwain, Gabe Axelsen, Dominick Bernard, Sierra McIlwain, Dela Bernard, Jada McIlwain, Romy McIlwain, Marky Axelsen III, Lucy Axelsen and Rocky Axelsen; two best friends who were by his side until the end, Jimmy Levelle and Kenny Fasulo; his mother Ruth Blanton-McIlwain; seven siblings and many nieces nephews and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to a time of visitation from 3-7 pm on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Monday, August 14th at Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, South Portland, ME 04106. Interment will be private.
Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Calvin's online guest book.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, South Portland, ME 04016.