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Joan E. McCormack

November 18, 1952 - June 1, 2017

Obituary


Joan Elizabeth Mc Cormack, 64, of Rosedale St. and Ocean Ave, Portland, passed away on June 1, 2017 after several days at Maine Medical Center.
Born in Allston (Boston), Ma. On Nov.18, 1952, the youngest of the four children of Robert P. and Mary A. (Black) Mc Cormack, Joan grew up in Allston and Newton, Ma. and graduated from Newton North High School in 1972, married and divorced, and moved to Portland in 1971 where her mother had relocated. Although her parents had divorced many years before, her dad often visited Joan and...

Joan Elizabeth Mc Cormack, 64, of Rosedale St. and Ocean Ave, Portland, passed away on June 1, 2017 after several days at Maine Medical Center.
Born in Allston (Boston), Ma. On Nov.18, 1952, the youngest of the four children of Robert P. and Mary A. (Black) Mc Cormack, Joan grew up in Allston and Newton, Ma. and graduated from Newton North High School in 1972, married and divorced, and moved to Portland in 1971 where her mother had relocated. Although her parents had divorced many years before, her dad often visited Joan and her siblings in Maine.
Joan married her second husband Brian Johnson in her mid-20's. A U.S Navy submariner, Brian and Joan were stationed in California, Maryland, Florida, and later, in Rota, Spain. Joan loved living in that seaside town near the Navy Base; they travelled in Europe, with family and friends, when he was on leave. After their divorce, Joan returned to Florida, then went to Alabama before happily settling in Portland thirty two years ago.
Joanie had a special close relationship with her mother, Mary Black Kibbee, who passed away in 2015 at age 91. Joan helped her mother manage her real estate company, and thoroughly enjoyed life in Maine, both sharing a lovely property with two houses on it. Joan and Mary often entertained, and evenings found them enjoying a drink, discussing the day's events and the news and sharing supper with Joan's brother Bob, at 'Mom's'. Joan's 'carriage house' and 'mom's' house, with their adjoining gardens and yards were the scene for sunbathing, parties, backgammon games, home to various cats and dogs, a place for friends and family to gather.
Joan and Mary were excellent traveling companions, enjoying the U.S., Europe and Canada. But their favorite destination, visited many times together and with other family members, was the Grand Solaris Resort, Cancun, Mexico. These two best friends belonged to the Women's Literary Union, The Woodford's Club and, and as ardent Republicans, The Lincoln Club. They were also of a part of a power group of women friends who preferred bridge to yoga. In the last two years, since Mary's death, Joan had sorely missed those earlier bridge days as medical appointments replaced fun and work. She had waitressed, helped manage rental property and, for two years in the late 1980's, was known as Corporal Mc Cormack while working as in intake officer at the Cumberland County Sheriffs Department.
Joan's life had become increasingly restricted in the last eight years; diagnosed with diabetes at age three, she had a tough struggle, valuing her independence and autonomy so very much. Hard to balance that with constant demands of her disease, most especially since her mother's death, she had to make hard choices because she wanted to keep going: "I have to do it, I'll be all right." She had to deal with a diminished ability to continue to be that spirited, independent woman.

Joan had to be tough because her disease was tough on her. She was always grateful to the many concerned health care professionals who helped her through so many difficult complications. Joan was able to remain in her home, independent and safe as possible, adapting to new struggles with the daily help and unfailing care of her family and friends especially Frank Hager her personal assistant and his three sons. They valued each other's company. Frank's sister Terry was always checking in on Joan from Florida as well as Terri's son Troy who Joan used to babysit when he was a young boy. Her best friend of 41 years Robin Mendez had spent considerable time with Joan last year often reminiscing about times spent 'back in the day' when they were younger. Joan also leaves behind her older sister Paula,her husband Jay their children and their families, many cousins, her aunt Helen and her uncle George, her brother's Bob and David and his wife Laura. We will all miss her.
Portland- Joan E. McCormack, 64, of Rosedale Street, passed away on June 1, 2017 in Portland. A time of visitation will be held from 2-5 pm on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. A graveside service will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, June 14th at Blanchard Cemetery, 215 Winn Rd., Falmouth.
Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com for additional information and to sign Joan's online guest book.