JOHN DRISCOLL

Posted July 25, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.

COLUMBIA FALLS – John Driscoll, 87, went home June 21, 2012. He was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Bridgeport, Conn., to James and Lillian (Ryder) Driscoll.

John was a member of "The Greatest Generation." After Danbury High School in Connecticut and Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., he entered the Navy and commanded an LST 570 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war he graduated from St. John’s Law School and practiced law in the Greater New York area for more than 40 years, including years of service to legal aid. "Retirement" saw John and Jean move to Columbia Falls. He immediately became active in Downeast Community Hospital, Machias, volunteering for hospice, helping wherever possible, and serving for a decade on the board and five years as board chair. He "retired" from this second career at age 86. He also found time to serve on the board of Milbridge Medical Center. John loved his faith and was a parishioner, and member of the Parish Council, of St. Michael’s Church, Cherryfield. He adored fishing, both trout and serving as a bait man on the lobster boats. They say he died with a Blackberry in his hand – reading the New York Times, and following his beloved Red Sox and the Jesuits at Holy Cross.

He was predeceased by his parents, James Connery Driscoll and Lillian Ryder Driscoll. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Jean Quinn Driscoll of Columbia Falls. John had five children, John Jr. "Sean," Mark, Ann, David and Amy; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Cherryfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Church, Cherryfield, ME 04622 or Down East Hospice Volunteers, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.

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