BIDDEFORD – Joseph David Driscoll, 82, of Calais and Biddeford died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. He was born in St. Stephen, NB, Canada on September 6, 1931 to Francis and Charlene Driscoll.
He lived most of his life in Calais, but his children convinced him to move to Florida and then Southern Maine to be nearer to them in the later years of his life. He attended the Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Calais and he graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland in 1949. He then went on to attend St. Francis Xavier College in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
On August 18,1952 he married Jacqueline (Jackie) A. Townsend. Joe, also affectionately known as “Papa Joe” by friends, family and several generations of students in the Calais School System, dedicated his life to his family, his love for music, and his students. He was a music teacher at Calais High School for nearly three decades. Joe’s passion for teaching music led him to develop the Calais High School Jazz Band into a national and international award-winning band. He was often called to be a guest conductor around the state and always enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with his music education colleagues. He was also an excellent drummer and keyboardist and played in a number of bands throughout his life. He enjoyed singing and was a member of several Barber Shop Quartets and Choruses. Much to the chagrin of Jackie, he also loved to raise pigeons, and for years you could see rollers and tumblers circling 34 South Street with Joe in the backyard looking to the heavens with a watchful eye over his kit. After retiring from teaching, he served 3 terms in the State House of Representatives as the Representative of District 135. He was a lifelong Democrat with friends on both sides of the aisle. He belonged to the National Teacher’s Association. He was a Communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and attended St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. Recently he attended Sunday Mass at St. Andre’s Health Center in Biddeford, where he received wonderful care. He was a 3rd Degree Knight in Calais Knight’s of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Driscoll, his parents, Francis and Charlene Driscoll, daughter, Joanne Driscoll, two sons, Martin and Peter Driscoll, and sister, Jean McFadyen. Joseph is survived by: 3 sons: Daniel Driscoll and his wife, Susan of Biddeford, Timothy Driscoll and his wife, Tina of Westbrook, Steven Driscoll and his wife, Andrea of Panama City, FL; 10 grandchildren: Mark Driscoll and his wife, Pia of St. George, NB, Canada, Joseph Driscoll of Biddeford, Samuel Driscoll of Biddeford, Jacqueline Dyer and her husband, Chris of South Portland, Mallory Driscoll of Westbrook, Lindsay Driscoll of Westbrook, Christina Driscoll of Biddeford, Matthew Driscoll of Panama City, FL, Nicholas Driscoll of Panama City, FL, James Driscoll of Panama City, FL; 3 brothers: Terrance Driscoll and his wife, Laurette of Windham, David Driscoll and his wife, Jeanette of Westbrook, Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Shelby of Windham; many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. A memorial service will be held graveside in the fall at the Woodland Cemetery with a gathering of Calais area friends and family to follow. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Calais Schools Music Department, care of Calais High School, 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements are being handled by Hope M.emorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.