Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Obituaries

July 21, 2013

James Michael Rey

PORTLAND, ME — James Michael Rey was passionate about life and about the people who shared his world. He thoroughly enjoyed Maine and spending time along its beautiful shoreline. After living in  land-locked Chicago for over 20 years, he moved to Standish, ME upon retiring. With Sebago Lake close by, he took up sailing. James found great joy in solo sailing, but also welcomed friends and family to join him on the "High C's."

James also returned to his love of music, which included the trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. He joined multiple community bands and in the process formed many close friendships.

Cancer, however, abruptly halted these new pursuits. On July 18, 2013, he died in the comfort of family at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

James was born in Lockport, NY in 1944. James loved people. He very much enjoyed the bantering and discussion that emerges when friends engage in dialogue. This is probably why he was so successful in his sales career.

After graduating college and serving in the Navy, James began his career in sales. He sold  everything from toys to wine to biodegradable cleaning products. His numerous jobs took him to New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Illinois. He loved the challenge of selling and the adventure of travel, and when retirement arrived he looked forward to making more connections to others.

He and his wife, Janice, moved from their home in St. Charles, IL to Standish, ME. After many moves to promote his career, he said this move was so Janice could pursue her new career opportunity as a college professor.  

Born to Grace and James E. Rey, James is survived by his wife, Janice and daughter, Jamie and son-in-law, Nick Chapman of Glen Ellyn, IL. In addition, he leaves his sister, Susan (Michael) La Graff of Pinehurst, NC; brother, Jeff (Debbie) Rey of Lockport, NY, and sister-in-law, Andele Thomas Novak of Natick, MA. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 23,  at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph's College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME.  Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Catherine's Cupboard, 175 Northeast Road, Standish, ME 04084.  Arrangements by Dolby Funeral Chapel.  

Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.