Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

July 21, 2013

James Michael Rey

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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.

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