EAST MILLINOCKET - Harry A.M. Rush, Jr., 76, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at a Millinocket health care facility. He was the son of Harry A.M. and Mary Florence (Willett) Rush, born March 15, 1939, in Millinocket.
He graduated from St. Martin of Tours High School, Millinocket, class of 1957, staffed by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Rimouski, Quebec, and earned his bachelor of arts degree at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, and his master of arts in teaching at Assumption College, Worcester, MA. He also studied at the Laval University French School, Quebec City, the University of Toulouse, France, the Middlebury College Spanish School, Vermont, and the Foreign Language Department at the University of Maine. He served aboard the USS Witek DD 848 from 1962-64. He taught French at Houlton High School from 1966-68 and French and Spanish at Schenck High School, East Millinocket from 1968-2001, when he retired.
He married Sharon Callnan at St. Mary's Church, Houlton, on August 10, 1968 by Rev. Francis Nelligan. He was a communicant of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, East Millinocket and was a Eucharistic Minister to the sick. He was the advisor of the Schenck yearbook for 30 years. He also contributed many articles to LE FORUM, the Franco-American publication of the University of Maine, and wrote THE CENTENNIAL DIARY OF EAST MILLINOCKET 1907-2007. He was an officer of the East Millinocket Teacher's Association for many years and a life member of the Sodality of Our Lady.
He was predeceased by his parents, his aunt, Sister M. Teresa Rush, RSM, and his parents in law, Albert and Ethel (Denning) Callnan. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Callnan Rush, his sister in law, Sister Miriam Therese (Helen) Callnan, RSM; cousins Sylvia Hagerthy, Brian Willett, Kay Harmston, Eleanor Miller, and Harriet Mason; ten godchildren, including James Jamo of East Millinocket; and cousins, the Bonis, Jamo, and Provenzano families.
Friends are invited to visit and pay respects 4-7 P.M. Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 A.M. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Peter's Church, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, with the Rev. Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Spring interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.