John's Story

SOUTH PORTLAND - John Crohan Malley of South Portland (and formerly of Cape Elizabeth), Maine, passed away on March 4th after a long illness.

John was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of James F. and Marguerite (Burns) Malley, long-time residents of Somersworth, N.H. He graduated from Somersworth High School, Class of 1943, and the University of New Hampshire, Class of 1960, with a BS in Agriculture.

He was a World War II veteran. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served from 1943 to 1946 as a Medical Corpsman.

With his father, he operated Indigo Hill Farms, Inc. in Somersworth from 1946 to 1956 maintaining a herd of Registered Guernsey Cattle. From 1956 to 1984, he worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, USDA as a Soil Conservationist in Concord and Exeter, New Hampshire, then transferring to Maine as a District Conservationist in Machias, Presque Isle and Portland.

Following his retirement from the USDA, he worked as a Resource/Land Use Planner for Sebago Technics, Inc. before starting his own consulting firm with a primary focus on land application of bio solids and septic system design.

John was a skilled and avid yachtsman, and he and his wife cruised the coast of Maine extensively in an Albin 25 motor vessel named "Caper". After leaving the boating world, they traveled throughout the USA and Canada in their RV.

They also enjoyed extensive travel in England, Ireland, Scotland and mainland Europe. Plus, enjoying many cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, Iceland, Norway, the Caribbean and South America.

John was a former member of the American Guernsey Cattle Club, American Farm Bureau, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, Centerboard Yacht Club, Casco Bay Power Squadron, and Headlight Sam's RV Club. Most recently, he served as a member in National Associations of Retired Soil Conservation Service and Federal Employees, as well as on the Breakwater Condo Association Board.

John maintained a continuing interest in the Cumberland County Maine Soil and water Conservation District serving 25 years as an Associate Supervisor until his retirement in early 2010, when he was named an Emeritus member of the board.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years Irene (Mailhot) Malley; sons James and wife Anne of Barre, Massachusetts; Robert and wife Becky of Cape Elizabeth; daughters Mary McQueen of Marietta, Georgia; and Nancy Erb and husband David of Scarborough; along with, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He took great pride in the scholastic achievements of all the children, grandchildren, their spouses, and their collective successes in their chosen career fields.

John was predeceased by his parents; his brother; Father James Malley, SJ; two sisters, Mary Joan Beamis and Janice Hawkins; his daughter Ann Atherton; and granddaughter Irene (Reenie) McQueen.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the teams at Hospice of Southern Maine and Homepartners, LLC. who took wonderful care of him for the last few months. They would also like to thank his many friends at the Breakwater Condominium, especially, Walt Doucette, and Bill and Monica Orcutt for their thoughtfulness.

Visiting hours will be 4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, March 11 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. John was a member of the Holy Cross Parish in South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bartholomew's Parish in Cape Elizabeth at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12 with burial to be in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's memory to: Catholic Charities Development Office, PO Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104-6060
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