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Peter Michael 'Pete' 'Mac' McDermott

Mar 5, 1941 - Jul 5, 2017

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Orono and Old Town - Peter Michael McDermott, known to some as Pete and others as Mac, 76, passed away suddenly, July 5, 2017. He was born at Boston City Hospital, March 5, 1941, the son of John William and Mary McDermott.
Pete attended school in Quincy before entering the workforce as a young man. He worked in construction for many years before becoming the proud franchise owner of five submarine sandwich shops - one in Massachusetts, and four in Colorado Springs, CO. After the sandwich shops, Pete moved his family back to their beloved New England, and worked until retirement as a custodian. He was first employed by the University of Maine, Orono; later for Old Town schools - the former Jefferson Street School, former Helen Hunt Elementary and Old Town High School.
Pete was a past member of the Elks Lodge, BPOE #1287 and a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Pete was a founding member of C.L.A.E. School of the Arts (a Creative Learning Arts Experience involving stop motion clay animation) where he thrived on helping students explore their creativity. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, Faye; spoiling his dog, Maki; and helping his children realize their potential with her by his side. He was a family man, a doting husband, and a loving father. No matter how many hours he worked or how tired he might be, he always seemed to find the time and energy to do things, like take his daughter, Maggie, to Happy Wheels (Great Skates), help his son, Peter, with art projects and all his children could always count on his love and support.
Pete is survived by his loving wife, Faye (Jowdry) McDermott; his children, Terry Raymond and wife, Teresa, Tamara Ranganathan and husband, Murali, Margaret "Maggie" Hurd and husband, Andy, and Peter Michael McDermott II and partner, Courtney Painter; grandchildren, Kristina Dyer, Patrick Hurd and fiancée, Heather, Michael Raymond and Brandon Hurd. He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Clarke and Katherine Acoin. In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by his in-laws, Margaret and Earle Jowdry; his brother-in-law, Jeff Jowdry; and his grandmother, whom he loved very much, "Granny"; as well as his dear friend, Tommy Violette.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7pm, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 10 am, Friday, July 14 at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. All are invited to the Parish Hall following the burial for a luncheon and continued fellowship.
Published on  July 11, 2017
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