Peter George Corey, 66
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YARMOUTH -- Peter George Corey was born on May 12, 1947 in White Plains, N.Y., to Walter E. Corey, Jr. and Theresa Stallone.
Educated in local schools, he developed an early interest in geography, history and art, all of which he nurtured throughout the many travels of his life. Though not a college graduate he read widely and wisely while pursuing his many interests with trips to Colorado, Washington and California where he traveled with his parents and often visited relatives. Later in life he spent many happy months in Florida where he learned to play adaptive golf - a sport he brought back to his home in Maine where he helped found Maine Adaptive Golf, a passion of his for many years. He played many courses in Florida and Portland and never tired of introducing the game to others.
In Florida, he helped select Maltese dogs as family pets. There, Peter also developed skill in solving complicated jig saw puzzles, a hobby he continued through the rest of his life.
A man for others, he was fond of helping others, starting with his parents for whom he cared in Cape Elizabeth. His personal care giving enabled them to live in the comfort of their home, postponing for over a decade their move to assisted living. This personal sacrifice he kept private and never regretted. Known only to family and friends it stands as a model of generosity and love. He never tired of large family gatherings in which he celebrated the young and new born. Peter wrote and often talked of these reunions. He looked forward to summers and visits with his nieces at Higgins Beach.
After the deaths of his parents well into their eighties, he spent many months in Florida, a state he traveled widely before establishing a residence in Sarasota; where he spent every spring training rooting for the Red Sox.
A lifelong bachelor, Peter treasured the condo at North Gables in Yarmouth where he was devoted to his beloved sister in law, Julie, who dropped him off at the Cumberland County Y every day of the week. He felt privileged to give her away in marriage to Walter, his brother and confidant. Together, the three would attend Sunday Mass followed by dinner at one of his favorite restaurants.
At the time of his tragic death, he was beginning to think of other activities with Julie and Walter with whom he exchanged text messages throughout the day. He was fond of new technology and enjoyed his many trips to the Apple store..
From afar, Peter may have seemed a private person; to his friends at the Y and elsewhere in Greater Portland his quiet life was a model of commitment, love and caring. He gave of himself and of his resources quietly, unstinting and without expecting anything in return.
That his quiet life was shattered by an explosion remains a life altering tragedy. His deep faith in a merciful God assures his survivors that he is now in the embrace of a loving God Who rejoices having Peter close by.
Visiting hours will be held from 3-7 p.m., Monday, July 1, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth. Interment will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ctcrawford.com. The Corey family requests no flowers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:
The Peter G. Corey Fund
at the Cumberland County
Peter George Corey
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 29, 2013