John Donald "Jack" McIlhinney

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John D. McIlhinney, 82
WINDHAM - John (Jack) Donald McIlhinney, 82, of Windham, died suddenly of natural causes Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
John was born in Flushing, N.Y. on May 20, 1935, the son of John McIlhinney of Port Glasgow, Scotland and Jean (Stewart) McIlhinney of Greenock, Scotland. He was a 1954 graduate of McBurney School in Manhattan, N.Y. and attended Hofstra University for two years. He met his wife, Diane (Gould) McIlhinney, while skiing at Mt. Snow in Vermont. The gentleman that he was, he offered Diane his sweater after she melted, then later split the seam of her ski pants on the slopes. They married on Oct. 15, 1960, at Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, N.J. The couple moved to Maine in 1969 and the two of them have been happily married for nearly 58 years.
John enlisted in the Navy Reserve and served for two years. He later enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Machinist Mate and retired a Machinery Technician Chief Petty Officer 24 years later. He had a love for sailing and his Coast Guard family and was proud of his many years of service.
After retiring from the Coast Guard, John worked at Bath Iron Works as an Operating Engineer and retired after 10 years of service with the nickname, "Older than Dirt", which he embraced. He loved sea trials and all the people he worked with.
John was raised a Master Mason at Major General Henry Knox Lodge in Boston, Mass. and was a Legionnaire at Field Allen Post 148. He was a member of Sebago Lake Congregational Church in Standish where he presided as Moderator, Trustee and Deacon. Among his many interests were hunting, skiing, visits with family at Lake St. Catherine in Vermont and his love for pets. He enjoyed people, had a kind heart and loved to share his mischievous wit and shenanigans.
Surviving relatives include his beloved wife Diane of Windham; three loving children, John Scott McIlhinney and his wife Kristy of Casco, Kristen Izzi and her husband Paul of Franklin, Tenn., and Susan M. Crane and her husband Troy of Auburn. His love and stashes of candy will be missed by his grandchildren, Johnathan D. McIlhinney and his wife Lynsie of Norfolk, Va., Daniel A. McIlhinney of Charleston, Samantha J. Izzi of Franklin, Tenn., Brian E. Crane and his girlfriend Cadie Richardson of Turner, and Amanda M. Izzi, Emily A. Izzi and Zachary M. Izzi, all of Franklin, Tenn. He also has two great-grandchildren, Amelia L. McIlhinney and Hunter S. McIlhinney both of Norfolk, Va.. He will be sadly missed by his sister Jean S. Britt of Fairhaven, Vt.
He was predeceased by his sister Rebecca E. Oberkirch of Hubberton, Vt.; and both his parents.
Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, Maine 04103. Burial will follow the service at Mayberry Cemetery on Park Road in Windham, Maine. Arrangements are in the care of the Windham Chapel of Dolby Blais & Segee, 434 River Rd., Windham, Maine. To express condolences or participate in John's online tribute, please visit

In lieu of flowers,
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Animal Refuge League
P.O. Box 336
Westbrook, ME 04098

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Dolby, Blais & Segee - Windham Chapel
434 River Road
Windham, ME 04062
(207) 892-6342
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 16, 2018
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