John J. McDougall

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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street
Portland, ME

John J. McDougall, 98
SOUTH PORTLAND - John J. McDougall, 98, of South Portland, passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Scarborough.
John was born in Grand River, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was the only child of Herman and Rosella (Arsenault) McDougall.
After the death of his mother during his infancy, he was cared for by her family. At the age of 9, he was brought to live in Portland by his Aunt Laura and Uncle Angus Campbell. They lovingly raised him as their own.
He attended Cathedral Grammar School, where he was a proud member of the boys choir; then attended Cheverus High School, graduating in 1939. John enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force (AAF) as an airplane and engine mechanic, serving in Northern Africa and Italy during World War II.
After the war, he met the love of his life, Josephine (Finn) Arsenault, whom he married in 1951. Together they raised six children in South Portland.
John was employed by the A&P Bakery in Portland until their closure. After that, he worked for the First National Bakery and the Portland School Department, and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1986.
John was a man of strong determination, faith, and will. He lived independently in his own home until the age of 95. His longevity was due in part to his constant striving to educate himself about health care. This earned him the title of "Dr. McDougall" to those who knew him best.
His interests were many. These included, golf, music, photography, and harness racing. After retiring, genealogy became his passion. He so enjoyed his annual trips back to P.E.I. for research with his sister, Mary Bouchard, with whom he shared a special bond.
John was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Josephine, in 1989; Aunt Laura and Uncle Angus Campbell; brothers, Joseph, Herman, and Daniel Campbell; and a half sister, Margaret Doucette.
John was the loving patriarch of a very large family. He is survived by his children, Marilyn Lorello (Jim King), Stephen McDougall, Thomas McDougall (Isabelle LaFrance), Daniel (Elaine) McDougall, Elizabeth Boyle, and Patricia (Duane) Asdourian; grandchildren, Amanda Sawyer, Heather Boyle, Michael Lorello, Jason Asdourian, Brian McDougall, John Asdourian, Maria Lorello Plourde and Kevin McDougall; great-grandchildren, Taylor Manning, Zachary Green, Emma Green, Kaden Manning, Jaxon Skehan, Calvin and Dylan Asdourian; brother, Leo Campbell; sisters, Mary (Richard) Bouchard and Theresa Bowler; niece, Diane O'Neill, of P.E.I.; and many more nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank The Inn at Atlantic Heights, in Saco, for helping John have a safe and caring home for 2 1/2 years, and the staff at The Maine Veterans Home for providing such loving and attentive care during John's last few months.
Friends and relatives are invited to a time of visitation from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at
Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home,
199 Woodford St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Rd., South Portland. Interment with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in the spring. To sign John's online guest book, visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations
in his memory may be made to
Maine Veterans Home
290 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2017
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