Luke Sewall MacFadyen

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BOWDOINHAM - Luke Sewall MacFadyen of Bowdoinham, formerly of Portland, died peacefully at home on Sunday afternoon January 27th after a brief struggle with cancer, attended by friends and family and his beloved dogs Wilbur and Ophelia.Born in New York City on Aug. 30, 1960, Luke grew up in New York's Hudson Valley and attended the Boston University Program in Artisanry, earning a certificate of mastery in handweaving. While living in Portland from 1990-2009 he could often be found on his boat in Portland Harbor, walking his dogs, watering sidewalk flower pots, or having coffee with neighbors.Luke founded the popular Hilltop Coffee shop on Munjoy Hill, where he lived and served as President and Treasurer of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. A champion for thoughtful planning, low income housing, and inclusive development, he renovated historic 70-72 India Street and saved it from demolition; started the "Flower Pot Program" neighborhood beautification partnership between MHNO, the City of Portland, and Portland Trails; volunteered at the Animal Refuge League and Preble Street; and worked quietly and tirelessly to better his community.Luke is survived by his sister, Camilla and brothers, William and Tevere. He will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and warm sense of humor, his deep love of animals, and for all who were lucky enough to taste them, his sinfully sweet cookies, brownies, and pastries. He will be profoundly missed.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Luke's name to Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue, (https://www.coastalmainegreatdanerescue.com/)

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 10, 2019
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