Nancy Rose Tancredi

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Nancy Rose Tancredi, 71
BEALS - Nancy Rose Tancredi, beloved mother, cherished grandmother, loyal sister-in-law and dear friend, died unexpectedly following surgery in White Plains, N.Y., on May 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was 71 years old.
She leaves behind by her three children: Robert Sapiro and his wife, Eleanor Mitten, of Eliot, Emily Tancredi-Brice Agbenyega and her husband, Tsiri, of Pelham Manor, N.Y., and Constance Girvan and her husband, Andrew, of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also leaves behind an adopted daughter, Brittney Sampson, of Boston.
She had an ever growing family. Her grandchildren are Elizabeth Schaefer, Peter Sapiro-Mitten, Kirsten, Rachel, Daniel and Gabriel Agbenyega, Elias Mobley-Sampson and Robert Girvan. Elizabeth and her husband, Richard Schaefer, are the parents of Nancy's first great-granddaughter, Hannah.
She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Tancredi, in 2011. His wife, her sister-in-law, Sharon Ash Tancredi, of Scarborough, was very dear to her heart, their connection forged over many years.
She also leaves behind several cousins, lifelong friends, and many new friends she made in Downeast Maine. She will be missed by her faithful companions, her dogs, Aurie and Phoebe.
Nancy was born in Portland, the daughter of the late Aniello and Constance Moore Tancredi. She attended Deering High School and the University of Maine in Orono. She had a great love of family history and the creative writing process, which continued throughout her entire life.
Nancy moved to Cambridge, Mass., in the early 1980s from Portland, and lived there for over 20 years. She raised her family in Cambridge, and was an active member of the Bahá'í Faith. Her home became a gathering place of fellowship, creativity and gracious hospitality for people from all over the world.
The culmination of an odyssean rescue mission of her cat, Ketchup, led her to find what would be her true home on Beals, Maine, in 2000. She moved to her home by the sea in 2007.
It was on Beals, that Nancy's innate gifts of photography and writing of both poetry and memoir, blossomed. She rose every morning and photographed sunrises, sunsets, wildlife and flora surrounding her home. She was an avid reader, skilled baker, and master knitter. In her 40s she learned to play the piano beautifully, with a particular focus on Chopin and Mendelssohn.
Nancy relished in welcoming friends and family to her kitchen table for wonderful meals, stories, and abundant laughter. She made many of her deepest connections through creative work and managed genuinely to connect with people around the world on Facebook.
She enjoyed volunteering at Beals Elementary School, facilitating writing groups with fellow writers who became dear friends, and hosting a poetry radio show, The Writers Forum on WERU-FM. She also joined in collaboration with poets and writers to support Off the Coast: Maine's International Poetry Journal.
Strong of character and soft of heart, her intellect, wit, generosity, and thoughtfulness were lifelong gifts she gave freely to family and friends.
A memorial for Nancy, will be held Saturday, May 19, at the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. The memorial service will start at 11 a.m., doors open at 10:30 a.m., and will include a canapé lunch with tea and coffee.
Another memorial service will held at her home on Beals this summer.

If you wish to remember Nancy,
donations in her memory may be
made to the newly established
Nancy Tancredi Charitable Fund,
created to support Washington
County public institutions and
non-profit organizations whose
missions aim to support the
educational and health needs
of the local community.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 18, 2018
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