Richard A. "Richie" Yankowsky

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  • "Diane I am so sorry for your loss,. Rest In Peace Ritchie...."
    - Roberta Bailey
  • "Diane sorry to hear about Richie. Memories of rides to..."
    - Jeannie Dunphey
  • "Thank you for your service."
  • "Diane, Sorry to read of Richie's passing. May he rest easy..."
    - Linda (Yankowsky) Jackson
  • "Richie, you will always hold a place in my heart...."
    - Elisabeth Houghton
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Richard A. "Richie" Yankowsky, 84
PORTLAND - Richard A. "Richie" Yankowsky, 84, died on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Richie, the second son of three sons born to Edward (Mudman) and Florence (Snopsie) Yankowsky, entered the world on Jan. 30, 1933, a day in history marking the increased build-up of World War II and the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany during the Great Depression.
Richie, his older brother Eddie and his younger brother Bobby, grew up on the West End of Portland. Life was not easy in those days for a young boy living through the Depression and at 8 years of age, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His neighborhood was predominantly composed of Irish and Polish families located near the railroad and the docks. His father worked longshore and his mother took a variety of jobs to help sustain their family. There was a strong bond between families and neighbors, as they were all facing the same trials, tribulations and challenges of the day. They looked after each other's families and their Roman Catholic faith was very important to them.
Richie graduated from Portland's Butler School in 1946 and Portland High School in 1951, where he was a member of the respective swim teams earning awards and accolades for his athletic ability. He joined the United States Army in 1952. After serving his country, he joined the Merchant Marines, which gave him the opportunity to visit many foreign countries. He would later meet and marry the love of his life, Mary Hartford Martin.
Richie worked as a painter for several local painting contractors and occasionally contracted for himself independently. He had a keen and curious mind and loved inventing and creating small household furniture, benches, chess and checker boards. Woodworking was his hobby and he loved to give custom-designed gifts to friends and family. Richie was a quiet man, but possessed a great sense of humor, witty and wry. He was a wonderful and caring son to Snopsie, a loving and devoted husband to Mary, and a thoughtful stepfather and grandfather, who will be sorely missed by all.
Richie remained a regular communicant of St. Louis Polish Church in Portland, until he moved to Deering Pavilion a few years ago.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Hartford Yankowsky; stepson, William (Billy) Martin; along with his father, mother, and both his brothers. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Diane Martin Miller; and grandsons, Matthew Miller, Jonathan Miller, and Gregory Martin.
Richie's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staffs of the VNA, Deering Pavilion, Seaside Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the South Portland Nursing Home, for the compassionate and loving care they gave to Richie.
Visiting hours celebrating Richie's life will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home,
172 State St., Portland. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Richie's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richie's memory may be made to the

Portland Maine Division
P.O. Box 11454
Alexandria, VA 22312

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Conroy Tully Walker Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 11, 2018
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