Richard S. Buchanan

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME

SOUTH PORTLAND - Richard S. Buchanan, 86, of Carignan Avenue, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Seaside Nursing Center, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

Richard was born in Green Bay, Wis. on Jan. 21, 1933, the son of the late John and Martha (Mollenhauer) Buchanan. He graduated from Edison High School in Miami, Fla. and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

Richard enlisted and served in the United States Navy and then made a lifelong career as a Merchant Marine, from which he retired. In his spare time, he enjoyed swimming, sailing, ballroom dancing, and photography. He was a longtime member of the Portland Yacht Club and enjoyed spending time sailboat racing with his daughter, Rendy. Richard was a very loving, caring, generous, family man, who through his years of battling Parkinson's disease, was never one to complain. He maintained a joyful, energetic, and positive attitude throughout his entire life, and always had an adventurous spirit.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Buchanan of South Portland; two daughters, Rendy Buchanan McDonnell of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Bonnie Buchanan Baker of Auburn, Ky.; a sister, Mary Morehouse of Burlington, Vt.; three grandsons, Scott, Jack, and Brian McDonnell of Ormond Beach, Fla.; nieces, Marcy Weiner of Corneleus, N.C., Holly Morehouse of Burlington, Vt., nephew, Gary Scott Morehouse of Sylva, N.C., niece, Lisa Fasfulo of Biddeford and joined in heaven by a great-nephew, Nicholas Demeule.

Prayers will be recited at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway on Wednesday, February 6, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Richard's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

Those who wish,

may make contributions

in Richard's memory to:

The Travis Mills


89 Water Street,

Hallowell, ME 04347

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 3, 2019
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