Robert "Bob" Raftice

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Robert "Bob" Raftice, 84
SCARBOROUGH - Robert "Bob" Raftice, 84, passed away on June 10, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough, following a long battle with Parkinson's. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born in Portland on March 26, 1934, to Francis A. and Barbara (Gorham) Raftice. He is predeceased by his parents and one brother, Richard.
Bob was raised on Munjoy Hill, attended Portland schools, proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Worcester LC144, owned and operated Bob's Variety in Cape Elizabeth from 1962-1967, before joining the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 35 years.
In 1958, he married Susan J. Murphy, and together they raised five children in Cape Elizabeth. Once retired, Bob thoroughly enjoyed retirement life: From all New England sporting events, children's and grandchildren's sporting events, cheering on his favorite "Notre Dame", celebrating his Irish heritage, summer visits to Higgins Beach, playing cards with friends, traveling winters to Florida, cheering on an occasional horse race (with a small wager included), Bob loved life.
He was most proud of his family, and the love and respect they all had for each other.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Susan; their daughters, Maureen (Raftice) Harvey and her husband, Michael, Kathleen Raftice, Eileen Raftice and her husband, Scott Lemelin; sons, Robert Raftice Jr., and his partner, Jessica Allen, and James Raftice and his wife, Heather (Gorham); sisters-in-law, Jeannie Kelley and Kathleen Kelley.
Bob also enjoyed the love of his 10 grandchildren, Michael Harvey Jr. and his wife, Jessica, Janell (Harvey) Canaan and her husband, Alex, Kayla, Elizabeth and Emma Raftice, Matthew and Carly Lemelin, Seamus, Brogan and Riley Raftice; along with two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Annie Canaan.
Bob will be forever remembered for his great smile, a twinkle in his eyes and his enormous love for friends and family, especially his wife, Susan, "Mick".
Susan and the family would like to thank the entire staff at the Veterans Home in Scarborough, especially Lacey, Pam and Jack, for the special love and attention they showed Bob. In addition, a special thank you to Danielle Roy, for her care and attention over the past year.
Visiting hours celebrating Bob's life will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 4-7 p.m., the
Conroy Tully Walker South Portland Chapel
, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the chapel on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Bob's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

Those who wish, may make
contributions in Bob's memory to:
Maine Veterans Home
Activities Department
290 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 12, 2018
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