Obituary: Irene E. Fagan – Portland Press Herald


Irene E. Fagan

NORTH BERWICK – Irene E. Fagan, 83, was called home by the Lord on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at the Pinnacle Care Center in North Berwick. Irene was born September 27, 1938 in Sanford, daughter of Arthur Tebbetts and Eva (parent) Tebbetts.

Irene is survived by her husband, Patrick Fagan Sr. The couple celebrated their 63rd birthday last month.

Irene graduated from Sanford High School in 1957. Irene was a bit of a sports star throughout her high school years, having to cut back on expenses in order to work to support her mother and two younger brothers. One of his brothers told us that without Mum (his sister) they would not have had the Christmases they made. Irene loved the holidays. She was known to help anyone who needed it, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.

Not only did Irene love sports, but she particularly loved music and dancing. In fact, she won several awards during her youth in dance competitions. She also played drums in the high school orchestra. If she heard music she would start dancing no matter where she was at the time.

Irene was employed by Sears Roebuck until 1992 when the family purchased the catalog store. Following the closure of all catalog stores, Irene was personally invited to join the accounting team at the new Walmart in Sanford where she worked until her retirement.

Irene was very active in many civic and charitable organizations.

Irene is a communicant from the parish of Sainte-Thérèse in Lisieux. She was a member of the Dames de Sainte-Anne for many years; she also belonged to the Cursillo Movement where she held various positions, both local and regional.

Irene was very proud of her membership in the Daughters of Isabella, of which she was a member for over 50 years. During this time, she held various positions within the organization including local regent etc. She was also a member of the State Council of the Daughters of Isabella, holding the title of Regent of the Past State.

Irene was the best mom a son or daughter could wish for and the most loving and dedicated life partner a husband would want or hope for.

Everyone this new Irene would agree that her sense of humor was contagious and that she made friends everywhere very quickly. She had the greatest luck in gambling – in fact it was a permanent joke that why someone else would play when Irene was playing – she always won, but she also donated the winnings to someone. ‘one in need.

Irene was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Eva Tebbetts; three sisters, Elaine Tebbetts, Mary Jane Bourque and Joyce Croteau, three brothers, Raymond, Richard and Roy; as well as his parents-in-law Cécile and Napoléon Fagan.

Irene is also survived by her daughter, Katherine “Kathy” and her husband, Paul Lemieux of Shapleigh, her son, Patrick Fagan Jr. and his wife, Joanne (Desrochers) of Sanford, and her son, Christopher Fagan of Shapleigh; his two brothers, Paul Tebbetts and Robert Tebbetts, and his sister-in-law Claire O’Clair; eight grandchildren, Jacob Fagan (wife Tracy) of Shapleigh, Brian Eastman Jr. (wife Erin) of Springvale, Jessica Eastman (husband Robert Hussey) of Shapleigh, Patrick Fagan III of Florida, Zachary Fagan (wife Melissa) of Acton , Austin Fagan of Westbrook, Ian Fagan of Sanford and Ava Fagan of Sanford; two step-grandchildren, Amy Lewis and Jessica Lewis; six great-grandchildren, Jacob Fagan Jr., Alexis Fagan, Madison Fagan, Lily Fagan, Garret Hussey, Conner Hussey, Madalynn Fagan, Landon Fagan, Sawyer Eastman and Nya Eastman; and two great-great-granddaughters, Ivy and Liyla; as well as a great-grandson, Jordan Snow; and several nieces and nephews.

Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she has interacted with as well as those she has reached but never met. WE LOVE YOU MOM / MEMERE !! We’ll have to be on our best behavior now that you’re in Heaven looking after us.

A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the parish of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, Sainte-Famille church. Interment will be held at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale.

Arrangements are under the direction of Carll-Heald and Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale.

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