Meredith P. Dondis
Rockland — Meredith P. Dondis, a prominent local businessman, died Feb. 4, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 93 years old.
Dondis was a lifelong resident of Rockland well-known to most and always ready with a friendly and welcoming hello for all.
Born March 4, 1920, in Ellsworth, Dondis was the eldest son of Joseph and Ida Mae Dondis. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1937 and from the University of Maine with a BA in 1941. Shortly after graduation he joined the Army and served for the duration of World War II.
Dondis opened the Meredith Furniture Company in 1948 and operated his Main Street business until 1985. When he sold the business he flirted briefly with retirement but soon took over management of the Strand Theatre that his parents had built in 1923. He continued to run the theatre until 2000 when he retired for good.
Dondis was active in the civic life of Rockland serving on the Rockland School Board and as a Rotarian and a Shriner. He was a member of the American Legion, a founding member of the Rockland Chapter of B’nai B’rit and also a lifelong member of Adas Yoshuron, the local synagogue which his grandfather helped found in 1913. One fellow congregant observed that Dondis was always a champion of justice and unafraid to stand alone.
Dondis leaves his wife Essie, his daughter Lynn Dondis of Washington D.C., his daughter Jo Dondis and her husband Peter Imber of Camden, his granddaughter Drew Himmelstein and her husband Aaron Britt of San Francisco, his granddaughter Dana Himmelstein of Los Angeles, his great-grandson Nathaniel Britt of San Francisco and his brother Harold B. Dondis and wife Claire of Belmont, Mass.
Donations in Dondis’ memory can be made to: Friends of the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841 or online at: rocklandstrand.com/donate