BATH — Paul Joseph Halligan, 81, passed away peacefully Feb. 19, 2011, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, after a long period of failing health.
Born in Rockland on May 29, 1929, he was the son of Michael J. Jr. and Mary E. Connell Halligan. Born prematurely and needing extended medical care, he was raised by his paternal grandparents, Michael Sr. and Rose Halligan, and his aunt, Josephine Halligan.
Paul graduated from Rockland High School in 1947 and the Knox Business College in 1948. After college he worked as a bookkeeper at Whitmoyer Laboratories, Maritime Energy, Kalloch Fuel, Penobscot Boat Works, Weatherend Estate Furniture, and for 23 years at Munsey Oil.
In 1991, he had open heart surgery and following a stroke, lived at several nursing homes within the area including Camden Healthcare Center, Country Manor Nursing Home in Coopers Mills, Robinson’s Health Care in Gardiner, Chandler Nursing Home and for the last nine years at Winship Green Nursing Center in Bath. While staying at these care centers, Paul made many lasting friendships. In 2004, while at Robinson’s Health Care, he met and married Dr. Anne L. Northcott.
Paul was an accomplished classical pianist and taught piano in his earlier years. His family fondly remembers him playing as they sang Christmas carols and did the dishes after dinner. Over the years he happily entertained fellow patients at the nursing homes where he resided. A favorite pastime was watching operas and he had a vast collection of DVDs and historical information.
Paul loved classic cars and was a regular at auto shows at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. He had a vast collection of books describing the beautiful features of automobiles from the early ‘20s through the ‘80s. Paul dreamed of owning an antique auto some day.
Paul was always a person of faith and was a member of the Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Rockport. His family remembered with gratitude the many members of the church, their Pastor Stephen Tracey, and good friend Dorothy Eesley for their friendship and ministry over the years. They said the many caregivers and friends at all the nursing facilities and the Mid Coast Hospital all provided heartfelt care.
Paul was predeceased by his wife, Anne, in 2005; his brother, James B. Halligan in 2004; his sister, Joyce Staples in 2005; his aunts, Annie H. Edwards in 1989 and Josephine Halligan in 1981; an uncle, Harold Halligan in 2004; and his longtime friend Tom Eesley in 1999.
Paul is survived by his cousin and caretaker, Joann Hooper of Rockland; his second cousins, Sherry A. H. Gagne of Rockland and Juliann Rackliff and her husband, Bradley, of Spruce Head; Sherry’s children, Gregory, Mitchell and Annie Gagne of Rockland, who fondly referred to him as uncle; and several other nieces and nephews.
A funeral service and committal will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Route 17 in Rockport. Pastor Stephen Tracey will officiate. Private interment will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 188 Rockland St., Rockport, ME 04856; or the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland.
To share a memory or condolence with Paul’s family, visit his online guest book at obituaries at bchfh.com.