Irving E. Maloney, 84, died Dec. 1, 2009, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care, after a long illness.

Born in South Thomaston on Aug. 9, 1925, he was the son of Frank H. and Grace Stanley Maloney. Growing up in South Thomaston, he attended local schools and worked on his father’s Dublin Road farm.

A World War II veteran, Irving served as a seaman first class with the U.S. Navy from September 1943 to December 1945. On March 8, 1945, he married Dorothy F. Billings in Rockland, where the couple made their home a brief time before moving to South Thomaston. They ultimately bought a home on West Meadow Road in Rockland, where they have resided more than 50 years.

A self-taught machinist, Irving worked at that trade in Rockland more than 46 years. From 1947 to 1972 he worked as maintenance supervisor at National Sea Products. The following 10 years he was employed with Emil Rivers Inc., and from 1982 to 1991 with F.J. O’Hara & Sons. At one point during his career Irving built the cross that adorns Maiden’s Cliff in Camden. For several years following his retirement he operated a machine shop at his home.

The last of 18 siblings, Irving is survived by his wife of 64 years of Rockland; one daughter, Donna Murgita and her husband, Bruce, of Thomaston; one son, Albert Maloney and his wife, Nancy, of Waldoboro; three grandchildren, Tina Hutchinson and her husband, Albert, of Cushing, Brian Murgita and his wife, Debby, of Camden and Harmony Rahkonen and her husband, Christopher, of Belmont; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Hutchinson, Nicole Hutchinson, Haili Rahkonen and Colton Rahkonen; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at Forest Home Cemetery, Route 15 in Sargentville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 170 Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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