John Henry Roper passed away Jan. 16, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous 20-month battle with glioblastoma. He was born in Camden, the son of Henry Gill and Alice Flanagan Roper. He was a graduate of Camden-Rockport High School and the University of Maine at Machias, where he excelled in basketball, baseball and soccer. Upon graduation, John started his lifelong career in building materials and sales. He continued to work at the job he loved for Mathews Brothers throughout his treatment, maintaining a positive attitude and strong work ethic in spite of his illness.

John was predeceased by his parents and his brother Tom. He is survived by his supportive and loving wife of 43 years, Elaine (Marquis); and the joys of his life, daughters Shannon of Falmouth and Erin of Boston. John would do anything, at any time, and travel any distance for his beloved girls. He was an active volunteer and coach from their early years through college. John was an avid runner, participating in numerous road races, marathons and triathlons. He loved sports, gardening and just being outside.

John is also survived by his sister, Alice Roper Reagan, and her husband, Michael, of Portland, and his brother, Peter Roper, and his wife, Rebecca, of Camden; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

John’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank-you for all the comfort and care he received at Maine Medical Center; New England Rehab; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Hospice of Southern Maine. They especially send grateful thanks to his doctors and nurses; the Cancer Community Center; Scarborough emergency personnel; family members; neighbors; coworkers; clients and friends for the love and support they offered.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough, with a reception following.

If desired, instead of flowers, donations can be made to your local animal shelter, many of which supplied much-loved pets to John’s home.

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