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Robert Eugene “Bob” Callnan

January 31, 1924 February 4, 2018
Robert Eugene “Bob” Callnan
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Obituary for Robert Eugene “Bob” Callnan

Robert Eugene “Bob” Callnan, 94

Robert “Bob” Callnan died peacefully with his family by his side on February 4, 2018, at The Osher Inn at The Cedars, Portland, after a long and lively life. He was born January 31, 1925, in Houlton, the son of Alice McAtee and Leo Callnan. After serving in WWII in the Merchant Marines, he attended Husson College and then returned to Houlton to run Aroostook Milling Company, a family owned business. Throughout his career he was certainly a favorite with farmers and other grain dealers.

He married Janet Dow on May 12, 1952 and enjoyed 55 years of love and companionship and raised six children. They were always together no matter what they did. Their true loves were camping, hunting, fishing, snow sledding and their many dogs. Scotty’s Flying Service flew them in a float plane into many remote areas. Summers were spent at the family camps on Nickerson and East Grand lakes. Nickerson Lake was about swimming, water skiing and Sunday barbecues, while East Grand was sailing and countless hours of successful salmon fishing in the ‘Janet’ boat. They enjoyed many fun and adventurous experiences which also included wintering in Florida for over 30 years. His life was full of music, dancing and parties with a consistent attitude of “the more the merrier”. Throughout his life he had countless friends, of all ages, many becoming lifelong relationships.

In 2014, Bob moved to Portland to live at The Osher Inn where he met his loving partner, Lauretta Torraca, whom he resided with for almost four years.

Bob is survived by his sons Douglas and Robert ‘Bert’ Callnan, his daughters Kathryn Callnan and Maureen Callnan, Nancy Kuliga and Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, their spouses; eight grandchildren, 9 (almost 10) great-grandchildren and his faithful Pug, Daisy. He was predeceased by his wife Janet, granddaughter Aimee Fitzpatrick, and his brothers John and Gerald Callnan and his sister Dorothy Duran.

The family would like to thank The Osher Inn staff and volunteers for their extraordinary care and service, every day. He particularly looked forward to cooking class and a winning hand at Black Jack.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of the Visitation Church on Saturday, February 17, at 11:00 am. Arrangements in care of Dunn Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at:

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Cemetery Details


Old St Mary's Catholic Church Final Resting Place

110 Military St
Houlton, Maine 04730

110 Military St Houlton 04730 Maine
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Cedars

Care of Dunn Funeral Home
11 Park Street
Houlton, Maine 04730

The Aimee Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund

Care of Dunn Funeral Home
11 Park Street
Houlton, Maine 04730

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