Francis Quincy Gay

March 26, 1925November 22, 2018

Francis Q. “Hap” Gay, 93, passed away November 22, 2018. For 38 years, Francis was employed at the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, first as a switchman, then moving into the management ranks. He was also a mentor and instructor, sharing his expertise in switching networks.

Hap grew up on Peaks Island, ME, the son of Ida and Henry Gay. His father died when he was 11 years old. His mother had a thriving seamstress business for many years and Francis and his younger brother Robert helped support the family from a young age.

Francis’ memories of Peaks Island include working at cutting and storing ice at Trefethen’s Ice house for $5 a day and walking down any street on Peaks Island on a summer evening between 7:45 and 8:00 pm and hearing the Amos and Andy radio show—from every house. He remembers going to Portland on the ferry to buy fish at Flaherty’s Fish Market for fish chowder.

Francis is survived by Lois, his wife of 71 years, their children, Marcia F. Gay and Kathleen M. Gay of Seattle, WA, Dianne (Gay) Konon and her husband, Michael from Hampstead, NH and Kevin Gay and his wife, Deborah of Elton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He also has 2 grandchildren, Keith M. Konon of Hampstead, NH and Jaimey L. Gero and her husband Ryan of Derry, NH, as well as 3 great grandchildren.

Francis was a long time member of the Lions Club and participated in many volunteer activities with the group, including the Peaks Island Lobster bakes. He was also an umpire with the Deering Little League and has a baseball field named after him in Portland – one of the proudest times of his life.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Park Danforth and Clark’s Terrace facility as well as Compassus Hospice for the loving and compassionate care Francis received.

No services have been planned per Francis’ wishes. Donations in his memory may be made to: The Peaks Island Fund, c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Donations can also be made online on the Maine Community Foundation web page. Please designate the Peaks Island Fund on the drop down menu.

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kathi gay

December 5, 2018

Whenever there's a light to be turned off when leaving a room...he'll be there. Whenever there's a sweater to be put on instead of turning up the heat...he'll be there. Whenever there are ice-cream sundaes to reward good school grades...he'll be there. Safe home, Dad. I love you.

Bill Flaherty

November 30, 2018

Lois & family - Hap was the best! We have such fond memories and awe of him. In his 80s he would walk from Longwood Drive to Ocean Avenue, around the Back Bay and then back home to Longwood drive.... I would come home and he would have already snow blowed my driveway so the girls could get out. Hap looked over and treated our daughter Aisling like he was her grandfather. Hap came to her soccer, softball, and basketball games for many years and also spoke so positively of her. We couldn’t have asked for better next door neighbors and friends. Godspeed - Bill, Terri, and Aisling Flaherty

Rev. John Townsend

November 30, 2018

I worked for Francis at New England Telephone until he retired or I moved to Boston. I never saw him again but he was a wonderful man, fair and shared all he knew about telephones. I want to express my condolences to the family. He was such a friend and gave me many chances I would not otherwise had . I became a Switch-man like him and always respected his authority and friendship. God will bless him and keep him forever. Appreciated and loved.

Ian Sellick

November 30, 2018

When I started with N.E.T. he was a much respected manager. He was a real gentleman and had a brilliant grasp of the technology. RIP, Hap

Joan Murphy

November 30, 2018

Marcia, we were at Deering together . Years later your Dad was a patient at Intermed where I worked. I had some nice conversations with this kind man

George Fogg

November 30, 2018

Condolences to Hap's family and friends. In my opinion he was Mr. Telephone and I admired him during my telephone career here in Maine. He was one you looked to for answers that few others had. Rest in Peace Francis!

Walter Pochebit

November 30, 2018

My sincere sympathy to the entire family. My father also asked that I please express and send his love and prayers.
Walter Pochebit


November 29, 2018

My loving Thoughts and Prayers are with the Gay, Konon, and Gero Family at this very Sad Time. Lots of Love and Hugs💜🤗