Jaime Donald Vacchiano

April 10, 1955October 29, 2020

Portland, ME - Sadly, we have lost a great father, son, brother, and friend. On October 29. 2020, Jaime Vacchiano passed peacefully with his two sons by his side.

Jaime was born in Portland on April 10, 1955, the third child of Joseph Vacchiano and Carol Baker. As a youngster, Jaime became a fixture at Pat’s Meat Market learning the trade beside his dad, Joe and his grandfather, Pat. Working every day after school and on weekends, Jaime’s work ethic was cemented early in the business. After assuming the ownership from his father in the late 1980s, Jaime set out to build upon the success and reputation that his father and grandfather had established for Pat’s. His vision included converting the neighboring bakery into a small grocery shop and deli. Shortly after, he, with current restaurant owner Greg Gilman, transformed the upstairs apartments into a popular restaurant that today is known as The Treehouse.

Jaime always said he needed friends, not money, and his generosity may be his legacy. He genuinely appreciated his customers and the community he served. Most of his patrons were multigenerational shoppers, neighbors, and lifelong friends. He contributed to all sorts of community functions through sponsorships and local charities. Jaime always helped people in need.

Jaime’s smile and sense of humor made everyone feel welcome, whether it was at Pat’s or somewhere else along his path. Much of his success as an entrepreneur or in life was because he was always a pleasure to be around. Jaime was an accomplished guitar player. He was always musical and taught himself to play guitar as a teenager. He played in many bands around town, until producing his best music with the Only Motions (now available on iTunes and Spotify!) Thanks Roy and family!

As a younger man, Jaime enjoyed exploring Casco Bay on his boat. Travel was always one of his passions, and he particularly loved to travel to Jamaica usually accompanied by several lifelong friends. Jaime was a youthful spirit but had an old soul. There wasn’t a crossword puzzle he couldn’t solve, a Western he hadn’t seen, or a hand he didn’t like at the card table. As cliché as it is, Jaime’s greatest hobby was spending time with friends and family.

Jaime was diagnosed with bladder cancer in the last year of his life until a sudden stroke ended his courageous battle. His sense of humor never wavered, even through sickness. Jaime died a rich man if wealth could be measured in love. Thank you to all who loved him.

Jaime is survived by his sons, Nicholas and Elliot Vacchiano; his two grandsons, Joseph and Gustavo Vacchiano; his mother Carol Baker; his step-mother, Sandy Vacchiano; his brother Joseph Vacchiano Leighton; his sisters Leslie Leighton and Rachel Leighton; and his lovely Sadie (canine). Jaime was predeceased by his brother, Craig Leighton and his father Joseph Vacchiano. Special mention is made to Cheryl Vacchiano, the mother of Jaime’s sons, and to Toni Nappi and Rebeca Collado.

There will be a celebration of life in the spring on Jaime’s birthday.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Jaime Donald Vacchiano

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frank stuart

November 26, 2020

to the family of jaime,please accept my deepest brother alan and i have been shopping at ''pat's ''meat mart for as long as i can dad in the 50's was a weekly shopper there.the fine meat/produce at a reasonable price,must have passed on to us,we hope the sucessful business they have will continue on with the family
at the helm..see you soon,and thank you

Leslie Arnson

November 13, 2020

Dear Nick, Elliot, Carol, Sandy, Joseph, Leslie and Rachel: My heart has been with you each and every day since suffering through the pain and sadness of Jaime battling illness and his ultimate passing. What a huge loss for you and Joseph and Gustavo and Sadie! And a tremendous loss for the community as well. Jaime's light shined so brightly and he brought joy to so many. May fond memories provide a sense of relief from the sorrow. Big hugs and love, Leslie

Susan Johnson

November 13, 2020

Portland has suffered a great loss. Jaime always had a smile and a joke when I stopped in at 6:30 for my pound of bacon. Hid sense of humor and smile will be greatly missed.

Kim Vacchiano

November 10, 2020

Dear Nick and Elliot, I am deeply sorry to learn of Jaime's passing. Sadly, I have not seen him in a long while. He will always be remembered with love and affection. I treasure our times together as a family on the lake, dinners at our homes and Treehouse Cafe, and that special time we spent with the two of you while your dad and Toni went to Jamaica. Once covid-19 is behind us, Charlie and I look forward to visiting with you and and your families (Jaime's beloved grandchildren). Peace and healing in the coming days and months. With love, Kim

Andrea Antognoni

November 9, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jamies entire family. He was such a good man, always with a friendly smile and happy laughter. He hired me 26 years ago when I was pregnant and needed a job, which I always appreciated considering I was carrying a basketball inside me. We had a kinship through music and food and he was always so very good to me. Even years later, I shopped at Pats for the wonderful foods and warm service. Jamie will be sorely missed. May he Rest In Peace.

Carol Mitchell

November 9, 2020

My sincerest condolences Nick and Elliott. Your father was just the most thoughtful, caring, fun loving guy and a wonderful business man - always with a kind word and ready smile.

I will miss him when I visit Pat’s. Sincerely, Carol Mitchell

Mike Leary

November 9, 2020

Dear Nick & Elliot,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jamie was the best. His smile and laugh will be missed. I enjoyed every moment I spent with him. Without doubt he enriched my life! I will miss him dearly.

Rachel Leighton

November 8, 2020

Jaime will be forever present in the hearts of those that loved him. Im strong enough to carry him. Hes not heavy, he's my brother.

carl terweele

November 8, 2020

R.I.P. Jaime God Speed.

Gregory Williams

November 5, 2020

Jaime was a great, friendly generous man. Nick, El Dog, know what a blessing pops was for not just you guys, but everyone who ended up pulling up some rug some where in the house at some point. Didnt go too long without having a good meal at that house. The men he made are better for it. I love guys and will always be part of your family. Your dad was really good to me. Thank you guys for accepting me as family at a time when I wasn't quite sure of myself. I know your up there chasing "Joeys" on the bay!


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