John E. Stanhope Sr.

October 7, 1920February 2, 2013

John Edmond Stanhope Sr. left this earth to join the Lord on February 2, 2013. He went peacefully in his sleep with his lifelong love Sarah Jane Austin Stanhope and other family members by his side. Born, October 7, 1920, he was one of sixteen children born to Irish immigrants, William Stanhope and Sarah MacDaid Stanhope, who came to Maine from Derry, North Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century. The ten children who survived into adulthood grew up under harsh conditions during the great depression and the boys and girls helped the family by gathering driftwood from east end beach and coal from the railroad tracks to help heat the family home on Adams street during the winter. He and his siblings took any odd jobs they could find, they included delivery boy, night paper route, and loading freight cars for $3.00 a day. He eventually worked for the National Youth Association for $18.00 a month and worked baking bread for local Army troops on Great Diamond Island. There was so little money during the depression that the children didn’t have the 10 cents needed to buy lunch at the high school cafeteria. All the immigrants on Munjoy Hill were in the same situation. He joined the Marines shortly after World War II broke out and successfully completed Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune N. C. He eventually was shipped out of New Orleans with his fellow Marines for an unknown assignment overseas. Soon after they left New Orleans, they were disappointed to know that they were going to the Canal Zone, rather than a War Zone assignment. He spent the remainder of the war as part of a unit in Balboa, Canal Zone, and guarding ships as they passed through. Upon being honorably discharged at the end of the war he returned home to help care for his ailing mother in Portland. He was a devoted son who sent most of his salary home to his mother to support her while he was on active duty. In 1950, he became a full time Policeman for the Portland Police Department following his training in 1948. His first assignment was the Portland Waterfront, now known as the Old Port section of town. He said that he never had to use his gun, but on several occasions relied on his “billy club” to subdue drunken patrons in bar fights or break-ins. He walked the beat for many years before his first assigned patrol car. He finished his career writing parking tickets/violations on Congress Street, which was the easiest job of his life, he said. He met the love of his life Sarah and they married in 1959, raising three children on Brighton Avenue. He and Sarah employed by the Portland Gas Light Company, retired in the early and mid 1970’s and spent their retirement years at their home. He worked part time as a courier for 10 years at Casco Bank and retired. John and Sarah enjoyed square dancing and danced for years throughout the northeast and Canada with a large group of square dancers and friends. John enjoyed Irish tunes and Broadway Musicals and would regularly sing or hum these tunes when doing his chores or projects around the house. They loved their family and helped raise many grandchildren and held formal family gatherings at Thanksgivings and Christmases, until the last year of his life at their home on Brighton Ave. He spent his final days in the home he loved with the woman he loved surrounded by family and friends that loved him. Predeceasing John are eight of siblings. John is survived by his loving wife Sarah Stanhope of Portland, ME; their children, John E. Stanhope Jr. and his wife Elaine of Sebago, ME, Gary Morton and his wife Becky of Fort Mill, SC, Pam Peterson and her husband James of Portland, ME, a brother Erbyn Stanhope of Pennsylvania, and nine grandchildren, Sandy, Terry, Gina, Greg, Jennifer, Shannon, Todd, Brooke, Sean, Kaitlin, and Ian. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren. A period of visitation for John and his family will be held this Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland; where a funeral service will be held on Friday the 8th at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.


  • Visitation Service Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2013

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David Robb

February 27, 2013

I am writing from N.Ireland. My grandmother was his father's William (nee Kearney) sister Mary Stanhope / McClure, who continued to live in Derry / Londonderry , N.Ireland, until her death in 1943. My mother, her daughter Adeline was very proud of the Stanhope name.
He is in my prayers.
David Robb

Camilla Stanhope Mead

February 18, 2013

Dear Aunt Pat and family, My sincere sympathies to you all. I pray that you are comforted knowing that Uncle John is at home in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. I just looked at the photo gallery, and remember so fondly Uncle John's sweet nature and amazing smile! Every time I saw him I remember him having a smile on his face. My love to you, and please know that I will pray for your comfort. Sincerely, Camilla (Stanhope) Mead, Auburn, Georgia (Alan & Antoinette's daughter)

February 9, 2013

Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.

February 8, 2013

Having John as a "brother-in'law" in our lives was a blessing. His kindness, humor and warmth will be dearly missed. We will also miss his Irish jokes. Our annual trips to Maine in October will not be the same. But know that he is smiling down on us. God Bless.
Love, John and Jeanette Morton (Laguna Niguel CA)

Kathy Storer

February 7, 2013

Dear John and Elaine, I am sorry for loss. You and your family and in my thoughts and Prayers.

Raymond Stanhope

February 7, 2013

To my Grand Uncle John's family, you have my deepest condolences.

Carlene Aceto

February 6, 2013

John, Elaine and family, our sincere condolences to you and your entire family during this time. We love you...........Carlene and family

Glynn Albers

February 6, 2013

My only regret is not having to know this member of my grandpa William Stanhope's family. My prayers are with you all. Glynn Ann Stanhope Albers, daughter of Raymond Edwin Stanhope who was the 3rd son to William F. Stanhope and Violet Drown Stanhope.

Frank, Linda, Mike Pulsoni

February 6, 2013

You Are Free

You followed the path God laid for you.
You took God's hand when you heard the call. You turned your back and left us all.

You could not stay another day. To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. You found that place at the end of the day.

Yes your parting has left a void. But we will fill it with a remembered joy. Ah yes, these things you too will miss.

But now burdened with time of sorrow, we know you wish the sunshine of tomorrow. Your life was full, you savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Yes your time seemed all too brief. God wants you now, God set you free.

Pat Stanley

February 6, 2013

John was such a kind & giving man. He will be missed by all that knew hlm. I am so glad my daughter Terri included me on her visit to her wonderful grandparents. I was able to thank John & Sadie for what they did for me many years ago. My condolences to Sadie & all the family