OBITUARY

Najeeb S. Lotfey

July 2, 1932December 15, 2013
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Najeeb S. Lotfey (Naj) passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 after a brief illness with his family by his side.

Born July 2nd, 1932, the son of Elias and Lillian Hider Lotfey, both of Lebanon. Naj grew up in Portland at the foot of Munjoy Hill. He attended Portland High School, graduated Northeastern School of Accounting, and served two years in the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

He began his career as a staff accountant and built his legacy at the firm of MacDonald, Page & Co. where he practiced for thirty two years and retired as managing partner in 1995.

Naj was an active member of the community having served on the Board of the Finance Authority of Maine, the Maine Medical Center Annual Fund Raising Campaign, and most passionately, the Rotary Club of Portland Maine (just to name a few).

His greatest joy was his family, to whom he was a beloved husband, loving brother, cherished father and father in-law, and idolized grandfather.

A true craftsman, Naj enjoyed woodworking, jewelry making, stained glass, and lamp repair for his son’s business. He had a gift for everyone, and whether it was a pair of earrings, a painted rock, or just a handmade card, it was truly “One of a kind”. Naj was passionate about everything he did, and coined the phrase “A job worth doing, is a job worth doing well”.

He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Fredrick, and niece Donna Gauvin. He is survived by his wife Barbara of 57 years, sister Najlia, son Michael and his fiancé Pam, son John and his wife Lynn, Grandchildren Nicholas, Matthew, Angela, and Alicia, niece Jeannie, and several cousins from Massachusetts.   The family would like to thank all of his doctors, nurses, and caregivers at the Maine Medical Center and the Gosnell House for their compassionate care and support.

Relatives and friends may call at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Friday 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 am from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress, St., Portland. Burial will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Portland Rotary Club Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 1755, Portland, Me. 04104

Services

  • Visitation Service Friday, December 20, 2013
  • Mass of Chrsitian Burial Saturday, December 21, 2013
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January 13, 2014

John and Family, We were sorry to hear of your father's passing and wish you peace and comfort. Your neighbors, Peter and Rae Brown (Balsam Lane)

Richard Benoit

January 9, 2014

Mr. Najeeb Lotfey was truly a special person. Although I met him only recently, his thoughtfulness, dignity,and sincerity came through with every conversation we had. And, true to form, on our second visit he brought me a small and beautifully hand-painted stone as a gift for my wife. The world was a better place when he was with us. He provided us all with a wonderful example of how to life this life, and we who knew him are indeed fortunate to have been touched by this kind and gentle man.

Michael Cullinan

December 29, 2013

I am just now learning of this. My deep sympathies to Naj's family. I first met him as a child when my Dad would take me along to meetings with him in his office on Congress St...my family was truly honored to have Naj help to management our affairs. My Dad felt a close personal friendship with him. Naj was a Godsend in helping my mother through the process following my fathers death. I can not say much more in testament to the character and nature that he possessed than what has already been said here. He was a true gentleman, of outstanding professional and personal quality. I have missed seeing him since his retirement. My hopes for peace to the famil.

Elaine York

December 27, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Mr. Lotfey's family. I remember Mr. Lotfey giving me flowers on my b'day when I worked at MacDonald Page on Congress St in Portland back in 1979.
He was a very nice person to work with and for. I will treasure the memories and miss him.

December 23, 2013

Our condolences to Barbara, John, Mike and family. We have many fond memories of Naj from years ago when we lived on Mayland Street and you all lived on Irving Street. We still remember with great fondness the wonderful swing that Naj made for Sarah. Our hearts are with you.
Barbara & Darrell Smith

Mary Ann Rodrigue

December 21, 2013

John Walker of H.M. Payson said it best in 2005 when he met with me on Naj's recommendation...he said "Naj Lotfey is a prince of a man".
Indeed he was...

Walter Allan

December 21, 2013

My wife and I have very pleasant memories of Mr. Lotfey who helped us set up my medical practice in Maine 35 years ago. His kindness and mentorship will always be appreciated by us both. Lessons taught about bookkeeping served us throughout our career and made our meetings with him a fun experience - not something one usually feels about a trip to the account.

Nancy Neely

December 21, 2013

My condolences to you and your family. I recently retired after 20 years as a paralegal at a local law firm. Mr. Lotfey was one of the first accountants that I worked with. Many years ago, he gave me one of his painted rocks. I still have it and fond memories of a wonderful person.

Jill Mitchell

December 20, 2013

Naj was our family's accountant and advisor, even after his retirement, and was a long-time close personal friend. He was a gentleman of integrity and kindness and was, by far, the most organized person I have have ever known. We shared a passion for craft projects, and I enjoyed visiting him in his basement "studio" to see his latest creation--everything from stained glass to tumbled rocks and unusual lamps. We used to share info on what dumpsters around town had good wood to "liberate" for our projects. I will always remember his "Q&C" (questions and comments) lists that he prepared before any meeting and his many words of wisdom, like "It's easier to be early than on time." My heart goes out to his family. I know how great a loss this is. He really was one-of-a-kind.

December 20, 2013

My condolences to John and the Lotfey family. Our prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

Peter & Janet Johnson