Eleanore May Irish

July 26, 1917March 22, 2020

Yarmouth- Eleanore M. Irish, a longtime resident of Yarmouth Maine, died on Sunday March 22, 2020, at the great age of 102. She was a dedicated health professional, who spent her entire career in the public health sector, most of it with Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was a past-president and very active member of the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging. Even after her retirement, Eleanore didn't let age define her. Eleanore had a passion for learning. She was involved with the Senior College at the University of Southern Maine since its inception and she continued to take classes there until she was 98. After moving to the Bay Square at Yarmouth, she continued to grow her mind through small discussion classes and different travel presentations. Eleanore was a great traveler. She was always looking for new and interesting places to visit. Along with her good friend, Mickey Purkis, she traveled to 6 of the 7 continents (only missing Antarctica). One of her favorite trips was across Russia on the Trans Siberian Railroad taking Russian lessons. Even at the age of 95, she took a cruise through the Baltic Sea.

When not traveling, Eleanore would watch her favorite sports teams, especially the Boston Bruins and Red Sox. Eleanore loved to play golf, only to give it up in her nineties. Eleanore was predeceased by her parents, Burton and Thelma Irish, her brother Walden Irish and her two sisters, Natalie Garrity and Marjorie Culman. She leaves behind several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins, many who considered her as part of their immediate family. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Yarmouth.



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Sue Purkis

March 24, 2020

Eleanore was a vital part of my life, since the day I was born. From the times we spent at her house for Thanksgiving , to the time spent at Shagg Pond, to the camping trips, to the Baltic Sea Cruise and everything in between. She was always there to talk to and to encourage me. I will miss her terribly.