Portland, ME – Beatrice M (Noone) Condon, of Portland, ME passed peacefully, on September 17, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born in Rochester, NH in 1926 to John and Dora (Hough) Noone.
Bea, as she was known by many friends, moved to Portland, Maine and settled in St. Dominic’s Parish in the West End of Portland, in the 1950s. Proud of her Irish Heritage and a devout Catholic, Bea was considered by all who her knew her as a rare jewel. She inspired others by her example of hard work and dedication to her family and the stewardship of the earth.
The first female welder hired by Portland Copper in the 1950’s she continued in that field later working for Bliss Portland and General Electric before retiring. She was known for her delicate hand at fine heliarc welding.
After retirement from her first career, Bea took her talents to the next generation working as a nanny for the Walls, Bach, Hanley, and Kelly children where Bea’s undaunted sprit and moral code was infused into the lives of these now young adults. She touched and helped shape the lives of many of her chargees while becoming part of the families of these young adults inspiring them to achieve their greatest potential and to always remember to do the “little things” for others and respect the environment.
Although Bea shared her limitless love and affection with the children of others; her own children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren where her pride and joy. She made sure they had the tools to carry on in life after she was gone, and each one knew they held a special place in her heart.
Bea was a recycler before it was fashionable, because it was the right thing to do. She was a pioneer in many ways, an avid reader; she loved the outdoors, animals and especially cats. Those who knew her repeatedly called her one of the nicest people they had ever met and a person who rarely if ever complained about anything. She delivered an empowering message of hope, love and positive expectation to the world.
In her 80’s Bea discovered her talent and love for art guided by her beloved teacher, Ruth Gorton. Ruth continued to visit Bea weekly even when Bea could no longer attend classes.
Bea is survived by her three children, Julie (Michael) Collins of Scarborough, William Condon (Kathleen Malia) of Falmouth and Kathleen M. Condon of Portland with whom she lived. Four grandchildren, Stephanie Amergian of South Portland, Alexis Bruns of New Hampshire, William Condon ( Ashley) of Falmouth and Kathleen (Christian) Hoffman of New Orleans and 4 great grand-children, Larissa Amergian, Andrew Amergian, Hudson Hoffman, and Hillary Hoffman.
Bea is survived by her sister Priscilla Cayer of Pennsylvania as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins, and is predeceased by her step-mother Myrtle Perkins, brothers John Kevin Noone, David Noone and Lawrence Noone and sister Carol Caston.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Seaside Health and Rehabilitation Center and Beacon Hospice workers and the steady stream of visitors who took time to come and visit Bea when she was no longer able to travel.
Bea was heavily influenced by a powerful desire to make a tangible, beneficial and enlightening contribution to the lives of others. So to honor her life and her request of no memorial service, please consider an act of random kindness in the name of Beatrice M. Condon at your next available opportunity and be kind to one another.