Scarborough, ME – Craig Potkay, 75, of East Bridgewater , died November 22,2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough ME. He was the husband of Virginia A (Stanton) Potkay.
Born in New Bedford, MA son of Boleslaw and Ethel (Nemec) Potkay, he was a long time resident of East Bridgewater and after retirement spent much of his time in Raymond, ME.
Craig was a 1961 graduate of Fairhaven High School and a recipient of an Associate in Science degree from Dean College in Franklin MA. He subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and a master’s degree from Bridgewater State University. Mr. Potkay began teaching at Bridgewater Junior High School in 1967 where he taught social studies and history. His commitment to education and history were illustrated by inclusion in Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, along with National Education Association and Mass Teachers Association.
Craig traveled throughout the United States with his family over many years, visiting numerous historical and recreational sites. During these trips they enjoyed camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities offered at many National and State Parks. He took special delight in entertaining his family members at their lakeside home in Maine during the summers and other special occasions. His other interests included a longstanding love of classical music and historical photography, not to mention being a devoted fan of the Red Sox. He also had a passion for antique clock collecting and refinishing and belonged to the National Associating of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also loved genealogy and spent considerable time researching and traveling to related libraries.
Besides his wife he is survived by his three daughters, Tara Firth, Sally Potkay and Tanya Egan; a brother Stephen Potkay; six grandchildren, Eric Levy, Ryan and Jessica Firth, Christina and Melinda LaTremouille, and Amber Egan: two great grandchildren; Nicholas Wakefield and Lily Kiely, and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the United Methodist Church, East Bridgewater MA on December 27,2018 at 12 p.m. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven MA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route One, Scarborough ME 07074