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Robert M. Raftice Sr.
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Scarborough- Robert “Bob” Raftice, 84, passed away on June 10, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough following a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Portland on March 26, 1934 to Francis A. and Barbara (Gorham) Raftice. He is predeceased by his parents and one brother, Richard. Bob was raised on Munjoy Hill, attended Portland schools, proudly served in the US Navy on the USS Worcester LC144, owned and operated Bob’s Variety in Cape Elizabeth from 1962-1967 before joining the US Postal Service, retiring after 35 years.

In 1958, he married Susan J. Murphy, and together they raised 5 children in Cape Elizabeth. Once retired, Bob thoroughly enjoyed retirement life: from all New England sporting events, children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, cheering on his favorite “Notre Dame”, celebrating his Irish heritage, summer visits to Higgins Beach, playing cards with friends, traveling winters to Florida, cheering on an occasional horse race (with a small wager included), Bob loved life. He was most proud of his family, and the love and respect they all had for each other.

Bob leaves behind his wife of 60 years Susan, their daughters, Maureen (Raftice) Harvey and her husband Michael, Kathleen Raftice, Eileen Raftice and her husband Scott Lemelin, sons, Robert Raftice Jr and his partner Jessica Allen and James Raftice and his wife Heather (Gorham). Sisters-in-law, Jeannie Kelley and Kathleen Kelley. Bob also enjoyed the love of his 10 grandchildren, Michael Harvey Jr. and his wife Jessica, Janell (Harvey) Canaan and her husband Alex, Kayla, Elizabeth and Emma Raftice, Matthew and Carly Lemelin, Seamus, Brogan and Riley Raftice, along with 2 great grandchildren, Andrew and Annie Canaan.

Bob will be forever remembered for his great smile, a twinkle in his eyes and his enormous love for friends and family, especially his wife Susan, “Mick”.

Susan and the family would like to thank the entire staff at the Veterans Home in Scarborough, especially Lacey, Pam and Jack, for the special love and attention they showed Bob. In addition a special thank you to Danielle Roy for her care and attention over the past year.

Visiting hours celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Conroy Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the chapel on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:15am followed by a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Bob’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

Those who wish may make contributions in Bob’s memory to: Maine Veterans Home, Activities Department, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074

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Visiting Hours




4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM
Holy Cross Church

124 Cottage Rd.
South Portland, ME 04106

Memorial Contribution

Maine Veterans Home

290 US Route 1
Scarborough, Maine 04074

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