SOUTH PORTLAND — Paul V. Bargas, 77, died suddenly at his home on Feb. 24.
He was born Jan. 20, 1932, in Elmo, Kan., son of Jessie and Maria Bargas.
On April 24, 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service aboard numerous vessels. He attained the rank of Senior Chief and retired from active duty on March 6, 1970. He continued his service in the U.S. Naval Reserve until Sept. 1, 1979.
During his military service, he developed a life-long appreciation for the sea and for culinary arts.
In 1980, he joined the Merchant Marines as Chief Steward with the Keystone Shipping Company until his retirement in 1993.
He worked as a chef in various local restaurants, including the Eastland Hotel in Portland, Dunstan School in Scarborough and Scarborough Terrace assisted living facility. Additionally, he co-owned and was head chef at Maria’s restaurant and later at P&J’s restaurant.
He was predeceased by brothers, Jesse Bargas and Rudy Mascareno, and sisters, Amalia “Molly” Richel and Virginia Savage.
He is survived by his wife, Edwina “Winnie”; children, Paul V. Bargas Jr., Jessie Lee Bargas, Jayde “Jay” James Bargas, Patrick Jerome Bargas, Donald Edward Mellen, Raymond Paul Mellen and Bonny Lee Lutz; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Lupe Bargas, John Bargas, Frank Bargas and sisters Constance “Connie” Mascareno, Dorothy Hudson and Josephine Salters; and nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held last week.
Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.