PORTLAND — Juan Mauricio Zarco, 54, died peacefully Jan. 25 with his wife, son, and pastor by his side, of complications from several strokes that occurred on Jan. 19.

Born on Aug. 4, 1956, in Bogota, Columbia, he grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he studied architecture, construction and design.

In 1993 he visited his aunt Gina Miranda in New York City, and subsequently made the United States his home. In 1995 he married Janice MacCormack in a mass wedding ceremony in South Korea, part of the Unification Church tradition, and settled in Yarmouth to be close to her family.

An incredibly hard worker, he worked a variety of jobs, including making handmade tiles for a Maine artist, making tortillas in Freeport, and most recently was employed by ACS in Lewiston.    

He was ecstatic when his son was born in 1997, and was a proud and happy father.

Known for his great sense of humor, he always had a big smile that put people at ease.

Surviving are his wife Janice and son, Alejandro, both of Yarmouth; his mother Juanita Miranda Zarco of Barranquilla, Colombia; and extended family in Colombia, America and Canada.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with the Zarco family.

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