PORTLAND — John Renna, 83, died peacefully Nov. 15, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, with his loving family by his side.

Born in Portland on April 29, 1930, he was the son of Rosario and Agrippina Amaru’ Renna. He grew up in Portland and attended local schools while he tended to his ailing mother before she died early in his life. Renna enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War. After his service, he returned to the Portland area and worked for more than 20 years at Portland Metro as a mechanic.

He was a family man, he married and had two daughters. Nothing in life gave him more joy than his daughters and grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan especially loving the Yankees and South Portland Red Riots. In his earlier years he also enjoyed spending time at Scarborough Downs. In his retirement he enjoyed traveling abroad.

He was a kind, gentle soul who put all others before himself. Most of all he was a father, friend and hero to his daughters.

He was predeceased by his parents, Rosario and Agripinna Renna; siblings Vincent Renna, Joseph Renna, Philomena Falconieri, Grace Renna, Mary Palmer and Emanuel Renna.

He is survived by his daughters, Gina Page, and husband, Dan, and Tammy Tardy, all of South Portland; grandchildren Steven Tardy, Robbie Renna and Ashley Tardy; great-grandson Riley James; sisters Rose Walker and Patricia Sanbor, of Portland; a special niece, Debbie Budroe, and  several other loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Gentiva Home Health, Hospice of Southern Maine and the entire staff at Maine Medical Outpatient Clinic for all of the care and support over the past years. They would also like to thank his “adopted daughters” for their love and care. His family would like to offer a special thank you to Robin Wellington at Maine Medical Center for all of her care and support during the past 13 years. 

Visiting hours were held today, at Conroy-Tully Crawford, South Portland. Prayers recited Wednesay at the chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 72 Federal St., Portland. Burial with military rites was held at New Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland.

Those desiring may make donations to Gosnell Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to South Portland Football Boosters, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.

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