PORTLAND — Dennis Donald Knowles Sr., 72, of Portland, died peacefully at home on Oct. 24.

Knowles was born in Portland on Aug. 14, 1942, to the James A. and Irene A. (Verry) Knowles.

He worked as a shoe cutter for various shoe manufacturers for many years.

In addition to his parents, Knowles is predeceased by his son, Dennis Knowles Jr., and sister. Linda Knowles.

Dennis is survived by his son, Keith Knowles, of Portland; his partner of 27 years, Phylis Crowe, and her family, mother Pauline Pottle, of Portland, sister Georgia Stevens and husband, David, of Portland, brother George Pottle and wife, Michelle, of South Portland, niece Terri Brenna and husband, John, of North Carolina, niece Shannon Denbow and husband, Dana, of Scarborough, and her great-nieces and great-nephews, Ryan, Natalie, Alison, Owen, Griffin and Abby.

At Knowles’ request, formal services will not be held. Arrangements by A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, of Portland.

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