A funeral celebration for one of Maine’s most esteemed lawyers drew a crowd of nearly 1,500 on Friday, filling even the uppermost balcony-level seats at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Peter DeTroy III died of a heart attack May 28 while riding his bike near his home in Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood. He was 68.

A practicing lawyer in Maine since 1972 and a founding partner of the law firm Norman, Hanson and DeTroy, he became one of the state’s most accomplished lawyers over the decades. He handled both civil and criminal cases and was often sought out by other lawyers when they needed legal representation.

In the crowd Friday were hundreds of attorneys, many judges from state and federal courts, and people from all walks of life. They filled the terrace, the grand tier and balcony of one of Maine’s grandest theaters for the noontime celebration of his life.

Speakers at the two-hour ceremony included Judge William Kayatta Jr. of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, DeTroy’s children and stepchildren, and his siblings.

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