Nathan Eloian spent his entire career working for the former Portland News Co.

He was in his early 20s when he started sometime around 1950, said David Turitz, who would later take over the company from his father and become Eloian’s employer. The company, which Turitz sold in 1989, distributed newspapers, magazines and paperback books.

Eloian started at the bottom and worked up to a job as foreman.

“He worked really hard, seven days a week, because we were in the news business,” said Turitz. He had a special talent for setting up the news and magazine racks in the retail outlets the company supplied, he said. “Nate was a bit of an artist. He made the racks beautiful. In our business, that was a really big deal.”

He also was nice to have around. “He was a lovely guy. A sweet man,” Turitz said.

Eloian left the company briefly to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, but returned to Portland and went back to work. And through the years, the people he worked with became a second family.

“David (Turitz) was like a brother to my father,” said his daughter, Debbie Boroyan. Eloian also became close to Mark Storms, a longtime co-worker.

Eloian died from lung cancer in 1986, when he was 59 years old. He kept working until about two weeks before his death, his daughter said.

Before he died, Eloian also was a supporter of holiday charities such as the Press Herald Toy Fund. “My father loved Christmas more than anything in the world,” Boroyan said.

So, when he died, Turitz and Storms began a tradition that has lasted for 32 years. They continued the tradition this month by sending a $100 check to the toy fund and this note:

“In memory of Nathan Eloian from David and Mark.”

“It really is incredible,” said Boroyan, who said she is touched to see the note in the newspaper year after year. “It still makes me emotional.”

THE PRESS HERALD TOY FUND in the Spirit of Bruce Roberts uses donations from readers to provide toys to thousands of Maine children who might otherwise not receive holiday gifts because of hardships faced by their parents. Now in its 69th year, the fund is accepting applications for toys from needy families in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Lincoln and Knox counties.

DONATIONS to help buy the toys can be made at pressheraldtoyfund.org or by writing checks to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund and mailing them to the fund at P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 791-6672 or go to: pressheraldtoyfund.org.

SEE MORE STORIES about the fund at pressherald.com/press-herald-toy-fund/.

TODAY’S DONATIONS

Donald E. Starr & Serena Wakel-Starr $250

Maine Golf Course Superintendents Association $175

Donald & Roxanne Jones $125

Love to all, Nelle & Oliver $50

Anonymous $500

The Massabesic Ladies Group $150

From Kevin and Brian $100

With gratitude, Russ, Elly and Andi. The Grahams $300

Merry Christmas to all! Richard Steinmetz DPM and staff $100

We want Christmas to be merry for all children! Reese, Ryan, Jordan, Mimi and Kappy $100

Anonymous $30

Merry Christmas! Diane & Dennis Ford $30

Will, Carter, Katy & Colby Wallace $100

In memory of John & Elizabeth Shea $100

Hoping to spread some cheer, Supergirls! $100

In memory of Edmund & Pearl Conley, and Norma & Alda Roy. Merry Christmas! David & JoAnne Roy $50

For the kids with love, from Donna Lee & Frank Mower $25

In memory of Marie Gallagher $50

In memory of Sally Ann Eskilson $50

In memory of W. Earle Eskilson, who worked on the Bruce Roberts Fund in the early years $50

Evelyn & Steve $100

David Wheatland $100

Joan & Robert Nigro $100

Anna & Connor O’Coin $100

In honor of our grandchildren & great-grandchild, Roger & Janice Merrow $100

In memory of “The Creeper” $20

Ivy Rebekah Lodge #5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows $25

On behalf of my three children – Maddie, Sophie and Sam $25

In memory of Blanche & Fernald Goulette from their children. Merry Christmas! $50

For the love of Christmas! $30

In memory of Chester Gilbert $10

To honor Earl G. $25

Davis and Jane Hartwell $100

Cecily & John Haeger $200

In memory of L. Philip Bernier $100

VFW Deering Memorial Auxiliary 6859 $50

Tom & Connie $50

Happy Holidays! Portland Longshoremen’s Benevolent Society $250

Merry Christmas from Paul & Wendy Coleman $30

Riverside Woman Golfer’s Association $620

From Molly and Finn Snow $100

In memory of our father, John, mother, Peggy, and brothers, Jack and Bruce McKinnon, who loved Christmas. From Marijane, Penny and Tomi $100

Anonymous $25

Richard N. Lord $50

In memory of Henry Plouff Jr. by Faith Baker $15

R. Givner $75

Kristin & Sean Venden $50

In loving memory of my Mom and Dad – Cliff & Gerry Ashley. From daughter Joan $25

In memory of Joan Gagnon $100

In loving memory of Tom, Gram, Papa and Grammy D. XO Patty $200

Anonymous $100

Kristin Hughes $20

American Legion Post 76 $100

Year to date: $81,854


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