Richard “Dick” Jensen of South Portland passed away February 26, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough after a long battle with kidney disease.
Dick was born in Portland, Maine on June 7, 1939 to the late Harry and Josephine (Terezevich) Jensen and ran wild through the streets of Munjoy Hill until graduating from the Portland school system in 1957. Upon graduation, he exercised his civic duty by enlisting in the Air Force where he was able to add Veteran to his impressive resume. As a true Jack-of-all-trades, that rundown included Portland firefighter, electrician, carpenter, painter, cabinetmaker, welder, mechanic, and too many other MacGyver level skills to list. Dick worked hard and played hard, but always found time to fix your car, boat, lawn mower, or anything that had a motor in it.
He loved spending time at the camp on Stanley Pond that he helped build as a young man alongside his father. Countless hours were spent on that water fishing, hunting, boating, and enjoying time with family and friends. He later moved his love for the water from Stanley Pond to Casco Bay with a boat he named “The Bear” that he spent innumerable hours cruising the coast in.
Dick was predeceased by his sister, Gloria Lailer and brother, Bob Jensen. He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Bette (Hayes) Jensen; children, Christine Bradford of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Karen Jensen of Saco, Diane Jensen of South Portland, and Richard Jensen and his wife Nicole of Scarborough; as well as, 2 grandchildren, Mallory Bradford of New Market, NH and Miles Jensen of Scarborough.
The family would like to thank the Maine Veterans Home, Southern Maine Dialysis, and Compassus Hospice for the exceptional care and compassion they showed their father.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 2-4 PM at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.