Ronald Charles DamonDecember 26, 1936 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 81)
Ronald Charles Damon, 81, of Portland, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital on January 20, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born December 26, 1936 in Portland to Charles Truman and Ella Dora (James) Damon.
Ron graduated from Deering High School in 1955. He served our country as a member of the United States Navy (UDT21 and Navy SEALs) from 1956 until 1962 and as a member of the United States Army (Special Forces and Green Beret) from 1975 until 1990.
Ron was a Police Officer for South Portland beginning in 1968 and retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 1989. He was highly decorated and received numerous awards and commendations, one of which was given to him by the Maine Chief of Police Association in 1975 for “Bravery and Outstanding Arrests”. He worked for the Maine Department of Drug Enforcement from 1989 until his retirement in 1999. He also held a variety of other positions including Court Security, Corrections Officer, and as a City of Portland Fire Fighter. He helped start South Portland’s first SWAT and Dive teams. He was a member of the American Legion, Special Forces Association, UDT SEAL Association, and was the first President of the Maine Association of Police, Retired.
Ron married Patricia O’Mahoney on August 13, 1983 in Maplecrest, NY. Ron lived his life to the fullest. He was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He was often described as courageous, a hero, a legend, and a daredevil but most importantly he was known for his compassion and kindness towards others and always helping those in need. He enjoyed rock climbing, ice climbing, SCUBA diving, and competitive body building and power lifting.
Ron was preceded in death by: his parents; aunt Agnes; uncle K.C.; and beloved MDEA partner and friend, Drew Griffith. He is survived by: his wife, Pat O’Mahoney-Damon of Portland; son, Mark Damon and his wife Debbie of Westbrook; daughter, Kellie Joyce and her husband James of Standish; daughter, Casey-Lynn Smith of Edgewater, FL; grandchildren, Madison Damon, Bronson Ronald Damon, Sarah Joyce, and Traeh Smith; sister, Diana Pomelow and husband Phil; godsons, Greg Guimond, Alex Lemay, and Tyler Lemay; and numerous extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Ron’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with a celebration of Ron’s life to follow at 1:00 PM ending with military honors on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home.