Kathy Lynn Condon

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Kathy Lynn Condon

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CONDON, Kathy Lynn, 62, FALMOUTH & PRESQUE ISLE, at Falmouth by the Sea, March 30, 2012. A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on April 29, at 11 o’clock at Camp Ketcha, Scarborough, Maine.

    FALMOUTH & PRESQUE ISLE – Kathy Lynn Condon died March 30, at Falmouth by the Sea. Kathy was born in Presque Isle, July 9, 1949, to Keith and Alice (McHugh) Condon, graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1967, and acquired a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Connecticut in 1973.

    Diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago, Kathy met the challenges of her declining health with her usual dignity, courage, patience and humor.

    Kathy was an especially gifted teacher, greatly admired by her fellow professionals. She was known for her creative problem solving, tireless dedication, love and respect for every child she knew,and had an extraordinary connection with her students. She taught disabled, inner city children for several years in Connecticut before relocating back to Maine with her son, Andre, in 1988.

    Kathy was the first teacher in the Regional Language Program at South Portland’s Dyer School, a position she held for fifteen years before she joined the Aucocisco School faculty in 2001. During her tenure at Aucocisco, she co-created a unique program called “Backstage” which incorporated theatre, social thinking, games, art and humor, improving the quality of life for many children and young adults in Southern Maine.

    In 2009, after being nominated by an Aucocisco family, Kathy was chosen Teacher of the Year by the Aspergers Association of New England, an honor she cherished.

    In addition to her teaching skills, she was known for her ‘off the wall’ humor, quick laugh, exquisitely wrapped gifts, fabulous cakes, love, passion and generosity with both family and friends. She loved exploring the Maine coast, eating at Becky’s Diner, and football, rarely missing a college or professional game. She was also a gifted artist, drawing, painting, beading and scrapbooking, gifting her family and friends with the beautiful results, greatly treasured as Kathy herself will always be.

    She will be treasured for her love, passion and generosity as a sibling, mother, grandmother, friend, aunt and educator.

    Kathy is survived by her son, Andre Condon and his partner, Katherine Dunton of Westbrook; two granddaughters, Adriana and Karalina Condon; siblings, Patricia Condon of Presque Isle, Pamela (Condon) McAlinden of Waterboro, and Charles Condon of Bangor; several nieces and nephews; grand- nieces and nephews; and many, many close friends.

    The family would like to thank all of Kathy’s health care providers for their expert and gentle care; all of the staff at Falmouth by the Sea for their extraordinary love and kindness; Beacon Hospice for their compassion and empathy; the Maine Medical Center Cancer Treatment Program for their humanity; Maine Medical Center and New England Rehab for their skill and concern; and eHope, a web-based community that brought together Kathy’s family, friends and colleagues to provide Kathy with social, emotional and spiritual support in the months that she lived with her illness (info.eHope.nu).

    A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on April 29, at 11 o’clock at Camp Ketcha, Scarborough, Maine.

    Memorial donations in Kathy’s name can be made to the Kathy Condon Memorial Fund at the Aucocisco School, 126 Spurwink Ave., Cape Elizabeth, 04107.

    Donations will support the continuation of the ‘Backstage’ program by providing support to families who would otherwise not be able to send their children to the program.