Donna McCluskey

indexDonna Mary (Dean) McCluskey, born April 15, 1951, passed away on October 31, 2023 from advanced lung cancer, surrounded by her family and other loved ones. Her passage was peaceful.
Donna grew up in Freeport, Maine and attended the Freeport school system, graduating from 
Freeport High School in 1969. Donna had worked for her parents at the Village Shoemaker for 
much of her teen years. She went on to work at the Bowdoin College Library for 2 years before 
leaving to work at L.L.Bean in 1973. She continued her employment there until 1978 when she 
was hired by Bath Iron Works in data entry. She left her job at BIW in 1981 and began day 
caring for many of her former co-workers children, as well as others. 
Donna continued her day caring for several years until she accepted a position at the Issac 
Umberhine Library, in Richmond, Maine, a position that she would hold for for over 34 years. 
While at the Umberhine Library she undertook several programs designed to introduce literacy 
to children in the form of weekly "Story Hours", at which she would personally read to the 
children, and other various projects. Every year, she would work tirelessly to create floats for 
the "Richmond Days" and organize and judge a "Children's Parade". Along with several other 
engaged townspeople, her voice and fundraising efforts helped to fund the new Richmond 
Library at its present location on main street in Richmond.
Donna's, efforts to promote childhood literacy had a tremendous impact on the children of the 
community. Some of her favorite moments as librarian were when now grown adults came in 
and expressed their joyful recollections of their days at the library and how they loved her 
kindness, warmth and interest in their welfare. She also loved her adult patrons with many of 
them becoming close friends who shared their lives with her in conversation. Her impact on the 
overall community is impossible to quantify, but if the testimonials pouring in after her passing 
are any indication, she has touched, and enhanced, many people in our small town, and 
beyond. She was powerfully, and widely, loved.
Donna, (or Rosie as her husband Rick and others often referred to her) loved to dabble in crafts 
and over the years joined forces with her daughter, Becky, her granddaughter, Hannah, and 
most recently, her great granddaughter, Maeve. She created individual cookbooks based on 
her mother-in-law's recipes and filled them with pictures of the nieces and granddaughters, 
with their grandmother to personalize them. She possessed an incredible knack for creating 
the items that warmed the heart and soul of those fortunate to receive them such as quilts, 
cookbooks, ornaments and many other items designed to lift the spirit. 
Donna was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Jacqueline (Condon) Dean as well as a 
son, Richard McCluskey 2nd, and a sister Linan (Dean) Simpson. Survivors include her 
husband of 53 years, Richard McCluskey, daughter Rebecca (McCluskey) Dubeau of Norway, 
and a son Daniel McCluskey of Raymond, Maine. Also surviving are grandchildren Hannah 
McCluskey, Joseph McCluskey, and great-granddaughter Maeve McCluskey. She is also 
survived by brothers David Dean of Leeds and Gregory Dean of Richmond, Maine. 
A celebration of life will be held at the Richmond/Dresden Methodist church on Pleasant street 
in Richmond at 2:00 P.M on Saturday, November 11th, to be followed by a reception at the 

Richmond Grange.