Obituaries

Nancy Tancredi
Died: May 12, 2018
 Nancy Rose Tancredi, beloved mother, cherished grandmother, loyal sister-in-law and dear friend, died unexpectedly following surgery in White Plains, NY, on May 12, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was 71 years old.

She leaves behind by her three children: Robert Sapiro and his wife Eleanor Mitten of Eliot, ME, Emily Tancredi-Brice Agbenyega and her husband Tsiri of Pelham Manor, NY, and Constance Girvan and her husband Andrew of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also leaves behind an adopted daughter, Brittney Sampson of Boston, MA.

She had an ever growing family. Her grandchildren are Elizabeth Schaefer, Peter Sapiro-Mitten, Kirsten, Rachel, Daniel and Gabriel Agbenyega, Elias Mobley-Sampson and Robert Girvan. Elizabeth and her husband Richard Schaefer are the parents of Nancys first great granddaughter, Hannah.

She was predeceased by her brother Robert Tancredi in 2011. His wife, her sister-in-law, Sharon Ash Tancredi of Scarborough, ME was very dear to her heart, their connection forged over many years.

She also leaves behind several cousins, lifelong friends, and many new friends she made in Downeast Maine. She will be missed by her faithful companions, her dogs, Aurie and Phoebe.

Nancy was born in Portland, ME, the daughter of the late Aniello and Constance Moore Tancredi. She attended Deering High School and the University of Maine-Orono. She had a great love of family history and the creative writing process which continued throughout her entire life.

Nancy moved to Cambridge, MA in the early 1980s from Portland, ME and lived there for over 20 years. She raised her family in Cambridge and was an active member of the Bahá'í Faith. Her home became a gathering place of fellowship, creativity and gracious hospitality for people from all over the world.

The culmination of an odyssean rescue mission of her cat, Ketchup, lead her to find what would be her true home on Beals, ME, in 2000. She moved to her home by the sea in 2007.

It was on Beals that Nancys innate gifts of photography and writing of both poetry and memoir blossomed. She rose every morning and photographed sunrises, sunsets, wildlife and flora surrounding her home. She was an avid reader, skilled baker, and master knitter. In her 40s she learned to play the piano beautifully, with a particular focus on Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Nancy relished in welcoming friends and family to her kitchen table for wonderful meals, stories, and abundant laughter. She made many of her deepest connections through creative work and managed genuinely to connect with people around the world on Facebook.

She enjoyed volunteering at Beals Elementary School, facilitating writing groups with fellow writers who became dear friends, and hosting a poetry radio show, The Writers Forum on WERU-FM. She also joined in collaboration with poets and writers to support Off the Coast: Maines International Poetry Journal.

Strong of character and soft of heart, her intellect, wit, generosity, and thoughtfulness were lifelong gifts she gave freely to family and friends.
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