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“My condolences to the Portland Family--I have fond memories of music making at First United Methodist Church with Francis. He was a wonderful teacher...Read More »
1 of 60 | Posted by: Cheryl Hornung - Marburg, Germany

“Peace and Love to all the family and friends of Francis in this difficult time. I will always cherish the memories of my choir director and friend...Read More »
2 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“Wow! i was one of his many students. He was a great music teacher. He adored his job. He will be missed by many. God Bless, Craig & Karen Davis of...Read More »
3 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“...I waited until this evening...after the Celebration of Francis' life...to write......our most heartfelt sympathy to the Portland family......what...Read More »
4 of 60 | Posted by: Millie and Doug Broughton - PA

“It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through. ”
5 of 60 | Posted by: Andrea and Steve Gall

“Francis and I were really good friends. When he played at Christ EC church I was his page turner. I went to high school itch him and played also in...Read More »
6 of 60 | Posted by: Larry Walters - Ft. Myers,, FL

“To the Portland family,Our condolences to you on Fran's passing. He was a wonderful choir director and friend. My father was involved in a plane...Read More »
7 of 60 | Posted by: - Palo Alto, PA

“Lost of a great man, so many people loved you and your were a great friend to both my Sinton and Lipsky Familes.You will be missed...Read More »
8 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Portland was such a kind man a compassionate soul. Also a talented musician I remember all the beautiful Christmas concerts he collaborated. Rest...Read More »
9 of 60 | Posted by: Sharon Crowe - Roberts Pottsville

“So sorry "Duckie" yes that is what i called you, laughing at that name and we would tease each other with our funny family names Mom's name was...Read More »
10 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“When I posted the following on Facebook Thursday I had no idea Francis had passed away on Tuesday. To all of Francis' family, friends, students,...Read More »
11 of 60 | Posted by: Ed Flack - Key West, FL

“Albert & Lucy My Condolences. Treasure his memories. ”
12 of 60 | Posted by: Harry Zerbey

“My prayers reach out to Albert and Lucy. My fondest memories of Frances were playing the old record player out in his back yard and acting out the...Read More »
13 of 60 | Posted by: Sandy Connors - Carmel, IN

“Dear Albert and Lucy,May I take this opportunity to extend to you both and your family my sincerest of condolences on the loss of your dear brother...Read More »
14 of 60 | Posted by: John and Micki Potlunas - PA

“So sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and will be truly missed ”
15 of 60 | Posted by: Marsha Schell - Hamburg, PA

“So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Jim & Holly Wallauer ”
16 of 60 | Posted by: Holly Wallauer - Pottsville, PA

“To Lucy, Albert and family: We are sorry to hear the loss of your brother, Francis. He was such an inspirational person whom we will dearly miss. We...Read More »
17 of 60 | Posted by: Jack and Bev Schneider - PA

“Albert, Lucy and all.He was a dear friend and a mentor to me.May his spirit fly high with angels.Sincerely,Marc ”
18 of 60 | Posted by: Marc Peckman - Jamison, PA

“He will be missed. Prayers for family and friends. ”
19 of 60 | Posted by: Bob Thomas - Schnecksville, PA

“My deepest condolences for the Portland family in this time of loss. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers, it was an honor having "Harp" Mr....Read More »
20 of 60 | Posted by: Angela Cox - Lebanon, PA

“Dear Portland Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time."Harp" was loved by all his students and touched so many...Read More »
21 of 60 | Posted by: Stacey Weber - Pottsvillle, PA

“Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. I was fortunate to have grown up with you all as wonderful neighbors. Please know you are all in...Read More »
22 of 60 | Posted by: Kevin Burns - Philadelphia, PA

“We send our condolences to the family. A kind gentleman is how I remember Francis. Always had good things to say about my family members when I ran...Read More »
23 of 60 | Posted by: Vince Schappell - Houston, TX

“Sincere sympathy to Lucy, Albert and family. My mother and Harpo's mother were girlhood friends, "Mim" Portland raised a fine family! I graduated...Read More »
24 of 60 | Posted by: Patricia Sausser - Fleetwood, PA

“Dear Portland Family,We were so sad to hear about Francis...he was always so full of life and spirit- his passing will leave a big void in the...Read More »
25 of 60 | Posted by: Jill (Miller) Salmon - Pottsville, PA

“"For all the Saint's who from their labors rest, thy name be forever blessed . . .one of the great organists of Schuylkill County. A man of great...Read More »
26 of 60 | Posted by: Edward Gaul - Hightstown, NJ

“He will be missed! He made Concert Choir fun in High School and he played the organ at our wedding. Our deepest condolences to his entire family. ”
27 of 60 | Posted by: Annette Ventrura-Glenn - Newark, DE

“Our deepest sympathy. ”
28 of 60 | Posted by: Brookside Animal Hospital - PA

“Lucy and Albert, I was so sorry to read about the passing of Francis. My deepest condolences to you and the entire family. May you find peace and...Read More »
29 of 60 | Posted by: Annie Reidy Hull - Naples, FL

“It was a privilege to have Francis as a music teacher during my time at PAHS. He wasn't afraid to push me out of my comfort zone to help me improve,...Read More »
30 of 60 | Posted by: Scott Zimmerman - Montrose, PA

“A wonderful human being and friend has left our midst. We cherish the time we had with him and know that he is in a better place. Best wishes to...Read More »
31 of 60 | Posted by: John and Laura Liddle - Lorton, VA

“My Condolences to the entire family. He was an amazing teacher. He was my music teacher in 1980. Blessings to all with Comfort. ”
32 of 60 | Posted by: jennifer downs - duncan, SC

“Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. We were fortunate to have grown up with you all as wonderful neighbors. Please know you are all...Read More »
33 of 60 | Posted by: Kevin Burns - Philadelphia, PA

“I will never forget the impact that Mr Portland has had on my life. He was both a mentor and a friend. He brought out the best in me musically and...Read More »
34 of 60 | Posted by: Joelene (Museousky) Russell - PA

“To paraphrase St. Augustine: "Those who sing (& play the organ organ) pray twice" ~ Thanks be to God for Francis and his gift of music shared so...Read More »
35 of 60 | Posted by: (Fr. Cliff Carr - Bethlehem, PA

“Mr. Portland or as you were affectionatly known " Harp" You were a wonderful teacher and friend and community person who inspired many you will be...Read More »
36 of 60 | Posted by: Crystal Staller - Pottsville, PA

“My deepest sympathies to the Portland family. I am so sad to hear of Francis passing. Harpo, as his students fondly called him, touched so many lives...Read More »
37 of 60 | Posted by: Mary Mozloom-Davis - Hellertown, PA

“Rest in Peace old buddy. Harp made a mark in many lives and will not be forgotten. He was a great musician,gentleman, and friend to so many. My...Read More »
38 of 60 | Posted by: Tom Hammer - Pottsville, PA

“A wonderful and meaningful presence at PAHS. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. ”
39 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“"Harp" as well all called him was a fantastic teacher and friend, who would do anything for his students. May you finally rest in peace my friend... ”
40 of 60 | Posted by: Steve & Kate Zagar - Palo Alto, PA

“So sorry for your loss. May memories sustained you at this difficult time. ”
41 of 60 | Posted by: Robin Greene Dorfman - Houston, TX

“to the Portland family .My sympathy to you for the loss of your brother .My thoughts and prayers are with you.May he rest in peace. ”
42 of 60 | Posted by: tom piccioni - pottsville, PA

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. Heaven's Choir has gained one of the greats. May he rest in eternal peace ”
43 of 60 | Posted by: Ryan Bressler - Pottsville

“I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Please accept my condolences. Our organist will be surely missed. ”
44 of 60 | Posted by: Cynthia Nye - POTTSVILLE, PA

“HE WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND WILL BE HIGHLY MISSES R.I.P MR.P. ”
45 of 60 | Posted by: KARLI BLACKWELL - POTTSVILLE, PA

“To the Portland Family,I am sorry to hear about your loss. Francis (Harp) was a great guy. I hope that you find strength in your memories of him...Read More »
46 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP my good man it was a honor and a privilege to have known you you will be greatly miss by everyone that knew you ”
47 of 60 | Posted by: David Shay - Allentown, PA

“I will remember him with much fondness and love as, I'm sure, all of his students will. Every Spring concert, every Christmas concert bring such warm...Read More »
48 of 60 | Posted by: Mary Jo Grube - St. Clair, PA

“Francis, you are in so many of my best memories from high school, and you contributed so much to my development as a musician. You were my go-to when...Read More »
49 of 60 | Posted by: Amanda Smith - York, PA

“I mourn the loss of my talented friend and sympathize with all of his familyRose Kohutka (Pottsville, PA) ”
50 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“Al, so very sorry to read about your brothers passing.Francis was the best of the best. Many fond memories I have of him when he visited with Aunt...Read More »
51 of 60 | Posted by: Nanci Reigle Billie - Summerfield, FL

“God bless the family and loved ones of this great man. He was an inspiration to many. ”
52 of 60 | Posted by: Hope Mease - Bell, FL

“My sincere sympathies to the Portland family...Francis was a great teacher who was truly passionate about any aspect of music whether it was in class...Read More »
53 of 60 | Posted by: - Mechanicsville

“Eternal memory. May the angels come to greet you. Our deepest condolences to the Portland family. ”
54 of 60 | Posted by: Greg, Dale & Andrew Verchick - PA

“Albert and Lucy:My condolences on the passing of Francis.It was my privilege to work with him for 4 years at PAHS. He was a dedicated teacher and an...Read More »
55 of 60 | Posted by: A friend

“Francis was a very special person and friend. May he rest in eternal peace. ”
56 of 60 | Posted by: Brian J Focht - Reading, PA

“A great educator and a great man, rest in peace. My condolences to the family. ”
57 of 60 | Posted by: Roy Adams - Ft Lauderdale, FL

“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of a very dear and beloved man. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Portland Family. I enjoyed time...Read More »
58 of 60 | Posted by: Betsy Fernsler Seaman - PA

“My sincere condolences to the family of Francis. Francis was a man who dedicated his life to children and music. The world is a better place with his...Read More »
59 of 60 | Posted by: Les blankenhorn - Pottsville, PA

“To the family of Francis Portland we send our sincerest condolences at this time. Francis was only a very special person and will never be forgotten....Read More »
60 of 60 | Posted by: Donna and George Albert - Naples, FL


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Francis was born on September 26, 1943 and passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Francis was a resident of Pottsville, Pennsylvania at the time of his passing.

He was a 1961 graduate of Pottsville High School and continued his education at West Chester University graduating in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in music.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church Pottsville with the Rev. John Wallace and the Rev. Glen Esler officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be conducted at the convenience of the family at Schuylkill Memorial Park Schuylkill Haven.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to First United Methodist Church Fourth and West Market streets Pottsville PA 17901.

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