Croan, Jillaine

Croan, Jillaine

Seal Harbor – Michele Croan, 60, died August 20, 2022, from cancer at her home surrounded by her loving husband and friends.  She was born May 31, 1962, in Palm Beach, Florida to Arthur and Hortense Abbott.

As an infant she moved to Seal Harbor and graduated from MDI High School in 1980.  After graduation she worked in the restaurant and hospitality area where she was best known for her Margaritas at Miguels restaurant in Bar Harbor.  Eventually owning and operating Nature’s Way Café in Bar Harbor.  Next, she purchased her mother’s business First Express and operated it form many years.  She then sold that business and teamed up with her husband, Charlie, to open a doggie day care in their home called Acadia Pet Services.  At this time, she joined the board of directors at the Hancock County SPCA.  There she worked tirelessly for the animals in its care.  Personally, Michele was a very talented crafter who enjoyed felting, knitting, sewing, and doing all sorts of projects.  She also enjoyed traveling and camping.

Michele is survived by her beloved husband of 21 years Charlie Croan of Seal Harbor; her son Chuck Croan and his wife Christy of Surry; her aunts Susan Grindle and Jan Collucci of Seal Harbor; her brother Jack Cunningham and his wife Beth of Bar Harbor; her five grandchildren Devon Roberts and partner Morgan of Westerly, Rhode Island, Kody Croan and his fiancé Paige of Unity, Rachel, Kailyn and Emma Croan of Surry and two great grandchildren Atlas and Asher of Westerly.

There will be no service, however, a Celebration of Life for Michele will take place on a date which will be announced later.  In Memory of Michele please do one act of kindness every day.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St. Ellsworth

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15 Condolences

  • Shelly Van Camp Posted August 23, 2022 6:52 pm

    You will be greatly missed! My heart goes out to your husband, family and friends. You were so loved by so many, including many animals! Much love to you and RIP my friend.♥️

  • Sue Posted August 24, 2022 8:55 am

    the community has lost a wonderful caring person condolences to the family

  • Chris Stelling Posted August 24, 2022 6:02 pm

    Michele, big personality and huge heart, was a gift to the world. She cared for my “good dog” Shep for years….and she cared for the rest of humanity (and the four legged creatures) on a daily basis. A loss for all of us, so let’s do our best to model her love and passion in the way we interact with each other. Deep sympathies to her wonderful husband and family.

  • Stephen Edwards Posted August 25, 2022 8:48 pm

    Oh Michele, I wanted to see you so very sadly on Saturday. I guess there were other plans. Not sure what to say, other than I miss you terribly. I miss chatting back and forth, I just miss YOU. I’m forever grestful that you found me

  • Carolyn & Mike Kyle Posted August 25, 2022 8:55 pm

    Condolences to the husband family and friends she was loved by many and will be greatly missed
    RIP my friend

  • Susan Schwartz Posted August 25, 2022 9:16 pm

    The world is a better place for having had Michele in it. This line from A.A. Milne in Winnie the Pooh, says it all…”if there ever comes a time we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I will stay there forever

  • Debra Woolley Posted August 25, 2022 9:37 pm

    Sorry for your loss you fought the good fight will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers

  • Lisa Hayes Posted August 25, 2022 10:46 pm

    You touched all who came in contact with you. A heart of gold! Truly loved by all! I will forever remember your kindness, generosity, humor, infectious smile, and will try my best to always think of others and help as you did. May you test in peace knowing how loved and highly appreciated and respected you were and always will be. I will miss you dearly xo

  • Chris Grindle Posted August 26, 2022 8:42 am

    God bless you Michele. You will be missed. Condolences to Charlie and her entire family.

  • Sandra Urban Posted August 26, 2022 8:43 am

    I still am trying to accept that you have gone home. I’m left with many awesome memories which I will treasure. Many prayers to Charlie,Sue,Jan and her family and to her friends everywhere. I love you Michele.

  • Olivia Wolf Posted August 26, 2022 11:29 am

    Michelle, we love you and so did our dog Pippin. You were ever kind, welcoming, and thoughtful. I loved seeing the beautiful crafts you made and talking to you about things. Will and I will miss you. You are forever a part of the most joyous part of Mount Desert Island in our minds. You truly touched everyone you met.
    Charlie, we send you our love.

  • Linda & Russell D’Alessio Posted August 26, 2022 12:13 pm

    Michelle, you will be missed. Both Russ and I are glad our paths crossed so many times over the years. Our memories are precious. Know we loved you. To your family and friends we send our love and condolences. Rest in peace Michelle.

  • Sherry Gilmore Posted August 26, 2022 6:19 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Michele’s passing. I remember her making the best margaritas at Miguels and then sending endless packages at First Express and it was always a pleasure to have a few minutes to shoot the breeze with Michelle. Her beautiful smile and positive attitude always made my day a little better. The world has lost a wonderful soul and I wish her family the best. She touched so many people everyday with her kindness.

  • Lynn Nobil Posted August 27, 2022 6:25 pm

    I had the opportunity to get to know this special lady during our years of volunteering for the animal shelter. In Trenton. Michele always came through for any task you put before her – never said “no”. I also had many opportunities to tell her how awesome she was and how much I admired her organization and skills…Her positive nature and that endearing smile will always live in my heart.

  • Amy & Matt Stewart Posted August 28, 2022 8:25 pm

    The world was a more compassionate and peaceful place with Michele in it. She had a kindness that radiated from within. Her love for animals was just one of the many examples of her soft soul. To Sue & Jan, her husband, family, many friends, and to all those who loved Michele, we are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you all much love. Amy & Matt Stewart

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