Peter Dow Clain, 72, formerly of Stockton Springs, passed away in his beloved Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, home Dec. 4, 2020, after valiantly enduring a long illness.

Peter was born in Swampscott, Mass., Nov. 9, 1948, to Philip L. Clain and Karen Dow Clain. He attended schools in Swampscott and graduated from Swampscott High School. He attended a post-graduate prep school year at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. Next he attended the University of Maine, Orono, where he majored in French and Spanish. He later got a master's degree in French.

He had a lifelong tenure of teaching foreign languages at the secondary level. He taught at Sanford High School, Maine Central Institute and for the most years at Bucksport High School. Peter liked to joke that he had become a fixture at Bucksport. He was a popular Spanish teacher and directed drama as well.

After retirement, Peter taught at John Bapst High School for a year, then in the local Bucksport schools. During summers he was active in many theater companies: The Ebb TIde Players in Searsport,The Penobscot Regional Theater and Shakespeare Festival in Bangor, Belfast Maskers, Assembled Players and Northport Music Theater.

He made his home in Stockton Springs from 1980 to recent seasonal stays.

Peter was a singer in the Pen Bay Singers and its previous version of the Robert Coller Chorale for 25 years, more or less. He sang tenor and helped stage manage. He was also a singer in the choir at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Belfast. He also sang in the English Mass choir of the Cathedral chapel in Merida. He was a past vestry member of St. Margaret's and a current vestry member of St. Luke's Episcopal in Merida.

The last 12 years Peter wintered in Merida, first part-time, then permanently in more recent years. He was active in volunteering at the Merida English Library, teaching Spanish to adults at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and before that for Las Monjas RC Church in Merida. He rescued four Yucateco cats and more than 20 in Maine (not all at the same time).

He is survived by his husband and partner of 42 years, Richard Tourigny; his brother, Christopher, and his wife, Mary Clain, of Swampscott, Mass.; and nephews Philip and Chris of same. He is also survived by Richard’s family members and his as well, Paul Tourigny of Wells, Louise and Randy Reed of Brunswick, Jerry Tourigny, his wife, Katya Zenko, and nephews Andrei and Daniel of Scarborough; and Marilyn and Brian Long of Waxhaw, N.C., and nephews Jimmy Long of Charleston, S.C., and Jake Long of Raleigh, N.C. Also cousins Olivia and Dick Storey of Cornelius, N.C.; Virginia and Rick Blaker of Southport, Conn.; Hubbard Wells and Kornelia of Brewster, N.Y.; Susan Clain of Manchester; and Brian Clain, John Clain and aunt Barbara Clain of Massachusetts. Also cousins Jim Dow of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Valerie Dow of Berkeley, Calif.; and a long list of friends too numerous to name are left behind as well.

Peter was an avid gardener whose gardens were often included in home and garden tours to raise money for local charities. He leaves behind a legacy of having taught for more than 35 years, performing and directing many plays for the enjoyment of all, volunteering in other settings such as food banks, and taking groups of students and chaperones on numerous trips to Spain and Mexico. He found in the 1980s his favorite, Merida, where he planned to retire and did.