Michael Stephen Litman


Michael Stephen Litman
December 27, 1953
May 23, 2019

PORTLAND, ME - Michael S. Litman, 65, of Portland, ME., passed away peacefully in his sleep at home, with his wife Sally by his side, on May 23, 2019, after a two year battle with cancer.

He was born December 27, 1953, in Portland, to Evelyn and Robert Litman. Michael graduated from Deering High School in 1972, attended Bentley College in Boston and came back to Portland to work with his Dad, Robert, to open “The Place”, a well known sandwich and pizza shop on Forest Avenue.

He met his wife, Sally Hunter, at Tiffany’s Diner, an all night diner that was open after the store closed. She was working the late shifts, and after much pursuing, they went on a date. They’ve been together now for 36 years.

Michael was always a very dedicated hard worker and followed in his father’s footstep in a multitude of “sales” positions. He worked in his grandfather’s shoe store, owned an all-night nightclub, sold shoes in Boston, helped run “The Place”, worked at “Marcy’s”, his sister’s restaurant, and for the last 20 plus years he worked in the Direct Response Marketing industry.

In DRM, (call centers), he earned the reputation as a great salesperson, trainer and manager. He was known far and wide in the industry as a mentor and friend. Over these past couple years scores of his old colleagues and mentees would call, visit, and take him out to repay what he had done for them with kindness and affection.

Michael had many passions throughout the years, including reality TV, watching golf on TV (especially Tiger), cribbage, cooking, eating, food shopping, visiting Dana, Paula, Robert, Evelyn and Marcy in Florida, people watching on the beach, and celebrating holidays with family and friends. But he was especially passionate about his cats. He and Sally had many cats, and each one was considered one of his children. He would regale you with stories of their names, personalities, quirks and traits.

He was a deeply caring person with a big heart who would give the shirt off his back to a friend. And once you were a friend, you were the most important person to him.

Michael is survived by his wife, Sally Hunter, of Portland, and 3 siblings – Marcy Litman of Spring Hill, FL., Dana (Paula) Litman of Suwanee, GA., and Peter (Heidi) Litman of Portland, ME. He also has multiple sisters-in-law’s, a brother-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and all their associated families, that he was close to and loved being with.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, caregivers, therapists, organizations, hospitals, and rehab facilities that have been a part of Michael’s journey. They all have been helpful, kind, generous, supportive and understanding as Michael made the best of a “dealt a bad hand” situation.

Services are Sunday, May 26th, at 1:00 pm, at the Jewish Funeral Home, 471 Deering Avenue, Portland ME.  A celebration of his life with family and friends will follow at 99 Longwood Drive, as well the Sunday evening service.

In lieu of flowers,
Donations can be made to:
Maine Cancer Foundation
170 US Rte 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME ~04105

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