Daniel Rush

Daniel T. Rush

Thursday, April 17th, 1952 - Monday, November 9th, 2020
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Daniel Thomas Rush, Esq, an established local attorney and well-loved family man, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68 from cancer on Monday evening, November 9, 2020 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford.
Dan was born on April 17, 1952 in Houlton, ME to Robert and Anne Doherty Rush. He grew up working on the family potato farm before attending University of Maine at Orono, where he joined Sigma Chi Fraternity and earned his Bachelor’s degree in History in 1975. UMO is also where Dan first met his future wife, Mary Diana Wilson, whom he married in 1979. Upon graduating UMO, he attended Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, MA, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1978.
Dan began his law career in Millinocket, ME, where he practiced at a small firm for nine years. After the birth of his first daughter, he and his family moved to Kennebunk in 1987. He established his private practice in 1991, and soon after celebrated the birth of his second daughter. As a solo practitioner, Dan took great pride and care in his work. Over the course of his 42-year career, he formed many close professional relationships and friendships with clients that in many cases spanned decades.
Away from the office, Dan took joy in collecting and restoring antique sports cars, tractors, and trucks, most recently turning his interest toward Internationals and Studebakers. He spent many evenings after dinner in his beloved barn that he designed and built to house his vehicles. Above all else, Dan cherished spending time with his family, taking long walks and drives with his wife, and playing tennis with his daughters.
Dan is survived by his wife of 41 years Mary Diana Wilson Rush of Kennebunk, his daughters Hannah Rose Rush of Austin, TX and Olivia Stuart Rush of Portland, OR, and nine brothers and sisters and their spouses in various U.S. cities: Lucy Strawbridge of Merrimack, NH, Jane & Rob Doggett and Barbara Crawford of Seattle, WA, Julie Weber of Hodgdon, ME, Gwen Dow, Matthew & Elaine Rush, and Stephen and Wanita Rush of Houlton, ME, , Bobby and Gloria Rush of Las Vegas, NV, and Chris & Martha Rush of Lake Worth, FL, as well as many loving nieces and nephews throughout the country.
Due to coronavirus safety concerns, a celebration of life event will be held in the future.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Kennebunk Land Trust, 6 Brown St, Suite 2, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or online at in Dan’s memory.
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Claire Julian

Posted at 01:12pm
I knew Dan as a colleague when I practiced law in Bangor back in the 1980's. Eventually, we both migrated to York County and our acquaintance was renewed. I became Dan's client when my husband and I needed real estate work done several years ago. I will remember Dan's quiet competence and common sense, his devotion to his family, and his understated sense of humor. He was a very good lawyer and a very nice guy. I was shocked and so very sad to hear of Dan's passing. I send my deepest sympathies to Diana and the rest of Dan's family and friends who have lost him so suddenly and much too soon.
Claire Julian

Anne Dolinsky

Posted at 03:38pm
Dear Diana and "girls",
I was so sad when I saw this in the paper.I can't imagine what you all must be going thru right now.
Dan was always so kind , gentle and funny.Sometimes when he stayed late at the office and I was still cleaning he would call me in to show me a picture of an old car or tractor, and we'ld chat about that like the guys on "car talk".He was always interested in some of the history I would share about my mom's place in Damariscotta,or our family civil war history.He was so genuinly nice to me, as you were too Diana.
Cleaning your home for all those years gave me the chance to see how loving your whole family was, and how much you all cared for and respected eachother. Thankyou for always making me feel welcome.
Again, I can only hope that time will help you thru this,and you all have eachother to lean on and cherish the memories that you have.
I know he was very proud of you all.
Love and prayers,
Anne Dolinsky

Elaine Akers

Posted at 10:57am
Diana and family, I am so sad to learn of Dan’s passing. I was blessed with the benefit of Dan’s patience and kindness. His gracious, generous heart will be sorely missed. I am heartbroken for your loss but thank you for sharing your husband and father with our community. His mark on the world and those in it made it a better place.

Susan Ingalls

Posted at 08:39am

Diana, I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Know that my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

Wes Macleod-Ball

Posted at 04:00pm
Our deepest sympathies to Diana and all Dan's family and friends - such a shock. Most of my experiences with Dan were, of course, working opposite him on behalf of our legal clients. Dan was a consummate professional and one of the "good" lawyers - respectful and firm, yet willing to hear the other side. It's the way law should be practiced. I will miss working with him. I also got to know Dan a bit outside of work - hearing stories about his kids, about his early life up north. He had a wit that I enjoyed and a pretty good memory for people. I had moved away from Maine - had been gone about ten years. One day I was walking along a street in Washington, DC, and who popped up out of the subway with a mass of tourists two blocks from the White House and almost bumped into me, but Dan! It was as if we were just catching up at a bar association meeting, not a completely chance meeting in a city 500 miles and ten years removed from our last conversation. Dan was an easy guy to like - I'll miss him as I know a lot of his colleagues in law will, too.

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