Obituary: Michael J. Caudle – Portland Press Herald

Michael J. Caudle

SOUTH PORTLAND – Michael J. Caudle, 78, died Thursday, September 30, 2021 with his family by his side.

Caudle was born on August 12, 1943 and grew up in Albemarle, NC. He attended Southern Connecticut University, where he earned his MS and BS in Arts Education with a minor in English. His extensive continuing education includes courses at Utah State University, Southern Utah State University, Fairfield University, University of Michigan, New York Botanical Gardens, where he completed courses in botanical illustration and was a member of the National Art Education and Connecticut Art Associations .

His teaching career spanned 25 years in grades K-12 with a focus on secondary art and English. In addition, he had an earlier career in stained glass for 15 years where most of his works were commissioned.

After retiring from teaching, he focused on his art and had completed a series of watercolor landscapes of the farmlands and rivers of Montana, the Rocky Mountains, and a large number of seascapes and landscapes of New England. His fine, small watercolor gift cards are representative of various garden flowers and miniature landscapes.

He was an avid gardener and had recently completed an outdoor garden room. He was also a good quilter and has completed two large quilts in the past few years.

He exhibited: The Scarab Club, Detroit, Ml 1975 (Stained Glass), Boothbay Region Arts Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, The Western Heritage Museum, Vernal, Utah (Juried Shows-2010, 2011, 2012), The Uintah Basin in Celebration (UBIC) Roosevelt, Utah (Juried Shows 2011 and 2012), Roots Café – One Man Show, Roosevelt, Utah and won BEST IN SHOW – UBIC – 2005, two solo exhibitions at the Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth.

He has been associated with: The Watercolor Society of Utah, Boothbay Region Arts Foundation, Art Collector Maine, Portland, and the River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta.

Michael was previously dead by his three sisters, Ellen Grant, Daphne Kilbourn, Millie Rosenblatt, two brothers, David and Jan Caudle.

He is survived by his wife Ann; and her little cats Okra and Nelly from South Portland. They enjoyed the photography, the arts, toured the coast and visited many attractions across New England. He leaves behind his daughter Michal Caudle Swain and husband Robert of Ark .; a brother, Richard Caudle and Mrs. Sharyn from Connecticut and Florida; Grandson Jamie Swain; Aunt Sue Frances and her son Mark; Nieces Katie, Maggie, Regan, Shelly, Jessica and Morgen; and several great-nieces and nephews.

A festival of life takes place in spring. The arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home of South Portland, 1024 Broadway. To view Michael’s memorial page or to offer condolences online, please visit

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