Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

April 28, 2023

Remembering Portland's Valentine's Day 'bandit'

photo buildings with heart sign Photo / Alison Nason Portland's Valentine's Day Bandit is finally revealed after decades of bringing happiness to the community.

Kevin Fahrman, 67, who leaves behind a legacy as the Valentine’s Day Bandit, died on April 20. 

Fahrman, of Falmouth, was behind the mysterious red paper hearts that appeared on the city’s businesses and landmarks on Feb. 14 for over a decade. A tradition that left smiles on people's faces while leaving behind a mystery of who was responsible. 

Although he didn't want recognition for his work, Fahrman's family decided it was time Mainers knew who was behind the famous hearts.

“As we remember Kevin, we cannot help but smile through our tears at his infectious humor, practical jokes, and the long-held secret that he was a visionary behind Portland's Valentine's Day Bandit,” his obituary said. “Yes, you read that right. For decades, this mysterious figure warmed the hearts of the city by placing hundreds of red paper hearts on storefronts and notable landmarks, and huge banners in unexpected places.”

hearts on windows
Photo / Alison Nason
Valentine's Day Bandit

His family said Fahrman devoted himself to the community and touched numerous lives with his kindness and generosity. 

Fahrman was an accomplished photographer, and one of his favorite subjects was SailMaine. Fahrman’s daughter was involved in sailing and was one of his subjects.

He was also a communications and new media studies instructor at Southern Maine Community College. 

In addition to his wife, Patti Urban, he is survived by daughters Sierra and Kelly, his son, Colin and his brother, Brian Fahrman.

On Thursday, US. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, paid tribute to Fahrman. 

“Kevin passed away unexpectedly this past weekend and his family decided it was finally time to unmask the man who had left an indelible mark on the City of Portland,” said Pingree. “Kevin never wanted recognition during his life but his family wanted to honor him in his passing.

"I want to thank Kevin’s family for sharing him with us for so long and for allowing us the opportunity to say thank you ... . May his legacy of love transcend his life and continue to inspire us to show kindness to one another every single day of the year. “

A celebration of life was held on April 25 at the Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth. His complete obituary can be found here

Sign up for Enews

Related Content


Order a PDF