In Memoriam

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please send the name, branch of service, and period served  to the Post Commander

 

In Flanders Fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army

 

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

 

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Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Sabattus

Hosted by American Legion Post 135

 

 

 

 

 

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Friday, June 2, 2017

 

 

Donat L. Fournier

Past Post Commander

1937 – 2017

 

SABATTUS — Donat “Don” L. Fournier Sr., 80, passed away Thursday, June 1, in his home, with his family at his side.

He was born Jan. 10, 1937 in Auburn, the son of Paul and Lillian Fournier. He attended Auburn schools. He served in the U.S. Army 1954 to 1957. In 1958, he married Joan Caron and together they raised three children.

Don worked as a contractor and truck driver most of his life. He took great pride in his family and his home. He is remembered most for always giving a helping hand to anyone in need.

He is a lifetime member of the Harry J. Conway, Post 135 American Legion and a member of the Pastime Club, Lewiston.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Caron) Fournier; their three children, Karen Connor and her husband, John, of Lewiston, Lyn Carroll and her husband, Greg, of Virginia, and Donat “Don” Fournier Jr. and his wife, Ronda. of Sabattus; as well as his seven grandchildren, Patricia Veilleux and her husband, Richard, Chad Fournier and his fiancée, Natasha, Joshua Connor, Ryan Michaud and his wife, Sara, Candace Baker and her husband, Joshua, Caleb Fournier and his wife, Chelsea and Christine Carroll; and seven great-grandchildren, Jacob Veilleux, Leanna Mulligan, Owen Michaud, Sophia Veilleux, Alyvia Fournier, Evan Michaud, and Nora Fournier. He is also survived by his siblings, Joyce St. Pierre and her husband, Roger, of Auburn, George Fournier and his wife, Joyce, of Tennessee, Lillian Wright and her husband, Sumner "Dutch,” of Florida, Leroy Fournier and his wife, Elaine, of Lewiston, and Pauline Paradis of Poland; and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Maxine Fournier, and Lillian (Michaud) Fournier and his siblings, Paul Fournier Jr., Claire St. Laurent, and Victor Fournier.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Maine Medical Center T3 and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their dedication to Don. You made him feel safe, secure and loved.

US Army

Korea

 

Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

Eugene B. Deslauriers

1925 - 2016

LEWISTON — Eugene B. Deslauriers, 90, formerly of 18 Union St., Sabattus, died Wednesday, April 13, at Montello Manor in Lewiston.

Born in Lewiston on Oct. 20, 1925, he was the son of Josephat and Yvonne Sylvain Deslauriers. Educated locally, he left high school early to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve during World War II. After the war, he returned to Maine and on April 12, 1947, married the former Muriel Scott. He was employed for a while at the Farnsworth Mill in Lisbon and later went to work as a truck driver for Anthoine Rubber Co. in Lewiston.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, home-brewing his own beer and was always tinkering with projects around the house. A devoted father to his two sons, he was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while they were growing up. He had strong ties to the Sabattus area, serving on the board of directors of the Sabattus Regional Credit Union, as a member of the American Legion Post No. 135 and as a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

Besides his loving wife of Lewiston, survivors include a son, Michael and wife, Ann, of Sabattus; a sister, Irene Boisvert of Georgetown and Lauderhill, Fla.; three grandchildren, Vicki Roy, Michael Deslauriers II and Amy Morissette; five great-grandchildren, Keagan Deslauriers, Emily Roy, Abriana Deslauriers, Olivia Roy and Isaac Morissette; and nieces and nephews, Terence Nadeau, Raymond Boisvert, Robert Boisvert, Janet Scott Wood and Robert Scott.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, David Deslauriers; brother-in-law, Donat Boisvert; brother and sister-in-law, Hector and Maxine Nadeau; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Loreen Scott; and nephew, Donat Boisvert.

 

US Navy

WWII

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Alcide L. Castonguay

 1949 - 2015

 

 

BOWDOIN — Alcide L. Castonguay, 65, of Bowdoin, passed away on Monday, April 27, at his home.

 

He was born in Lewiston on Oct. 2, 1949, a son of the late Antoine and Yvette (Dube) Castonguay. He grew up in the Sabattus area and attended local schools there. He was a graduate of Sabattus High School, Class of 1967.

 

In 1968, Al enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for 20 years. During that time, he attended the University of New Hampshire from 1977 to 1984 and received his bachelor’s degree in management.

 

In 1972, he married Connie Tomlinson and they had three children.

 

From 1986 to 1988, he attended West Coast University, where he earned his master’s degree in management Information systems. On Dec. 3, 2013, he married Arlene Duricko in Key West, Fla., and the two have resided in Bowdoin ever since.

 

Alcide has been a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus for 24 years and he was also a selectman in Sabattus for six years. He was very passionate about the farm and working on it. He put a lot of time and effort into the farm, as well as his love for maple sugaring. He also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and hunting when he could.

 

Alcide will always be remembered as being amazing. He was one of those fellas that would always lend a helping hand. He was quick to snicker and had a dry sense of humor. His grandchildren, Aiden Ensor, Hunter Castonguay and Isla Hankins were his pride and joy. He loved them fiercely and supported them generously in all things they enjoyed.

 

He is survived by wife, Arlene of Bowdoin; his children, Gary Castonguay of Sabattus, Angela Castonguay of Key West, Fla., Sarah Ensor of Hagerstown, Md., Erica McIver of Bowdoin, Carrie McIver of Lawrence, Mass., and Larry McIver and his wife, Ellen, of Brunswick. He also leaves behind his siblings, Julien Castonguay and his wife, Donna, of Sabattus, Denis Castonguay and his wife, Irene, of Sabattus, Aline Moore and her husband, Phil, of Missouri, Maurice Castonguay and his wife, Janice, of Cape Cod, Mass., and Monnette Lane of Texas; a brother-in-law, Normand LaChance of Sabattus; as well as three grandchildren.

 

He was predeceased by his sister, Ann LaChance.

USAF

Vietnam

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gerard R. Galipeau

 1938 - 2014

 

WALES — Gerard R. Galipeau, 76, a resident of Wales, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

He was born March 10, 1938, in Lewiston, the son of Gerard and Therese (Beaule) Galipeau. Gerard attended Lewiston schools.

 

On Nov. 5, 1960, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus, Gerard and Lorette Morissette were married.

 

He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. Gerry worked as a millwright at International Paper in Jay, and worked with various construction companies before starting his own carpentry business, known as G.R. Galipeau Construction.

 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going to his camp in West Forks.

 

Gerard was a member of the Eagles Club in Lewiston and the American Legion in Sabattus.

 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorette Galipeau of Wales; his children and their spouses, Lena Galipeau and Don Champagne of Wales, Dorothy and Fred Mason of Lisbon, Gerard Galipeau Jr. and Lisa White of Wales; seven grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Chrissandra, Jack and girlfriend, Amethyst, Tom and wife, Angella, Wendy and husband, Noel, Thomas and wife, Nancy, Amanda and husband, Michael, and Hunter; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Morissette of Florida and Jeanette McCarthy of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was predeceased by his parents; his mother-and father-in-law; and several special aunts and uncles.

Army

 

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Robert A. Levesque Sr.

1936 - 2014

LEWISTON — Robert A. Levesque Sr., 78, a resident of Sabattus, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 7, at Central Maine Medical Center.

 He was born in Sanford on May 23, 1936, a son of the late Alfred J. and Geraldine (Bodwell) Levesque. Bob attended Sanford schools and graduated from Sanford High School, Class of 1954.

He served for five years in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service in Korea, he was employed at Pioneer Plastics in Sanford and moved to Auburn in 1965, as a foreman as well as co-owner of Pollyanna’s Catering for 11 years with his wife, Pauline. He retired from Pioneer Plastics in 1988 as a project manager. He also served as scoutmaster of Troop 327 in Sanford and served as a committee member for Scout Troop 111 in Auburn for a number of years. During retirement, Bob was employed for 15 years at Sears, retiring in 2007.

The Franco American War Veterans Association was a huge part of his life. He spent countless hours donating his time and held almost all elected positions in the organization, including national vice commander. He was a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus and a member of the AMVETS Post 6 in New Gloucester.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pauline Brosseau, whom he married on Sept. 1, 1958, of Sabattus; one daughter, Debra Sparks and her husband, Thomas, of Rumford; three sons, Robert A. Levesque Jr. and his wife, Wendy, of Turner, Randy Levesque and his wife, Jennifer, of Lisbon and Raymond Levesque and his wife, Cindy, of Mechanic Falls; one brother, Richard Levesque and his wife, Patricia, of Springvale; three sisters, Patricia Morin and her husband, Roland, of Sun City, Ariz., Linda France of Sanford and Shirley Demers and her husband, David, of Sanford; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a special aunt and uncle, Yvonne and Philip Randall; as well as two sisters, Joanne Gray and Jacqueline Demers; and a brother, Ronald J. Levesque.

Navy

Korea

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, August 24, 2013

 

Ralph H. Bailey Jr.

1926 - 2013

SABATTUS — Ralph H. Bailey Jr., 87, of Chadbourne Road in Lewiston, died on Monday, Aug. 19, at the home of his daughter Judy Pinard where he had been staying for the last few months.

He was born on March 12, 1926, the son of the late Ralph H. and Gertrude (Brink) Bailey in Farmingdale. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1943. Ralph joined the Army-Air Force and served in WWII as a tail-gunner in the Pacific Theatre in the 500th Bomber Squadron.

On June 12, 1948, he married the love of his life, Frances V. Terrio, in Sabattus. He worked for Ducharme Bros. and Satler Corp. as a mason, then at Bates College until his retirement. Ralph was a member of the American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus and Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus.

Ralph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, he loved camping and hunting, and he and Frances traveled across the U.S. to Alaska. He especially enjoyed his plane and flying out of Twitchells Airport with his friends, Cedric Abbot, Bob Chouinard and Dick Thayer.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances; two sons, Michael and his wife, Claire Bailey, of Poland, William and his wife, Janice Bailey, of Sabattus; and one daughter, Trudy and her husband, Ronald Pinard, of Sabattus; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Freeda Fickett Merrill of Ft. Myers, Fla.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Alden and George; and a sister, Ermengarde Tibbetts.

 

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Air Force

WW II

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guy Frechette

 

BOSTON — Guy Frechette, 65, of Monmouth passed away peacefully at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center on the evening of July 17, in the presence of his family.

 

Born and educated in Lewiston, Guy was proud of having earned his GED. He worked locally as an automotive mechanic and was known to have an extraordinary, self-taught sense of how things worked.

 

He took great pride in being able to provide for his family by fixing things that were broken and creating useful things out of nearly nothing.

 

He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, earning medals for service, including a Purple Heart which he recently accepted, but struggled to feel he deserved. He returned from Vietnam, carrying burdens he had difficulty overcoming.

 

He had tremendous love for his family despite strained relationships he struggled to repair and was grateful for mended relationships in his later years.

 

He leaves behind his wife and greatest love, Marlene; his children, Annette and Mike, Dianna, Robert, Amy, Tammy and Michael and their spouses; brothers, Henry and Denis and sister, Connie, and their spouses, including Joselyn Frechette, a special person in his life; and many much-loved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his special friend, Bob, who helped him heal greatly in recent years.

 

Guy chose a simple cremation without a service in keeping with the simplicity of his life, wishing that any celebrations be in remembrance of his life.

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Vietnam

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Lewiston Sun Journal

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 

Rowena 'Red' J. Wright

1924 - 2015

AUBURN — Rowena “Red” J. Wright, 91, of Sabattus passed away after a brief illness at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.

She was born in Wilton on Feb. 14, 1924, the daughter of the late Gerry and Caroline (McLaughlin) Swett. She attended local schools and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1942. On June 22, 1942, she married her husband, Wallace Wright, and together, they raised their family of two children.

Rowena worked many years at Shaw’s supermarket, checking out the first customer in the Auburn store, before she retired from full-time work. She later became a lunch aide at Longley Elementary School until the age of 80, when she stopped working.

Red was a person that loved adventure, excitement and taking daredevil chances. On her 90th birthday, she jumped on the back of a snowmobile for a nice ride and had plans to skydive. Being outside and camping was always a pleasurable event for Red, and she spent 37 years at Muskegon Campground in Oxford. While there, she would ride in the back of the race cars from Oxford Plains Speedway and make trips around the campground.

She was an Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary member for over 70 years. In all of those years, she only missed one Memorial Day parade. No matter the time of year, you could count on Red having some Drumstick ice cream cones and any kind of chocolate.

She is survived by her daughter, Shelia and her husband, Francisco Ortiz, of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Arrica Wright Cooper and her husband, Robert Cooper, Natasha Wright, Jennifer Meza, and Joshua W. and his wife, Natalia Ortiz; and three great-grandchildren, Alexandre Meza, Devon Meza and Sydney W. Cooper. Rowena was predeceased by her husband; her son, Gerry Wright in 2010; and her sister, Delcena Welch.

She will be missed by many friends and family members.

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American Legion Auxiliary

 

Lewiston Sun Journal

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wallace E. Wright

Past Post Commander

1925 – 2010

 

AUBURN — Wallace E. Wright, 84, a resident of Island Road in Sabattus, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, at the Hospice House, with family at his side.

 

He was born in Sabattus, July 30, 1925, a son of Arthur and Jennie (Ligget) Wright. He was educated in local schools and remained a lifelong and active resident of this community. On June 22, 1944, he married Rowena Swett. He was a veteran of the military, having served his country in the Navy during World War II.

 

He was an extremely dedicated, loyal and active member of his community and a very patriotic American who took great pride in his country and helping others. For many years, he was a volunteer for various local community groups and would strip copper to get money that he could donate to many different deserving community groups in need.

 

His civic memberships included years on the Sabattus Fire Department and school board as well as serving as a Sabattus selectman, member of Sabattus Senior Citizens and a volunteer and leader for the Sabattus Boy Scouts.

 

He was a member and strong supporter of both the VFW and the American Legion and was a 64-year member of Sabattus Legion Post 135, where he held an official office almost every year, including serving as a seven-time past commander and past legion county commander. For more than 50 years, he participated in every Sabattus Memorial Day parade and in 1978, he donated the land and building where the current post stands today. In 1988, a new addition to the building was constructed and dedicated to the post from Wallace and his brothers.

 

He was a 59-year member of the Masons, serving in various chairs throughout the years, including past master of Webster Lodge 164. He was a member and past worthy patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Lakeside Chapter 60, as well as a member of Kora Temple Shrine. For many years, he donated his own money to provide tickets for local children to attend the Shrine Circus.

Among his favorite enjoyments in his free time were playing horseshoes, cribbage, billiards, fishing, cooking and camping, as he and his wife Rowena spent 38 summers as regulars at Two Lakes Campground in Oxford.

 

He leaves his wife of 65 years, Rowena Wright of Sabattus; a daughter, Shelia Ortiz and her husband, Frank, of Elizabeth, N.J.; four grandchildren, Arrica Cooper and husband, Robert, Natasha Wright, Jennifer Meza and husband, Javier and Joshua Ortiz; two great-grandchildren, Alex Meza and Devon Meza; a great-granddaughter, Sydney Cooper, soon to be born, due March 1; two sisters, Mildred Darling and Shirley Duquette, both of Sabattus; a brother, Robert Wright and wife, Rita, also of Sabattus; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wright and Vada Wright.

 

He was predeceased by his son, Gerry W. Wright on Feb. 5 in Florida; his brothers, Albion, James, Phillip and George; and his sisters, Edna, Mary and Margaret. He will be missed dearly by many nieces and nephews.

 

Navy 

WWII