George E. Berube Sr.

In Loving Memory Of


Dec 6, 2012

CARIBOU - George E. Berube Sr., 87, former Korean War POW and well-known area veterans advocate, died Dec. 6, 2012, at Maine Veterans Home, Caribou. He was born Sept. 14, 1925, in St. John Plantation, son of the late Louis and Coralie "Gertrude" (Lavasseur) Berube.

Mr. Berube was employed as a mechanic by several area garages and auto dealerships for many years, as well as being employed at Potato Service for a number of years. He married Florentine Ouellette, July 3, 1954. Mr. Berube was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. George served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. While in Korea, Mr. Berube was captured by enemy forces and was held as a POW for nearly two years. During his military career, Mr. Berube received many awards and commendations, including two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze and Silver stars with Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of Henry B Pratt Post 15 American Legion; was a life member of Lister Knowlton Post 9389 Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Smart Ricker Post 10 Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of Purple Heart and Korean War Veterans Association. Mr. Berube was also a founding board member of Maine Veterans Home, Caribou.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of more than 57 years, Florentine of Caribou, are three sons and a daughter-in-law, George Berube Jr., Dennis Berube and Frederick, and Treska Berube, all of Caribou; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Jackie Berube of Presque Isle, and Ralph and Marsha Berube of Millinocket; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Leona and Lawrence Thibeault of Van Buren, Alice and Willie O'Leary of Fort Kent, Theresa Poirier and Rosalie Turney, both of Waterbury, Conn.; grandchildren, Dianna Lavoie and husband, A.J., Denise Verbicky, Sarah and Duane Berube, and Jamie and Jarid Hendrickson; nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Mr. Berube was predeceased by a brother, Joseph; and a granddaughter, Madison Ouellette.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, from the Parish of the Precious Blood Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment and military honors will be at Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery. After the service, all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the VFW.

Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 7, 2012