Jay Alfred Ouellette

BANGOR - Jay Alfred Ouellette, beloved son of Wayne and Muriel Ouellette, left this earth unexpectedly to his heavenly home just prior to Thanksgiving Day.

Jay graduated from Brewer High School in 1995 and honorably served his country in the capacity of sergeant in the Army from July 2003 to July 2007. He participated in extensive combat missions while in the 172nd Stryker Brigade during the Iraqi Conflict. He served proudly earning high honors and many achievements during his tenure, including Soldier of the Month, Soldier of the Platoon and was nominated for Soldier of the Year. As a part of his continuing education, Jay went on to the Helmets to Hard Hats program as a certified sheet metal fabricator after his honorable discharge from the service.

In addition to his parents, Wayne and Muriel Ouellette of Pittsfield, Jay is survived by his sister, Darlene and brother-in-law, Tim Theriault, of Orrington; brother, Jeff and sister-in-law, Jody Veillette, of Bucksport; and sister, Renee and brother-in-law, Robert Salyer, of Hollywood, Fla. He is also survived by his special friend and niece, Leah Cameron; several other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his faithful friends through the years, Tim, Gary Miner, Jeff Graves, Heath Reed and Leo DeRoche.

A celebration of Jay's life will be held in Hermon and be announced at a later date in the spring. We invite all to come and share special memories with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, those inclined should send donations to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 8, 2012