Homere A. Dansereau

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ADDISON - Homere A. Dansereau, 83, a longtime resident of Washington County, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Bangor. Homere was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Newark, N.J., to Albert Cecil and Kathryn Julia (Kalkowski) Dansereau.

When he was 2, his family moved to Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Anacostia Senior High School. After graduation, Homere served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. Later, he returned to Washington, D.C. and made his career as a firefighter. Homere was very proud to be a firefighter for Washington, D.C. Fire Department. True to tradition, he was also a fantastic cook who made the best coleslaw and fireman's goulash! After retiring from the fire service, he became a general contractor and started his own home-building company, operating in the Washington, D.C. and Virginia area. As a builder, Homere was recognized for his skill and talent at various construction tasks. After moving to Addison in 1979, he applied this experience in designing and building a home for himself. Homere loved politics and was active in the Democratic Party, served in several Maine caucuses, and also campaigned for election to the state legislature. Throughout his life, he was a voracious reader, inspiring a lifelong dream to become a published author. This dream became a reality for Homere in 2001 with the release of his novel, "How the Good Tailor Got to Heaven," a whimsical satire of religion and politics. As a writer, he also contributed many articles for local newspapers and op-ed pieces published both in regional journals and The Washington Post. Homere traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Eastern Canada. Preferring many comforts of his own choice, he would make these sojourns in his Airstream travel trailer. Homere also loved animals - adopting as his chum a lame dog named Chester, after the Gunsmoke series character.

Homere is survived by his daughter, Lynne Lyon of Fresno, Calif.; one granddaughter, Carrie and two great-grandchildren, also of California; nephews, Steven Pennington and Robert Pennington, both of Annapolis, Md., Donald Pennington of Sykesville, Md., and Kenneth Pennington of Westminster, Md.; niece, Susan Pennington of Baltimore; longtime companion, Nancy Merrill of Fredericton, New Brunswick; brother-in-law, Don A. Pennington of Trappe, Md.; nine great-nephews and great-nieces; and trusted friend, Tracy Beal of Addison. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Kathryn Elizabeth (Dan-sereau) Pennington, May 20, 2012.

Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Machias chapel of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes where a funeral service will begin 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Private interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Addison.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 13, 2012
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