ASHLAND and THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Jean Paul Levesque, 82, passed away July 8, 2013, at his home in Florida, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Ville Degelis, Quebec, Canada.
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J. Paul came to the United States in 1952 to work with his father, Antonio, and his brother, Frank, in the forests northwest of Houlton where they worked together in the logging industry. He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Western Europe before he was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1956. In 1966, J. Paul bought and operated his first lumber mill in Bloomfield, New Brunswick, and one year later, moved the sawmill to Masardis under the name Levesque Lumber where he continually grew and expanded the business. 13 years later the Masardis mill would be sold and later bought back. In the meantime, J. Paul and his three sons worked on building yet another mill in Ashland that began operating in June1980 under the name J. Paul Levesque and Sons. There was no mistaking the passion J. Paul had for his work as he was continually reinvesting into his mills in order to always be on the cutting edge of the lumber industry. Not only did J. Paul reinvest into his mills for more than 45 years, but into his community as well. He did this by not only employing, at the mills' peak, over 300 employees but establishing youth hockey and softball leagues, donating generously to local golf courses, as well as to The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, and providing scholarships to the students of Ashland District School, just to name a few. J. Paul also served on the Board of Directors for TAMC, Portage Hills Country Club, Farm Credit, Maine Public Service Company, and many more. He will be remembered for his love for his family, his generosity both publicly known and anonymous, his love for the outdoors, the game of golf, his love of life and desire to live it to the fullest and his famous smirk that was so often seen on his face.
J. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Blanche; four children, Dan and wife, Kathy, Michael, Alan and Sandra; two sisters, Sonia and Carmen; seven grandchildren, Adam, Jenn, Jason, Cody, Tyler, Alyssa and Blake; and one great-grandchild, Faith. He was predeceased by his mother, Lucienne; father, Antonio; sister, Guylaine; and brother, Frank.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. July 22, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Ashland, and immediately afterward there will be a celebration of J. Paul's life at Dean's Motor Lodge, Portage. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to either America Parkinson's Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305; or Portage Hills Country Club, P.O Box 866, Ashland, ME 04732, to help support and maintain the golf course J. Paul loved so much. Funeral arrangements are a service of Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. Condolences may be made online at www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.
Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home
114 Exchange St
Ashland, ME 04732
Published in BDN Maine on July 13, 2013