MADAWASKA - Normand Lionel Joseph "Joe" Picard, 81, died peacefully July 11, 2013, at a Madawaska health care facility. He was born Dec. 7, 1931, in Madawaska, son of the late Abel and Regina (Fournier) Picard.
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He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home, Joe opened a Mobile Gas station on Main Street in Madawaska and was later employed by Fraser Paper as a welder for many years. He enjoyed jazz, the great outdoors, woodworking, tinkering, and working at his camp. In his later years he could often be seen riding his wheelchair in town smoking his cigar. He was able to live independently for many years in thanks to his wonderful caregivers. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Monique (Pelletier) Picard; and sister, Alfreda Picard. He leaves behind five daughters, Patricia Fillmore and husband, Millard, of Naples, Lynn Petcher of Gray, Denise Picard, and partner, Steve Dumond, of South Portland, Louisa Picard of Freeport, and Sylvie Guerrette and husband, Kevin of St. David; three grandchildren, Benjamin and Avery Fillmore and Ian Petcher; brother, Patrick Picard of Columbia, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Family and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday, at Lajoie Funeral Home. Interment will be held at a later date at Caribou Veteran's Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post No. 147, 453 Main St., Madawaska, ME 04756. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoiefuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on July 13, 2013