BROWNVILLE JUNCTION - Roland J. Larrabee, 85, husband of Helen C. (Morris) Larrabee, died Nov. 7, 2012, at Hibbard Nursing Home, Dover-Foxcroft. He was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Onawa, son of Arthur and Marie Anna (Badeau) Larrabee, who died at his birth. He was raised by his stepmother, Rosa (Michaud) Larrabee.
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A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Roland was a retired conductor of 43 years with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Milo; and a member of Father James Daly Knights of Columbus Council No.6559, where he served as financial secretary for 36 years. He was a fourth degree member of Father Gabriel Druillette Assembly No. 0364 of Old Town. He belonged to AARP. He was a 63-year member of Bernard Jones American Legion Post No. 92 and United Transportation Union. He served 20 years in the Maine Central and Canadian Pacific General Grievance Committee of Portland. He was local chairman on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, representing conductors, trainmen and yardmen.
Roland was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen of Brownville Junction; daughter, Mary Nicklas of Bangor; three sons, Dr. Roland Larrabee Jr. and wife, Kathie, of Lancaster, Pa., Paul Larrabee and wife, Paula, of Hudson, and James Larrabee and wife, Lynn, of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Flores Richards and Muriel Dodge, both of Greenville; 10 grandchildren, David, Justin, Kevin, Alex, Ryan, Tommy, Marlene, Roxana, Alyssa and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Susie, Laura, Lena and Elsie; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo. A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Sts. Francis Xavier and Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Milo, with Father Kent Ouellette, celebrant. Burial will be in the family lot at Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Junction. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 9, 2012