CORINNA - Armand Hebert, our "Mato", "Dad", and "PePe" as he was affectionately called, left this world on June 19, 2014 in Corinna at the age of 87. He entered the hallowed hunting grounds in heaven where he will hunt and fish for eternity with his beloved sons, David and Brian.
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Our Dad was born in Berlin, New Hampshire on March 19, 1927 to Robert and Emilda (Bourassa) Hebert. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly and honorably served his country during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater. He earned the respect and admiration from his shipmates where he was affectionately given the nickname "Frenchie" which he loved.
Dad married our Mom, the former Pauline Pomerleau on August 23rd, 1948 in the town of Chisholm, which is now known as Jay. They began their lives together there and had 7 children. He raised his 7 children with a firm hand and a gentle heart. He worked very hard to provide a warm home, food on the table and clothes on our backs. What more could one ask for. In 1971, Dad accepted a position (supervisor) at Dexter Shoe Company and moved his family to Corinna. This was the start of many wonderful and loving memories with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dad loved to hunt and fish, camp in his younger years with his kids, nieces and nephews, and raccoon hunt with his favorite dog Rex. Later in life when the grandchildren were born he would do the same with them where the bonds of being a Pepe would endure forever. His grandchildren and great grandchildren adored their Pepe and he adored them. His favorite times were having all his large family around him where he would joke and keep all of us laughing. His many stories were colorful and funny, which made it that much easier to love him.
He enjoyed his vegetable garden, mowing his lawn, and purchasing his weekly megabucks ticket and scratch tickets. He loved to sit on his front porch with a "cold" beverage and wave at the people as they walked or drove by. He especially loved to watch the ladies across the street. Thanks Joanne and Autumn for keeping an eye on him. Armand was a communicant of Our Lady of The Snows parish/St. Anne's Church in Dexter, and was a member of the Cardinal Mercer Knights of Columbus, also in Dexter.
Dad is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Pauline; his faithful dog TJ; his son Armand and wife Kathy Hebert of Cambridge; his daughters and their husbands, Elaine and Marvin Lister of Corinna, Diane and Alan Rabideau of Dexter, Linda and Darryl Henderson of Corinna, Debbie and Seth "Brad" Bradstreet of Newport; his beloved grandchildren and spouses, Jamie and Katherine Hebert of England, Amy and Bill Sandifer of Waterville, Jessica and Paul Dyer, Brydon Lister, and Scott Lister, all of Corinna, Haley Rabideau of Portland, Chris and Tara Rabideau of Eddington, Rachel Henderson of Corinna, Shawn Henderson and fiancée Danielle White, Seth and Hillary Bradstreet, and Sarah Bradstreet, all of Newport; his beloved great grandchildren, Kane, Lukas and Markus Sandifer, Abbigail and Brady Bradstreet, and Drake Henderson; his siblings, Helen Buote, Loretta Hebert, and Aurore Provencher of Jay.
Armand was predeceased by his sons, David and Brian; his brothers, Joseph, Robert and Laurier Hebert; and his sisters, MaryJane Pomerleau, Elizabeth L'Italian, Gloria Fournier and Rebecca Hebert.
Friends may call from 6-8 PM Monday at Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 AM Tuesday, June 24th, at St. Anne's Church, Free Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Father Paul Murray officiating. Burial will be in the family lot, Corinna Village Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Sarah's House, P. O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
Crosby & Neal Funeral Chapel, Corinna - Corinna
68 Exeter Road Corinna, ME 04928
Published in BDN Maine on June 21, 2014