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Donat Busque

August 24, 1930 - January 17, 2019

Millinocket - Donat Busque, 88, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019, at home in the presence of his family. He was born August 24, 1930, in St. Benoit, Quebec, Canada, the son of Joseph and Arthemise (Poulin) Busque.
Donat came to the United States in 1955 in pursuit of the American dream and became a highly respected business owner. In 1957 he went back to Canada to marry his lovely Harriet and bring her to the US. Together they built an empire. Donat worked for Great Northern Paper Company for 11 years, and had many side jobs before purchasing the Hotel Terrace in 1966, followed by his purchase of the Heritage Motor Inn. Donat was president of Busque Enterprises, Boulet Sporting Camp and Maple Syrup Camp. He was a member of St. Martin's Council #680, Knight of Columbus, the Fin and Feather Club, Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse, Master fisherman of Nesowadnehunk Lake, Mayor of Soldier Pond Lake, and Master Creator of the famous Moosecall.
Donat was loved by everyone who met him. He loved to work hard, have fun, fish, hunt, tell jokes, prank people, and entertain friends and his family. He was famous for his infectious laugh, huge personality, and big heart. He always wanted everyone to "Be Happy".
Donat is survived by his wife of 61 years Harriet; two sons, Jimmy Busque and his wife, Diana, and Joshua Dean Busque, all of Millinocket; a daughter, Nancy DeCesere and partner, Lewis Hoskins, of Glenburn; grandchildren, whom he adored, Erica, Michael and Sarah, Kevin, Ashley, and Jessi; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Jack; four sisters, Rosa, Jeannine, Jeannette, and Jacline; special friends, Danny DeCesere and Bobby Lane; and many friends and special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Donat was predeceased by brothers, Raoul, Heleodore, and Harvey, and sisters, Alice, Jeanne d'Arc, Marie Paul, Marguerite and Clair.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who came to see him and offered support, and also to Community Health and Counseling Hospice Care for the excellent care they provided. As Donat would say, "Have a Good Time!" and "Be Happy!"
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated later in the springtime. Gifts in memory of Donat may be sent to CHCS Hospice Care, 313 Enfield Road, Lincoln, ME 04457, or to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at
Published on January 18, 2019
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Bob MacDonald
Feb 04, 2019
Many wonderful memories of special fishing and hunting gatherings with Donat and friends.A friend to all ,will be sadly missed by all.
Bob MacDonald------Ellenton Florida
Rev. Marc and Mrs. Mellissa Hamm Fuller
Jan 25, 2019
Rest in peace, Donat, you touched many lives over the years and brought a lot of smiles to many people.
Clarence Neal
Jan 22, 2019
Sorry to hear of Donat's passing.
What a character.
Frank Ruksznis
Jan 22, 2019
I will miss our talks about maple syrup. He was a legendary figure in the world of maple syrup around here. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Michel and Rolande Nadeau
Jan 21, 2019
Harriet and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We have known Donut for many years. He was a great friend to Mom and Dad and well liked by everyone. They will be all together in heaven.
Rodney and Thalia Webb
Jan 20, 2019
We send our comforting hugs and prayers for the loss of Mr. Busque. We only met once at Sarah and Michael's wedding. He was so kind and happy!
Mary Anne Powell
Jan 19, 2019
I told dad (Hubert "Gil" Voisine when I went to visit him today. He sends his deepest sympathy. He has very fond memories of Donat. He was a great person and friend to many.
Grace George
Jan 18, 2019
Harriet and family, was so sorry to hear about Donut's passing. He was always so happy and outgoing. Enjoyed him at Pitch. Always something funny to share with everyone. He will be missed by everyone.
Jim Carson
Jan 18, 2019
Donat was a very special friend. I could write a book about the great times we had together at the "Safety Meetings", tailgate parties, moosecall, Xmas parties, Sugar Camp, Boulet #1 and #2 and on and on. He was a legened and will be missed. Fly high my friend.
Mary and Jim Carson
Jan 18, 2019
Donat has been a wonderful friend for many, many years. We loved him like family, as did Michelle and Morgan. Our family has a lot of wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. And, they are all Happy ones. We will miss him.
Thoughts and prayers to Lovely Harriet, Jimmy, Dean, and Nancy.