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Normand Laurent Laberge

Oct 4, 1946 - Oct 8, 2017

Normand's Story

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Township of Trescott - Normand Laurent Laberge, 71, was surrounded by family at his Trescott home, when his spirit left his body on the evening of October 8th after a stoic battle with cancer. He was born in Lewiston, Maine, on October 4th, 1946, the son of Dorrila and Romeo Laberge. He graduated from Saint Dominic High School in Lewiston and went on to earn his Ph.D in Physics from Catholic University where he worked in the Vitreous State Laboratory established by his mentor, Pedro Macedo. Among Normand's accomplishments as a scientist in this lab was pulling some of the first optical fibers.
Normand was always an avid sports fan playing football and baseball in college and soccer and softball on community teams. Golfing was a lifelong passion that he shared with his brother, daughter and close friends. Herring Cove on Campobello Island was his home course and he also enjoyed playing with his friends at Barren View in Jonesboro.
Normand came to Washington County in the late 1970's to direct the development of the Half Moon Cove Tidal Power Project, proposed by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. At that time, the project was seen, by many, as an alternative to the development of the Pittston oil refinery. Normand believed in this project and worked tirelessly. He understood the potential for a regional power source that could fuel job creation. In recent years, he revisited the project and redesigned specifications to limit environmental impacts while maximizing the power production using a low head dam. Ultimately licensing for this project was never granted.
Normand served as Lubec's town manager for a number of years before becoming the environmental engineer at the Cutler Navy Base. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment in Cutler was identifying the PCB's contaminating the watershed during paint removal. He was a whistleblower about several safety issues and always worked to insure that regulations would be followed to protect the population.
Normand was a registered Maine Professional Engineer (PE) and worked independently under the company name, Tidewalker Engineering. During the past three years he returned to work with the Passamaquoddy Tribe on a variety of engineering and environmental projects. Normand was awarded the 2001 Conservation Award from the Schoodic Chapter of the Maine Audubon Society.
At his Trescott home, Normand was hands on with building, forestry and land management. He was a terrific husband and father who demonstrated integrity and kindness in all his actions. He always spoke with pride about his family's accomplishments.
Surviving are his wife, Leslie Bowman of Trescott; children Brice Bowman-Laberge and his partner Sarah O'Blenes of Portland and Zel Bowman-Laberge and her partner Dan Keltonic of Thomaston; brother Romeo Laberge, Jr. of Old Orchard Beach and his dear friend Reggie Stanley of Sipayik. Among his many friends, he wanted to thank Arlene Macedo for support during his college career and his golfing friends John Rodgers of Calais and Amanda Tinker of Campobello.
A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday Nov 4th, at his Trescott home.
Published on  October 12, 2017
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