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DEXTER - Richard Norman "Dick" Bilodeau, Sr., 86, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, surrounded by his family. He was born November 10, 1929, in Skowhegan, the son of Lorenzo and Dorothy Bilodeau.

Dick married Marilyn (Martell) Bilodeau on January 8, 1955. He graduated from Skowhegan High School, class of 1947. Dick served for 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in New York, Colorado, Newfoundland and Florida. He worked for several years as a grocer, and then worked for Norwock Shoe in Skowhegan. He then worked at Dexter Shoe Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1993 as Plant Manager. He was a communicant at St. Anne's Catholic Church and served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He also served on the Our Lady's Kitchen, a program that provides a free meal on Sundays. He was a member of Cardinal Mercier Council 2625 Knights of Columbus, serving for 42 years as Grand Knight, District Deputy, Financial Secretary, and Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly. Dick volunteered for 32 years for the Maine Highland's Federal Credit Union, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors and liaison during the construction of the new office in Dexter. In appreciation for all his work with the Credit Union, the boardroom was dedicated in his honor when the building opened. He enjoyed all of the Boston teams - Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins - and also the University of Maine hockey team. He was also an avid fan of the UConn basketball teams. He was a member of the Dexter Municipal Golf Course, and previously served on the Board of Directors, and volunteered for many of the work projects. He also enjoyed gardening and "tinkering".

He is survived by his 3 children, Kevin of West Gardiner, Darryl of Jacksonville, FL, and Richard "Rick" Jr. and partner Kimber Hoyt of Hampden; special daughter-in-law, Donna (Gagnon) Bilodeau of Dexter; 5 grandchildren, Casey and Harlen of Brooksville, FL, Corbin of Bangor, Gabrielle of Dexter and Ayla Hoyt of Hampden; one brother, Raymond and his wife, Helen of Skowhegan; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also had many friends that were his extended family and they will know who they are. He was predeceased by his wife Marilyn; his parents, Lorenzo and Dorothy; and his two sisters, Constance "Connie" Lewia and Helen Young.

There will be no visiting hours per Dick's request. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM, Saturday, January 16, 2016 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, High St. in Dexter with the Rev. Fr. Emile Dube officiating. Interment will be at The Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Augusta at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Bob Girard Scholarship Fund, at the Maine Highland's Federal Credit Union.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
Published on  January 9, 2016
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