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MILLINOCKET - A kind and gentle soul was called to his final rest when Richard (Dick) Herman Madore, 86, of Millinocket died after a brief illness at Eastern Maine Medical Center on February 4th 2016 after saying goodbye to those who loved him dearly. His kind spirit and disarming smile endeared him to any and all who know him, and a more devoted family man would be hard to find anywhere.

A Mass of christian burial will be held Saturday February 13 at 11:00 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby Street, in Millinocket. A spring burial will be announced. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Katahdin area support group.

Dick's great sense of humor coupled with a child like twinkle in his brown eyes made him" madoreable" a nickname given to him by the nurses at Cancer Care of Maine.

He was born February 13, 1929 the 12th of 13 children to George and Alice Madore of Millinocket. Dick loved his brothers and sisters and often recalled fond memories of working with his brothers in the construction industry traveling all across New England as an Iron Worker. Dick served his Country during WWII as a member of the United States Army and later served in the Army National Guard, earning the rank of Sargent before ending his Military service. Over the years Dick worked for many construction companies such as Structural Steel, and Stone and Webster -- to name a few -- before becoming a leadman for the Painters and Millwright for Great Northern Paper where he worked until his retirement in September of 1991. Dick also ran a successful house painting business during the summer months for many years giving many young men their first taste of employment while still in high school. Later Dick returned to the workforce driving for the local Taxi service for 10 years. Being a people person Dick enjoyed driving cab and socializing with customers, a passion he shared with one his favorite nephew Michael Smart.

Dick and his first wife Kay married in 1949, had 19 years of marriage and were blessed with two sons before he became a widower in 1968 upon Kay's passing. Dick found love again when he met and married his second wife Marie Bates Hawksley on November 12th 1971 and was blessed again with two more children brought into his life, a son and daughter. Dick lived a happy, fruitful, and loving life, cherishing the title of Grampy to his grandchildren and their friends.

Dick was a Life Member of the Donald V. Henry Post 80 American Legion as well as having been a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree. Dick belonged to the Brotherhood of Iron Workers and the local Carpenters and Joiners Union.

Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years Marie; sons, Richard (Curly) Madore and his wife Shirley and granddaughters, Kayla and Emily of Skowhegan, Gregory Hawksley and fiancee Gina Deschene and granddaughters Cassey Rickman, with great grandson Carter Bowen of Orrington and Alasha Hawksley of Sydney; a daughter, Jodi Hawksley Healey and her fiance Louie Ouellette Jr. and grand daughter Jade Healey of Medway; and his lone surviving brother, Gilman (Babe) Madore of Millinocket. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine McGowan Madore; a son, George Anthony Madore; 11 brothers and sisters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published on  February 9, 2016
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