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Robert J. Morin

Jan 31, 1929 - Dec 21, 2017

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Old Town - Robert J. Morin, 88, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2017, at his residence in Old Town with family members by his side. Robert was born on January 31, 1929, in Old Town. He attended Old Town Schools and graduated from Old Town High School in 1947. He loved sports and played basketball and most notably, football. In the years 1945, 1946 and 1947 his football team out-scored their opponents 444 to 220 with one undefeated season. He was part of the famed Morin/Martin running back duo of the era. After high school he was employed for a short time at the Old Town pulp mill. He then went into the plumber/pipe fitters union achieving his master plumbing license. In 1956 he went into business forming R J Morin Inc. In the 55 years that Bob was active in the business many buildings and other construction projects in the greater Bangor area, the University of Maine, and beyond were touched by his hand. He also owned and operated several other businesses, most notably, the County Heights housing subdivision where he built several streets with utilities and pavement and many home lots. He was very fond of the operation of heavy equipment and did a great deal of the machine work in the development. Robert worked as long as his body allowed and though he stopped, he never really officially retired completely. He was a past member of the Associated General Contractors, The American Subcontractors Association, The American Building Contractors all of Maine. He was also a member of the Kiwanis and Elks Club. He served on several boards, both public and private.
Robert's greatest interest was his business. His greatest love was his family. He married his wife, Lois, on June 17, 1947. They were blessed with three children, Bruce, Kathleen and Mark. The family enjoyed many days together and individually on trips to notable locations in Maine, and others states and countries. Most notably, the family enjoyed many days together at the Cold Stream Pond Family Camp where Bob could often be seen driving his yellow Old Town boat. They also made many trips to Bar Harbor where Bob and family enjoyed Mt. Desert Island. Lois and Bob spent several winters in Florida with side trips to visit Kathy in Mississippi and Mark in Georgia. They also did a 6000 mile motor home trip around the country. He enjoyed watching Patriot Football and his two favorite players, past and present, were Tom Brady and Randy Moss.
Robert was a humble man with great love for his community, state, country, and especially Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. We will all miss him, his compassion for others, wisdom, experience, integrity, honesty, advice and great ambition. He is survived by his wife Lois of 70 years, his son Bruce and wife Nancy of Milford, ME; their two sons Robert and wife Shawna of Milford, ME; Michael and wife Kristy of Milford, ME; Daughter Kathleen and husband Harry Moran of Madison, MS, and their eight daughters: Hollie Townsend and husband Thomas of Atlanta, TX; Lora North and husband Ken of Floowood, MS; Julie Moran of Madison, MS; Aileen Daghmac and husband Rudy of Madison, MS; Michelle Turner and husband Nick of Shreveport, LA; Elizabeth Munroe and husband Russell of Flowood, MS; Emily Moran of Madison, MS; Caroline Moran of Madison, MS; his son Mark and wife
Mariel of Augusta, GA; and five great-grandchildren, Bryce, Abby, Jaidyn, George and Isaac.
Robert was predeceased by his mother, Frances, father, Clement, sisters, Helen Brissette, Marguerite Bradford, and brother, Donald.
The family wants to thank St Joseph's Hospice, the visiting Angels and especially Patricia Abbott for her love and devotion in caring for Robert during the last sixteen months.
The family will receive friends and family from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the Parish Of The Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. A reception will follow in the church hall. The burial will be in the spring at St. Joseph Cemetery, Old Town.
Published on  December 27, 2017
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