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ORONO - Roland Edmond Bolduc died on December 2nd 2015 of natural causes. He was 97 years, eight months and 25 days old. He was born on March 7th, 1918, in Rang Langevin, St. Côme, Québec into the family of Godfroid Bolduc and Marie Louise Mercier. He completed his License to teach Commercial Studies at the College Ste Marie de Beauce, at age 17, and later completed a course in Logging at the Duchesnay School of Forestry.

Roland married the late Venney Marquis in August of 1945, and they raised a family of five children in the Maine woods, in Fort Kent and in Rumford.

Roland worked as a woodcutter, scaler, operations manager and superintendent of Logging throughout Maine and southern Quebec. He worked with horses, river drives, trucks, skidders - and computers. His specialty was the design of woods operations in undeveloped areas. He took great pleasure in the work, and was delighted when he solved problems of transportation, staffing, wood measurement, control of water and accounting. His layout of access roads won him the name of "Straight Roads Bolduc." He displayed artistic and creative flair in his use of equipment, including polaroid photography to measure truck loads.

His last employer, then Boise Cascade, brought him and his family to Rumford, Maine, where they spent forty years. They were active in that community and Roland was a beloved figure and Pépère. Upon retirement, he worked as consultant to logging and other enterprises for fifteen years, most especially for the Brochu family of Stratton.

He is survived by his four children: Claire Bolduc. Claude Bolduc and wife Louise, Paul Bolduc and wife Julie and Suzanne and husband David Laflamme. His grandchildren remember an engaged and loving Pépère: Kevin, Paul II, Daniel, Joshua, Joanna, Will, Adam and Adrian, as will his great grandchildren Caleb and Jacob and Avery. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews, with whom he maintained close ties. His charm, intuition and gift for friendship brought him lasting, intimate relationships with colleagues, neighbors, former teachers, extended family and young workers he mentored.

He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Venney, a daughter, Louise, his parents, his brothers Eugene and Willard, his sisters Yvonne, Nöella and Germaine, and a special nephew, Fernand Simard.

In lieu of flowers, in his memory, his children invite you to plant a tree, grow some tomatoes, pick fiddleheads, bake bread, sing Loudly, watch the Canadiens play hockey, write a letter longhand, read, pretend spar with your children, find gravel, teach a child to ride a bike, refinish an old chair or make contributions to the Salvation Army of Bangor, 65 S. Park St., Bangor, ME 04401 and the Covenant House (for Louise) www.covenanthouse.org or to the Iris Network c/o Contributions Office, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME 04102 www.theiris.org (for Venney).

The family wishes to thank all the friends who visited and the care givers who served Roland during his last six years, when he lived in Orono. He never lost his curiosity and joie de vivre in large measure because of your generous presence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Saturday December 19, 2015 at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Friends may call at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town beginning 8AM until time of dismissal to church. Immediately following the service, a light luncheon will held in the Parish Hall.
Published on  December 12, 2015
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