VAN BUREN - Van Buren - Adrian J. Cyr, age 101, 4 months shy of his 102nd birthday, passed away surrounded by his loving family on the evening of July 16, 2014. He was born in the Parent Settlement of Van Buren, the eldest of 7 surviving children of Patrick and Emelia (Michaud) Cyr.
Adrian lived a remarkable life and grew up to enjoy one of the most interesting centuries in history. He lived through the introduction of the automobile, airplane, radio, telephone, television, computer, two world wars and more. As a child he walked upon wooden sidewalks and attended class in a one-room schoolhouse, "dans les Concessions des Parents." To support his parents and siblings, Adrian left home at an early age and hitchhiked to Connecticut. Along the way an elderly man dressed in tattered work clothing, driving a battered truck offered young Adrian a ride. The good samaritan turned out to be a self-made millionaire who gave the determined Adrian a job at his factory. He often recounted the tale as a moral that one should stop to help others whenever possible, and that is how he lived his life. During the Great Depression he joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) building public roads in NH's White Mountains, followed by employment with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service as a heavy equipment grader operator building diversion ditches to protect potato fields from wash-outs. In the midst of World War II, he served with honor in the U.S. Army Infantry Corps and remained an active member of the American Legion Post #49 for 68 years. In the late 1940s he worked as a certified potato inspector for the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, followed by 34 years of Defense Department employment as a licensed water treatment plant operator at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. For nearly 20 years he and his beloved wife owned and operated their seasonal Sunset View Take Out restaurant frying some of the tastiest onion rings in all of Maine (and still remembered by many). Following retirement, the couple enjoyed numerous winters in Arizona with his brother, Clifford and family. Adrian inherited his warmth, green thumb and humor from his loving mother and creative nature from his father. He loved his family, believed in his children and cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a lifelong learner, he felt blessed to watch his family stretch their wings to pursue degrees at universities and colleges far from home. Adrian read extensively each and every day, took classes in his 70's to build hand crafted furniture, began exploring computers in his mid 90's and Skyped with his grandchildren just months prior to his passing. Until his recent illness, he tirelessly maintained his extensive raspberry fields, vegetable and rose gardens to supply family and friends with fresh produce and enjoyed hours tinkering on projects around the family home. A consummate nurturer, he loved to watch things grow, both people and plants. Forever a jokester and storyteller, Adrian enjoyed the friendship of everyone he met, constantly sharing the bounty of his crops and will be remembered as the most loving, generous and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, older brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
Adrian is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Aurore (LeVasseur) Cyr; sons, Daniel, Michael and his wife, Louise, and daughter, Susan and her husband, Richard Stanley; grandchildren, Amanda Cyr and her brother, Benjamin Cyr, Andrew Cyr and his wife, Katherine, and his sister, Andrea and her husband, Dennis Roberts Jr., Michael Stanley and his sister, Sarah Stanley; great-grandchildren, Connor Roberts and his sister, Amelia Roberts, and Eli Gilmore Cyr. Adrian is also survived by his sister, Flora (and her husband Willard) Laferriere; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his cherished siblings, Patricia Cyr Picard, Dorice Cyr, Gilbert Cyr, Clifford Cyr and Weivin "Marie" Cyr Roy.
Per Adrian's request, there will be no viewing/visiting hours. The family invites relatives and friends to join them in a Funeral Mass with full military honors to be held at 1:30 p.m. on August 20, 2014, at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church, Main Street, Van Buren, Maine, followed by an intimate gathering in the church hall. A military interment ceremony will be held at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou, Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to the family at: P.O. Box 34, Van Buren, ME 04785.