SCARBOROUGH - Aurelle J. Belanger, 90, of Caribou, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at high noon, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough, after a battle with shingles and dementia. The son of Francoise and Josephine (Sanfason) Belanger, he grew up in a family of 18 in North Caribou and attended Caribou schools.
He joined the U.S. Army 47 Engineer Construction Battalion Division. He was a decorated veteran with the army occupation medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. After the war he returned to Caribou and worked on his family's potato farm. During this time he met Cecile Langlais and they were married on November 21, 1949. He went on to become a licensed electrician, and worked for many years in Caribou, and then in Augusta until he retired after 28 years. While in North Caribou he purchased a 10-acre potato farm, farming it until 1964. He had one daughter, Arlene Belanger Vaillancourt.
Aurelle was an avid snowmobiler and traveled many miles during snowmobile season. He loved being on his sled snowmobiling with his family and friends. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in North Caribou, a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough, and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, like many of the generations before him. He was a life member of the VFW Post 887 & the American Legion Post 2, in Augusta. He loved his grandsons, and loved spending time with his oldest grandson, Mark A. Belanger who was the apple of his eye. He taught Mark many things, like riding a 3 wheeler, and snowmobiles. Aurelle also attended many of Mark's sports events. He was pleased to watch his grandson, Peter A. Vaillancourt compete in a VICA competition for residential electricity, where he won the silver medal for the State of Maine. He was very proud to know that Peter followed in his footsteps. Family was everything to him.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Cecile, his son-in-law, Ken Vaillancourt, his brothers, Fred, Lewis, Patrick, Edward, and William, and his sisters, Irene, Cecile, Louise, and Joan and his stepson, Michael Willett. He is survived by his wife, Marie Ayotte Willett Belanger, of 49 years, whom he married on August 28, 1965. His daughter, Arlene Vaillancourt and her significant other, Richard Durcharme, of Scarborough, his grandsons, Mark A. Belanger and his wife, Deanna Young and great-grandson, Barrett, of Phoenix AZ, and Peter Vaillancourt and his wife, Kathlean of Biddeford, his two great-grandsons, James and Thomas, his brothers, Joel, Nelson and his wife, Roseline, Walter, Wilson and his wife, Louise, Richard, and Bernard, and his sister, Doris Plourde, his brother-in-law, Lucien Langlais, his sisters-in-law, Wilma Belanger, and Mona Belanger, his two stepdaughters, Kathlyn Anderson of South Portland and Donna Kendall and her husband, John of Old Orchard Beach, 5 stepgrandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and great, great great, and great great great, nieces and nephews whom he loved, especially his nephew, Clarence Belanger.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, with Father Reggie Brissette officiating. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home. A chapel committal service with Military honors will be held 12 noon Monday, October 27, 2014 at The New Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Mount Vernon Rd., Augusta. Donations can be made in Aurelle's memory to the Maine Veteran's Home, 290 US Rte 1, Scarborough ME 04074. For additional information and to sign Aurelle's online guestbook please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com