ORLAND - David Lee Bouchard, 61, of Orland, died peacefully at his home on Sat. Feb. 28, 2015. Born on Nov. 2, 1953 in Castine, ME, he was the son of Wilbrod Bouchard Jr. and Marian (Russell) Kelley.
David graduated from Searsport High School in 1973. He joined the United States Navy after graduation and spent 4 years on the USS Schofield serving in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the sailor of the month for that ship in May 1974.
He and Kelly French were married on Aug. 31, 1985 in Bangor, ME.
David worked in the Bucksport Mill for nearly 37 years until its recent closing. He was a professional wood carver and donated the carving to the Town of Orland that hangs in the entry of the town office. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid bow hunter for nearly 47 years, taught bow hunting to the youth, was an International Bow hunter Education Instructor for 25 years, enjoyed fishing and handcrafting bows. David was proud that he caught the last legal Atlantic salmon in the sanctuary on Penobscot River. He, his wife and son had many enjoyable years at camp on William's Pond with family and friends.
He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Maine Bow Hunter's Assoc., the Professional Bow Hunter's Society, Pope & Young Antler Club, the National Bow Hunter Safety Instructors and a life member of the Buck Master's.
He will be dearly missed by his devoted pets, Raven and Sophie.
David is survived by his wife Kelly of 29 years of Orland, his son, Thomas Bouchard and his wife Hannah of Orrington, his mother, Marian Kelley of Edgewood, MD, a great uncle, Eugene Bouchard of Penobscot, 5 siblings, Joyce Rollins, Nancy Huckins, Dana Bouchard, Janet Faust and Richard Bouchard, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, mother-in-law, Evelyn French Bouchard, father-in-law, George French Jr., brother-in-law, George French III, and step father, Allan Kelley.
Visiting hours will be held on Sat. March 7th from 4-6PM at the Orland Community Center, 21 School House Road, Orland, ME. A celebration of life will follow visitation at 6PM with Rev. Peter Remick officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com