Edmond "Blackie" Albert, 83, passed away July 8, 2016. He was born July 20, 1932, in Madawaska, son of the late Ernest and Esther (Dionne) Albert.
He attended St. Louis College in Edmundston, N.B., for 4 years. He worked at Fraser Papers for 4 years, then went into the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer obtaining the rank of Captain in the reserves. Upon his return, he worked for the U.S. Post Office in Madawaska, and took a leave of absence to attend the University of Maine in Orono. In 1959 he joined the U.S. Customs Service, retiring in 1995 as the Area Port Director in Northern Maine. He was predeceased by his first wife, Irma Picard. Blackie was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Thomas O. Cyr Post # 147, and a 4 th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #2638, both of Madawaska. He was on the Parish Council of St. Thomas Church for six years, four of which were as president, and where he was also in charge of the Alter Servers for funerals for many years. He was president of the snowmobile club for three years, and president of the Square Dancing Club for two years. He was an avid golfer for over forty years, and was a member of the Upper St. John Valley Senior Golf Association, serving as Governor for a few years representing the Long Lake Country Club.
He is survived by his wife Cecile Bosse; four children, Denise Holmes and her husband, Greg, Mark and his wife, Lupita, Ann-Marie "Mim" Gagnon and her husband, Gary, and Jeffrey and his wife, Tina; two stepchildren, Louis and Brigette Theriault; seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Elise, Andrew, Joshua, Heather, Colby and Alexis; six great-grandchildren, Brady, Carter, Aiden, Owen, Leila and Ian; and eight siblings, Leona "Kit" Roy, Anne Chaisson, Jean-Paul, Louise Grondin, Louis, Ernest Jr., Claudette Levesque and James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Family and friends may call at Lajoie Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 11, and from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday before the service. Burial will take place at a later date in the Parish Cemetery. Contributions in Blackie's memory may be made to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Memorial Fund, 337 St. Thomas St., Madawaska, ME 04756. For online condolences, please visit http://www.lajoiefuneralhome.com/.