BREWER & DEDHAM - Joseph R.A LaVertu
Brewer and Dedham - Joseph R.A. "Joe of Armand" LaVertu, 79, passed away on November 30, 2014, at EMMC, joining our Heavenly Father. He died from respiratory failure following an extensive battle with cancer treatments with his wife and family at his side. He was born in Grand Isle, Me on September 8, 1935, the son of Arthur and Alice (Gorneau)LaVertue. He attended Howland schools and joined the Air Force at the age of 17 where he served for 4 years then was in the Civil Service with the Air National Guard for a total of 31 years. He retired from the National Guard on February 17, 1985 and the Air Force on September 8, 1995. He was a machinist with the Air Guard and received many awards for his designs of parts for the aircrafts.
After retirement, he was a local Realtor for 8 yrs until his vision failed him. He volunteered with the Hospice Program at EMMC and was on the Comprehensive Planning Board and the Board of Appeals for Dedham, Maine. He had a great love of the outdoors and started a sailing Club on Green Lake which he ran for 10 years. He loved adventure and sailed every chance he got, raced canoes down the Kenduskeag, chartered planes as a private pilot and loved fishing and animals. Those who met him and knew him will remember his beautiful smile. He was also a 32nd degree Master Mason with the Ralph Pollard Lodge #217 in Orrington and belonged to the Anah Shiners. He married his wife, Sally Oct 20, 1984, his soul mate and best friend. They enjoyed working side by side through their endeavors at Green Lake where they lived for 30 years. Joe loved children and loved teaching them about the outdoors and sailing.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sally, three children by a previous marriage, Anthony, Daphne Tieman, and Natalie Clewley. Brothers Joel and his wife Denise, Delmar and Michline of Howland, a sister Linda Frenette of North Carolina. He was predeceased by his sister Elsie Bosse, Fort Kent, brothers Fern, Donald, Freeman and Alan.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved cats, Alvin and Sara and his dog Jade.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Oncology nurses for their compassionate care, especially Sandi who helped us through this.
At his request there will be no viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be a celebrated 11 AM Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St Joseph's Catholic Church, Brewer. Burial with military honors will be at Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CancerCare of Maine, c/o Eastern Maine Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 931, Bangor 04402 or to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04402. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.