East Millinocket -
Joseph Denis Page Jr., 79, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 18, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Joe was born on October 9, 1936, in East Millinocket. He was the son of Joseph Denis Page Sr. and Eva (Rioux) Page.
He was raised in East Millinocket, where he was a communicant of Christ the Divine Mercy Church (St. Peter's Catholic Church) and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1936. Joe graduated from Schenck High School in 1956. He met his sweetheart, Eunice Sylvia Kennedy in 1955, and they were married on December 1, 1956. During their courtship, while still in high school, Joe began building their home on Pine Street, where they raised their six children. Joe began his employment at Great Northern Paper Company on his 16th birthday, in October of 1952, where he worked for 42 years as a member of the United Paperworkers' International Union, Local 152, until his retirement as a machine tender in July of 1994.
In high school, Joe displayed master carpentry skills in the furniture that he built in wood shop, which was proudly displayed in the gymnasium. After he built his home, Joe was often asked to help other people with the construction of their homes. One of Joe's favorite places on earth was Cedar Lake, where he built his camp "Joe's Pon'erosa" in 1966. Joe helped to build the Cedar Lake Road and also assisted others with their camp construction.
When Joe was younger, he enjoyed snowmobiling and often took his family on day trips. He was a member of the East Branch Snorovers' Snowmobile Club. He was also an avid card player and enjoyed playing pitch on Monday nights at the clubhouse for many years. He was a season ticket holder to the Schenck High School boys' basketball games, and he also liked the Celtics, Patriots, and Yankees.
Joe and his wife maintained very dear friendships spanning over 55 years with a close circle of friends: the Morins, the Morris/Willettes, the Alberts, the Farmers, the Belangers, and the Markies. They especially enjoyed their annual New Year's Eve tradition of gathering together in celebration of friendship.
As Joe's Alzheimer's Disease progressed, he especially enjoyed time with his family, spending it going for rides and coffee, attending hockey games, hanging out in the woodshop, visiting on his porch, relaxing on his swing, and going to camp. Joe will be forever missed and lovingly remembered, especially for his love for his family, his handsome smile, infectious laugh and sense of humor.
Joe is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Eunice (Kennedy) Page; his six children, Deborah Bouchard and her husband, Brian, of East Millinocket, Susan Habeeb of Hermon, David Page and his wife, Katherine, of East Millinocket, Michael Page and his wife, Lynn, of East Millinocket, Robert Page of East Millinocket and Barbara West and her husband, Brent, of Stockton Springs; grandchildren, Todd Bouchard and his wife, Cathy, Kyle Bouchard and his wife, Joyce, Ryan and Evan Habeeb, Raquel Dishon and her husband, Justin, Aaron Valley, Ashley Page, Michelle Waterhouse and her husband, Jake, Bailey and Bethany West; great-grandchild, Eleanor Waterhouse; sister, Jacqueline Maillet; four brothers and their wives, Edward and Cecile Page, Regis and Inez Page, James and Katherine Page, Philippe and Carol Page; sisters-in-law, Joanna Page, Judy Page, Phyllis Severance, Ethel Clukey and Eva McGaw; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Eva; brothers, Raymond, Hubert, Gerald, Wayne and Donald; sisters, Isabelle and Eva; father and mother-in-law, Lester and Katherine Kennedy; sisters-in-law, Dottie Page, Betty Page and Roberta Birmingham; and brothers-in-law, Phil Maillet, Linwood Severance, Robert McGaw and Wayne Clukey.
The family would like to thank the following for the wonderful care they gave to Joe: Millinocket Regional Hospital and their staff, CHCS hospice staff Jill, Nancy N., Nancy T., Donna, Rachel, Gail and Mike, and in-home caregiver Braigan.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-5 p.m. on Monday, August 22, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket, with the Rev. Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Private interment will be at East Millinocket. Gifts in memory of Joe may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association Maine, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074; CHCS Home Health and Hospice Services, 313 Enfield Rd., Lincoln, ME 04457; or to the Roof Fund at Christ the Divine Mercy Church (St. Peter's), 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, ME 04430. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.