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Kenneth J. LaFlamme

Aug 11, 1934 - Jun 17, 2017

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Old Town - Kenneth J. LaFlamme of Old Town, age 82, peacefully passed away at home on June 17, 2017. He was born August 11, 1934, in Old Town, the son of the late Earl LaFlamme and Mary (Burke) LaFlamme.
He was a 1953 graduate of Old Town High School and the University of Maine, class of 1957. He was employed as a soil scientist in the state of Maine for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, retiring in 1994. He was a communicant of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord and a member of the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Corda LaFlamme of Old Town; by two sons, Morris "Moe" LaFlamme and wife, Donna, of Bangor and Thomas "Tom" LaFlamme and his wife, Marcia "Annie," of Apopka, FL; and two daughters, Mary St. Peter and her husband, Arthur "Butch," of Otis and Carol Lowney and her husband, Robert, of Oviedo, Fl; two granddaughters, Alicia LaFlamme of Biddeford and Suzette Johnston and her husband, Jason, of Bangor; and great-grandchildren, Bryce, Colby and Kaylee; a special brother-in-law, Bernard A. Lucas Sr. of Old Town; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Earl, Paul and Raymond; and his sister, Joan Lucas.
Kenneth was a man who cherished his family. Corda was the love of his life since the day he laid eyes on her. Dad always said, "It was love at first sight." They shared 56 years of devoted love and a happy marriage together. They enjoyed many happy times at the family camp at Beech Hill Pond with their children. Ken loved walking on his land, planting trees, eating wild blueberries, and bird watching. For many years he was a member of a bird club at Birds Acre in Ellsworth. Ken loved all aspects of nature and the great outdoors. In his younger days many happy memories were shared on coastal picnics watching the kids tire themselves out climbing over rocks. As a young child, Ken enjoyed going on many outings involving the gathering of seasonal foods such as strawberries, apples, clams, and fiddleheads to provide for the family. Ken throughout life has a deep love of music. He played the trombone in high school and was passionate about his children all learning how to play many musical instruments and immensely enjoyed attending all of their band and orchestra concerts. Needless to say, Lawrence Welk was mandatory TV viewing on a Saturday night. Kenneth was an active community member and always looking for opportunities to help out others. Ken enjoyed supporting the University of Maine sports teams and loved watching high school tournament basketball games on TV. Go Old Town! He liked attending his children's various sporting events too. Ken loved the State of Maine and was fortunate enough to see many places throughout his travels as a soil scientist. He always enjoyed teaching and sharing his knowledge of soils and the environment with countless University of Maine college students in the field. Ken instilled a strong work ethic into all four of his children by setting a good example of a hard working father. Often times he would prefer to fix a stone wall or paint at camp instead of swimming. Some of his favorite times were when his father and friends shared beans and donuts together at camp on a Saturday night. He was proud to have grown up in Great Works and grew up in a home filled with love. He will be fondly remembered in the hearts of all that knew him and forever missed.
There will be no visiting hours or funeral service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the charity of their choice. A private burial will be held by the family at a later date.
Published on  June 20, 2017
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