ASHLAND AND BREWER - Lawrence Albert Michaud, 89, passed away peacefully, January 19, 2015. Lawrence was born in Portage, April 27, 1925, the 6th child of Ernest B. and Laura (Paradis) Michaud.
Lawrence attended Portage and Ashland schools. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the US Army during World War II, where he proudly served his country in Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and in the Belgian "Battle of the Bulge". Lawrence married Maurine Sutherland of Ashland in 1947. In 1952, Lawrence and his brother, Norman, purchased their father's business, "Michaud's IGA" and became Michaud Brothers IGA for 24 years.
Lawrence was active in municipal government for many years, serving on the town council and for several terms as Chairman. He also served on the Board of Directors for SAD #32, and Ashland Water and Sewer District. He was a past member of Rotary International, past director of Ashland Chamber of Commerce, past Vice President of the former Ashland Starch Co., and past chariman of the Democratic Town Committee. He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9699, and past Commander of District 1 VFW. He was also President of the Ashland Housing Corp. for many years until retiring in 2010 after building 24 units for the elderly- his pet project. In 1959 he was listed in "Leading Young Men in the United States of America" - a biographical list of influential men in the country.
Lawrence was predeceased by his son, Mark and by seven siblings, Beulah, Julietta, Edmund, Norman, Oneil, Hector and Eugene. In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by daughters, Kathy Bonney and her husband, Dugan of Lyons, OR and Mary White and her husband, Shawn of Stetson; six grandchildren, Cassie McCoy and husband, Patrick of Kittery, Jasmine Greenman and husband Jeremy of Readfield, Michael Michaud and wife, Courtney of Milton, FL, Alan Michaud and wife, Sara of Ramona, CA, Gavin Bonney of California, and Lauren Bonney of Lyons, OR; five great grandchildren, Ella Maurine McCoy, Andrew and Reid Greenman, Cheyenne Michaud, and Mark Michaud; one brother, Clarence "Babe" Michaud and his wife Margaret of Presque Isle; as well as many special nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:00AM at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland and interment with military honors at Ashland Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the VFW Post 9699, 36 Portage Rd., Ashland ME 04742. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com