Lionel's Story

WINTERVILLE AND EAGLE LAKE - Lionel C. Tardie, devoted husband of Laurette Madore, passed away peacefully at his residence in Winterville, on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Lionel was born in Winterville on November 1, 1918, one of 6 children of the late Alcide and Aurore (Michaud) Tardie.

He was a resident of Winterville for his whole life, helping his father pioneer a family farm out of a forest as a teenager. He passionately mowed the family farm until the age of 95. He was well known in the trucking circles as he owned and operated a logging and gravel truck for a greater part of his professional life. Lionel's work included helping out on the construction of I-95 North of Clinton to Houlton and Maine DOT road projects. He will be always be remembered for his dry wit, love of Laurette and family, and a smart work ethic that was respected by all who knew him. During the Great Depression and from the age of 17 to 20, he joined his father in the logging camps, cutting timber and loading log hauler sleds at Fish Lake, Goddard Brook and the Michaud Farm on the Allagash.

During World War II, Lionel joined the U.S Army and had just embarked on a Liberty Ship to Europe, when he was called back home for a family emergency on the farm. He always had a quiet spot in his heart for all soldiers lost and or wounded in combat. Many of his childhood friends were lost in the war.

Lionel's passion was fly fishing on his favorite pond, tending to the farm, Charlemagne, making his favorite wine and bean hole beans for family gatherings. Family gatherings were a special time for he and Laurette to enjoy the love and joy of friends and family. A very humble man, he didn't say much but his words always resonated for those listening.

He was predeceased by his parents, and all his siblings, sisters Evangeline Chalou, Laurel, plus brothers Rosaire, Ferdinand (Pete), Roland Tardie and a daughter Louise Kuusela.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Laurette, one son and two daughters; Don and his wife Lynda of Ashland, Elizabeth (Liz) and her husband Ron Guy from Eagle Lake, Ann and her husband Mel Belanger from Soldier Pond, son-in-law, Larry Kuusela from Raymond, Maine. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Michael, Catherine, Tim Tardie; Lorne Guy, Rachelle Michaud Nathan Guy; Kristin and Sarah Belanger; and Jonathan and Joshua Kuusela; and 18 great-grandchildren, Lionel is also survived by his loving and very special cousin, Delores Tardie, and sisters-in-law, Bernadette (Bea) Deschaine and Lila Tardie. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Friends may call Sunday July 26th from 6 to 8 pm and Monday 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Eagle Lake, Committal services will be held in the parish cemetery. In lue of flowers, those who wish in Lionel's memory may donate to the Ladies of St. Ann of Eagle Lake, C/o Rachel Martin, PO Box 114, Eagle Lake, Me. 04739.
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