BUCKSPORT - Oliva Gilles Jacques passed away Sunday morning March 22, 2015 at a Bangor healthcare facility. Oliva was born in Biddeford on April 19, 1930 to Oliva Amadee Jacques and Germaine (Sevigny) Jacques (Murphy).
In 1947 Oliva enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was a charter inductee of the U.S. Air Force. Oliva married Helen Mary Dichard in Sanford, ME January 19, 1952. Oliva and Helen moved to Bucksport in 1955 when Oliva accepted a position as a master electrician at the St Regis Paper Co. Throughout his life in Bucksport Oliva and his wife Helen were actively engaged in the community including the waterfront revitalization and Bucksport Veterans Memorial. In 1992; Oliva was the chairman and Helen was the secretary of the steering committee for the Bucksport Bicentennial. For many years Oliva proudly marched in numerous 4th of July and Memorial Day parades to honor the men and women of the American Armed Forces. Oliva was a past member of the Bucksport town council, past President of the IBEW 1777, past Commander and Chaplain of the Bucksport American Legion Post 39, a member of the Knights of Columbus council 5756, and a past director of the Seaboard Federal Credit Union. Oliva and Helen loved traveling and visited every state except Alaska.
Oliva is predeceased by his loving wife Helen Mary (Dichard) Jacques in 2002, his parents Oliva A Jacques in 1950, Germaine (Sevigny) Jacques (Murphy) in 1991, his stepfather John Patrick Murphy in 1971, twin sons Robert Oliva in 1963 and Richard Arthur in 1980, a granddaughter Erin Lemire in 2004 and his brother Normand Jacques, Sr. in 1999.
Oliva is survived by his daughter Catherine Ann (Jacques) Lemire and husband Tony of Bucksport, granddaughter Anne (Lemire) Paquette and husband Aron of Portland, granddaughter Amy (Lemire) O'Conner and husband Jerry of London, England, daughter Margaret Rose (Jacques) Polk and husband Greg of Old Town, granddaughter Marisa Polk and partner Dan Emerson of Portland, son Thomas Leo Jacques and wife Lynn (Baxter) Jacques of Snellville, GA., grandson Scott Jacques and wife Andrea (Allen) Jacques of Atlanta, Ga., grandson Robert Jacques and wife Elizabeth (Stewart) Jacques of Greenville, SC., daughter Dorothy Jean (Jacques) George and husband Frank of Bucksport, grandson Joshua George of Bucksport and Justin George and wife Jessica (Grover) George of Prospect, son David John Jacques of Hampden and son Christopher Patrick Jacques and wife Susan (Grigware) Jacques of Saco, grandson Noah Jacques and granddaughter Molly Jacques. Oliva is also survived by his sister Huguette (Jacques) Cote of Biddeford, Rachel (Jacques) Leeds and husband Edward of Lynnfield, MA sister-in-law Aline (Laflamme) Jacques, one uncle Donald Jacques and wife Jeanne (LeVasseur) Jacques of Sanford - who were two of Oliva and Helen's closest lifetime friends. Oliva and Helen's great grandchildren are Henry Roland Paquette and Maisy Erin Paquette of Portland and Caleb Everet George of Prospect.
Visitation will be at the Mitchell-Tweedie funeral home in Bucksport, ME., Tuesday evening March 24, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The funeral service will be held at the St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Bucksport at 11:00am Wednesday March 25, 2015 with a reception following in the church hall after the mass. (www.mitchelltweedie-young.com)