HAMPDEN AND BANGOR - Patrick L. Audet, Sr., 94, died Dec. 11, 2014, after a brief illness.
He was born in Lac Megantic, Canada, August 15, 1920, the son of Joseph E. and Valeda (Baillargeon) Audet. As a young boy growing up in Greenville on Moosehead Lake, he spent his summers fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. At an early age Pat developed a strong work ethic as a caddie at Squaw Mountain and Kineo golf courses. His father and mother instilled in all their children a deep faith in God, country, and family. As a daily communicant, he served Fr. John Harris as a lead altar boy teaching others their Latin and responsibilities. In the winter months, he would arrive at the church early in the morning to keep the coal fire going, serve mass, and then go to school. As a freshman at Greenville High School, Pat lettered in both basketball and football. He went on to letter in both sports all four years. After high school, he married his high school sweetheart, Simone LaMontagne, and traveled to Connecticut to work. As a part of the greatest generation, Pat answered the call to serve his country and joined the Army to fight the "war to end all wars." In December 1943, he crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary and on June 6, 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach for the D-Day Invasion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Malmendy, the Bridge at Remagen, through V.E. day in March 1945. Returning from Europe he joined his young family and started a 30 year career with New England Telephone Co. in Jackman, bringing phone service from Bingham to Greenville. His career would bring him to Pittsfield and Bangor as a Toll Tester, and then to Presque Isle for many years. He retired from the telephone company in 1976 in Bangor and joined his son at Greenlawn Funeral Home. Both he and Simone worked hand in hand, a new calling they enjoyed. Patrick's love of fishing in later years would bring him to take the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand with his dear friend Tom. He was a life long member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree.
He is survived by his children: Patrick L. Audet Jr. and wife Brenda, their children Cherie, Patrick, and Aimee; Larry O. Audet and wife Susan, his son Joel; Susan M. Palmer and husband Greg, their children Anthony and Ashley; Shirley Wolfe and husband Mark, their children Alex and Monique; 7 great-grandchildren, four sisters: Yvette Lamontagne, Rita Libby, Charlene Vienneau, Joan Mountain; many nieces and nephews. Pat was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Simone; siblings Bertrand, A. Norman, Lillian Elias, and Jeannette Sawyer.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Greenlawn Memorial Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor. A reception will follow the mass. Interment with full military honors will be held in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Funeral services are entrusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.