BUCKSPORT - Pauline Ruth Conroy, 92, formerly Pauline Doucette, passed from this life on March 4, 2015, following a long decline from advanced age.
She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Edward M. Conroy Jr. in 2007. She is survived by a sister, Marjorie McAvoy of Bucksport; and her children, Thomas Conroy of Bucksport, Lawrence Conroy of Largo, Fla., Carol Greene and her husband, Roger, of Stockton Springs, David Conroy of Tallahassee, Fla., Mark Conroy of Pembroke, Mass., Stacy Haskell and her husband, Danny, of Blue Hill and John Conroy of Portland. Grandchildren surviving are Julee Bires and her husband, Corey, of Bucksport, Jennifer Dorr of Atlanta, Ga., Jeremy Weirich and his wife, Kara, of Silver Springs, Md., Angela Jalbert and her husband, Chris, of Bucksport, Kelly Forbes of Ellsworth, Cassandra May Conroy of Portland, Maine, and Angela Hiatt and Gregory Conroy of Largo, Fla. Surviving great-grandchildren are Brianna and Maggie Bires of Bucksport, Hannah Weirich of Silver Springs, Md., Haley Betts, Joseph and Jacob Jalbert, all of Bucksport, Tristin and Trevon Forbes of Ellsworth, and Max Hiatt of Largo, Fla.
She was the youngest daughter of Edmund A. and Philomene (Daigle) Doucette, who emigrated from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, to Old Town, Maine, around 1900. Having moved from Great Works due to her father's employment at St. Regis Paper Company in Bucksport, she attended the Walter Gardener High School, was a member of the glee club and graduated with the Class of 1940.
Known affectionately as "Polly," Pauline is remembered as a gentle soul whose steadfast kindness never faltered and was available for all, regardless of circumstance. Her mild manner supported her domestic life as wife and mother of seven. Known by her family and others as one who always had a good word to say, she held to the principle of "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Her strongest epithet was "Isn't that the limit!" Always busy and active in domestic endeavors, she is remembered as a baker of exceptional talent and capacity. Weekly baking of bread to supply to Brawn's grocery and the local IGA, she had a following that ran the supply of still-warm loaves out within the hour. Her pies were numerous and tasty to all who were lucky enough to partake. Should all her bread, pies and REAL doughnuts be lined up, the result would reach from Bucksport to Caratunk...and back. Pauline was quick to share her knowledge of cooking and leaves a legacy of good food preparation and recipes we all enjoy. Her 20-year stint as a cook at Bucksport High School earned her additional hundreds of fans.
She had a good sense of humor and enjoyed stories of adventures by her family members. Aside from her domestic life she had two particular recreational pursuits: shopping in Bangor at the drop of a hat - just look, mind you - and fishing when she could with her brother-in-law, Al McAvoy. As a young girl, her family spent time at a camp on Pushaw Pond and Pauline would enjoy relating her experiences, where she, alone in the cool early morning air, rowed the small, green wooden rowboat out upon the still waters of the pond to cast for any and all species of fish. In later years her time for fishing lessened, but she would look forward to the fishing trips of others. When a gift from Corey, of a mess of mackerel, trout or salmon arrived they would be baked to golden, crusty perfection and shared with all who entered.
A devout Catholic, Pauline attended mass on a regular basis and in-between during the week as time and opportunity permitted. She freely gave time to church activities throughout the year and crafted items for the regular bazaars and sales. Her abiding faith in the future sustained her and all who knew her pray for her reception of the Lord's peace that passes all understanding - a good sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, we are all richer for having known her kindness and generosity. She will be remembered and missed.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 3-5pm on Friday March 6, 2015 at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home 28 Elm Street, Bucksport, ME 04416. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made in Pauline's memory to Hancock County Homecare and Hospice, 441 Main Street #2, Ellsworth, ME 04605. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com