Raymond's Story

BANGOR - Raymond L. Thibodeau, 89, died peacefully at the Maine Veterans Home on January 21, 2015. He was born in Brownville, June 14, 1925, the son of the late Louis and Amelia LeBlanc Thibodeau.

He was a graduate of Brownville Jct High School, class of 1943, and a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Navy. He was a graduate of Husson College and The University of Maine, he received a B.S. Degree in education from the University of Maine in 1954. While teaching he continued his education at the University of Maine, Gorham State College, Worster State College and earned a Master's Degree in Education and Administration from the University of Maine in 1959. He was a Teacher and Administrator for 31 years having held teaching and administrative positions in Maine and Massachusetts. In 1954 he was appointed head of the Business Education Department at Morse Memorial High School in Brooks. In 1955 to 1961 he was a teacher and Principal with Hopkinton, Massachusetts School Department. He returned to Maine in 1961 accepting a teaching position with Bangor School Department and organized the Bangor Area Manpower Training Center for Adult Training in various Trade and Industrial Programs. In 1964 he was appointed Coordinator of Manpower Development and Training under the Vocational Act of 1963 researching and developing training programs for the unemployed and the underemployed. In 1966 he was appointed Assistant to the founder of Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and was assigned a major role in the growth and development of Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute which in now known as Eastern Maine Community College. His past professional activities include membership in the New England Association of Guidance and admissions personnel; Member of the Advisory Committee Bangor Community College; Member of the Economic Development Committee of Bangor; Member of Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity; Member of Mu Sigma Chi Fraternity; He was a member of the Maine State Advisory Council on Vocational Technical Education. He served a Vice-President and President of the Eastern Maine Technical Education Society, and was appointed to two International conferences on Vocational-Technical Education exchanging views, methods, and ideas relating to Technical Education with Canadian School Official's. Upon his retirement from the Institute the Administrative wing of Eastern Maine Community College was dedicated in his honor, as well as a Dean Emeritus award recognizing his service to the Institute, and his commitment to Vocational Technical Education. He was also awarded an Honorary Degree in Business Administration from Husson College. He was a member of the Bangor Lions Club for thirty years. He was an active fisherman, hunter and enjoyed outdoor activities especially his summers at Schoodic Lake.

Surviving his wife, Charlene (Roberts) Thibodeau of Bangor; a son, Robert and wife, Darlene Thibodeau, of Brownville; one granddaughter, Melissa Thibodeau of Bangor ; one sister, Florence M. Wilson of Brewer; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Chapman of Holden and Marilyn Delmadge of New York; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a special sister, Theresa Dumont of Hampden.

Family and Friends may visit between 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at the Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor. Interment services will be announced in the spring at Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Jct. The family wishes to thank the B Unit at the Maine Veterans Home for the excellent care that he received. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Raymond's memory to the Eastern Maine Community College Foundation, 154 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 04401.
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