- Reginald 'Buddy' Euclid Theriault, 85, peacefully entered into eternal rest September 10, 2017 at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Buddy was born May 1, 1932 in Howland, Maine, and attended school there.
He was a retired US Army First Sergeant, decorated, and twice combat wounded veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He taught Army ROTC at Memphis Tech where he also successfully led a very precise drill team. Buddy was proud to serve his country but what he will be most remembered for was his love of family and friends, his years of coaching, his live bait and tackle shop, his ability to grow the most beautiful flowers in his greenhouse, and his silk flowers he so lovingly and generously made then gave away so freely. He treasured hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. Buddy was ever a great story teller and all who heard his stories were mesmerized while listening to him.
Buddy was predeceased by his wife Joan, an infant son, Stephen, a brother, James, and sisters, Joan, Mildred, Pauline, Grace, and Lorraine. He is survived by two sisters, Dolly Vanadestine and Nancy Harris both of Howland; seven children, John Theriault and his wife Elizabeth of New Hampshire, Mark Theriault and his wife Sue of Howland, Richard Theriault and his wife Kathy of Enfield, JoAnn Rackely and her husband Ray of Howland, Rebecca Testa and her husband Patrick of Enfield, Emily Leonard and her husband Bruce of Lowell, and Joseph Theriault of Enfield; fourteen grandchildren, Michelle, Stephanie, Matthew, Monique, Jason, Richard, Julie, Leslie, Sean, James, Randy, Tiffany, Stephen and Patrick; thirteen great-grandchildren, Alden, Payton, Brady, Kyla, Nolan, Easton, Graci, McKenzie, Landon, Arthur, Calvin, Alexander, Luna, and many cherished nephews and nieces.
Buddy's duties here on earth have been completed. He has left us to continue his journey in a much better place where he will be reunited with his most precious flower of all, his wife Joan. Even though he is gone we will cherish all the memories of our time with him and we are all better for having been blessed to share life with him.
Family and friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 15, at Clay Funeral Home, Lincoln, Maine. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Leo's Church in Howland, Maine, on Saturday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at West Enfield Cemetery in West Enfield. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations being made to one of the following organizations: PVHS/HMS Special Olympics program, 32 Cross Street, Howland, Maine 04448; House in the Woods,www.houseinthewoods.org; or Unified Warrior Foundation, www.unifiedwarrior.org Donations can be sent directly to the organization or given to the funeral home.
Published on  September 12, 2017