DOVER-FOXCROFT AND ROXBURY - Stephen G. Thibault, 74, husband of Margaret (Golden) Thibault, died August 15, 2014, at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft. He was born November 17, 1939, in Bradley, the son of Raymond and Florence (Seymour) Thibault.
Stephen graduated from Old Town High School in 1958. He served with the U.S. Navy as a corpsman for four years and graduated from McAllister School of Embalming in 1963. He began his career as a funeral director in Van Buren, working with his uncle for three years. He was employed at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a phlebotomist and lab technician and then after a year in Presque Isle, moved to Rumford in 1970, where he purchased and operated the S.G. Thibault Funeral Home until retiring in 2006.
"Umpa" as he was affectionately known by family and friends, enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, especially watching their sporting and dramatic events. Celebrating holidays was very important to him, whether spending Christmas with his brother, Doug and his children, Myja and Myra; Easter with Nora, George, Paul and Nicole; Thanksgiving, when as many as 40 family members would gather to eat at the funeral home on Penobscot Street, Fourth of July parties, and playing Santa at Christmas time. He enjoyed golfing and always appreciated the years he spent serving the families in the Rumford area through his funeral home.
He was a member of the Eagles, Elks, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, as well as a communicant of the Holy Savior Catholic Church, all in Rumford. He was a past member of the Maine Funeral Directors Association.
Stephen is survived by his beloved wife of over fifty years, Margaret; his daughter, Dr. Kathleen Thibault and her husband, Matt Spooner, and their children, Matthew David and Meghan; a brother, Douglas Thibault and his wife, Lori; his "other" daughter, Kelly Hotham Ellis; his oldest grandson, Mitchell Fraser; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Norene (Thibault) Adams.
He will be remembered by many special people who were a large part of his life over the years, his cousin, Earl Seymour and his wife, Doris; his golfing buddies, "The Crazies", the Pineau and Worthing families, who always celebrated the Fourth of July with the Thibaults; Alan and Marcia White, who traveled often with Stephen and his wife, Margaret, on funeral director trips; Michael Fraser, who was like a son to him; his friends at Roxbury Pond, especially Bill and Arilla Ruff and Beeb and Barb Belanger; his Old Town high school friends; and the gang from St. Joseph's Hospital in Bangor.
Friends are invited to call 6-8pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Visitations will also take place 4-8pm Wednesday, August 20, at the S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, Rumford, with a visitation by the Elks at 5pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am Thursday, August 21, at the Parish of the Holy Savior, 126 Maine Street, Rumford. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Stephen Thibault may be made to either the Oncology Department, Rumford Hospital, 420 Franklin Street, Rumford, ME 04276, or to the Maine Community Foundation for Pine Tree Hospice Fund, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04065.
Local arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, 62 Summer Street, Dover-Foxcroft and Rumford arrangements are in the care of the S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, 250 Penobscot Street, Rumford. Condolences may be expressed at www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com. or at www.laryfuneralhome.com.