Joel A. Dionne
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Madawaska - Joel A. Dionne, 78, of Madawaska, our beloved father and husband, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on February 10, 2020, at Ridgewood Estates. He was born in St. David October 27, 1941, a son of the late Alphée and Rose (Malenfant) Dionne.
Joel is survived by Thérèse (Michaud), his wife of 50 years; his children and their spouses, Paul and Jenn, Jason and Brianna, and Michelle and Micah. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren, Sam, Luc, Leo, Solomon, Eve, and Emile. Joel is also survived by his sisters, Marge Williams (Bob) and Doris Smith (Stewart), and a sister-in-law, Pauline, along with many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Joel was predeceased by his brothers Eldage and Eldon.
Joel was a quiet man, known for his kind, gentle way and exceptional mechanical abilities. He grew up working in father's, Alphée's, engine machine shop, repairing cars, studied mechanical engineering, and became an accomplished maintenance planner for over 38 years at Fraser Papers. We were told countless times by those who worked with him of his impact on "keeping that mill running." All his free time was spent with family on camping adventures and, later, at his beloved Chalet. He developed a love for taking his motorhome long distances and flying to even farther destinations. Joel loved the outdoors and encouraged us to look and listen to what was around us - the birds, the rustling wind through the trees, the ocean. He loved to soak up God's most quiet places. Joel truly led by example with his care for others, his actions of grace, and a life lived in devotion to his family. He never complained. He will be dearly missed, but we also rejoice knowing he is finally "home."
Joel's family would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for the loving care he received at Ridgewood by the amazing staff who supported him during his last few years; we will forever be grateful.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Madawaska. Relatives and friends may greet the family Friday morning 8:30-9:45 AM at Lajoie Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 114-10th Ave., Madawaska. Spring burial will be in St. David Cemetery. To share condolences online, please visit
Published on February 11, 2020


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Greg and Karen Malenfant
Feb 13, 2020
We are sorry to hear of the loss of our cousin Joel. Yes he was a brilliant man with mechanical problems and I think he actually liked the challenge. I remember his Dad’s shop and how it was a huge part of their life as young men to be in there working with him. Joel was a quiet and calm man with few words but when he spoke there was words of wisdom and experience.
He will be greatly missed. We express our sincere condolences to his family.
Scott Chamberland
Feb 13, 2020
Tim & Linda Corcoran
Feb 12, 2020
We have known Joel and Therese for many years and were lucky enough to call them friends. As a couple we used to have good times traveling on business together with them (PIMA Conferences), going out to dinner together with other friends, and attending some very fun staff parties!
I (Tim) worked closely with Joel for all of my career at Fraser Paper and learned a heck of a lot from him. I never saw him get anxious or excited about any problem or breakdown that would come up. He was a steady rock in the midst of chaos and his humor was always subtle, poignant, and very laughable when you understood his unique style.
On a business trip to Boston we got out of a crazy cab ride into the downtown
... area and Joel looked up at some window washer working on one of the skyscrapers and said matter of factly that there was two things he would not do in that city..."wash those windows and drive that cab!!"
Joel was always easy to be around and was the kind of person you always wanted at hand when you needed to solve a problem. He was best when he had an issue to resolve. And there was always an issue close at hand, either in the mill or at home repairing one of his many volvos.
I haven't seen Joel in many years but I will continue to miss him and his keen observance of life around him.
Our Deepest Sympathies!
Tim & Lynn
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Philip & Marie Malenfant
Feb 12, 2020
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Tim & Linda Corcoran & Family
Feb 12, 2020
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William And Mary Jean Malenfant
Feb 12, 2020
We are deeply sorry for the passing of our cousin Joel. We knew him as a very kindred spirit. He will sorely be missed. Our condolences and prayers to his family in this time of loss and sorrow.
Joe Kelley
Feb 12, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I used to call on Joel at Fraser years ago. RIP.
Rick Vaillancourt
Feb 11, 2020
Our condolences to Therese and family in their loss. Joel, a mild mannered intelligent man I had the pleasure of knowing at Fraser Papers. He was a walking encyclopedia, a learned man. Joel had a passion for drums, and with a few lessons, he undoubtedly would have mastered the art of keeping time. He would sit in front of the band and keep time with me, he will be missed! RIP my friend!