AUBURN and VAN BUREN - Lewis James "Jim" Walsh Jr., 70, died March 22, 2012, after a long, hard fought illness at Androscoggin Home Care-Hospice, Auburn. He was born Feb. 1, 1942, in St. Leonard, New Brunswick, son of Lewis J. Walsh Sr. and Cecile Akerley. Jim was a 1961 graduate of Van Buren Boys High School and a graduate of Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He also graduated from a meat cutting school in Montreal. He was employed as a police officer for many years for Van Buren Police Department. Jim had also worked as a meat cutter for Saucier's IGA, Van Buren. He was very proud to have been a volunteer emergency medical technician for Van Buren Ambulance Service for many years. Jim was an Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 49, Van Buren, and Knights of Columbus Council 1635, Van Buren. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Jacqueline (St. Pierre) Walsh of Auburn; one daughter, Kim Lebel and husband, Mark, of Lewiston; one son, Shawn James Walsh of Portland; one brother, John Walsh and wife, Therese, of Orange, Mass.; and three granddaughters, Bethany, Hailey and Emily Lebel. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Jerry Walsh. Relatives and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. A Mass celebrating his life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to Androscoggin Home Care-Hospice, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. To leave online condolences, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.
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