South China, Maine
Raymond J. Morrissette
It is with incredible sorrow that we must report that the Patriarch of our family, our Dad, passed away at the age of 91 on August 28, 2018 at the Togus Springs Hospice Unit at VA Maine Health Care System at Togus ME after an extended illness. He was born in Augusta, ME on June 20, 1927 the son of Ernest Morrissette and Maria (Jacques) Morrissette.
He left an indelible mark for his children to follow in his footsteps to be good American citizens, fine and honest human beings, imparting work ethics for all to live successful and accomplished lives. Prior to his retirement, he distinguished himself as a hard working contractor/builder by trade, notably building 37 houses (without the assistance of pneumatic tools nor the convenience of a delivery from a cement truck) in the Augusta area. When building became less than profitable, he turned to farming, building his first 15,000 square foot hen house in the late 50's on Church Hill Rd. And, when this wasn't large enough in which to make his living and raise his family, he built a 24,000 square foot hen house and a 3 bedroom cape on Spring Rd, raising 32,000 chickens, beef cattle and other farm animals. He experienced many hardships, i.e., losing his farmhouse and barn to a fire in 1958, and yet again by fire, another hen house in 1980 on the Spring Rd, facing each devastating loss with resolve, an enduring spirit and with faith guiding his way. He was very proud to have served honorably in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He married the love of his life when he returned, in 1947 to Germaine (Poulin) Morrissette, and was immediately and lovingly embroiled in her 16 siblings and their spouses. They were married for 60 years before she passed in 2007. Together they shared a loving and companionable life, raised 4 children and shared a mutual love of fishing. Many remark fondly on how, in the 1950's, Dad hitching up his team of work horses (Dick and Goldie), tapping over 75 sugar maple trees, making the most delicious thick, deep amber maple syrup in his Sugar Shack.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 205, and a former member of the Calumet Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Louise S. Bean and her husband Bill of Augusta ME, Marie L. Keys and her husband Russ of Tijeras, NM; two sons, Philip R Morrissette, and Anthony R. Morrissette and his spouse Beryl of Augusta, ME; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind a special cousin, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Wilfred Morrissette and his wife Yvette, two sisters, Simone Michaud and her husband Jerry, and Jeannette Dowling and her husband Jak.
There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 AM on Thursday Sept. 6, 2018 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Augusta. Committal with military honors will follow in the chapel at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon, Rd., Augusta, ME.
The entire family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Togus Hospice, and VA Healthcare System for the wonderful care provided Dad; Memorial donations may be made to: Togus Springs Hospice Unit, c/o Volunteer Services, VA Maine Health Care System, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330. Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.