RUMFORD — Allen P. Lariviere, 83, of Rumford, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 16, with his loving wife and grandson Eric, by his side. He died after a courageous four-year battle with lung cancer.
He was born on Jan. 28, 1927, in Belfast, to Arthur and Madeline (Kimball) Lariviere, and was educated in Norway.
He married Freda St. Peter in Lincoln on Feb. 1, 1947. Together they raised four children. He learned very early in life the meaning of hard work. In 1955, he moved his young family to Rumford and opened Al’s Sunoco station selling boats, motors, camping trailers and Moto Ski snowmobiles. In addition to that, he owned and operated Trail’s End Motel and Restaurant until his retirement.
He was a proud man boasting whenever he could the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an accomplished outdoorsman. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, golfing and gardening. Many have enjoyed the pictures, trophies and produce. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
He and Freda enjoyed taking trips in their motor home and especially liked traveling to Alaska. It was not uncommon for them to pack up and head north to hunt and fish or visit family and friends. He and Freda spent winters in Bartow, Fla.
As part of the inaugural Dempsey Challenge in October 2009, he was recognized as the Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Survivor award winner. Motivated by his son’s experience with metastatic renal cancer as a young man in his 30’s, he was determined to give back to the cancer community in his son’s memory. He was well aware that people in rural Rumford, had to travel more than 40 miles to seek cancer care at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
Through his almost tireless fundraising efforts, he brought oncology treatment directly to the Rumford community at Rumford Hospital. Almost single handedly, he raised the funds necessary to open the Lariviere Oncology Suite at Rumford Hospital in 1999.
In 2002, he mobilized his fund raising efforts to replace the outgrown space with a much-needed larger clinic. The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation for the care he received at the Lariviere Oncology Clinic; the very clinic he created.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, he leaves behind his children, Karen Boucher and her husband Wayne of Michigan, Philip and his wife, Gloria Lariviere of New Hampshire, and Suanne Fischer and her husband, David of Lewiston; his sister, Altheare Shaw and husband, Fred, of South Paris; seven grandchildren, Todd Lariviere Massachusetts, Eric Boucher and wife, Bridgett, of Wisconsin, Cori Rockwood and husband, Scott, of Vermont, Chris Fischer and wife, Alyson of Sabattus, Kayla Fischer of Lewiston, Jessica Lariviere of Florida, and Kevin Lariviere of Finland; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Evan Rockwood of Vermont; and many extended family members and friends. He will be remembered as a strong willed man who loved each and every day.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Richard and James; his infant sister, Alberta; and his beloved son, David.