1930 – 2014
AUBURN — Bertrand A. Vallee, 83, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Feb. 20, at his home.
He was born in Auburn on April 28, 1930, a son of the late Aime and Cecile (Lacourse) Vallee. He grew up in the Auburn area and attended local schools. He was a graduate of St. Francis High School, Class of 1948. In 1950, Bert enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country until 1954. On the day after his discharge, he met his future wife, Mary Ann Asselin; they were married at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn on Sept. 3, 1955, and they started a family together.
For many years, Bert was a driver for Hi-Style Catering and enjoyed working with them. He stayed there until he retired.
He especially cherished time spent with his family. He was a devoted husband, dad and pepere. Bert and Mary Ann loved to travel. One of their most memorable trips was the one to Europe, with Rose and Dan Vallee. He was also known for his love of crossword and jigsaw puzzles, along with cribbage, and his devotedness to the New York Yankees and Montreal Canadiens.
Bert was a “people person,” and he brought joy to those he knew and came in contact with. He enjoyed the time spent on the field as a Little League baseball and softball coach.
He was a member of the New Auburn Social Club, American Legion Post 153 and the Union of Sainte Jean Baptiste No. 413.
Bert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Ann, of Auburn; and his children, Marc Vallee of Lewiston, Michael and his longtime companion, Pamela Bartlett, of Lewiston, Joline Vallee of Gray, Linda Brewer of Woolwich, Steven Vallee and his wife, Joline, of Auburn and James Vallee of New Gloucester. He also leaves behind his sisters and brothers-in-law, Norm and Mary Jane Guerrette, Robert Asselin, Neal and Tina Beuniskas and Lisa and Bill Watson; seven grandchildren, Brian Leighton, Courtney and Brett Vallee, Jacob and Hannah Brewer and Alyssa and Trevor Vallee; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire staff at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and especially to Dr. Eugene Ferguson, David Noonan, Molly Webster, Terry Cronin and Stephanie, for their superior care and comfort toward Bert in his final months.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Bert through his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.