AUBURN — Conrad J. Godin, 91, of Auburn, passed away at the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House on April 22, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on July 3, 1918, in St. Leon, Canada, a son of Jean Baptiste and Rose Alice (Rougeau) Godin. He was raised in Scotstown and educated in Canadian schools. On July 10, 1947, he married the love of his life, Rita Valcourt, who passed away in 1996. They immigrated to the United States in 1958, to the state of Connecticut.
In 1961, he moved his young family to Auburn, working first at Lewiston Woolen Manufacturing and then at Camden Yarns, from which he retired. He was mechanically inclined and could repair most anything. He was an accomplished upholsterer. As a clever gardener, it was apparent in his canning of the freshly picked fruit or vegetable. He enjoyed cooking and the family can attest to many favorite recipes.
In the eyes of his son and daughter, he was most notable for his love of family. A very devoted father and grandfather he would often times be seen rocking a grandchild. He was the most gentle, humble, kind and generous person, always the first to lend a helping hand. His greatest pride were his grandchildren as well as his great-grandchildren. Thank you “Grand-papa” for all the memories.
He was a faithful member of St. Louis Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn and he was also a member of the Senior Citizens of Auburn.
He is survived by his daughter, Nicole (Guy) Rodrigue of Lewiston; his son, Peter E. (Marlene) Godin of Lisbon; four grandchildren, Cynthia (Ryan) Tripp, Michelle (Jeff) Hould of Auburn, Keith (Rebecca) Godin of Michigan, and Lisa Godin and companion, Chris Tarazewich, of North Waterboro; two great-grandchildren, Chantel and Noah Hould; two brothers, Ronaldo (Jeanne) Godin of Canada, and Ted (Yolande) Godin of Maine and Florida; one sister, Therese (Fernand) Gilbert of Canada; and several nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Canada.
Besides his wife, Rita he was predeceased by his brothers, Leonard, Jean-Francois, Leopold and Armand; and his sisters, Emma, Yvette and Rose-Alma.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Boulanger, the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House staff for their compassionate care of Conrad during his illness and final days.