1929 – 2015
AUBURN — Eugene L. Bellegarde, 85, of West Paris, died Wednesday, July 29, at the Hospice House in Auburn, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Beauce, Quebec, on Dec. 15, 1929, the son of Cyril and Grace (Vachon) Bellegarde, and had attended Rumford schools.
Gene worked the farm fields of Rumford Corner as a teenager. He then took a job for the Maine D.O.T. as a shovel operator and built many of the original roads in Western Maine. He later worked as a mechanic at the D.O.T. garage in South Paris and Penley’s Mill in West Paris.
Gene was very personable and charitable, with a strong sense of humor, and always loved a practical joke. He was a tireless worker and also did auto repair and bodywork at his home. He always had a vegetable garden and shared the fruits of his labor. He had proudly restored a 1928 Ford Model “T” and it won many blue ribbons. For relaxation, Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a man who had no limit to his generosity.
Eugene was married in Norway on May 12, 1984, to Barbara Heath, who died Nov. 6, 2014.
Survivors include a son, Eugene Bellegarde Jr. and wife, Hanna, of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Marianne Gould and husband, George, of Woodstock, and Doreen Madore and husband, James, of Dixfield; five grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; six brothers, Reggie, Fern, Roland and wife, Mary Ann, and Noel “Pete,” all of Rumford, Conrad and wife, Lois, of Mexico, and Lionel Bellegarde and wife, Gloria, of Virginia; two sisters, Georgette Holmquist of Mexico and Mary Jane Gavin of Massachusetts. He was predeceased by a brother, Norman; and two sisters, Theresa Prevost and Frances Gallant.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.