Lucien ‘Fern’ Bussiere


1926 – 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lucien “Fern” Bussiere was promoted from this life on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville after a prolonged illness.

He was born in Lewiston on Dec. 4, 1926, to Mabel and Wilfred Bussiere. He attended local schools and graduated from Lewiston High School before he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 22 in Lewiston, where he served a commander and Post 2 in Knoxville. He married Jacqueline Grivois on May 1, 1948, at St. Louis Church in Auburn. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

He loved sharing stories about how he worked as clerk at First National grocery store, then went on to Leblanc’s clothing store, Metropolitan Life Insurance as an agent and finally retired as a manager from the Maine state agency liquor stores. He truly enjoyed working with the public and made many longtime friends. He served as president of the New Auburn Senior Citizens for many years until their move to Tennessee in 2011. He had the pleasure of planning many trips for the seniors, traveling around the country and to Canada.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Auburn and recently Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church in Knoxville, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; a son, Normand Bussiere of Corryton, Tenn.; a daughter, Elaine Saucier and her husband, John, of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, James Saucier and his wife, Kathy, of Lewiston, Rob Saucier of Dillon, Colo., and Jennifer Hartman and her husband, Monty, of Madison, Tenn. He enjoyed the company of his grandchildren, Viktor and Devlin Hartman, Alivia and Shyanne Turner and Trent Kelly of Lewiston. He also is survived by two brothers, Francois Bussiere of Auburn, and Raymond Tiffany of Columbia, Wash.; three sisters, Yvonne Hebert and Annette Dubuc of Lewiston and Connie Sullivan and her husband, Bill, from Rochester, N.Y.

He is predeceased by brothers, Leo and Jerry; and sisters, Blanche and Rita.

The family wishes to thank Amedisys and Tennova Residential hospices for the tender care they provided to Fern during his long illness. They were a great support for the family, and we highly recommend hospice care when needed.

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