STRONG — Normand E. Gilbert, 79, of Strong, formerly of Pond Road in Lewiston, died Monday, April 19, at his home.
He was born on March 11, 1931, in Lewiston, the son of Origene and Imelda Lapointe Gilbert. He attended Holy Family School and Lewiston High School and on Nov. 18, 1950, he married Cecile R. Dufour, who passed away on Sept. 9, 2006.
A U.S. Army infantry veteran, he served in Germany and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He worked as a hand sewer in area shoe shops for many of his early years. He later worked with and retired from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 407, in Lewiston.
He took great pride in describing the various projects he had worked on in area hospitals, mills, power plants, banks and the Bates College Olin Arts Center. In his spare time he helped his children with their various construction projects, ranging from complete homes to small remodeling projects. He loved hunting and fishing with his sons, grandchildren, brother Roger, special friend Bob, and members of the Fournier family. He was an avid ice hockey fan. He loved watching the Boston Bruins, Lewiston Maineiacs and his sons’ and grandchildren’s hockey games. And we remember the many cold January and February nights where he spent hours flooding the backyard skating rink. He also donated several hours using his construction skills on projects that enclosed Auburn’s Ingersoll Ice Arena. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved nothing better than sitting back and watching the commotion at the family Christmas gatherings each year.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda and her companion, Charlie Harkins, of Weld; son, Marc and wife, Diane, of New Gloucester, son Paul and wife, Deborah, of New Gloucester, son Peter and wife, Tammy, of Turner, and son Steven of Greene; two sisters, Georgette Sheremeta of Colchestser, Conn., and Lorraine Lavoie of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; and sister-in-law, Carol Gilbert, of New Gloucester.Grandchildren include Clifford, Andrew, Abigail, Ryan, Brittany, Eric, Brad, Ashley, Colby and Alexander Gilbert and Chelsea, Chas, Geriann, Amanda, Angela and Charles Harkins IV. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the professional staffs of Central Maine and Maine Medical Centers.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Laurent W. Gilbert, Roger L. Gilbert, and Richard O. Gilbert.