Potvin is Veteran of the Month


PARIS — Fernand E. “Coe” Potvin, 94, is Veteran of the Month at the Maine Veterans Home on High Street.

He was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Auburn and graduated from St. Louis High School there. In January 1942, he enlisted in the Army-Air Corps and served in Iceland, India, Labrador and Nashville, Tenn. The World War II veteran was a baker and made cookies for Bob Hope and Clark Gable while in Iceland, he said.

Also while in Iceland, he sponsored two men from India to go into the ministry and become priests. He learned several languages and can recite the Lord’s Prayer in English, French, Latin, Benghali and Spanish.

Potvin earned the EAMET Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon. He was discharged Nov. 14, 1945. Afterward, he purchased Patty Ann Pies and later worked at Jake and Andy’s Donut Shop until retiring.

Potvin married Yvette R. Raymond, whom he met while working at a shoe shop. They married on Thanksgiving Day in 1948 and will celebrate their 67th anniversary Nov. 25. They have 10 children, 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Potvin’s enjoyed playing baseball and playing tennis, football and ice skating with his children. He also enjoyed going to the horse races, singing and gardening.

He came to the Maine Veterans’ Home in February 2014 and enjoys talking with others, playing Bingo, listening to music and going on outings.