Roger Napoleon Brillant, 91, passed away comfortably at the Lamp Alzheimer’s Residential Care Facility on Tuesday evening, April 13.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1918 to Elzeard and Josephine (Chouinard) Brillant in Topsham, where he lived throughout his childhood. He joined the Civil Concentration Camp for two years and was stationed in Camden and Colorado. He then joined the Army on Sept. 9. 1940 and served until August 24, 1945, when he was honorably discharged from the Gun Crewman Coast Artillery 608, where he was a rifle sharpshooter and the best artillery gunner they had. He received a Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the American Defense Service Medal. He was stationed in Algeria, Morroco and Tunisia, Africa; Sicily and Rome, Italy; France; Southern France; Rhineland Germany and central Europe.
His trade was body and fender work and he decided to seek work and move to Calif., Arizona, New York and then settled in New Jersey. When he retired he moved to Lewiston, bought his home and lived at Country Lane Estates from Jan. 1985 until four years ago when he moved to The Lamp.
He collected art, coins, books, which he read a lot about many different subjects, including religion, politics, coin and art valuables, history, and he even read the Britannica Encyclopedia twice; smoking his pipe, and he loved to go to the racetrack and bet on horses. He had the cutest chuckle and prettiest sparkling blue eyes. He was a sharp dresser and liked his hair just so. Roger had many interesting stories and theories, found most everything amusing and he was a real joy to be around. He always said, “I kept my nose in front of my face and got along with everyone,” which he did. He was very good natured, always in a good mood, just a very happy-go-lucky guy. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He leaves behind a brother, Laurent “Larry” Brillant of Auburn. who Roger lovingly referred to as the “baby of the family”; loving niece, Ann Marie Perkins and her husband, Jerry, of Lewiston; daughter, Joanne Kerr of Fla.; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father and mother; brothers, Elzeard, Camille, Lucien, Lionel, Russell and Edward; sisters, Irene Roy, Yvette Bryer and Berta Brillant.