RESTON, Va. — On Monday, Jan. 7, Roland Provencher died at his home in Reston, Va., after a long struggle with brain cancer. He was 60 years old.
Roland was born in Lewiston in 1952, the son of Emile and Adrienne (Labrecque) Provencher. He attended Holy Cross Elementary School, St. Dominic High School and in 1975 graduated from the University of Maine, with a degree in theater and communication.
Having a variety of interests and being well read and a hard worker, Roland then became involved in a diversity of professions including television, glass blowing, woodwork, jewelry, sales representative and shelf designer. In the early 1980s, he moved to the D.C. area and eventually became a full time employee in the food broker firm of Advantage Sales and Marketing, where he worked for more than 30 years, until his illness obliged him to gradually retire. In the early 2000s, he began a shelf design business and through this he met the love of his life, Sally Spence. They were married in 2009 and settled in Reston, Va.
Roland is survived by his beloved wife, Sally; his sister, Sister Jacqueline Provencher, OP, of Sabattus; his brother, Donald Provencher and wife, Gretchen, of Gainesville, Va.; a nephew, Dennis Provencher, wife, Vanessa and their two sons, Chase and Alex of Rockville, Md.; a niece, Michelle Provencher Perera, husband, Jeremy and their three children, Andrew, Joseph and Matilda of Chicago, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Anne Spence of Pleasantville, Pa.; his brothers-in-law, Stan Spence of Leesburg,Va., and his two daughters, Emily and Laura; Joe Spence, wife, Lauri, of Oil City, Pa., and their three children, Bethany, Sophia and Jack; and Mark Spencer, wife, Robin, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and their two children, Heather and Jonathan.
He was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law, William Spence; and close friend, Barbara Mosgrave.
A sensitive, creative, loyal and loving person, Roland will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends.