AUBURN — Willie V. Dubé, 75, a resident of Crash Road, Livermore died early Friday, Oct. 29, at Hospice House of Androscoggin surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 1, 1935, in East Livermore, the son of Lucien and Juliette (Bellemore) Dubé. Willie attended St. Rose of Lima School in Jay and Livermore Falls High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the VHMI 451 Warlords Fighter Squadron. Willie served during the Korean War and Vietnam and retired as a gunnery sergeant after 23 years of service.
After returning home, he earned his B.A. in business with a minor in criminal justice through University of Maine in Augusta and Lewiston. Willie worked for IP at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay. He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church.
Willie was a life member of the Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335 in Jay and Lane-Dubé AmVets Post 33 also in Jay. He was a past commander and finance officer of the AmVets and also served a two year term as a new post starter for the state.
Willie served as chairman of the Maine Democratic Caucus 1980 Presidential Election for Jimmy Carter and was a Representative of Becoming Singles Again. He was considered a renaissance man by his family; Willie was a classical music enthusiast, loved literature, crosswords, cryptograms, chess, cribbage, and Ace-Deuce.
He enjoyed organic homesteading, gardening, raising rabbits and pigs. He looked forward to family cook-outs, and remodeling “The Farm.” His last mission, his opus, was to provide a secure home for present and future Dubé generations.
He is survived by three sons, Michael Dubé of Livermore, Timothy Dubé and his fiancee, Midge Pitt of Ampton, N.J., and Victor Dubé and his wife, Deborah, of Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; two daughters, Lorraine Cushing and her husband, Richard, of Livermore Falls and Andrea Bradford and her companion, Martin Castonguay, of Livermore; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, Isabella; his brother, John Dubé and his wife, Gail, of Jay; six sisters, Anita Dubé of Waterville, Mary Jane Edmunds of Jay, Julienne Shaw of Carnegie, Pa., Claire Edmunds of Phillips, Elaine Smith of Beaufort, S.C., Stella Paquette of Amarillo, Texas, and his half-sister, Vivian Gagnon of Farmington.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Charlie, André, Gerard and Lionel Dubé; and his sister, Mary Ann Dubé.
Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.