AUBURN – The Rev. Roger J. Ouellette, 93, of Thompson Drive, Monmouth, died Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice after a short illness.

He was born in Lewiston, July 31, 1915, the son of the late Emile and Malvina Robitaille Ouellette. He was educated in Lewiston schools and pursued his clerical studies at St. Hyacinth College (Minor Seminary) in Montreal, and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained to the priesthood May 30, 1942, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland by the Most Rev. Joseph E. McCarthy.

His assignments included St. Matthew in Limerick, St. Ann in Waterville, Peter Dana Point, St. Augustine in Augusta, Holy Family in Lewiston, St. James in Baileyville (Woodland) and St. Andre’s in Biddeford. He retired July 3, 1985.

His post-retirement assignments included St. Agatha Parish in St. Agatha and St. Luce Parish in Frenchville. In addition he served as an elected member of the Priest’ Senate from 1970 to 1971, Vicar Forane/dean of Washington county from 1965 to 1968 and as a confessor to various communities of religious women.

Until a year ago, he was still active, serving the parishes of St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop and St. Leo of Litchfield at weekend masses. For the past 22 years, he also was a regular visitor at local nursing homes, making his weekly visits to family and friends, nuns and priests.

His recreational passion was trout fishing. Throughout his retirement, he made weekly trips to Canada with his closest friends and family. He returned with beautiful catches to be shared with anybody who visited camp.

His devotion to his church was matched by his devotion to his family. His happiest times were when the family gathered for birthdays, lobster bakes and the holidays.

He will be truly missed by his three surviving sisters, Sister Rita Ouellette, MIC of Joliette, Quebec, Lauretta Sirois of Lewiston and Rejeanne LeClair of Monmouth, who shared her home with him for the past 23 years; four nephews, Roger LeClair and his wife, Ann, Raymond LeClair and his wife, Karen, Leo Sirois and his wife, Judy, and Rene Sirois and his wife, Christine; two nieces, Diane Ouellette and Helene Beauchesne; and several grandnieces and nephews, who were all very dear to him.

He was predeceased by a sister, Laurianne Ouellette; a brother, Paul Ouellette; two brothers-in-law, Robert Sirois and Lucien LeClair; and a nephew, Norman LeClair.

His family extends their heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Hospice House and to Drs. Austin and Cabatingan.

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