SOUTH PARIS – Bertrand L. Pontbriand, a longtime resident of Auburn, passed away peacefully at the Maine Veterans’ Home on April 5.

He was born Aug. 14, 1916, the oldest son of Arthur and Ida Simard Pontbriand. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1935. In the fall of 1941, he married Carmen LaPointe and together they raised five daughters.

In 1942, Bert entered the U.S. Coast Guard and proudly served his country during World War II. He returned home and began his longtime business ventures. Among them were Twin City Furniture, Steer House Restaurant and real estate. He served as county commissioner, state legislator, and was on the board of directors for Depositors Trust and Auburn Water District.

He was an avid golfer, gardener and outdoorsman. He was a member of Fairlawn and Martindale golf courses. He enjoyed people and frequented garage sales on weekends. He was a member of the American Legion, Elks Club and Taylor Pond Yacht Club.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Carmen of 68 years; his daughters and their families; Judy and Peter Durgin, Deborah, Greg, Michael, Sarah, and Caroline Hammond, John Durgin, Mark, Adrienne and Jacob Durgin; Claire and Scott Bryant, Jeff, Demi and Kendall Bryant; Kacie, Brett, Finley and Carley Gough; Jane and Bernie Turner, Katie, Tony, and Cameron Letourneau; Kelly, Dave, Cade, Nolan, Anden and Dane Cabral; Travis Turner; Jan and Paul Cutter, Derek, Shannon, Emily and Cambry Cutter; Peter, Deidre, Gabriel and Valerie Cutter, Alex Cutter, Eric Cutter; Connie and John Maloney, and Matt Maloney.

He was predeceased by his father and mother; three brothers; and one sister.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Montello Heights and the Maine Veterans’ Home for their kindness and support.

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