LEWISTON – Robert H. Thibault, 60, of South Paris, died Friday, April 17, at Central Maine Medical Center with his family and friends by his side.

He was born in Lewiston, Jan. 12, 1949, the son of the late Adelard and Florence Camire Thibault. He worked as a millwright for Union Local 407. After that he turned his love for game birds into a business, becoming well-known for his raising/breeding and selling bantams and endangered pheasants and many other species of birds. It was not unusual to find rare or exotic birds including peacocks and emus.

He enjoyed living away from the city and spent years building and creating the peaceful environment in which he and Sue lived. Bob spent his days in the woods cutting trees almost obsessively, clearing away more property which he planned to develop.

He loved riding his Harley with his friends and they had plans for some great riding trips to Northern Maine, where he always wanted to live. He spent a lot of time laughing and making others laugh and his friendships knew no boundaries. His wide circle of friends was more like a brotherhood.

He will be remembered for his honesty, loyalty, generosity, unsolicited and uncensored advice as well as his sick sense of humor. He shared stories of his misadventures with any who would listen. His children and grandchildren will forever be scarred by threats of the bogeyman.

He is survived by his girlfriend of 21 years, Susan (Sue) McGrath-Elliott of South Paris; a daughter, Sandra L. Thibault of Norway; two sons, Michael D. Thibault and his wife, Faye, of Poland and Robert M. Thibault of Lewiston; two stepdaughters, Abby Elliott of Portland and Sarah Grenier of Colorado; eight grandchildren, Amanda and Cory Burhoe, Chase, Alex, Kaira and Jarred Thibault, Aurore Klassen and Mica Ogard; a great-granddaughter, AnnaSophia Walker; his brothers and their spouses, Conrad and Sharon Thibault of Litchfield, Richard and Nancy Thibault of Florida, and Roger and Rachel Thibault of Turner.

He was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Dumais; and two brothers, Maurice and Gerard Thibault.

The family thanks Dr. Sterling for his time and compassion and also the staff in the ICU at CMMC and Stephens Memorial Hospital.

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