LITCHFIELD – Bernard R. Popadak Sr., 85, resident of Plummer Street in Lisbon Falls, died Tuesday, April 28, at his daughter’s residence in Litchfield after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 6, 1924, in Durham, a son of John M. and Barbara (Vachaly) Popadak. He was educated in Lisbon schools and graduated from Lisbon High School, Class of 1942.

He served in the 623rd Engineers Company of the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the battles in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and in Central Europe.

He was employed as a weaver for more than 40 years at both the Bates Mill in Lewiston and the Worumbo Mill in Lisbon Falls. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish of Lisbon Falls and had been a member of the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen and the United Maine Craftsmen.

he enjoyed painting wildlife scenes and in his younger years had captured the images on wooden plaques and most recently had enjoyed painting the scenes on ceramic. He liked to take rides in the car to enjoy the scenery, but was the happiest to be enjoying the outdoors. In his younger years, he enjoyed spending time hunting with his brother.

Survivors include three sons, Bernard R. Popadak Jr. and his wife, Heather, of Bowdoinham, Michael S. Popadak of Lisbon Falls and Jeffrey Popadak of Dominique, West Indies; two daughters, Patricia and her husband, Remi Theberge, of Litchfield and Deborah and her husband, Kris Lidback, of Bowdoin; five grandchildren, Todd and his wife, Brooke Lidback, Shawn and his wife, Jennifer Lidback, Kathryn, Jennifer and Amanda Popadak; and a great-granddaughter, Natalie Lidback.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Hazel I. (Goodridge) Popadak in 2004.

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