LEWISTON – Roger P. Provencher Sr., 81, of Lewiston, died Friday, May 8, surrounded by his family at Marshwood Center.

He was born in Lewiston on Jan. 12, 1928, the son of Henri and Alice (Tremblay) Provencher.

He graduated early from Lewiston High School in 1946 in order to join the U.S. Army, and served in Japan from 1946 to 1949. He attended Auburn Maine School of Commerce and was a graduate of UMO with a major in education. He began his teaching career at Winslow High School and returned to Lewiston in 1959.

He taught business and math courses for most of his teaching career at Lewiston High School, after which he was the business manager of University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College for 10 years, retiring in 1995.

During his high school years he excelled in football and track and during his teaching career he coached football, basketball and track as well as refereed. As a teacher and coach, Roger proudly and positively impacted thousands of teenagers.

He was married in Lewiston on June 18, 1949, to Jacqueline F. Drouin.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jacqueline; his sister, Theresa Favreau of Brunswick; a son, Roger Provencher Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Lewiston; two daughters, Lyn Audibert and her husband, Gerry, of Lewiston and Rose Provencher and her husband, Edwin Wiesner, of Sandwich, Mass.; six grandchildren, Jason Provencher and his wife, Tina, Kevin Audibert and his wife Cara, Renee (Provencher) Courtemanche and her husband Michael, Christine (Audibert) Gould and her husband Michael, Stephen McGrail III and fiancée Jennifer McClachey and Matthew McGrail and his fiancée Deb Frueh.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Henry; and a sister, Juliette Levasseur.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Hatfield and his nurse Joanna and the staff at Marshwood Center, especially nurses Judy and Paulie and Hospice.

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