LEWISTON – On May 15, Gerard Joseph O. Labrecque, 83, surrounded by his loved ones, peacefully went home to be with our Lord and Savior following a brief illness.

Gerard was born on Oct. 14, 1925, in Berlin, N.H., and was the youngest child of Jean and Aurelie (LaFlamme) Labrecque. He was a private first class in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and received the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

He moved to the Rumford area in 1950 and was employed by Oxford Paper Co. from 1951 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the 25-Year Club of Oxford Paper Co.

He married Jeanne Mailhot on Feb. 3, 1951. Together they raised seven children.

He was a communicant of St. John’s Church where he served as an usher for many years. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus and was the visitation coordinator for the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was also a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives for a number of years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne, of 58 years; their children, Gerry Labrecque and his wife, Carla, of Madison, Calif., Jim Labrecque of Byron, Patty Bell and her husband, Les, of Rumford, Rick Labrecque and his wife, Debby, of Rumford, Sally Arsenault and her husband, Dave, of Roxbury Pond, Susan McKinnon and her husband, Keith, of Steep Falls, and Linda Woods and her husband, Steve, of Rumford; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; seven step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Rose Legendre and Agathe Bergeron, of New Hampshire; sisters-in-law, Blanche McLeod of Rumford, and Theresa Cioffa and her husband, Richard, of Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Joseph, Oliver and Bernard Labrecque; and sisters, Mary Dube, Emma Turcotte, Germaine Girouard and Baby Girl Germaine. He was also predeceased by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

We sincerely thank all of the staff at CMMC for the wonderful care given to him.

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