LEWISTON – Thomas Asselin, 89, a resident of 26 Theresa Ave., died Tuesday, May 19, at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion.

He was born in Brewer, Feb. 11, 1920, the son of Fidelis and Dora (Coro) Eslin. Tom served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II, from Oct. 20, 1941, until Nov. 29, 1945, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Battle Stars, a Bronze Invasion Arrowhead as well as a Pacific Theater Ribbon.

He married the former Winnie Pelletier on Nov. 6, 1948, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston. He was employed many years locally as a handsewer, until his early 70s.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 153 as well as the Purple Heart and Disabled Veteran Associations.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie of Lewiston; two sons, Daniel Asselin and wife, Karen, of Lewiston and Robert Asselin and wife, Denise, of New Gloucester; three granddaughters, Cynthia Grimmett and husband, Craig, of North Waterboro, Shelly Dustin and fiancé, Ken Grumann, of Sanford and Lisa Asselin of Homer, Alaska; two great-grandchildren, Alysson and Nathaniel; brothers, Bill Asselin of Lewiston, Ralph Asselin of Auburn and Joe Asselin of Fruitland, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Rose Lizotte, Dorothy Bellmore, Patricia Bouche, JoAnne Asselin and Paul Eslin.

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