LEWISTON — A Celebration of Life service honoring the life of Robert J. Provencher was held Friday morning at the Pinette & Lynch Funeral Home, with Chaplain Kathleen O’Wril presiding.

At the beginning of the service, his wife, Mary personally thanked all those family, friends and neighbors that have supported her and her family during Bob’s illness, and for also helping honor her husband’s life with their support. His neighbor, Donna Mathieu recited words and remembrances, with a personal message sent by her to Bob on the occasion of his eightieth birthday; his nephew, Guy Gagnon shared personal remembrances of his Uncle Bob’s love and strong presence as a mentor within their family; granddaughter, Sophie Gamache read a letter in abstentia written by her cousin, April Provencher, about their grandfather, and that his memory will never be forgotten; daughter, Lynn’s good friend Aline Elie sang “How Great Thou Art, and “Ave Maria” during the services and family friend, Rhonda Obie, recited a letter written by Bob’s University of Maine classmate, Liz Tibbetts Smith, who wrote of his good character and accomplishments over the years.

Graveside committal prayers were recited by Reverend Rex Garrett at Pine Grove Cemetery in Bangor who is a minister at the All Souls Congregational Church that Mary had attended while growing up in Bangor. At the conclusion of committal prayers, the United States Army Honor Detail played “Taps” and presented our country’s flag to Bob’s wife, Mary, for services rendered by her husband in Europe during the Korean Conflict as well as for his service in the Army National Guard.

The pallbearers were sons, Robert and William Provencher; son-in-laws, Andrew D’Eramo and Daniel Gamache; as well as grandsons, Thomas Provencher and Benjamin Gamache.

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