AUBURN — Maurice Emile Lacasse, 83, of Lewiston, died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 23, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, surrounded by family members.

He was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Lewiston, the son of the late Arthur E. and Elna B. (Paradis) Lacasse.

He was educated in Lewiston schools. He joined the U.S. Navy in July 1944. During his two years of service in the Navy, he served in the Navy Seabees as a motor machinist in the Philippine Islands, China, Saipan and New Guinea. During this period, he received the Philippine Liberation medal, American Theatre medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre medal, and the World War II Victory medal.

After his discharge in 1946, he married his sweetheart, Lorraine R. Landry. He worked for National Candy in his early working years and then went on to work for Federal Distributors for nearly 20 years. On many occasions he was recognized for his excellent skills as a salesman. He retired after a period of employment at the Lewiston School Department.

He was a member of Holy Cross Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was recognized by the Tri-County Chapter of the American Red Cross as a five-gallon blood donor. He was a self-taught woodworker and carpenter and enjoyed making furniture and craft items for his family. He loved Christmas and worked all year on wood-crafted items to be given to his daughters at Christmas.

He was also an avid Boston Bruins fan and looked forward to the hockey season each year. He loved gardening and taking trips to visit his daughters and their families. He was a generous man and loved life. He always used humor to engage people — whether they were acquaintances or strangers. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by Lorraine R. (Landry) Lacasse, his devoted wife of 63 years; four daughters, Pauline Patterson and her husband, James, of Camden, Patricia Lacasse of Lewiston, Joanne Fortin and her husband, Richard, of Fort Kent, and Claire Murray and her husband, James, of Millbury, Mass. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Bill Patterson and his wife, Michelle, of New York City, Thomas, Zachary and Peter Murray of Millbury, Mass., Sean Galipeau-Eldridge and his wife, Leah, of Otisfield, and Scott Galipeau and his wife, Christa, of Presque Isle; also five great-grandchildren, Emma, Willa and Brenna Galipeau-Eldridge, and Piper and Sierra Galipeau; three brothers, Paul, the Rev. Robert Lacasse, O.M.I., and Roland, two sisters, Rita Morency and her husband, Lionel. and Lorraine; sisters-in-law, Marguerite (Lacasse) Morin and her husband, Marcel, Terry Lacasse, Aurora Lacasse, Blanche Landry, Cecile Ward, Celine McKeone and her husband, Robert, Madeleine Landry, and a large number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Susan, brothers, Fernand, Romeo, Emile, Normand and Leo and a sister, Juliette.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Lacasse family by visiting their guestbook at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

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