AUBURN — Roger A. Charest, 84, a resident of Cram Avenue, Lewiston, and formerly of Sabattus, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 22, at the Hospice House following a long illness.

He was born in Lewiston on March 4, 1926, the son of Israel and Roseanna (Cloutier) Charest. He married the former Therese St. Pierre and they shared 56 years together before her passing on Aug. 5, 2004.

Mr. Charest worked for local shoe and textile industries as a foreman in both Maine and Massachusetts until his retirement.

His hobbies included deer hunting with his daughter, Jackie, and his son, Ronald. Summers were spent camping on Long Lake in Naples with his wife and children.

He was a “Jack-of-all-trades” who enjoyed using his skills to help anyone that needed it, no matter how big or small the project.

Roger and Therese’s home in Sabattus was a weekend gathering place where family and friends were always lovingly welcomed, rain or shine. You would always find Roger manning the grill. He loved to play cards and dice, and also enjoyed going out to eat with his many in-laws.

During his later years, you would find him relaxing in his recliner watching Westerns.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Charest and wife, Raylene, of Marblehead, Mass., and Ronald Charest and and wife, Anna, of Salem, Mass.; two daughters, Jacqueline Charest and partner, Joni Amalfitano, of Clinton, and Joline Pelletier of Lewiston; one brother, Arthur Charest of Auburn; a special son-in-law, John Pelletier, of Auburn; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Keith, Debra, Karen and Tina, all of Massachusetts, and Courtney, Chad and Jacie, all of Lewiston; and five great-grandchildren, Vincent, Olivia, Gloria, Molly and Emily, all of Massachusetts. Also surviving are several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Besides his wife, Therese, he was predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Gordon and Dr. Pandy, the nurses and staff at Androscoggin Home Care, and to the Hospice House for the respect and dignity they showed our father.

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