LEWISTON — Robert G. Girardin, 74, of Lewiston, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 4. His wife and family had been by his side throughout his illness up to the moment he left us to be reunited with his son, Andrew, in heaven.

He was born in Lewiston on Nov. 12, 1936, the only surviving child of the late Laureat and Rosa Cote Girardin, having lost his siblings in their infancy. He was educated in Lewiston schools and served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was married to Madeleine Grenier on May 30, 1960, and together they had six  children.

Bob was employed as a lithographer retiring from J.S. McCarthy after years of dedication.

He was multitalented and the limits of paper cannot capture his true essence. He loved God’s creations from bog water microscopic bugs to the rings of Saturn viewed through his own telescope. He was a true outdoorsman, loving fishing, mountain climbing and especially boating, having captained his own vessel, The Heron II, out of Harpswell for many years. He was a founding member of the Auburn Rifle Club, having built the existing range. He set many records as a marksman and continued to shoot regularly, still casting and reloading his own ammunition. He was a gardener, tennis player, scuba diver, carpenter, electrician and plumber, having mastered many trades. He was a very humble man with a great sense of wit and humor.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Madeleine, of Lewiston; five children, LuAnn and husband, Tony Labbe, Michael Girardin and Barbara Girardin, daughter-in-law, Joni Girardin, of North Carolina, Jennifer and husband, Dan Perry, of Hallowell, Valerie and husband, Mike Racine, and Gregory Girardin of Nashua, N.H. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Deneiges, Bobby and Maria Labbe, Hailey, Thomas and Leighton Girardin, Shayla and Tirzah Girardin, Sydnie, Bernadette, Patric and Cecelia Racine, and Grace and Marinn Perry; his stepsister, Jeannine Houghton, of Gardiner; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Andrew, who passed April 1, 2010; his parents; his stepfather, George Martin; and stepmother Electa Girardin.

Family would like to thank Dr. Darlene Miller and the staff at D’Youville Skilled Nursing facility for the outstanding care they gave Bob.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Girardin family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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