LEWISTON — Leon R. Tardif, 86, of 25 Edward Avenue, died peacefully on Saturday, April 30, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Lewiston on Nov. 2, 1924, the son of Arsene and Eugenie Dumais Tardif, and had been a resident of this community all of his life.

He was one of the first graduates of Robert’s Academy. He then entered the U.S. Army during World War II and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Following the war, he was a truck driver with several companies including the former St. Johnsbury Trucking for 29 years, retiring in 1984.

Following his retirement he enjoyed winters in Flagler Beach and Daytona Beach, Fla. He also enjoyed and was very dedicated to his family. Golfing at Prospect Hill Golf Course, where he was a member, was also a pleasure to him.

Leon was a faithful Catholic and a parishioner of Holy Cross Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Therese Fortin Turmenne, of Lewiston; one daughter, Susan M. Poole, and her husband, Mark, of Monmouth; a step-son, Robert R. Turmenne, and his wife, Beverly, of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Michelle Foster and Mark Turmenne, both of Denver, Colo., Laurel Whitmer, of Decatur, Ga., and Ashley Shannak, of Brookline, N.H.; nine grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

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