AUBURN — Fernand Edgar St. Hilaire, 87, of Lewiston, passed away at the Hospice House on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, with his loving wife and daughters by his side.

He was born in Lewiston, Jan. 22, 1924. Fern was the only child of Georges and Leontine Patry St. Hilaire. Fern loved his country and was a proud veteran. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18, and was assigned to the convoy ship, Toteco, where he was part of the crew that constantly crossed the ocean delivering cargo overseas.

After World War II, Fern came home and married his “green-eyed beauty” and love of his life, Lorraine Beaule at St. May’s Church on July 6, 1946. They raised two daughters, Monique and Anita, whom he loved dearly.

Fern loved his family and always made spending time with them a special occasion. Fern worked at Lewiston Public Works until his retirement. He was an avid sports fan who never missed watching any sporting events, especially the New England teams.

Fern had a great compassion for all animals, believed in animal rights, and could not imagine being cruel to any creatures, large or small.

He leaves his loving and dedicated wife, Lorraine; his grateful daughters, Monique Couturier and Anita and husband, John Stone; his grandchildren, Gerald and Kristi Touchette and Denis Touchette, who thought the world of him, and he of them; and a very special and loved great-granddaughter, Avie.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-and mother-in-law, John and Yolande Dostie Beaule; his brothers-in-law, Gerard Beaule and Harvey Plourde; and his son-in-law, Robert L. Couturier.

Special thanks for the excellent care Fern received at St. Mary’s Emergency Department and to the compassionate staff at Hospice House for their loving care.

A special thank-you to Fr. Joseph Manship, for his kindness and care in our time of need.

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