LEWISTON — Emile “Bill” Jacques, 87, of Lewiston, died Thursday, Feb. 23, at d’Youville Pavilion with his family by his side.

He was born in Lewiston, Feb. 2, 1925, the son of Ovide and Florestine Hemond Jacques. He was educated in Lewiston schools. He married the former Mildred Clark of Lewiston on June 12, 1954.

He owned and operated Jacques TV for more than 50 years and was elected to many different offices in local, county and state government including Mayor of Lewiston, Lewiston City Council, State Representative, State Senator and Androscoggin County Commissioner. He was appointed to numerous boards and commissions at both the state and local level by many different governors over the years.

He was a member of Holy Cross Church, where he was part of the collection staff, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a professional motorcycle racer in the U.S. and Canada, when he was younger and won several Canadian National titles. He maintained a motorcycle shop during that time on Hines Alley and was well-known for giving rides to all the kids in the neighborhood. He was also well-known for sponsoring several International motorcycle races at the Lewiston Fairgrounds.

He was part owner, pilot and director of State Aviation in Auburn during the 60s. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, snowmobiles and water-skiing and anything else that involved speed and danger well into his 70s. He loved spending time with his family, especially at camp on Taylor Pond, where it was always a treat for everyone to see him on Sundays doing his water-ski tricks. He traveled extensively all over the world for both business and pleasure during his life and especially loved going to his condos in St. Marteen and Mexico, with his wife and nephews and their wives.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, Mildred Clark Jacques of Lewiston; son, David and his wife, Debra, of Lewiston; daughter, Diane and husband, Normand Gagnon, of Lisbon; son, James and wife, Debbie, of Minot; his grandson, Matthew Jacques of Lewiston; he also left several nephews and nieces, who he was always very close to throughout his life including nephews, Richard Jacques and wife, Judy, Ronald Jacques and wife, Connie, Paul Jacques and wife, Donna and Robert Jacques and wife, Janis; nieces, Joan Jacques Moriarty and husband, Scott and Lorraine Bisson Janas; and many great-nephews and nieces, who were a very important part of his life and who he also remained close to.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ovide and Florestine; his brothers, George, Robert and Rene Jacques; his sister, Cecile Jacques Bisson and husband, Joseph; his nephews, Donald and Lionel Bisson; and his niece, Cynthia Bisson.

The family would like to especially thank the nurses and CNA’s at d’Youville Pavilion 3rd Floor West for all the special attention and care they gave our father and family during his stay. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate all of you and all the things you do there every day for the residents.

You are invited to share your condolences with the Jacques family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

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