1922 – 2013

BRUNSWICK — Leo M. Renaud, 91, formerly of 68 Laurier Street, Lewiston, died Thursday, July 11, at Sunnybrook Village in Brunswick, where he had been a resident for the past year and a half.

Born in Lewiston on June 17, 1922, he was the son of Albert and Cesarie Bechard Renaud. He was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1941.

A veteran of World War II, he served as an aircraft armorer in the Army Air Corps for 3 years, including 18 months in Foggia, Italy, with the 347th Bomber Squadron of the 99th Bombardment Group, where he armed and maintained B17 bombers.

He returned to Lewiston after the war, and on May 25, 1946, he married Fleurange Maheux in the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. They were married for 67 years and were devoted to each other.

Leo was employed as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Company for 24 years, retiring in 1984.

Leo was a member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, and was active in the parish, both as a volunteer and as a community member. He also belonged to the American Legion, Post #22, and after retirement, he volunteered at D’Youville Pavilion.

Later in life, Leo discovered tennis and remained an avid player into his 80s. He enjoyed playing cards and chess, and loved to tell stories that made people laugh. Jokes were his specialty, and his favorite words of wisdom were “Laughter is the best medicine.” Above all, Leo loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Fleurange Maheux; two daughters, Joline and husband, Paul Cailler, of South Portland, and Michelle and husband, Dr. Jamie Rines, of Woolwich; a sister, Therese Laurendeau of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Nicole and Daniel Cailler, and Andrew, Nathaniel and William Rines; and a great-grandchild, Gabrielle Carpenter.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Cesarie Bechard Renaud; an infant daughter, Claire; and a sister, Liliette Cliche.

Condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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