1923 – 2014

AUGUSTA — Victor Russell Belanger Sr., 91, of Jordan School Road in Auburn, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Togus VA Hospital.

He was born on June 12, 1923, in his Auburn home, a son of the late Emile and Alice (Vaillancourt) Belanger. He was educated in local schools and attended Edward Little High School, until he was drafted; he finished his schooling while in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He also attended college at the University of Paris in France.

Victor shipped out to Germany and landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day. From there, he went through eight more battles and helped liberate death camps; he also survived 180 air raids while in England. He finished by training with the British Commandos.

Victor married his longtime sweetheart, Pauline “Pauly” Hinds, on May 29, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn. They lived in Auburn, where they raised their three children.

He was a lumberjack for many years, working with his father, then for himself and then with his son. He loved being in the woods and working with the trees.

Victor had a wealth of knowledge and many people relied on his abilities to help them out. He was very handy and enjoyed fixing and building things. He loved working on his old trucks and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed going dancing with his wife, Pauly, in their younger years and going for rides and “junking” with her.

He leaves his wife of almost 71 years, Pauly, of Auburn; his three children, Janine Gilbert and husband, Butch, of Turner, Linda Therrien and husband, Normand, of Auburn and Victor Belanger Jr. and his wife, Bonnie, of Auburn; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Normand and Willie Belanger; and three grandchildren, Victor Belanger III, Erin Belanger and Cathy Hamel.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Victor’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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