1932 – 2014

AUBURN—Normand ‘Norm’ Louis Angers, 82, of 5 Lemay St., Lewiston, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Hospice House in Auburn after a brief and sudden illness.

He was born in Lewiston on Feb. 11, 1932, the son of Lucien and Marie Anne Sirois Angers. He was educated in local schools and graduated with the Class of 1950 from St. Dominic’s High School. He entered the army and was based in Okinawa during the Korean conflict.

Upon his return, he went to work for West Point Pepperell as chief electrician. It was there he met the love of his life, Monette Richard, and they married in 1957.

When Pepperell closed in 1969, Normand worked for the electricians union on the construction of the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. He developed a method of isolating electrical wires from each other that earned him a commendation from the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. His idea was implemented in all nuclear power plants in the United States.

After working for Stultz Electric and Pioneer Plastics, he was nominated as electrical inspector for the city of Lewiston and served in the position for six years. A leave of absence in 1974 allowed him to travel to Lagos, Nigeria, where his knowledge and experience were needed to repair bleachery equipment he once maintained at Pepperell in Lewiston.


After leaving the city, Norm joined the staff as chief electrician at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he made improvements to the fire alarm and emergency electrical systems, installed a new nurse’s call system and redesigned the entire electrical distribution system. One of his proudest achievements there was ensuring the hospital maintained power during the 1998 ice storm.

After retiring from St. Mary’s in 2000, he delved full time into his passion for genealogy. He served as president, research director and librarian for the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society. He was inducted into the Maine Franco -American Hall of Fame on March 17, 2010, by Governor John Baldacci.

Norm was an active and dedicated member of the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul and served as a collector for Sunday morning masses. Norm lost his Monette to cancer in 1994, but not before raising eight children in a modest home filled with love.

Here to celebrate his life and take comfort in knowing that he joined his beautiful wife are his children; Nancy and Bob Boilard, Celeste and Paul Moreau, Pierre Angers, Lise Dames, Richard and Shawna Angers, Michelle Angers, Louis Angers, and Melanie and Keith Greaton; his 11 grandchildren; Jeremy and Nicole Boilard, Arielle and Daniel Moreau, Eva and Angeline Dames, Natalie Angers, Dyandrea and Thomas Labonte and Sarah and Evan Greaton; and great-grandson John Marston, all of whom will long remember their playful Pepêre. He is also survived by his sister, Rita Angers; and a host of many extended family members, friends and acquaintances who will miss his charismatic charm, his infectious smile and the sparkle in his eyes.

He was predeceased by his wife; his parents; his siblings, Leonard Angers and Anita Larochelle; and a granddaughter, Victoria Angers.

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

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