1941 – 2015

LIVERMORE FALLS — Gerard C. Castonguay, 73, a resident of East Livermore, passed away Sunday, March 29, at his home.

He was born on May 11, 1941, in Livermore, the son of Alfred Castonguay and Odelie (Brochu) Castonguay. He graduated from Livermore Falls High School in 1960.

On July 2, 1960, he married Sheila Ann Hall in Farmington. He worked at the Livermore Falls Shoe Shop in high school until he bought his farm and moved there with his wife and children at the age of 21.

He loved farming and continued different aspects of farming his entire life. In his twenties, he started his own logging business, building it from the ground up with great success.

Gerard was known as being the strongest man around, and dominated anyone who dared to arm-wrestle him. He even survived being mauled by a bull, and said “those steaks were the best he’d ever had.” Consistently, Pepe “threatened” his grandchildren with his “stubby finger” as they ran away, laughing and screaming. He also gave them wrestling instructions and watched and laughed as they practiced at his house. His grandchildren loved his stories of the “good old days.” Gerard routinely enjoyed going out to breakfast or lunch around town and socializing with whomever happened to be there.

He is survived by his two sons, Howard Castonguay of Portland, and Peter Castonguay and his wife, Wendy, of Wayne; one brother, Jean Castonguay and his wife, Sue, of Livermore Falls; sisters, Alice Legere and her husband, Phillip, of Tennessee, Simone Blouin and her husband, Larry, of Livermore Falls, Marie Simoneau and her husband, Emil, of Millinockett; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Nicole, Caleb and Rachel.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Sheila Ann Castonguay on Feb. 7, 2009; and his daughter, Barbara Castonguay Marcotte on July 17, 2006. He was also predeceased by two brothers in childhood, David and Robert; his brother, Richard; and sister, Noella Lahey.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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