1918 – 2015

AUBURN — Armand J. Hamel, 97, of 89 Hillside Ave., Auburn, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Clover Living Center in Auburn.

Born in Lewiston on July 9, 1918, he was the son of George and Alice Gagnon Hamel. Armand was raised and educated in Lewiston, along with two sisters and one brother. On July 29, 1939, he married the former Lucienne Bernier. She passed away in 2003.

He worked as a welder in Portland shipyards prior to serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he entered the shoe manufacturing industry and trained and worked as a cutter until his retirement.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved Moosehead Lake, where he maintained a camp for decades. He was a fantastic pinochle player.

Armand is survived by a daughter, Anita Wohlrab and husband, James, of Auburn; two grandsons, James Jr. of Auburn and Michael Curran and spouse, Heidi, of Greene; two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Armand was predeceased by his spouse; parents; two sisters, Yvette Gallant and husband, George, and Germaine Sullivan; and a brother, Edouard.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Androscoggin Home Health, Clover Manor and Androscoggin Hospice Care at Clover. Donations, condolences, and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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