1935 – 2016

AUBURN — Ronald P. Bonenfant, 80, a longtime resident of 426 East Ave., Lewiston, died Tuesday, April 19, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Auburn.

Born in Keene, N.H., on July 14, 1935, he was the son of Lionel O. and Josephine E. (Deslauriers) Bonenfant. His family moved to Lewiston and he graduated from St. Dominic High School, Class of 1953. He served in the U.S. Army, and on May 3, 1958, he married the love of his life, Marguerite Paradis. “Maggie” passed away on June 30, 2014.

His first career was as a salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.; he later owned and operated Ron’s Shell Service Station in Lewiston, and retired from Hall and Knight.

He participated in his children’s local sports as a coach and referee, and later in life he was the biggest fan in the bleachers supporting his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. His hobbies included being an avid “golfeur.” He especially enjoyed playing with his four boys, and he was a self-taught photographer, amassing nearly 10,000 images in his library of memories.

Survivors include four sons, Gerard and wife, Michele, of Monmouth, Daniel and wife, Barbara, of Whitefield, Marc and wife, Denise, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Thomas of Portsmouth, N.H.; two daughters, Anne Marie and husband, Michael Earle, of Eddington, and Suzanne and husband, Arthur Labbe, of Auburn; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and beloved wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Lionel; and a sister, Jacqueline Fontaine.

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

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