1934 – 2016

AUBURN — Reginald J. Fortin, 81, of Sabattus died Thursday, April 28, at the Hospice House.

He was born in Brunswick on June 10, 1934, the son of the late Ludger and Laura (Bard) Fortin. He grew up in Brunswick. He attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Navy and served on the icebreaker USS Edisto in Greenland and Iceland. Upon his discharge, he went to the Coyne Electrical & Technical School in Boston, Mass. He began working as an electrical designer in Massachusetts and later joined the Harriman Architectural firm in Auburn.

He retired after 41 years at Harriman’s as an electrical engineer. He was a charter member of IES of North America for which he served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, sharing many memories with his son. He helped his daughters build or remodel their homes. He loved the natural world and made sure that he took care of his share of Mother Earth. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Levasseur Fortin of Sabattus, whom he married on Sept. 1, 1956; his children, Catherine (Roger) Chaisson of Saco, Anne Horne of Lewiston, Rachel Fortin of Sebago, and Paul of Woolwich. He also leaves nine grandchildren and one expected great-grandson in September; a sister, Prudence (Robert) Brandenburg of California; several nieces, nephews and their spouses.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Fulgence and Regis; sister, Gloria; niece, Stella; nephew, Steve; and his fishing buddy, Bob.

“A bad day of fishing beats a good day of work.”

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