HUDSON, Fla. — Michael Fournier, 62, passed away Sunday, March 5, in Hudson, Fla.

He was born May 20, 1954, in Lewiston, the eldest son of Laurier “Larry” and Elizabeth “Liz” Fournier. Michael graduated from Lewiston High School in 1972 and the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and marketing in 1976. Upon graduation, he went into real estate, working for Floyd Ray Realty. In 1980, he purchased Paperworks, a stationery and gift store in the Tontine Mall on Maine Street in Brunswick. He quickly grew that business into two more stores: The Works and The Mix in a two-story building, also on Main Street in Brunswick. He later opened Co/Op, a contemporary off-price clothing store in Bath, followed by two other branches in Freeport and Topsham. All of his stores were very unique and had a tremendous following from many in the midcoast and central Maine areas. After 30 years in the retail industry, Michael closed the last of his stores in 2014. Michael lived for a year in St. Kitts before retiring and finding his way to Hudson, Fla.

Michael lived in Harpswell most of his adult life. He was a contributor and volunteer for many years at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick.

Michael possessed a love of music, enjoyed reading, traveled extensively and had a deep appreciation of family, friends and life.

Michael is survived by a brother, Thomas and his wife, Nancy; two nephews, Ben and Jon Fournier; his soul mate, Michelle Therrien; many special aunts, uncles and beloved cousins, especially Cherie Downing of Minot and Barb Nichols of Winslow; and many dear friends from Club Wildwood in Florida.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Michael’s life by visiting his guest book at

Michael Fournier

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