AUBURN — Andre Marquis, 87, of Lewiston, went to the arms of God on Friday, April 28, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, after a long illness.

Born in Lewiston, he was the son of Theodore and Melanie Boutin Marquis. He attended Lewiston schools and served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, stationed in the Marshall Islands. Andre married Ethel Pagurko of Pejepscot in 1952 and was devastated when she passed away in March 2010 after 58 years of marriage.

Andre worked most of his life in the construction industry. He was a project manager for Harriman Architects for many years, supervising many large projects, including the Telstar Earth Station facility in Andover, Jay High School, the first Union Mutual building on outer Congress Street, the U.S. Federal Building and Post Office in Portland and the physicians’ building at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was then employed as the project manager at St. Mary’s Hospital, supervising the construction of many additions to that facility. In his semi-retirement years, he was employed by the Lewiston Police Department, maintaining the car fleet and a meter route.

His sons and grandsons inherited his love of tools and building, and his children remember him building the only ice rink in the neighborhood and spending hours there skating and playing hockey. Although he complained about the noise and the toys, Pepere cherished the visits he received from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to family time, he enjoyed watching the Bruins, cooking and gardening. In October 2016, he traveled to Washington, D.C., with his son, David, as part of the Honor Flight Maine contingent. He was very proud that he had sons who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Andre is survived by his 10 beloved children and their spouses, Dennis and (Louise) of Lisbon, Joline Barth and (Rick) of Jacksonville, Fla., Elaine Roper (John) of Scarborough, Diane of Lewiston, Paul (Donna) of Sabattus, Armand (Carrie) of Lewiston, David (Laura) of Greene, Brian of Lewiston, Rita of Randolph and Dean (Jenny) of Las Vegas, Nev. He also leaves 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition, Andre leaves his much-loved sister, Jacqueline Bellegarde; and brother-in-law, Roger, with whom he enjoyed spending Saturday lunchtime over the past several years.

Andre’s family wishes to send grateful thanks to the wonderful staff at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, whose care enabled him to remain at home until close to the end.

Andre Marquis

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