AUBURN — Renald “Ron” W. Binette, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, May 1, following an evening surrounded by his family. We are grateful for Ron’s relentless determination in fighting heart disease following a heart attack a few years ago. For these additional precious few years he gave us, we remain eternally grateful.

He was born March 28, 1937, in Lewiston, the son of Lorenzo and Annette (Paradis) Binette. Ron was educated in Lewiston’s St. Peter’s and St. Dominic high schools until he left to serve overseas as a medic in the U.S. Army.

Upon returning from the service, he married Rolande C. Pelletier and together they remained in Lewiston having three children, Roger, Irene and Paul. Ron was employed in local shoe shops until he found his niche as a drug and alcohol counselor. Over the past decades, Ron’s patience and understanding have helped many lost souls find their way back home.

As life happens sometimes, Ron and Rolande parted ways after 16 years. Ron continued raising his children alone and years later met and married the apple of his eye, Marilyn (Mal) Desrochers. Together for over 30 years, Ron and Mal were blessed with sharing life’s treasures to include fun at camp with Ted and Evelyn, traveling to Alaska and enjoyed welcoming many grandchildren and great-grandchildren into their lives.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marilyn Binette, of Auburn; his brother, Roger of Auburn; his sister, Jeanne Hamel of Auburn; his son, Roger Binette and his wife, Brenda, of Auburn; his daughter, Irene St. Pierre and her husband, Raymond, of Poland; his son, Paul Binette and his wife, Michelle, of Leeds; his stepson, Mark (Keko) Vigue and his wife, Pam, of Auburn; his stepson, Bob Vigue and his companion, Lori Cronin, of Raymond; his stepson, Scott Vigue of Auburn; his stepson, Shawn Vigue and companion, Holly Williams, of Gorham; and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lorenzo and Annette; first wife, Rolande Binette; niece, Christine Binette; grandson, Paul St. Pierre; and brother-in-law/best pal, Ted Brissette.

We wish to extend out heartfelt thanks to the wonderful, caring staff at the Hospice House in Auburn.

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 Renald W. Binette

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