RAYMOND – Albert G. Collet, “Al”, 84, passed away Dec. 10, 2018, after battling Alzheimer’s disease with much well deserved love from his family over the past several years.

Albert was born and raised in Lewiston, to Albert and Valeda Collet.  Albert spoke French primarily as a youngster and learned to speak English.

Growing up in the French community, he attended Saint Dominic High School and wanted to become a priest. He attended the University of Orono for a short period of time before he joined the U.S. Navy. Albert was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Newport, R.I. and was assigned to a destroyer, The Fred T. Berry, and served our country during the Korean War.

Al met his wife, introduced by an aunt, and their love story took off from there. They were married October 1, 1955 and were blessed with three daughters, over 11 years. Al spent many years working as a Tool & Dye maker at GTE Sylvania, in Standish. This move to Standish from Portland made it possible to build his own home on Sebago Lake on nights and weekends. This location brought so much joy over the years allowing his passion of the outdoors to flourish by enjoying family gatherings and cookouts, wildlife, snowmobiling, skiing, sailing, boating, fishing, hunting, gardening and camping. His work ethic was untouchable and his dedication to family was admirable. His family always came first.

Al retired from GTE Sylvania at 58 years old, and had enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling with his wife to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, many cruises and miles of territory in their motor home exploring the USA, with the favorite at Walt Disney in Orlando, Fla., where they eventually visited every year. The Good Sam Club-Lake Region Wanderers and Maine Wheels organizations allowed many good times, smiles, great friends and adventures, enjoying life and time well spent with other motor home enthusiasts.

Al was humble, very kind, had a strong work ethic that he passed on to his daughters, and he would do anything for anyone without ever expecting anything in return, while making them smile.

Along with his parents, Albert is predeceased by one sister, Carmel Dostie of Lewiston.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Collet of Raymond; his sister, Anita Autry of Turner; his three daughters, Debra Collet of Standish, Kim Collet Croswell and her husband, Robert Croswell of Oakland and Michelle Collet Carver of Raymond; nine grandchildren, Andrew Carver, Christina Farynaz, Matthew Lougee, Noelle Hart, Danielle Cook, Katherine Kelly, Joni Amaral, Emily Cates, and Callie Croswell; nine great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Landon, Mila, Lucas, Colin, Sawyer, Luciana, Elijah and Isaac.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, with a reception and lunch immediately following. A private interment will be held in the spring in Windham.

The family sends appreciation to Ledgewood Manor in Windham for their kind, attentive care.

To participate in Albert’s online tribute, please visit, Www.DolbyBlaisSegee.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Albert G. Collet are encouraged to support Alzheimer’s research in finding a cure. Visit :www.alz.org/research 

or mail check to:

Alzheimer’s Association

National Headquarters,

225 Michigan Ave.

Floor  17,

Chicago, IL 60601.

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