Maurice A. Belanger

RUMFORD – Maurice A. Belanger, known by many as Mo, died Saturday May 21, 2022 at his residence on Maple Street in Rumford, surrounded by family. Maurice was 84 years old and was predeceased by his wife and best friend, Bernadette, just this past summer. He was born in Rumford, Maine, on Oct. 31, 1937, the youngest son of Henry and Mary Anne (Lemieux) Belanger. Maurice grew up on Holyoke Avenue and attended both St. John’s and St. Athanasius schools. He graduated from Stephens High, and spent a semester at the New England Conservatory of Music before getting hired at the Oxford Paper Mill. He worked as a Millwright, a Pipefitter and as an Oiler until his retirement. He also moonlighted as a Piano Tuner. Maurice was an avid musician. Largely self-taught, he played the piano, guitar, violin, trumpet and recorder. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and was incredibly active. His hobbies included skiing, snowboarding, rollerblading, biking and bowling. He also loved to fish, kayak, row and jet ski. Spending time with his children and grandchildren was a source of joy for him. There was always time for a boat ride, swimming and frog-catching, fiddleheadding, or a competitive game of badminton or volleyball. His sense of wonder and love of adventure was a constant inspiration. Maurice was famous for his one-liners and his dry wit; his unexpected comments often caught people off-guard and left them laughing out loud. He had a fascination with the natural world – was constantly asking questions, searching for answers and wondering “why?” Watching an orb spider in her web, pondering the immensity of the cosmos, marveling at an incoming thunderstorm … his curiosity was limitless. Maurice took pride in maintaining and beautifying his properties and was especially proud of the cedar hedge which now stands a majestic eight-feet tall, but was created from scrawny saplings, pilfered from the side of the road. He was careful and meticulous with an “if you are going to do something, do it right” attitude. An Phentermine inventor and a problem solver, he was always modifying various household tools and devising creative solutions to everyday challenges. He was married in Rumford, Maine, on Feb. 17, 1962, to Bernadette M. LeVasseur who died in Lewiston on Aug. 7, 2021.He is survived by his sons Mark and his wife Lucille of Rumford, and Eric of Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter Lisa Belanger of Dixfield, a brother Wilfred Belanger and wife Jeanne of Rumford. He also leaves behind grandchildren Kristin, Evan, Anna and Emily, and great grandchildren Jack, Ben, Henry and Natalie.Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at service will be held 3 p.m., Friday May 27, 2022, at the Meader & Son Funeral Home 3 Franklin St Rumford. Interment will be in the Farrington Morton Cemetery in Mexico. Friends and family are invited to call at the funeral home 1-3 p.m., on Friday prior to the memorial service. Donations may be made to Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice (

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