Roland J. Boutin, 1922 - 2016

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Roland Boutin, 93, of Lewiston,  passed away at his home on Thursday, March  10, 2016.  Born in Auburn on March 14, 1922, he lived in Lewiston most of his life.  Growing up, he attended St. Mary’s Parish, was a member of St. Mary’s Cadets and enjoyed playing baseball and hockey.  Roland graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of  ’38. Roland married Muguette “Bunny” Bilodeau on June 27, 1942.  During World War II, he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served at Headquarters, 20th Armored Division.  Eventually, his division was credited with liberating Munich, Germany.  Roland was discharged from Camp Cooke, California, with the rank of Sergeant, in December, 1945.  His loving wife and best friend followed him most of the time he spent in the service.  Roland worked for Philips Elmet, retiring in 1985 after 39 years. Roland was a member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, serving as lector, eucharistic minister and altar server at funerals. He was a rector in the Cursillo Movement.  Roland and Bunny were a reception couple in Marriage Encounter.  Being parents of an intellectually-challenged son, they were instrumental in founding a Lewiston-Auburn association which operated the Garcelon and Madison Avenue School programs.  Roland was also a founding board member and past president of John F. Murphy Homes. Roland had a strong faith, a positive outlook and a great sense of humor.  His greatest joy in life was spending time with family. Roland leaves his two sons, Ronald and Kenneth, four grandchildren: Tracey, and her husband, Patrick Hartnett, Michael Boutin and Jamie Mondragon and four great-grandchildren: Hannah, Margaret and Thomas Hartnett and Janessa Mondragon.  He was predeceased by his wife, Bunny, and a daughter, Susan Mondragon. 

Funeral Notice

BOUTIN, Roland, 93, of Lewiston, died on March 10, 2016. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, from 10 - 11 AM, followed by a Liturgy of the Word Service at 11 AM. Entombment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to John F. Murphy Homes, 800 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210, an organization of which Roland was extremely proud.

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