WATERBORO - David W. Bedard, 56, of Waterboro, died in the comfort of his home with his loving son Wayne and fiancee Patty by his side.
David was born in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 1, 1956, one of five children born to Charles and Noreen (Jones) Bedard and three half siblings.
He grew up in Newfield as a child and joined the U.S. Marine Corps
around the age of 16. After receiving his honorable discharge, he worked at many factories in the Sanford area.
David returned to school and got his high school diploma in 1983 from Sanford Adult Education and worked in construction for many years. He went on to work as a toll collector for the Maine Turnpike before his illness and battle with cancer.
Dave loved being outdoors, whether doing yard work or projects around the house. Fishing was more than a hobby; it was more like an obsession in a good way. He spent time with his son and his buddies enjoying ice fishing, trout fishing or trolling in his boat on the lake trying to catch "The Big One." He also enjoyed hunting, camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and, most of all, riding his Harley.
He was a Harley Man. He and his best friend, Craig Brennan, of Greenville, learned to ride bikes together and took their tests on the same day. The comradery between Harley bikers is a bond that can't be broken. He loved doing benefit rides; Toys for Tots were just one of many he rode in.
He recently learned how to kayak, and many hot summer days were spent on the Saco River with Patty and friends.
When David became a grandfather 3 ½ years ago, it opened a new door in his life. His granddaughters were his pride and joy. He spoiled them with love and loved visiting them, reading books to them and playing with their toys with them. But, most of all, he loved holding them close. David was full of joy when he got to bring Paige to her first Christmas party at the club this year.
David was a life member of the Wolves Club in Sanford and was a regular for the Wednesday-night card games and playing pool. He liked going to the Oxford Casino; whether he won or came home empty-handed, he liked to be around people who were having a good time.
When the little black lab/boxer mix puppy was found in the shopping cart and needed a home, it was Dave and Patty that gave their "Harley" a home on the lake. Dave and Harley were inseparable, and when Dave became less active, Harley stayed by his side and gave him great comfort. As we know, animals love us unconditionally.
David is survived by his son, Wayne C. Bedard, and fiancee, Kaitlin, and their daughters, Paige and Julia Bedard, of Springvale; his 104-year old-grandmother, Marion O'Malley, of Sanford; his four brothers, Lesley, of Springvale, John, of Shapleigh, Steven, of Illinois, and Mike, of Florida; one sister, Debbie Bedard, of West Virginia; several nieces and nephews; his fiancee, with whom he shared a home, Patty Theriault, of Waterboro; and Kevin and Heather Theriault, of Hollis, and Angela Theriault and her son, Jonathan, of Limerick.
David was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Charles "Chuck" Bedard and Robert "Bo" Bedard.
A graveside service with military honors was held on Jan. 2, 2013, at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, W. Kennebunk, Maine 04094
The Autumn Green Funeral Home, of 47 Oak Street in Alfred, is respectfully handling arrangements.