Joseph L. Guillemette

Joseph L. Guillemette

LYMAN - Joseph Laurent Guillemette, 79, of Lyman, died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday, May 5, 2013, after battling a long illness.

Joe was born in Sanford on March 22, 1934, to George and Emma (Laitres) Guillemette.

When he was young, he lived on the family farm and attended local schools. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and served eight years in the 101st Airborne. After returning from the military, Joe married Cecile Hupe on April 28, 1962.

Joe held several different jobs after leaving the military, including working for several years at Guillemette Brothers Excavating. He went on to work as a pipe fitter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he was employed for many years until retiring 20 years ago. While working at the shipyard, he was often referred to as "Joe from Dunoon," because of his frequent trips to Dunoon, Scotland.

After retiring, Joe could not sit idle. He went to work for Shain's farm, where he worked the fields for many years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends but will always be able to be seen plowing the fields off into the sunset.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, George and Emma Guillemette, and by seven siblings.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Cecile Hupe Guillemette; five children, Steve Guillemette and his wife, Kim, of Ayden, N.C., Raymond Guillemette and his wife, Carol, of Kennebunk, Denise St. Pierre and her husband, Roger, of Alfred, Robert Guillemette and his wife, Michele, of Waterboro, and Joanne Nichols and her husband, Chad, of Hollis; 15 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers; and three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13, at the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Phillip's Church, located at 404 Goodwin's Mills Road in Lyman.

Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Stanley Road in Springvale.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-5615.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

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Published in Fosters from May 9 to May 12, 2013