EMBDEN - Ryan M. Poirier, born Jan. 28, 1963, left us unexpectedly on Jan. 15, 2014, leaving behind a huge void.
Ryan was the son of Norman and Doris (Dugas) Poirier from Anson. To his family and friends and all who knew him, he grew to become more than a man. He became a monumental presence, a person others were drawn to and a person trusted and respected. He was the first person people went to, and could rely on, when they needed a helping hand.
Throughout his years, Ryan found it was not about what you got out of life, but rather, it was about what you gave. Ryan lived a full life giving to others and this brought him happiness. Full of kindness, he strived to do all the good he could for as long as he could.
He was employed by Spectrum Generations for his last 22 years. In his capacity as a regional Meals on Wheels coordinator in Somerset and northern Kennebec counties, Ryan played a pivotal role helping thousands of homebound older and disabled adults receive needed meals, safety checks and other services to independently remain in their homes. For many, he became more than a worker - he became a friend. Ryan also created several well known Meals on Wheels fundraising events to insure the program had the financial resources needed to meet the ever growing demand. These events include the Gene and Lucille Letourneau Meals on Wheels Ice Fishing Derby, the Sukeforth Family Meals on Wheels Pig Roast and the Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament. Ryan was devoted to his work and all the people it benefited.
Ryan is survived by his wife, Debra, and their beautiful daughter, Leah, who was his pride and joy. Also surviving are two sisters, Deena Bennett with her husband, Hollis, of Litchfield, and Dawn Poirier with her partner, Larry, of Madison. Other survivors include nieces, nephews, in-laws, out-laws and a seemingly endless list of people that were all so special to him. Ryan was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brothers, Rick and Randy.
There will be no burial or funeral services. A memorial celebration of his life is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Spectrum Generations Muskie Center, 38 Gold St., Waterville. All family and friends are welcome to attend and share their stories of a man who meant so much for so many people. In lieu of flowers, the family would rather continue his dedication to the Meals on Wheels program by donations be made to Spectrum Generations, Meals on Wheels Program, 38 Gold St., Waterville, ME 04901.
Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison.