OLD TOWN -- Francis W. Thibodeau, 100, of Old Town, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Orono Commons.
He was born in Old Town on July 8, 1912, the son of Ida Thibodeau. Francis was raised and educated in the Old Town area. He was a lifelong member of the Holy Family Church, dating back to when it was known as St. Joseph's. He spent most of his career working in the textile mills of Old Town and Orono. He had a tremendous work ethic which he passed on to his children. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, and a former auxiliary fire fighter.
Francis loved animals of all kinds, as well as the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at Camp Pinewood in Greenfield. He looked forward to his camp outings on Sundays, when he would smoke a cigar with his son and reminisce about the old times.
He was a very kind and gentle man. He was an avid reader, and later switched to audio books to get his fill of westerns, mysteries, and sports. Francis was a big Red Sox fan and an even bigger Celtics fan! He enjoyed cooking, eating delicious desserts and sweets, and getting visits from his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Florence (Seymour) Thibodeau; a son, Ronald Thibodeau; a brother, Junior Ouellette; and a grandson, Christopher Drummond. He is survived by sons, David Thibodeau and his wife Phyllis of Old Town, Nick Thibodeau of Biddeford, two daughters, Jean Drummond of Old Orchard, Marguerite Serour and her husband Lou of Falmouth; a daughter-in-law, Mildred Smith of Bradley; two sisters, Isabelle McInnis and her husband Thomas of Bangor, and Rita Pelletier of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Lisa, Kim, Jill, Tony, Mark, Scott, Mike, Andrea, Jessica, Rick, Danielle, Michael, Niele, Jason and Renee; 19 great- grandchildren; and five great- great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dick Blanchard, a special lifelong friend, for all he did for him over the years. Francis was also blessed with great neighbors and friends for whom he was very grateful. A special thanks also to the Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital, as well as the staff at Orono Commons for the exceptional care and kindness shown toward Francis.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 10 a.m., at the Holy Family Church on Main Street in Old Town. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.birminghamfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis' name may be made to:
The Animal Orphanage
P.O. Box 565
Orono, Maine 04473-0565
or the Maine Youth Fish
and Game Association
P.O. Box 337
Stillwater, Maine 04489-0337
Birmingham Funeral Home