HERMON & CLINTON - Francis Joseph Boudreau Jr., 88, passed away March 13, 2018, with wife Virginia by his side to join the Lord and his first wife, Dorothy and daughter, Linda. He was the oldest son born to Francis J. and Hazel G. (Bryant) Boudreau on April 12, 1929.
At an early age he and two of his brothers were raised by their foster parents, Ray and Kathleen Prescott who lived in Hermon. He attended school in Hermon and at the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy in April 1946. While in the Navy he was on sea duty as a fireman Second Class. He was honorably discharged February 1948.
Francis worked for Eastern States grain store and then York. He decided to use his G.I. Bill school benefits to learn plumbing and heating. After training he worked for Earl Hanson plumbing, U.S. Government at Dow Air Field and the Bangor Federal Building. While employed at Mechanical Services he worked part time with his foster brother Henry Prescott putting advertising signs up along the highways and gas stations. The two brothers together made a happy mischievous pair.
Francis met the love of his life Dorothy Palmer in 1948, marrying April 25, 1953. He was the proud father of two daughters, Linda and Donna. The couple bought a home in Hermon on the Garland Hill. Francis loved his family and farm home very much. He rode his Ford Tractor (Eddie) through his fields and woodlot. The extent of his free time was spent in the outdoors; fishing, gardening, cutting wood and deer hunting. He enjoyed taking his girls hunting and his friends’ son David Violette, who he thought of as a son. He taught them everything they know about deer hunting. The whole family loved the outdoors and would go camping each year. Especially enjoying the trips to Prince Edward Island to visit with their friends Hazel and family. Later in life he and Dorothy took many trips across the United States, to include a trip to Alaska. Pictures did not show how beautiful Alaska was. The couple made several trips to Branson, MO where they enjoyed country music shows of Box Car Willie and the Dulton Family.
When Dorothy passed away in February 2007 Francis was a lost person and he felt he had nothing to live for. Francis was a very sensitive man. Donna made her dinner meals available to him. Apple pies were made by sister-in-law Jeannette and neighbors were good to him but felt an empty spot of Dorothy was missing. Then through an unexpected conversation with Joe Adams, berry farmer, he met to be his second love of his life, Virginia Grant Webber. He was happy again. They liked many of the same things; country music, yard sales and riding to view Maine scenery. In April 2008, Francis and Virginia were married and started a new chapter in their lives in Clinton. Francis said he did not think he would ever leave his farm home in Hermon.
Francis and Virginia took five bus tours to Branson, MO. Francis enjoyed not driving, sitting back and taking in the scenery. Made good friends with Rita and Greg, Judy and Charles on the bus tours. A lot of good times have taken place in his new way of life. Francis has made many new friends in Clinton to include the Methodist Church members and new family. He was a member of the American Legion in Hermon and Clinton. When his daughter Linda died in 2015, he had great support with family and friends.
The step family have always said they were so blessed to have a second chance for a father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his foster parents, Ray and Kathleen Prescott; brothers, Henry Prescott, Frederick Boudreau, Bryant Boudreau, Avery Boudreau, Aubrey Boudreau; wife, Dorothy Boudreau; daughter, Linda Boudreau; and sisters-in-law, Betty Prescott, and Ellen Boudreau.
He is survived by wife, Virginia; daughter, Donna Mahon and husband, Gregory; grandson, Francis Mahon; granddaughter, Marion Astbury and husband, Seth; brothers-in-law, Bill Palmer and wife, Jeannette; Colby Palmer; nephews, Billy and Scott; a niece, Shelly; great-grandchildren, MeKenzy, Bradley, Everett, Abigail; sister-in-law, Reina Boudreau; nieces, Vicky, Joellyn, Dorothy, and several other nieces; best friend and best man, David Violette; great friends, Hazel Smith, Ken Gray, Ken and Gladys Swett, Theresa Norman, Doris Violette, Dianna Adams, Craig Babcock, and many more friends and neighbors; lifelong friend, Bud Gray, and his son, Rocky Gray, who loved to fish at Toddy Pond and enjoy a fresh barbecued fish meal at Blue Hill. Francis enjoyed ATV riding with them.
He is also survived by his Clinton step-family: step daughters, Rebecca Hanscom and husband, Arnold Dale, Annie Nielsen and husband, Dana; step grandchildren, Mark Hanscom and wife, Kelly, Kevin Hanscom, Amy Caldwell and husband, Matt, Beth Nielsen Morse and husband, John, Josh Nielsen, Kyle Nielsen; step great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Reese, Caraline and Evelyn; step nieces and nephews, Jeannette and husband, David , Linda and husband, Bill, Joe, Dottie, Bertie and wife, Norma, Richard and Paul; and his grand puppy, Peppy.
Francis will be sadly missed by all his old & new friends & family. His passing will leave a big hole in our hearts. He was a hardworking, kind man.
The family would like to thank everyone who provided such good medical care to Francis over the years; Brewer Medical Center, Amanda Young, Danielle, and the entire medical staff; Maine Medical Center; Eastern Maine Medical Center; Northeast Cardiology; MaineGeneral Homecare and Hospice, especially Michelle, Norma, Linda, Theresa, Ted, Debbie, Casie, and several others; and The Country Inn at the Bangor Mall for all the support and friendship for Virginia while staying close to Francis. A special thanks to Pastor Chong Choi and the Methodist members who came and visited Francis.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 3 p.m., Tuesday, with the Rev. Chong Choi, officiating. The family invites everyone to share in conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, immediately following the service, Tuesday. Those who wish to remember Francis in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 58, Clinton, ME 04927. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com