Maurice L. Ouellette
July 10, 1932 - January 10, 2017
Maurice Laureat Ouellette, 84, of Central Avenue, Lewiston, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Lewiston, on July 10, 1932. The only child of Laureat J. & Marie LeBlanc Ouellette, he received his education at St. Peter & Paul Parochial School graduating in 1948 & St. Dominic High School graduating in 1951. While at St. Dom’s he played some baseball but excelled in Hockey all four years. He was an outstanding hockey player and was an instrumental all star player in St. Dom’s winning the 1951 New England States Hockey Championship in Providence, RI. The team received a hero’s welcome with a huge Ticker Tape parade with the Mayors of both cities along with thousands of cheering fans lining the route all the way from the Portland Jetport exit. After graduation from St. Dom’s, Maurice attended the Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland for one year for automotive and small engine repairs. Always wanting to better himself, he went from there to East Coast Aero Inc in Bedford, MA, to become an aircraft mechanic. While at East Coast Aero, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Prior to the Army he returned home and married his high school sweetheart, the former Merlyne P. Morin, on November 27, 1952. After a four-day honeymoon, he and his new bride returned to Lewiston. He then left December 3, 1952, for basic training at Camp Breckinridge, KY. From basic training, he then shipped out of Seattle, WA, for Korea. While serving in Korea he went on R&R to Japan where he made some life-long friends and he also took part in a table tennis (ping pong) tournament and beat the Japanese champion. He always maintained his great ping pong playing ability and taught all of his children to play, some of whom are still good players today. After his honorable discharge from the Army on December 2, 1954, he returned to finish his two-year course at the Maine Vocation Technical Institute. Not finding work in that field, he went to work as a temporary grounds keeper at Brunswick Naval Air Station and he retired from B.N.A.S. after thirty years of employment as a warehouseman in the parts department. He will always be remembered as a loving and caring husband and father, whose word was his bond. He was especially devoted to his youngest daughter Beth Marie, who was developmentally and physically challenged. She passed away in 1981. Maurice was a very quiet man and never one to boast on any of his accomplishments. In his younger years, he was a fantastic swimmer who swam across Sabattus Lake, where his parents owned a cottage on Nason’s Beach. His children spent many happy hours there also. He was also known as the horseshoe pitching champ. Though he seldom found time to practice, he’d end up beating any and all challengers. Never a golfer either, he would still beat relatives who talked him into playing. He was a natural form athlete. His neighbors will remember his two or three daily walks by their houses. He will be sadly missed by his loving family who will always remember all his quiet strength and wise counsel. He is survived by his loving wife Merlyne, his six children; Stephen & wife Joyce (of Millbrook, NY), Paul & Constance (of Turner), John & Janet (of Hollywood, SC), Mark & wife Nancy (of Auburn), Lise (of Portland), Claude and wife Lisa (of Lewiston), eighteen grandchildren; Madeline King, Isabelle Ouellettte; Amy, Cory & wife Kasey, Joshua, Leah, Caleb Ouellette; Heather, Codey Ouellette; Chris & wife Wendy, Adam & wife Amber, Venessa Poulin & husband Charlie; Scott Poli, Emily, Jacob, Rachel Ouellette; Ryan Feely, Erin Martinez & husband Nicholas. Great-grandchildren; Alex & Audrey, Corey; Silas; Trey & Sawyer; Destiny; Jordan; Owen; Arabella Rose Martinez. He was predeceased by his father, mother, and daughter Beth Marie Ouellette.