Rumford – Edward A. "Diddie" Breau, age 90, of Maple St. in Rumford, passed away on Monday February 3, 2014 at Rumford Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by loving family and close friends.
He was born in Rumford on August 20, 1923 a son of James and Helen (Cormier) Breau.
Diddie attended Mexico Schools.
He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Bullard as a Torpedomans Mate 3rd Class from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater.
Diddie went to work at the Oxford Paper Mill after the war, retiring in 1985.
He was a communicant of St. John's and was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the 4 Ponds Camp Owners Association.
Diddie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and he particularly enjoyed his camp at 4 ponds where he hunted and fished with his camp buddies Ronald Sirois and Phil Theriault. He also enjoyed tying his own flies.
Diddie and his wife also looked forward to their many trips to the casinos in Bangor and Oxford, and playing cribbage.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years Barbara A. Breau of Rumford; three children, David P. Breau and wife Linda of Augusta, Debra Maturi and husband Chris of Tallassee, AL, and Sue Brunner and husband Eric of Marcy, NY; a sister Lily Gotto of Mexico; a brother Raymond Breau and wife Priscilla of Rumford; seven grandchildren, Daniel and wife Annette, Jennifer, Heather and husband Keith, Kristen, Shawn, Erika and Ashley; and several great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, and four brothers, James, Rene, Omar and Lionel Breau.
If so desired contributions in Diddie's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675