OLD TOWN - Francis W. Thibodeau, 100, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Orono Commons. He was born July 8, 1912, in Old Town, the son of Ida Thibodeau.
Francis was raised and educated in the Old Town area. He was a lifelong member of 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 Knights of Columbus and a former auxiliary firefighter. Francis loved animals of all kinds, as well as the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at Camp Pinewood, 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 more than 50 years, Florence (Seymour) Thibodeau; a son, Ronald Thibodeau; a brother, Junior Ouellette; and a grandson, Christopher Drummond. He is survived by two sons, David Thibodeau and his wife, Phyllis, of Old Town and Nick Thibodeau of Biddeford; two daughters, Jean Drummond of Old Orchard and 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 thanks a special lifelong friend, Dick Blanchard, for all he did for him throughout the years. Francis was also blessed with great neighbors and friends for whom he was very grateful. A special thanks also to Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, the staff at St. Joseph Hospital, as well as the staff at Orono Commons for the exceptional care and kindness shown toward Francis.
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Holy Family Church, Main Street, Old Town. In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis' name may be made to the Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473-0565 or Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, P.O. Box 337, Stillwater, ME 04489-0337. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.