Worcester, MA-Maurice L. Galarneau 89, of Auburn died Thursday February 27, at U Mass Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born in Lewiston on September 3, 1924 the son of the late Louis and Jeanne (Chenard) Galarneau. He was a lifelong resident of Auburn and attended Auburn schools. Maurice proudly served his country during WWII with the US Marine Corps 2nd division for more than three years, seeing action in Tonga, New Caledonia, Russell Island, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Tinian, and Okinawa. He was in Saipan when the war ended, training to invade Japan. He served in the occupation force, entering Nagasaki forty-five days after the atomic bomb was dropped there. Maurice was a roofer for St. Hilaire Roofing his entire career and retired when he was 62 years old, only to continue working on his own, cutting and splitting six cords of wood for his stove each year. He was an avid outdoorsman and Maine Guide, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also loved playing cards and spending time with family including his cat, Tina. Each day started with a trip to Dunkin Donuts to meet with friends and have their daily chat.He leaves behind a sister Marguerite Grenier of Danielson, CT, a son Moe of Auburn, two daughters, Sue McAllaster and husband Don, of Shrewsbury, MA, and GG Galarneau and husband Tony LaJudice of Denver, CO, four grandchildren: Ryan and Jeff Galarneau of Auburn and Mary and Liam McAllaster of MA, as well as three great grandchildren: Haylee Cunningham, Aaleigha and Erica Galarneau. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Cecile (Barre) Galarneau, son James and sister Lucille Grenier. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Maurice's life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com
Visitation Fortin LEWISTON Sunday March 2, from 3-6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Monday March 3 at 11 AM. Committal will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or WoundedWarriorProject.com.
A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston 784-4584.