George H. Derosier, 82

George Derosier

George Derosier

AUGUSTA – George Howard Derosier, 82, of Augusta, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Maine General Medical Center.

On July 1, 1932, George came into this world, born to Denis and Irene (Chasse) Derosier in Limestone. He was the third born of 14 children. George graduated from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield in 1952. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

His life was full and family was very important to him. He married Shirley Perkins on Oct. 6, 1956 in Skowhegan. They enjoyed 58 years together and raised six daughters.

George worked in management at several shoe manufacturing companies in Showhegan, Lewiston, Fryeburg and Freeport. He retired from Maine D.O.T. in 1997.

During his free time, he enjoyed music and he played guitar, the harmonica, piano and loved to sing and yodel. George was active in many bowling leagues and picked up weaving and crocheting after retirement.

George is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley; his six daughters, Debra Lee Stuart, Diane Gagnon, Darcel Sanborn, Delores Kiesman, Danette Caron and Doreen Nelson; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Albert, Laura, Denis, Linda, Joseph Edwards, Patricia and Marc Emile.

He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Camille, Alfred and Lionel; three sisters, Florence, Raymone and Germaine.

George had a contagious laugh and touched many lives. He will be greatly missed: It is through life that we earn our wings so that we may soar with the Angels.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Western Avenue, Augusta on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. The committal service will follow at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta with military honors. Condolences may be expressed at

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