Rene P. Drouin, 80

Rene P. Drouin

Rene P. Drouin

NORTH WINDHAM — Rene P. Drouin, 80, of North Windham, entered into eternal peace and the love of God’s care on June 12, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Drouin was born in Portland on April 24, 1933, the son of Blanche C. and Gideon A. Drouin. Rene’s passing marks the end of a generation.

Mr. Drouin graduated from Westbrook High School in 1948 and completed some post-graduate studies while in the military. He was a Korean War veteran, where he served in the Finance Division of the U.S. Army. Upon his return to civilian life, Rene was employed by S.D. Warren (SAPPI) where he retired nearly 45 years later.

Mr. Drouin was known for his volunteer work, he gave countless hours of his time and talent to the communities of the Lakes Region. As a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for over 40 years, he handled many church suppers, headed up church council, established CYO, and was a Eucharistic minister. Rene quietly supported many individuals and organizations, mainly the American Red Cross and The Good Shepherd Food-Bank. He was known as “Coach” to many Windham Little Leaguers in the 80s, as well.

Rene will be well remembered by family, friends, former colleagues and acquaintances.

Rene will be remembered as a versatile athlete during his youth and was awarded “Mr. Westbrook” for his athleticism in 1948. In his mid-life, he was an avid angler, outdoorsman and “jack of all trades.” Rene always enjoyed spending time with his family and lifelong friends, boating on Big Sebago, and just kicking back for some friendly conversation and sparring! In his later years, he would strike up a conversation with anyone he ran into and as his geography for living became smaller, he looked forward to family gatherings more and more. Throughout his life, Rene had a strong faith in God and walked quietly in his own spirituality and was covertly charitable to those who needed it.

He shared 56 years or marriage with his surviving wife, Cecile E. Drouin. He was the father of John G. Drouin of Litchfield, N.H., Roxanne D. Gagne of Raymond and Paula R. Drouin of York; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several loving friends, neighbors, nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in North Windham on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.blaisandhayfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Windham Rescue Unit — District 2, 8 School Road, Windham, ME 04062.

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