Richard H. Grondin, 81

Richard Grondin

Richard Grondin

LEWISTON — Richard H. Grondin, 81, of Lewiston, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Hospice House in Auburn after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Born in Lewiston on June 30, 1933, he was the son of Henry P. and Lena M. Rancourt Grondin. He was educated in local schools and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 until 1956.

He returned to Lewiston, and on June 15, 1957, he married the love of his life, Jeannine L. Morin, in the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Richard worked for the Lewiston Fire Department from 1961 until his retirement in 1990, and worked as a Certified IMSA tester for the R.B. Allen Co. and master electrician for Grondin Electric.

From 1977 to 1990, he served as Lewiston’s superintendent of fire alarms, and helped set up the local 9-1-1 call center.

In his spare time, Richard enjoyed watching sports, especially the Red Sox and the Bruins. His priority was spending time with his family and friends.

He was a member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, and a lifetime member of the International Municipal Signal Association and the Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association.

In addition to his loving wife of Lewiston, Dick is survived by a son, Donald Grondin of Lewiston; three daughters, Susan Grondin of Old Orchard Beach, Diane Belanger of Greene and Elaine Pacileo of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Leo of Bridgton; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by four sisters, Irene Levasseur, Priscilla Roux, Anita Lacoste and Louise Cormier.

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Visitation was held on Sunday at Albert & Burpee Funeral Home in Lewiston. Services were Monday at Holy Family Church. Interment was in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to either the Lewiston Fire Department Color Guard, 2 College Street, Lewiston, ME 04240, or to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Services, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

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