Robert Bachand, 89

Robert Bachand

Robert Bachand

SOUTH PORTLAND — Robert Bachand, 89, of the Maine Veterans’ Home, Augusta, and formerly of South Portland, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 23, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Springvale, on Oct. 30, 1924, the son of Joseph and Malvina (Rousin) Bachand. He went to local schools. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. He received an honorable discharge from the Marines in 1945.

After returning home to Sanford, he worked for the Prudential Insurance Co. and the Coca-Cola Co. In 1950, he went to work for the John J. Nissen Baking Co. in the sales department. He worked for 30 years and retired as a sales manager.

Robert had been an active member in the Lodge of Elks. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Sanford and Augusta Lodge of Elks. He was also a Past District Deputy of the Grand Lodge of Elks. He took a demit after 50 years in the Elks.

In 1946, he married Constance Richard of Sanford and they had five children. She predeceased him in 1990. In 1992, he married Ubaldine Loranger of Portland. She predeceased him in 2008. When Robert married Ubaldine, their blended family became 10 children and many grandchildren.

Robert enjoyed hand-braiding rugs for the many members of his family and playing cards with family and friends.

Robert is survived by his five children; two daughters, Charlene Reed of Atlin, Canada, and Monique Frank of Manchester; three sons, Barry of Rome, Stephen of Windham and Craig of Casco; four stepchildren, Marc Loranger of Livermore, Calif., Robert of Windham, Francis of Portland and Justin of Portland; and 13 grandchildren.

He is predeceased by a stepson, Richard Loranger from Portland.

Visiting hours were held on Wednesday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery, Sanford. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.ctcrawford.com

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