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St. Agatha, ME
Gerard "Bob" Theriault, 83, passed away at the home he shared with his loving wife after a brief illness. He was born November 6, 1940, son of the late Hampy and Ernestine (Bouchard) Theriault in Fort Kent, Maine. He was married 62 years to his loving wife Charlene (Gagnon) on April 8, 1961. They worked side by side on the family farm for the past 49 years together with their children. He was predeceased by two of his children, Wayne and Randy, and is survived by Lisa Theriault of St. Agatha, Glen Theriault of Fort Kent, Duane Theriault and wife Pauline of St. Agatha, and Kim Bellefleur and husband Leroy of St. David. He was blessed to have 7 grandchildren: Kyle Morin of Fort Kent, Paige Theriault of Frenchville, Tyler Theriault of Fort Kent, Cody Theriault of St. Agatha, Melanie Bellefleur of St. Agatha, Riley Theriault of Farmington CT, and Bailey Bellefleur of Madawaska; and 2 great grandchildren Luke Morin and Holden Lavoie. He is survived by 3 siblings: Richard Theriault and his wife Betty of Fort Kent, Herman Theriault and his wife Claire of Fort Kent, and Sandra Carter and her husband Kim of Winslow; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 8 siblings: Armande Bourgoin, Raymond Theriault, Geraldine Castonguay, Phyllis Ouellette, Clarence Theriault, Lester Theriault, Geneva Pelletier, and James Theriault.
Bob was a self-made man with little formal education yet known for his analytical mind and his skill as a human calculator. His success was due to his hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance, along with strong family values. Prior to 1974, he trucked with logging in the winters and gravel in the summers helping to build many of the state's highways. In 1974, he purchased his family’s old homestead on Flat Mountain in St. Agatha and began farming 10 acres of potatoes along with various vegetables on a total of 150 acres. His wife, Charlene along with his children, worked alongside him to grow the farm to what it is today. Over the years, the farm continued adding more farming land to grow a larger acreage of russet potatoes and grains as well as beef cattle. He began contracting his potatoes to McCain Foods in 1976, a relationship that continues today. The farm has been recognized over the years for its high quality potatoes and good farming practices.
One of his many passions was working with his equipment on the farm. His grain combine, D8 bulldozer, and black Western Star dump truck were among his favorites, the latter of which he drove 3 weeks before his passing with Charlene as a passenger. He continued keeping his finger on the pulse of the farm despite his weakened condition.
Although he had strong work ethic, making it difficult to take time off, over the years Bob and Charlene RV'ed to various spots across the country during the winter months. He often was accompanied by his brother Richard and his wife Betty as well as other family friends. They visited many national parks including Grand Canyon and Yellowstone as well as some farming areas. In the last few years, they spent the winter months in the St. Pete's area of Florida, enjoying the warmer temperature.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on November 18, 2023 at the St. Agatha Catholic Church in St. Agatha. Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on November 17, 2023 at Michaud's Funeral Home in St. Agatha as well as 8:30-9:45 a.m. prior to the morning of the service on November 18. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to American Heart Association by going to https://www.heart.org.
Condolences may be sent to: michaudfuneralhomes.com
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