Aurelle J. Belanger, 90: Army veteran, potato farmer and electrician

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SCARBOROUGH – Aurelle J. Belanger, 90, of Caribou, died Oct. 18 at the Maine Veteran’s Home after a battle with shingles and dementia.

The son of Francoise and Josephine (Sanfason) Belanger, he grew up in a family of 18 in North Caribou and attended Caribou schools. He joined the U.S. Army 47 Engineer Construction Battalion Division. He was a decorated veteran with the Army Occupation Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

After the war he returned to Caribou and worked on his family’s potato farm. During this time he met Cecile Langlais and they were married on Nov. 21, 1949. They had one daughter, Arlene Belanger Vaillancourt.

Belanger went on to become a licensed electrician, and worked for many years in Caribou, and then in Augusta until he retired after 28 years. While in North Caribou he purchased a 10 acre potato farm, farming it until 1964.

He loved being on his sled snowmobiling with his family and friends. Belanger was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in North Caribou, a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough, and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus.

He was a life member of the VFW Post No. 887 and the American Legion Post No. 2, in Augusta. He loved his grandsons, and loved spending time with his oldest grandson Mark A. Belanger. Belanger taught him many things, like riding a three- wheeler and snowmobiles. He was pleased to watch his grandson Peter A. Vaillancourt compete in a VICA competition for residential electricity, where he won the silver medal for the state of Maine.

He was predeceased by his first wife Cecile; his son-in-law, Ken Vaillancourt; his brothers, Fred, Lewis, Patrick, Edward and William; and his sisters Irene, Cecile, Louise and Joan; and his stepson, Michael Willett.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marie Ayotte Willett Belanger; his daughter, Arlene Vaillancourt, and her significant other, Richard Durcharme, of Scarborough; grandsons, Mark A. Belanger, and his wife, Deanna Young, and great-grandson, Barrett, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Peter Vaillancourt, and his wife Kathlean, of Biddeford, his two great-grandsons, James and Thomas; his brothers, Joel, Nelson and his wife, Roseline, Walter, Wilson and his wife, Louise, Richard, and Bernard; his sister Doris Plourde; his brother-in-law Lucien Langlais; his sisters-in-law, Wilma Belanger and Mona Belanger, his stepdaughters, Kathlyn Anderson, of South Portland, and Donna Kendall and her husband, John, of Old Orchard Beach, five step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 26, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland, followed by a at the service at the funeral home. A chapel committal service with military honors was held Monday, Oct. 27, at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery, Mount Vernon Rd. Augusta.

Donations can be made in Belanger’s memory to the Maine Veteran’s Home, 290 US Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074.

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